Section: Doing Stuff

Section: Doing Stuff
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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
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State of the Crooked Union

I guess we should start with the news peg: in what is both a sign of the times and a nod towards times to come, Crooked Media is preparing to launch daily podcast to further satiate the ravenous appetite of its substantial constituency. Billed as the progressive media company’s “first daily audio news podcast,” the […]

October 22, 2019
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Will podcast playlists elevate the microcast?

While digging through my Spotify profile this past weekend, I came across an intriguing discovery: Gimlet had been republishing five- to seven-minute excerpts of its podcast Science Vs as new, standalone episodes, made specifically to fit into the algorithmic playlist Your Daily Drive on Spotify. These shorter episodes are set aside as an entirely different […]

October 15, 2019
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Bridging Podcasts and Book Publicity

Having to explain what a podcast is in a professional setting may not be a new experience to many Hot Pod readers. There are the more direct versions of this, where you need potential guests to understand where their interview will be broadcast or you’re answering a query at a family gathering as to why […]

October 15, 2019