Section: Doing Stuff

Section: Doing Stuff
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#Sponcon and Chill

Did you know that Netflix has podcasts? Like, a whole bunch of them? And did you know that those podcasts, overt in advertising purpose as they are, are little more inventive and interesting than one would otherwise expect? Netflix’s growing portfolio of audio #sponcon was the subject of a Vulture piece I wrote last week, […]

June 11, 2019
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Deep Support

The Ad-Free Tim Ferriss Experiment.

June 7, 2019
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Big Newsroom, Small Team

Ten years ago last month, the Daily Telegraph newspaper in the UK published a series of astonishing stories about an eye-catching piece of bureaucracy: the way politicians had been claiming expenses. The revelations carried on for weeks, with myriad follow ups and further investigation as the extent to which some MPs had been taking advantage […]

June 4, 2019
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Startup Spotlight: Chartable

Tryin’ out a new recurring feature.

May 31, 2019
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Post-Zombie: Checking in with Six to Start’s Zombies, Run!

I’m not very good at regularly exercising, partly because, while I like running, I’m rubbish at self-improvement and I get bored easily without some external form of entertainment. My quest to overcome this has lead to some exploration at the intersection of fitness apps and podcasting, which largely takes the form of finding things to […]

May 21, 2019
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Against the Show Art

And now for something slightly different. In case you missed it, Michael Lewis has a podcast now. (… separate and apart from The Coming Storm, of course, which wasn’t a podcast but an Audible Original, and before we split hairs and technical definitions, let’s just move on.) It’s called Against the Rules, it’s distributed by […]

May 21, 2019
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What’s next for the indie podcast studio?

Indie podcast studios are a dime a dozen these days, with the model further coming to the forefront as more and more enterprising producers see less upside in working for a preexisting publisher and more upside in opening up a shop they’ll own. There are two main things driving the perceived upside. The first is […]

May 14, 2019
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Making Money: Part III

This week, I’m wrapping up — for now, anyway — my multi-part look into the different ways podcasters make money from their shows with this profile on Muddy Knees, which largely tells the story of how a group of creators who first built an audience at a publication they did not own fared after they […]

May 7, 2019
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Making Money: Part II

Today I’m continuing my multi-part look at the different ways podcasters make money from their shows. You can catch up on the first part of the series, an interview with the creator of The Bright Sessions and now-Luminary creator Lauren Shippen, here. This time, I’m looking at the options open to independent podcasters making their […]

April 18, 2019
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The MaxFunDrive, Holding Steady

Maximum Fun’s annual membership drive had a bit of a bumpy start this year, with website issues that gummed up potential contributions during its first two days. As it turns out, technical hiccups like these can happen to anybody — even Maximum Fun, the Los Angeles-based podcast collective led by Jesse Thorn, which has been […]

April 9, 2019