Aria Bracci

Aria has been reporting since 2015, making audio since 2016. She’s moved between the two worlds, but here, she’s in both.

Revisions on the “Ideal” Listening Environment

When you think of the last podcast episode you listened to, do you remember where you were? Doing laundry? Taking a walk around the block? Perhaps you would’ve had a different answer a little over a year ago, before the pandemic vastly limited the amount of places you could freely be. As the anniversary of […]

March 16, 2021

Insider: March 12, 2021 — Infinite Dial 2021, And I’m Your Host (and Producers)… of Self Evident

March 12, 2021

Class is in Session

Last week, I wrote about Chelsea Ursin, who entered the audio scene to find its taxonomy not only unintuitive but unintelligible. Her experience underlines how that lack of categorical specificity poses a problem for potential listeners, whose lack of familiarity with the medium could benefit from some clearer signage. This week, another story in a […]

March 9, 2021

What’s in a name?

Chelsea Ursin started to consider a career in audio once she’d already started one, mostly by accident. She’d found herself volunteering for the scripted-and-performed children’s podcast Wow in the World, which broke open her assumption of what the medium could be. That assumption, in her words, was “blogger-type dudes chatting about things.” Originally intending to […]

March 2, 2021

Insider: February 26, 2021 — Q4 for iHeartMedia, Neon Hum’s Bootcamp Inductees, The Artist and The Athlete

February 26, 2021

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

February 19, 2021

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

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

February 12, 2021

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

Time to leave the capsule: three inside looks at audio art

At one point, The World According to Sound was a podcast. A 90-second, narration-less podcast, but a podcast. It captured sound, not stories, like the slurp of a mudpot. Born from Sam Harnett and Chris Hoff’s frustration with the conventions of narrative audio, it eschewed information transmission for pure sensory experience. And when the pair […]

February 2, 2021