Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Apple reportedly discussing paid podcasting service

Bit of a hullabaloo last Friday afternoon, when The Information’s Tom Dotan and Jessica Toonkel published a report stating that Apple is “discussing launching a new subscription service that would charge people to listen to podcasts, according to people familiar with the matter.” Dotan and Toonkel further report that talks are underway between Apple and […]

January 19, 2021

It’s like, you know, a book for your ears

Last week, Pushkin Industries, the audio publishing company founded by Jacob Weisberg and Malcolm Gladwell, published what can be described as its first independently-produced audiobook. Called Hasta la Vista, America, it’s a short humor piece written by Kurt Andersen pegged to President Trump’s impending departure from the White House with the outgoing president being narrated […]

January 19, 2021

Quick… Bites?

Today, the Vox Media Podcast Network is launching a new audio product called Vox Quick Hits, billed as “a daily morning podcast playlist.” The product takes the shape of a podcast feed that publishes three ten-minute episodes every day, with each installment sourced from a different subject area. Some of the episodes will be short […]

January 19, 2021

Tracking: January 19, 2021

Selected Notes… Almost three years after Pocket Casts was acquired by a consortium of public radio organizations, the podcast app appears to be in the process of being sold off again. Current’s Tyler Falk has the report on this. Pour one out for WNYC’s Trump Inc, which ends its run this week as the Trump […]

January 19, 2021

Insider: January 15, 2021 — Four Public Radio Stations have dropped The Daily, Pocket Casts Being Sold Off?, Podchaser raises $4 million

January 15, 2021

Insider: January 14, 2021 — More Follow-up to Caliphate, Descript raises $30 million Series B, Revolving Door

January 14, 2021

2021 Year in Preview

Given the complete annihilation that 2020 brought to the very notion of future projections, I couldn’t help tensing up when I sat down to outline this preview column. But hey, there’s broader usefulness to the conceit of a preview column that goes beyond… well, just projecting ahead. It’s an opportunity to reset the frame, take […]

January 12, 2021

Updates to L’affaire Caliphate [updated]

The tail of this story is still evolving. On Thursday, Radiolab published a note to listeners acknowledging the chatter surrounding Andy Mills, who had been a long-time staffer and who left the show five years ago. “We can’t change the past, but we can promise you that we are all holding this show, and each […]

January 12, 2021

Former Conde Nast Producers Publish Open Letter

Big week for letters. This morning (as in, just a few minute ago), a group of audio producers formerly employed by Condé Nast published an open letter sharing their experiences working for — and then getting laid off by — the media publishing group, which they characterize as having mismanaged the team. The letter begins: […]

January 12, 2021

Introducing Hot Pod’s newest columnist: Aria Bracci

The Hot Pod family has officially grown a little bigger. I’m excited to announce the newsletter’s newest regular contributor: Aria Bracci. She’s a freelance writer and producer based in Massachusetts, and she’ll be writing a story a week for the Tuesday letters in addition to taking over the paid Insider newsletter on Fridays starting next […]

January 12, 2021