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Miscellaneous Bites: August 14 ,2018

Keeping an eye on this. A reader flagged this topic on the Apple iTunes discussion board yesterday: apparently there’s been an authentication bug preventing a decent number of people from submitting new podcasts for inclusion into the Apple Podcast directory. Understandably, the problem has been cause for a great deal of frustration. Will look into this.

Show Notes.

  • I talked to the dude Leon Neyfakh about “Why Slow Burn Season Two Is All About Bill Clinton’s Impeachment.” (Vulture)
  • The Boston public radio station WBUR has secured a $30,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for Circle Round, its storytelling podcast for kids.
  • And speaking of WBUR, Endless Thread is returning for its second season on August 10.
  • Milwaukee Public Radio is producing a podcast… all about pretzels. Shouts to the mad genius who pushed this through management. (Milwaukee Magazine)

Miscellaneous Bites

  • Chris Hardwick, the prominent podcaster and Nerdist Industries founder who was accused of emotional and sexual abuse in June, has been restored to the “About” section of the Nerdist website following an internal investigation. The restoration comes a month after AMC reinstated Hardwick as the host of several talk shows, including Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick. (Vulture)
  • Sue Schardt, CEO of the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), has stepped down. Schardt has led AIR since 2007. The organization has kicked off a search for a new CEO, and Luis Perez, vice chair of the AIR board, will serve as the executive liaison overseeing operations in the interim. (Press release)
  • “NPR Is Criticized After White Nationalist Ranks the Races by Intelligence on Air.” (NY Times) And then read Elizabeth Jensen, NPR’s ombudsman, on the matter. (NPR)
  • Spotify adds the BBC’s Podcast portfolio to its inventory. (Press Release)
  • “Pandora’s podcast genome project could launch by the end of the year.” (The Verge)