Section: Doing Stuff

Section: Doing Stuff
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Patreon Capital: An Alternative to Podcast Financing

I was tempted to kick this story off with a platitude along the lines of: “Starting something is the hardest part.” Then I thought the better of it, because that’s not strictly true. Keeping something going can be much harder, as in the case of a conversation, relationship, or even this newsletter, because with starting […]

February 18, 2020
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The State of Podcast Merch

This weekend, I went to the PodUK convention in Birmingham. I attended, and wrote about, the inaugural version of this event last year, and my experiences on Saturday were largely similar, in that I found it to be a really warm and inclusive event rooted in the podcast fan experience, a far cry from other […]

February 4, 2020
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On Development, Strategic and Beyond

This segment’s going to be a little different from what we usually do. A few months ago, I was bumbling around LinkedIn — a rare occurrence, given, you know, *broadly gestures* — when a profile caught my eye: one Sofia Klatzker, who holds two curious titles that intrigued me. The first is “Vice President, Strategic […]

A chat with Sofia Klatzker, VP of Strategic Development at 99% Invisible and President of the Roman Mars Foundation

January 21, 2020
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The Power That Be

There’s a lot going on over in New Hampshire. Back in September, the public radio station over there, NHPR, launched a podcast called Stranglehold, which sought to interrogate the mythology around the Granite State’s status as the first to vote in the presidential primaries. It’s a status that has given New Hampshire a considerable amount […]

December 10, 2019
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Primal Stream

This one needs a wind-up. Back in June, I interviewed Alan Bennett from the HeadStuff podcast network in Ireland, who had just taken over a historic recording studio in Dublin and was about to reopen it as a podcast studio complex. We were talking about the state of Irish podcasting more generally, speculating as to […]

November 12, 2019
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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
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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
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How to Spend a Crowdfunder

The British podcast sitcom Wooden Overcoats has racked up plenty of plaudits since its first series was released in 2015, including a Best of iTunes slot and a British Podcast Award. Its creators were relatively early into the now-booming fiction podcast scene, but the show still stands out — especially in the UK — because of […]

October 29, 2019
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Risk

The Wild West is an oft-used metaphor in discussions about the podcast ecosystem, both as descriptor (“there are no rules out here”) and excuse (“there are no rules for me to follow”). Personally, I don’t have much love for the metaphor, given its overuse by those who wish to sound like they know a damn […]

October 22, 2019
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The Longest Shortest Goodbye

Hillary Frank, the public radio veteran whose first story aired on This American Life in 1999, started The Longest Shortest Time, her podcast about parenthood and the universe therein, back in 2010. And it’s coming to an end this year, with the first episode of its final season coming out tomorrow. To mark the show’s […]

October 22, 2019