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Miscellaneous Bites: July 24, 2018

Conference Watch.

  • The Third Coast International Audio Festival opens registration later today. Programming announcements will begin trickling out soon. As always, the conference will be held in the great city of Chicago — go Cubs — and will take place on October 4-6.
  • PodCon, the Seattle podcast conference launched by VidCon founder Hank Green, is coming back for seconds. PodCon 2 is scheduled for January 19-20, 2019, and its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is now live with a $300,000 flexible goal.
  • Podcast Movement is happening this week in Philadelphia.

Show Notes.

  • Slate’s Slow Burn is coming back for its sophomore season on August 8. Fans of Leon Neyfakh’s noir narration, rejoice! Here’s my write-up on Vulture.
  • ICYMI: the Boston Globe announced another major podcast collaboration last week, this time with WBUR. Called Last Seen, the project is a ten-episode limited true crime series about the unsolved 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist that saw the thieves make away with 13 pieces totaling around $500 million in value. This is the second podcast collaboration between the Boston Globe and WBUR. The first was the daily sports podcast Season Ticket, which I’m told ended its run in February.
  • Radiotopia launched a new podcast last week: Everything is Alive, a quirky improvisational podcast led by How to Do Everything’s Ian Chillag. This is Radiotopia’s second new show launch in two months, following the rollout of Manoush Zomorodi and Jen Poyant’s ZigZag on June 14.
  • Scene on Radio is back with a new season. Following up last year’s Seeing White series, host John Biewen partners with Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Celeste Headlee to examine a most distressing topic: Men.
  • Axios is now dabbling with podcasts. The rapid-fire news organization with an eye towards concision is adapting its finance vertical, Pro Rata with Dan Primack, into a short-form daily news podcast. Episodes are meant to be ten minutes long. Publishing begins this week.

“Podcasts by women, for everyone, no creeps allowed.” Over at Vulture, Megh Wright has a story on how three women in Los Angeles — Amanda Lund, Maria Blasucci, and Priyanka Mattoo — are launching a new podcast network where “the people making decisions about what shows are interesting and deserve a chance are women.” The network is called Earios, and the trio launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this week to fund its formation.

Miscellaneous Bites

  • The New York Times has announced the team that’ll be working on The Weekly, the organization’s Showtime-bound video documentary series that’s said to be a genetic descendant of its daily news podcast, The Daily. Here’s the announcement, and here’s some background.
  • And speaking of the Times: it ran a curious profile on the complicated and controversial Michael Rapaport, the comedian and sports podcaster whose show, I Am Rapaport, is said to be averaging “one and a half million to two million monthly downloads across multiple platforms, according to the show’s producers.” For those doing the math, it’s worth noting that the podcast averages about ten episodes a month. (NY Times)
  • “Everything Has a Podcast These Days, So Why Not First Ladies?” Vanity Fair publishes a quick look at the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s podcast on first ladies.