Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Insider: June 4, 2020

Notes on the past few days

June 4, 2020

Editor’s Note: June 2, 2020

Hey everyone. Nick here. We’re not publishing an issue today. Not after the week we just had, and the week we’re having, marked by an explosion of massive justified protests across the United States and in cities around the world against police brutality, catalyzed by the police killing of yet another black American, George Floyd. […]

June 2, 2020

Insider: May 28, 2020

  • Complexly’s Hank Green: “Spotify wants to become the go-to for podcasts. Creators and audiences should worry.”
  • Axios: “Amazon is looking to invest in localized podcast content.”
  • Stitcher’s Podcasting Report… and more!
May 28, 2020


Let’s say you’ve been making a podcast for quite some time now, but as it happens, the podcast doesn’t really belong to you or your fellow co-hosts. Instead, it’s owned by the big ol’ media company you worked for when you first started the show. Now let’s say, for whatever reason, you don’t work for […]

May 26, 2020

Illustration: “Brains”

May 26, 2020

Further Notes on Rogan/Spotify

Chances are you probably already know the details, but let’s quickly recap so we’re all on the same page. Last Tuesday, it was announced that Spotify has struck a multi-year licensing agreement with The Joe Rogan Experience, widely understood to be one of the biggest podcasts in the business, that will see the show become […]

May 26, 2020

Tracking: May 26, 2020

Pandemic Watch. It’s Week 13, according to Stitcher’s pandemic timeline, or 12 weeks after the initial widespread implementation of stay-at-home measures in these United States. The word from the most recent Podtrac’s coronavirus update: the upwards slither continues, with the May 18-24 stretch seeing a 5 percent increase in downloads and a 4 percent increase […]

May 26, 2020

Insider: May 21, 2020

  • Follow-up to Rogan/Spotify
  • The Saga of Call Her Daddy
  • Alternate Take on Luminary… and more!
May 21, 2020

Breaking: The Joe Rogan Experience to become exclusive to Spotify

This just in: it’s been announced that Spotify has signed The Joe Rogan Experience, which previously wasn’t available on the platform, to a multi-year exclusive licensing deal. Which means that not only has Spotify finally made the last big holdout available on its platform, it’s also eventually going to become the exclusive home to what’s […]

May 19, 2020

Pandemic Watch: May 19, 2020

It’s Week 12, according to Stitcher’s pandemic timeline, or eleven weeks after the initial widespread implementation of stay-at-home measures in the US. The word from last night’s Podtrac coronavirus update: the metrics continue to crawl up, with the week of May 11-17 seeing a 4% increase in downloads and a 3% increase audiences compared to […]

May 19, 2020