Nicholas Quah

I run this thing.

Insider: March 19, 2020

  • Follow-up to Coronavirus and Pods
  • Revolving Door
  • Axios-Pushkin daily pod… and more!
March 19, 2020

The Coronavirus Issue: Editor’s Note

Hey folks, More so than anything else in a very long time, the global coronavirus pandemic is a total event against which almost everything will be reorganized, whether it’s by virtue of its immediate effects on daily life or its longer-term economic impact. You can bet your ass we’re taking all of it very seriously […]

March 16, 2020

The Coronavirus Issue: Battle Tactics for the Pandemic Prepared Workplace

First of all, shouts to KUOW’s excellent Battle Tactics for Your Sexist Workplace podcast, apologies for copping the title, it just stuck in my head and I couldn’t help it. Anyway, speaking of KUOW — the Washington state public radio station with an office in Seattle, the first US city to get really slammed by […]

March 16, 2020

The Coronavirus Issue: I Heard You Record in Closets, by Rob Byers

I know there’s a fairly large segment of the Hot Pod readership that have deep experience with work-from-home arrangements and distributed workflows. After all, on the one hand, podcasting has long been the domain of DIY broadcasters, and on the other hand, the radio producer community is rich with office-free freelance mercenaries who are well-versed […]

March 16, 2020

The Coronavirus Issue: Solitary Refinement, by Helen Zaltzman

Next up: some tips for working from home, courtesy of the great Helen Zaltzman, host of The Allusionist. “I think I was built for working in solitude,” said Zaltzman, when I asked for her work-from-home tips. “It hit me hard at age 25 that I didn’t want to work in an office.” She’s been living […]

March 16, 2020

The Coronavirus Issue: Tracking — March 16, 2020

Meanwhile, in Vulture… I wrote about the emerging cluster of coronavirus podcasts that’s popped up over the past few weeks as the story evolved from a global concern into a straight-up pandemic. I tried to string together a few different ideas in this write-up, including its apparent similarities with the impeachment pop-up pod bump, how […]

March 16, 2020

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March 13, 2020

Project Announcement

Before we get started, quick heads up on something I’m working on. It’s going to come as no surprise. In fact, it’s almost a cliche. Here’s the deal: I’m developing a show with LAist Studios, otherwise known as the relatively new podcast division of KPCC. The project will, indeed, be about podcasts — what else? […]

March 10, 2020

Spotify’s Gimlet Media hires new Head of Content

That person is Lydia Polgreen, the New York Times veteran who spent the last three years as editor-in-chief of HuffPost. Confirming the move on Twitter Friday morning, Polgreen wrote: “Gimlet has built the greatest audio team in the world, and I’m so lucky to have the chance to learn from them. Together we have the […]

March 10, 2020

Language Lessons

My eye was caught this week by a new true crime podcast release — The Nobody Zone, which is a co-production between RTÉ in Ireland and Third Ear in Denmark. It covers the alleged crimes of Irishman Kieran Patrick Kelly on the London Underground between 1953 and 1983. But it wasn’t the content of this […]

March 10, 2020