Section: Doing Stuff

Section: Doing Stuff
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Vox Media Podcast Network expands partnership with Stitcher

Rolling off their collaboration on Today, Explained, the two companies are teaming up again to produce a new flagship show for Vox Media’s Recode brand.

February 21, 2019
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Slate Plus Conversion Numbers

The Slow Burn effect, baby.

February 21, 2019
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PodUK: Podcast Fans Unite

At the top of February, I headed off to Birmingham to attend the first PodUK convention. There have been a few different podcast events debuting in the UK in the last few months, with new festivals in Brighton and Manchester and workshops in London, and I consider the viability of these things as a good […]

February 12, 2019
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Switched On Pop joins Vox Media Podcast Network

Vox Media has added Switched On Pop, a popular independent music podcast by Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan, to its podcast network. The show will officially re-launch next month as Vox’s first music-centered podcast, and will publish on a weekly basis. This is Vox Media’s first external podcast signing, though Harding and Sloan will retain […]

February 5, 2019
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Why File Organization Matters

Preserve This Podcast (PTP), a project funded via an $142,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, started work in February 2018. It exists to help podcasters protect their work against digital decay. This, they argue, is a problem that is likely to hit podcasts harder than work made using other mass media because most cultural […]

February 5, 2019
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Forever35 Takes Care of Itself

I’ve been listening to Forever35, a podcast with the self-stated subject of “the things we do to take care of ourselves,” since it launched in January 2018. The podcast sees Los Angeles-based writers Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer staging a relaxed, conversational show discussing various aspects of “self-care.” Within their context, the commonly-deployed buzzword is […]

January 22, 2019
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Teach Me How To Live

Let me begin by showing my cards here: I’m a sucker for stuff broadly known as “self-help” or “personal betterment,” along with many of its associated sub-genres that carry the prefix “personal” (e.g. personal finance, personal fitness) or the suffix “hacks” (e.g. life hacks, travel hacks). Which is to say, I’m the kind of guy […]

January 22, 2019
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Audio Fiction’s “Next Phase”

Right before we wrapped for the holidays, Ella Watts, a London-based podcast producer and consultant, shared the results of a research effort on the fiction podcast genre that she had undertaken off a commission by the BBC Sounds team. It’s an interesting piece of work, and I recommend taking the time to read it in […]

January 16, 2019
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Who reviews the reviewers?

There are certain questions about the podcast business that come around again and again. One of them is to do not with the audio industry itself, but the way its products are covered in the wider media: essentially, why aren’t there more podcast reviewers?

January 14, 2019
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The Three Most Interesting Podcast Companies

I did this segment before I took my brief sabbatical last fall, and I thought it came out great, so I’m doing it again. Here, I’d like to quickly highlight the three companies that struck me as the most interesting over the past twelve months. They aren’t necessarily the most successful or the biggest, but […]

December 11, 2018