Section: Doing Stuff

Section: Doing Stuff
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Guy Raz to step away from TED Radio Hour, plus Star Power and Pods

This came in just before the long weekend: Guy Raz, the wildly industrious purveyor of wonder and enthusiasm, will be stepping away from the TED Radio Hour as host and editorial director at the end of this year. In a statement, NPR, which co-produces the popular “podcast about ideas” with TED, announced that they will […]

July 9, 2019
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Director’s Commentaries, but for Podcasts

We love a good director’s commentary track in my house. I still buy DVDs most of the time for the extras, and when it comes to films I really love, I sometimes play them while I’m writing with the commentary track going in the background with the screen dimmed so there’s no picture. There’s something […]

July 9, 2019
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The Long Tail News Peg

When the first two of earthquakes hit Southern California last week, I instantly thought about two things. The first was Kathryn Schulz’s The Really Big One, which I’ve reread every six months for the past four years and which cross my mind at least once every other week. The second was, “Man, that KPCC earthquake […]

July 9, 2019
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Reality Binds: In the UK, a Commercial TV company finds value in Reality TV Recap Pods

It’s safe to say that major broadcasters in Britain were pretty slow to get involved with podcasting. I’ve written about this a fair bit before, mostly in relation to the BBC, but it’s easily applicable to the UK’s major private media entities, like ITV and Channel 4. The former, though, appears to have broken through […]

July 2, 2019
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Tracking: July 2, 2019

First Look Media has shut down two of its digital properties: Topic Magazine and The Nib, and the organization appears to be doing so to allocate more resources to Topic.com’s original video content production. Study Hall’s media newsletter first reported the development. However, I’ve been told that these cuts do not affect the podcast operations […]

July 2, 2019
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The “Podfading Problem”

Spoiler: it’s dumb

July 1, 2019
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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