Section: People

Section: People
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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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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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Career Spotlight: Lacy Roberts, Transmitter Media

Shout-out to Montana, which was hit by unprecedented February-level snowstorms (!) this past weekend, and also the home state of this week’s interviewee, Lacy Roberts. The mountain west is wild, y’all. Hot Pod: Tell me about your situation. Lacy Roberts: I’m the managing producer at Transmitter Media, a podcast production company in Brooklyn. That means […]

October 1, 2019
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Tracking: October 1, 2019

Audioboom CEO Rob Proctor steps down. The London-based company — historically oriented around its technology platform, but which has since diversified towards other business-to-business functions — made the news public yesterday, and further announced that COO Stuart Last is stepping into an interim CEO role. I don’t know about you, but the announcement struck me […]

October 1, 2019
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Career Spotlight: Hana Walker-Brown

Hana Walker-Brown is an award-winning documentary maker, composer, producer and writer based in London, where she currently works as an executive producer at Audible. In this edition of Career Spotlight, Walker-Brown talks to us about pointing the microphone in the right direction, adversity as a theme, and using your big ‘ol Doc Martens to keep […]

September 10, 2019
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Career Spotlight: Alan Montecillo, Illinois Public Media

Alan Montecillo combines his work as a producer at Illinois Public Media with studying for an MLIS degree. In this edition of Career Spotlight, Montecillo talks to us about how he got into audio, how his favourite podcast set him on the path to his current job, and the privilege dimension of the volunteer/intern hustle. […]

August 22, 2019
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Career Spotlight: Ryan Haas, OPB

Ryan Haas’ work on Bundyville was folded into his day-to-day responsibilities at Oregon Public Broadcasting, of which there were already quite a few. In this edition of Career Spotlight, Haas talks to us about editing for audio, sports writing in the Carribean, and the relationship between public media and print media castoffs. *** Hot Pod: […]

August 6, 2019
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Permanent Collection

Here’s something really cool: the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture — abbreviated as NMAAHC —  has selected eleven episodes from Revision Path, an interview podcast by the entrepreneur and web designer Maurice Cherry showcasing black designers from all over the world, for inclusion into its permanent collection. We’re told that this […]

August 1, 2019
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POC in Audio Directory Launches

Last October, I wrote about the producer Phoebe Wang’s acceptance speech at the Third Coast Festival that doubled as a rousing a call-to-action: a crew of organizers — Adizah Eghan, Zakiya Gibbons, Aliya Pabani, Afi Yellow-Duke, and Wang — were building a directory of producers of color to negate claims by audio institutions that it […]

July 17, 2019
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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