Podcast producer work

Who screwed millennials?

Listen: Spotify, Apple

I was an audio producer with the Guardian’s Who screwed millennials team from November 2023 to March 2024.

About the show:

Australian millennials are the first generation to be worse off than their parents, and things are only heading in the same direction for gen Z. In this deeply researched yet tongue-in-cheek five-part podcast series, Full Story co-host Jane Lee and social media reporter Matilda Boseley investigate the mystery of who screwed young Australians out of affordable housing, education and secure work, and why inequality is rising in Australia.

Select episodes I produced:

These episodes were made in collaboration with the Who screwd millennials team: Gabrielle Jackson, Miles Martignoni, Miles Herbert, Jane Lee and Matilda Boseley. 

Bad Taste

Host and producer: Jess Ho
Executive producer: Michelle Macklem
Series producer: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton
Producer: Beź Zewdie 
Sound designer: Nicole Pingon
Editor: Zoe Tennant
Theme music: Rainbow Chan
Art: Joanna Hu

Who gets to decide what good and bad food is? Join food writer Jess Ho as they investigate foods like spam, native grains and bánh mì in this SBS podcast.

Have you ever had someone yuck your yum? Have you read outstanding reviews for a hot, new restaurant and found the food disappointing?

Hosted by food writer Jess Ho, Bad Taste is a six-part podcast series that will make you reconsider the perception of good taste.

Each episode analyses a food, traces back its history, and looks at its relevance today through the eyes of guests Nathan Lyons, Rosheen Kaul, Bruce Pascoe, Jacob Birch, Alum Choi, Miin Chan, Beź Zewdie, Ruth Gebreyesus, Thi Le and Vien Tran.

I co-created the series with Jess Ho and was the executive producer.

Listen to all 6 epsodes where you get your podcasts, we recommend starting with episode 1

  1. Spam: yuck or yum?
  2. Will native grains be the key to saving Australia’s water?
  3. That fabulous funk: The story of Kimchi
  4. What is East African Lasagne?
  5. How much should banh mi cost?
  6. Instant noodles: junk food or delicacy?

is Australia’s top daily podcast. 
I was an audio producer with 7am from May 2019 to Sept 2021.

About the show:

7am is a daily news podcast from the publisher of The Monthly and The Saturday Paper. It tells the news through in-depth interviews and sharp analysis.

Hosted by award-winning investigative journalist and documentary host Ruby Jones, 7am is a smart, strong, character-driven account of the big story of the day: the background, who’s involved, and why it matters. This is news with narrative, every weekday.

Select episodes I’ve pitched and produced:

These episodes were made in collaboration with the 7am team: Osman Faruqi, Ruby Jones, Ruby Schwartz, Elle Marsh, Atticus Bastow, Anu Hasbold and Beth Atkinson-Quinton.

The Fridge Light

The Fridge Light is a Webby award-winning podcast from CBC about the foods we eat. 
I was the supervising producer for season 1 in 2017 before moving to Australia in 2018.

About the show:

Join top food writer Chris Nuttall-Smith for an obsessive, fascinating journey through the hidden stories of the things we eat. Each episode chows down on one food phenomenon, revealing the unexpected cultural ingredients.

Part science, part business, part psychology — always fresh and delicious.

Top Episodes:
These episodes were produced in collaboration with our team: Chris Nuttall-Smith, Zoe Tennant, Lisa Godfrey, Veronica Simmonds, Alison Broverman and Paolo Pietropaolo.


is a critically acclaimed podcast from CBC that follows an unusual social encounter. Three complete strangers meet for 24 hours to work through each other's challenges. It’s hosted by Sook-Yin Lee and the supervising producer is Veronica Simmonds.

I was an associate producer for season 2 in 2017, and a producer for season 3 in 2018.

About the show:

Sleepover takes us inside an unusual social encounter, where three complete strangers agree to meet in different places—from a highrise condo to an island yurt—for an evening, night, and morning together.

In each episode, with Sook-Yin's guidance, one stranger takes the spotlight and presents a problem from their life. The other two offer advice and bring up related experiences from their own unique perspectives. 

Top Episodes:
These episodes were produced in collaboration with our team: Sook-Yin Lee, Veronica Simmonds, TK Matunda, Alanna Stuart and Craig Desson.

© Michelle Macklem 2024