Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Tracking: November 19, 2019

Well, that’s a little harsh. The latest New York Times Magazine issue — the annual Tech and Design issue, this time themed around the unforeseen consequences of the once-hopeful Internet — had a piece that leaned heavily on podcasts as its primary case study, though with a headline barbed with thorns: “Even Nobodies Have Fans […]

November 19, 2019

Insider: November 15, 2019

– Edison Research/NPR’s Spoken Word Audio Report

– Rev under continued scrutiny… and more!

November 15, 2019

Insider: November 14, 2019

– Personnel Notes, re: Goat Rodeo DC, Three Uncanny Four, Talkhouse

– Pandora’s Table Stakes

– Slate is now half-podcast… and more!

November 15, 2019

The Podcast Entertainment Industrial Complex, Revisited

Should I ever run out of ideas for columns, I’d probably get decent mileage out of revisiting older pieces with the purposes of revising, updating, and/or straight-up retracting. This would be one of those columns, except it’s not one borne out of an ideas deficit. There’s a legitimate news peg here, one that brings into […]

November 12, 2019

Tracking: November 12, 2019

American Public Media Group has laid off twelve people as part of restructure, according to Current. The development was announced last Thursday, and though the specific job cuts were not formally highlighted, Current pointed out that employees at Southern California Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio were affected. Additionally, an all-staff email from SCPR CEO […]

November 12, 2019

Editor’s Note

Five years ago on this day — literally: November 5, 2014 — I published the first issue of this newsletter. (Lord, it hurts just to look at it.) And for one reason or another, I haven’t stopped publishing the damn thing since: through major life changes and tragedies, professional disasters and upswings, days where I […]

November 5, 2019

Festivus, for the Rest of Us

Over the past month, we’ve been running a call for opinions built around a fairly straightforward question: “What are you most frustrated by?” (With respect to the podcast industry, of course.) To put it mildly, folks obliged. Let me start by establishing what I tried to do this with this piece. Editorially, the goal was […]

November 5, 2019

Insider: October 31, 2019

  • Slow Burn S3, and some business notes on that
  • Connie Walker to Gimlet Media
  • This Week in the Existential Tension between Advertising and Direct Support… and more!
November 1, 2019

For Art and Profit

The last time I kept tabs on Kaitlin Prest — the Canadian creator of The Heart, known for her work around the complicated contours of intimacy — it was on the occasion of The Shadows, her big fiction project for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which came out around this time last year. I thought the […]

October 29, 2019

Tracking: October 29, 2019

Luminary gets new CEO, raises more money. The news came out last Thursday: former HBO president and chief revenue officer Simon Sutton replaces founder Matt Sacks as CEO, who will now assume the role of executive chairman. The company also announced that it has raised an additional $30 million in Series C funding from “existing […]

October 29, 2019