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Tracking: April 14, 2020

Heads up. Triton Digital has released the first edition of its US Podcast Reports. I wrote about the initiative back in January.

The Third Coast Festival is still figuring out the conference, but for now, they’re pushing forward with its annual narrative audio awards, i.e. the Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Entries are now open, and they’ve made some changes, including a new pricing structure, an affordability initiative, and two new categories. More details here.

Miscellaneous Show Notes.

(1) Slate has announced details for the fifth season of Slow Burn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the season will cover the lead-up to the Iraq War, and the publisher is bringing on Noreen Malone, most recently the editorial director of New York Magazine, to host the season.

As a reminder, the fourth season hasn’t rolled out yet. That one will feature Slate staffer Josh Levin going deep on the rise of David Duke. They’re really going full 30 for 30 with this franchise, huh? Hey, I’m not complaining.

Speaking of New York Magazine…

(2) Pivot, the weekly show hosted by Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway, is now officially a New York Magazine podcast. Swisher will also take up an editor-at-large position at the magazine, where she’ll contribute features in addition to co-hosting Pivot, which will also still be considered part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.

You might already know that Swisher was the co-founder of Recode, now part of Vox Media following a 2015 acquisition, and that Vox Media had acquired — merged with? — New York Magazine last fall. She also hosts Recode Decode, another podcast under the Vox Media Podcast Network. There’s a lot of branding criss-crosses here, but that’s life in an age of media consolidation.

And in case you forgot: in addition to running Hot Pod, I’m also a contributing writer to Vulture, a vertical of New York Magazine, owned by Vox Media. Yeah, my head hurts too.

(3) Speaking of me writing for Vulture: I reviewed The Atlantic’s Floodlines, which is very good, and also very Resonant In These Times.

(4) Meanwhile, 99% Invisible is set to debut the second season of Articles of Interest, its spin-off series hosted by staffer Avery Trufelman, on May 12. Episodes will be distributed over the main 99% Invisible feed at launch, and will be redistributed over its own dedicated feed later on.

RIP Matt Holzman. A real one.