"Andrea Silenzi plays both host and subject, delving into strangers’ romantic entanglements and processing her own with the same warm, wry curiosity."
— New York Times
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"Andrea is drawn to the chaotic. She is drawn to the unordered—not that she doesn't have great organizational skills. But, in a dichotomy between that which is rote, and that which is unpredictable, she will always trend towards the unpredictable."
— Mike Pesca, Slate's The Gist
Andrea Silenzi is an accomplished radio producer known for her innovative and personal brand of storytelling. From going on Planet Money to get dating advice from an economist, to recording her IUD insertion, the first years of Why Oh Why were full of surprising moments and conversations. When reviewed by the Guardian’s Media podcast, the show was described as an, “honest, funny and uncompromising discussion of the issues encountered by young women every day.”
Previously, Andrea was the founding producer of The Gist with Mike Pesca. In her time there, The Gist was highlighted as a Best New Podcast by iTunes, named a Webby honoree, and was twice featured on the popular public radio show This American Life. She holds the world record for most guests booked for an hour-long radio show, and that's 67.
New York Times: "In this auditory exploration of modern love, Andrea Silenzi plays both host and subject, delving into strangers’ romantic entanglements and processing her own with the same warm, wry curiosity. The show mimics dating’s emotional roller coaster, careening from the excruciating awkwardness of a real first date to the quiet heartache of Ms. Silenzi’s latest breakup."
Vulture: "Andrea Silenzi, the host and creator of this bizarre podcast, is a genius of the cringe. Her show interrogates romance and human relationships in the digital age, but it does so in a manner that defies shape and form."
Splitsider: "If fans of Andrea Silenzi’s original iteration of Why Oh Why? on WFMU had any doubts about her new revival on Panoply, they were shattered in the first few seconds of the single straight guy focus group."