Section: Doing Stuff

Section: Doing Stuff
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First Draft

Vulture rolled out a fairly chunky week-long package on podcasts, and I had the pleasure of contributing a bunch of pieces and generally helping shape the feel of the whole thing. The anchor, I think, was an essay I wrote that sought to frame the brief history of podcasting so far, which broadly organizes the […]

October 8, 2019
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Slate is developing a What Next spin-off

Slate is developing a What Next spin-off. And unlike the core Mary Harris-led news podcast, it won’t be a daily show. Called What Next: TBD, the spin-off will focus on technology stories on a weekly basis, with new episodes dropping every Friday. Notably, it will be hosted by the great Lizzie O’Leary, the former host […]

October 1, 2019
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Adventures in Music Licensing: A Case Study

So, there’s this upcoming independent project that I’ve been tracking pretty closely. It’s called Moonface (stylized as MOONFACE), it’s a six-part fiction podcast by a team led by KPCC alum James Kim, and it’s set to be a bilingual production, carrying out its story in both English and Korean. Also, it’s going to feature a […]

September 24, 2019
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Reset: Vox Media Podcast Network’s Next Big Swing

This has been in the works for a while, but it’s finally coming out soon. On October 15, Vox Media will officially launch Reset, its upcoming technology news podcast that was originally announced back in February as part of what Axios described as a “multi-million dollar deal” expanding the partnership Vox Media struck up Stitcher […]

September 17, 2019
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Open Ears, Full Hearts, Can’t Lost: WQXR’s New Classical Music Podcast

In August, I saw the Knights orchestra perform at Tanglewood, the Western Mass music venue that’s also the home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It was an interesting scene: I reckon that, while the average age of the audience was 70, the average age of the musicians was 35, a gulf that made me wonder […]

September 17, 2019
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What happens in the absence of recognition?

“I’ve achieved a peculiar sort of success,” said Nate DiMeo, creator of The Memory Palace, when we spoke over the phone last week on the occasion of the podcast being featured as the subject of a Radiolab episode that dropped last week. By “peculiar,” DiMeo was referring to what he perceives as the podcast’s cult […]

September 3, 2019
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Crime Junkies Update

There’s been an escalating development with the plagiarism accusations levelled against the Crime Junkie podcast by reporter Cathy Frye, who initially alleged in a comment on the podcast’s Facebook page posted on 15 August that her copyrighted investigative series “Caught in the Web” had been used “almost verbatim” as the basis for an episode about […]

September 3, 2019
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Insider: August 29, 2019

– Notes on venture capital, podcasting, and the pool moving forward

– The Athletic’s ambitious 120-podcast goal

– The Ringer strikes up a partnership with Grand Central Publishing

August 29, 2019
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Let the Music Play

Music on podcasts has been, especially in the amateur and semi-pro space, a problem basically since the medium has existed. Podcasts are by default distributed and consumed globally, and therefore there’s a really complicated tangle of different copyright laws and jurisdictions to unravel if you are going to try and correctly licence commercial music for […]

August 27, 2019
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Wanted: Podcast Broker

I bang on all the time here about the differences between podcasting in the UK and the US. The tldr version is this: the fundamental differences between US public radio and the BBC, the lack of venture capital money, and so far the non-existence of major UK podcast networks, as well as disparities of scale […]

August 27, 2019