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Meet Sheryl Zohn and Jesse Lainer-Vos of Who’s Next Door Podcast in Mid-City LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheryl Zohn and Jesse Lainer-Vos.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sheryl and Jesse. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Jesse and I became walking buddies and good friends three years ago after I moved into a duplex a block away from Jesse. While taking our walks, we enjoyed chatting about the posts we found online about our neighborhood — everything from complaints about bad parking to irritation with electric scooter riders to concerns about car thieves.

One day while discussing a particularly heated online discussion about unpicked-up dog poop, Jesse — who is a big podcast listener — commented, “Now THIS story would make a great podcast.” That’s how we came up with the idea for our podcast, Who’s Next Door. And it turns out Jesse was right: There’s no end to the funny, annoying, and even dramatic stories we’ve explored in our neighborhood.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Our biggest struggle has been technical – neither Jesse nor I had used professional audio recording or editing equipment before. But by working together and taking it one step at a time, we’ve overcome most of our challenges so far.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Who’s Next Door Podcast story. Tell us more about your work.
We make a hyperlocal documentary/comedy podcast. In the very old days, that might have been called “a funny local radio show.” Many other podcasts out there are long (an hour or more) and consist of the hosts saying whatever pops into their heads. We’re proud that our podcast is tight and brief. At 15 minutes or less, each episode is the perfect length to listen to while you walk to the store, clean your kitchen, or walk your dog (although you BETTER pick up after the dog when he’s done).

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
A piece of bad luck is what connected me to our neighborhood social network in the first place. Shortly after moving into this neighborhood, my car was stolen. The LAPD seemed unimpressed (they wouldn’t even come to take the report, I had to go to them). But when I logged on and posted about the car, I received a lot of sympathy from my neighbors, some of whom had also had their cars stolen. After that, I was hooked on neighborhood news.

It was good luck that I lived so close to Jesse, and that she enjoyed both walking and talking about the neighborhood. It’s not always easy to find people who share your passions.

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Cazzie Marzwell, Sasha Kutner

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