Slate Outlook. This is a tad newsier and more with-the-pack than I generally like to be, but whatever — there’s a bunch of juicy, usable stuff in here. Slate readers woke up this morning to something big from the 22-year-old online magazine: a total redesign, complete with an overhauled backend to improve the site’s user […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 138, published October 31, 2017. Happy Halloween folks! Subscriptions at a personal level. When I wrote about Panoply’s paid kids-oriented listening service, Pinna, earlier this month, I was drawn to a question that didn’t end up being articulated in the piece: Does a subscription-first audio product […]
Panoply’s Pinna might just be the first really interesting attempt to get people to pay for podcasts
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 136, published October 17, 2017. 60dB → Google. Google has acqui-hired the team behind 60dB, the personalized short-form audio app. The team, which goes by the name of Tiny Garage Labs, announced the move last Tuesday, and a Google representative confirmed the development to Business Insider. As part of […]
Post-election, how do you create a politics podcast for a market (still) flooded with politics podcasts?
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 130, published August 1, 2017. Strong early feedback for NPR’s Wow in the World. Kids’ podcasts: there are rising arguments for more, and we now have some numbers for those looking into building a strategy. NPR tells me that Wow in the World, the […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 122, published June 6, 2017. I sunk a lot of hours this weekend trying to write a column on “Peak Podcasting,” following some inspiration from a tweet by the esteemed Lizzie O’Leary — which speaks to a broad feeling that I’ve been seeing a […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 118, published May 2, 2017. Gretta Cohn officially launches her new podcast studio. About two months after announcing her departure from Midroll, where Cohn most recently served as the company’s executive producer, her solo venture now has a name and an initial client list. The […]