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Hot Pod delivers stories, analysis, and opinions on podcasting and the new audio industry. Weekly Hot Pod issues are free, while two Hot Pod Insiders a week are for paid subscribers only.

It’s meant for individuals, groups, and companies looking to better understand the ever-changing podcasting and digital audio space. Here, we cover things like: the big audio platform machinations, the strategic thinking of publishers, the conditions of creative podcast workers, the design and ideas of specific shows, the health of the new audio ecosystem, the flow of money, and so on. It’s read by podcasters and producers far and wide, as well as by executives and workers at organizations like Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Audible, WME, NPR, and probably lots of other media companies that make podcasts.

It’s written, edited, and published by me, Nick Quah. I started Hot Pod back in 2014 as a side project, and it has since grown into an independent media business. Hot Pod primarily takes the shape of a newsletter — created and cultivated before writers going digitally independent was in vogue — and these days, it’s also syndicated on New York Magazine’s Vulture site.  

My work and analysis has been cited in publications like the New York Times, Wired, Reuters, and Bloomberg. I’m also a podcast critic for Vulture, and I occasionally contribute reviews to NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. In 2020, Marker regarded me as “basically some random guy,” which, you know, is totally true.

A quick concession: I won’t pretend that Hot Pod is anything close to a fully comprehensive source on the entire podcast industry and community. That’s not I’m trying to be. Nor will I or the writers I contract portend to know everything, or be correct all the time, or have a clear sense on how the future will unfold. Such is the nature of being human: we can only share with you the limited but full scope of what we know, what we think, and what we believe at this point in time.

That said, I produce Hot Pod with a few guiding principles: thoughtfulness, nuance, balance, and sobriety. My greatest pleasures come from thinking deeply, embracing empathy, and being comfortable with uncertainty. And the goal of this enterprise is to apply of those things to the study of the steadily growing podcast industry. Here, we talk about systems, ideas, problems, actions, arguments, and people. We also try to keep things pretty chill.

Thanks for reading.

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