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With hundreds of thousands of podcasts available, the personality of the host can be the main reason why listeners pick one show over another. But what makes a good podcast host?

This week, we talk to Jesse Thorn, podcast host of NPR's Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, a show in which he does in-depth interviews with celebrities from the arts and culture scene. He is also well-known for hosting The Turnaround, a podcast that features famous interviewers such as Louis Theroux, Ira Glass, Jerry Springer, Ray Suarez and Larry King talking about their approach to interviewing.

Finding himself on the other side of the mic, Thorn reveals what makes a podcast interview unique; how to strike the perfect conversation; and why, in a recent Bullseye interview, he pulled up Sonic the Hedgehog fan art as part of the podcast.

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