Brady Carlson is a radio host, writer and musician from Madison, Wisconsin.
You may have heard him on the air on Wisconsin Public Radio, where he’s worked since 2016. Or maybe you heard him on New Hampshire Public Radio, where he hosted and reported for over a decade. Maybe you caught a few of his stories on national broadcasts of NPR shows like All Things Considered, Weekend Edition or Here and Now.
A.J. Jacobs called Dead Presidents “the funniest and most entertaining book about death you’ll read this year – and my favorite book about corpses since Mary Roach’s Stiff.” Robert Sullivan described the book as “a terrific investigation of the post-life presidency, a rollicking but always thoughtful exploration of the after-the-White-House whereabouts of the forever former chief executives. Brady Carlson is the perfect road-trip companion, smart and good-hearted.”
Since 2019, Brady has produced a short daily podcast called Cool Weird Awesome; the name of the show tells you what kinds of stories are in there. Since 2018, he’s been recording and releasing indie-rock music under the name Cold Holiday. It’s loud and melodic.
Brady has worked as a public librarian, an overnight stock clerk, a community theater director, a custodian, a schoolteacher, a warehouse laborer, an adjunct college professor, an office receptionist and a walking billboard at a plastics industry trade show.
He and his wife and their three kids live in Madison, Wisconsin.