I don’t want to spend too much time on this, but I just wanted to highlight two recent additions to the genre that are pretty compelling: the CBC’s Front Burner and The Guardian’s Today in Focus. Three parts to this take: (1) Both productions genuinely beat the problem of information redundancy for me, speaking as […]
Once again, we return to an old hobby horse of mine. What can I say? I find the genre endlessly fascinating. It’s filled with so much land to find, so many things that haven’t been done yet. After all, that’s why I’m still here. We begin with a news hook: last Wednesday, the Washington Post […]
Watch for Michael Barbaro’s voice everywhere.
Paywalls and prospects. I’ve always been curious about Stitcher Premium. There are several reasons for this. The first and most prominent is a matter of my inbox: over the past few months, I’ve seen an uptick in messages from creators asking about the pros and cons of working with the paywalled premium podcast platform. Some, […]
Today, Explained, explained: Vox enters the daily news podcast race with a comma-happy, personality-driven show
Quick preamble: I was working on my taxes yesterday when I realized that last Thursday marked the two-year point since I incorporated Hot Pod Media LLC. To celebrate the occasion, I’m hauling an old Hot Pod feature out of retirement just for this issue: the unnecessary deployment of irrelevant GIFs. Thanks for being a reader, […]
“The Troubles.” We’re three months into New York Public Radio’s reckoning with sexual harassment and an organizational culture that allowed for bullying and discriminatory behaviors that have especially hurt women and people of color. (See here, here, and here.) And it’s far from over. Boris Kachka, writing for New York magazine’s The Cut (where the […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 137, published October 24, 2017. WBUR wades into the daily podcast grind…with sports. So, one of the structural advantages of on-demand audio — and of the internet more broadly, with the way it collapses physical space — is how it allows publishers to identify, […]
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 […]
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 134, published August 29, 2017. Art19 closes out a busy August. Last week, the California-based technology company announced a $7.5 million Series A funding round led by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments and DCM Ventures. This makes Art19 the third podcast venture to issue such […]
The daily podcaster’s choice: Try to fit in listeners’ crowded mornings or tackle the evening commute?
Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 133, published August 22, 2017. The daily show. If The New York Times’ The Daily and NPR’s Up First — taken collectively as, like, an index fund of the daily news podcast construct writ large — have taught us anything, it’s that there’s a […]