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These are the most important developments in the podcast business so far in 2017

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 135, published September 5, 2017. Programming note! Ah yes, so we are in September! As you might already know, I’m taking a five-issue break from writing Hot Pod, starting next week and back on October 17, to do the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship in […]

September 5, 2017
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Apple, podcasting’s dominant (and mostly benign) middleman, is rebooting how it delivers shows

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 […]

June 6, 2017
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Making Gay History’s podcast digs into interview archives to let voices “come to life again”

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 120, published May 16, 2017. On the podcasts to TV beat. A couple of developments here: (1) ABC has officially picked up the television adaptation of Gimlet’s StartUp, according to Deadline. However, the project is now in search of a name due to another […]

May 16, 2017
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Is Spotify’s move into original podcasts a pure platform play or something more open?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 109, published February 28, 2017. Hey folks — we got a ton of news to sort through. Let’s clip through, pew pew pew. About those original Spotify podcasts. The music streaming giant announced its initial ((Initial, that is, if you don’t count Clarify, the […]

February 28, 2017
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Hot Pod: Will 60dB’s algorithms and user experience give it a lead over other audio platforms?

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue ninety-four, published November 1, 2016. Tiny Garage Labs pushed its short-form audio platform 60dB out into the public last week and bagged itself a bit of press, with writeups from Fast Company, Lifehacker, TechCrunch, and Nieman Lab. A few weeks ago, I briefly wrote […]

November 1, 2016
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Hot Pod: Gimlet risks its image as scrappy and transparent by mishandling a show cancellation

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue ninety-one, published October 11, 2016. Growing Up Gimlet. Okay, there’s a lot baked into this story and I’m still processing, so this isn’t an argument so much as me thinking through this. Let’s get to it. Podcastland was lit aflame last Thursday when Starlee […]

October 11, 2016
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Your favorite podcasts, coming to a TV screen near you?

Gimlet’s StartUp being adapted for television. My inbox has long bubbled with rumors of Gimlet getting involved in television and L.A. sightings of company co-founder Matt Lieber, and so I wasn’t particularly surprised when a Deadline report dropped Monday night indicating that ABC is bringing the StartUp podcast to linear television. According to the report, […]

September 1, 2016
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Revisiting the question: Why doesn’t audio go viral?

Why audio doesn’t go viral, revisited. Do you remember what you were doing back in January 2014? I do. I was freezing my butt off in one of the colder New York winters, working on weird projects while collecting a meager paycheck from a strange little job that seemed to go nowhere, fast. But for […]

November 24, 2015
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Why is WNYC making such a big bet on podcasts?

WNYC Studios, part two: In case you missed it, last week saw big public radio mothership WNYC announce the launch of its new podcast division, called WNYC Studios. The new unit ostensibly serves two purposes: first, to formally house the operations of the station’s existing digitally oriented shows, and second, to carry out the development […]

October 20, 2015