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Insider: February 19, 2021 — Acast acquires RadioPublic, And I’m Your Host… Stacey Vanek Smith

February 19, 2021
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Insider: February 18, 2021 — Reply All, iHeartMedia and Triton Digital, Clubhouse Follow-up

February 18, 2021
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How Sex Workers Try to Make Podcasts Work For Them

Did you know that when you apply for a relief loan through the Small Business Administration, you have to certify that you don’t “present live performances of a prurient sexual nature”? I sure didn’t. This is one of almost innumerable obstacles for the modern sex worker; it’s also one of the topics Parker Westwood hopes […]

February 16, 2021
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Illustration: “War of the Words”

February 16, 2021
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The Joys and Opportunities of “Passive Podcasts”

Generally speaking, it’s usually assumed that podcasts require us to give them our attention. But what about the ones that don’t? Even a cursory glance at the podcast charts would reveal that the bulk of popular shows tend to center around storytelling, informational, or educational experiences. And so, when we see something like WALKING — […]

February 16, 2021
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So, what about this Clubhouse thing?

Much of Clubhouse is boring — or, at least, disproportionately filled with the awkward in-between of group interaction. This is far from a novel observation, and it’s an observation that continues to be made even as the attention and discourse around the audio chat app rose to fever pitch over the past few weeks. Pulling […]

February 16, 2021
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Insider: February 12, 2021 — Apple International, Libsyn acquires Auxbus, and a Love Letter to Love Letters

February 12, 2021
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Insider: February 11, 2021 — Edison’s Top 50 of 2020, Binaural Audio, Accelerator for Kids Podcasts

February 11, 2021
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Staying Attuned: A Look at Preet Bharara, CAFE, and Navigating the Post-Trump Podcast Boom

Today marks the start of President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, a historic proceeding of TBD significance that will serve at least two functions as it plays out. The first is an assessment as to whether the country’s institutions will hold the former president accountable for fueling the insurrection at the Capitol last month with […]

February 9, 2021
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A Russian Dating Show, and A Way In

“It’s not really easy to be an open LGBTQ person in Russia,” says Kristina Vazovsky from the other end of the Zoom call, where the just-risen sun is making her squint. Vazovsky, founder of podcast company ТОЛК (“TOLK” in English), is thirteen time zones away. She is not in Russia — not anymore. Even if […]

February 9, 2021