Elder has cre­at­ed and pro­duced pod­casts for the Chicago Tri­bune, Chicago-Sun Times and the Crain Com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Cur­rent­ly, he serves as exec­u­tive pro­duc­er (and occa­sion­al co-host) of Crain’s “HR Con­fi­den­tial” with Heather Krentler.

Elder is the host of “The Big Ques­tions” (cur­rent­ly on hia­tus), for which he inter­viewed musi­cian such as The Smash­ing Pump­kins’ Bil­ly Cor­gan, come­di­ans such as Ron Funch­es and Bert Kreis­cher, and authors includ­ing Scott Tur­ow and Eliz­a­beth Berg. An archive of those inter­views can be found at BigQuestionsPodcast.com.

While at the Chicago Sun-Times, Elder launched the Sun-Times Media Local Pod­cast Net­work and exec­u­tive pro­duced “The Advice Show” and “Over the Bar­rel.”

Sam­ple episodes:


Bil­ly Cor­gan of The Smash­ing Pump­kins:


Best-sell­ing author Scott Tur­ow:


Come­di­an Ron Funch­es:


Variety’s TV crit­ic Mo Ryan:



The Dos and Don’ts of Dat­ing a Co-work­er

How To Get Fired Grace­ful­ly

Fre­quent Farters And Oth­er HR Mishaps