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Tracking: February 19, 2019

  • Shouts to former Nieman fellow Katherine Goldstein for launching The Double Shift, a new independently-produced narrative podcast that will produce reported stories on the contemporary generation of working mothers. It’s being distributed as part of the Critical Frequency podcast network — one of the two Supporting Cast launch partners, by the way — and it’s directly funded in large part by foundations, counting The Ford Foundation as its major patron.
  • Heads up: the Winter Podcast Upfront, which is being held in decidedly not-wintery Los Angeles, takes place tomorrow.
  • Last week, RadioPublic launched a new feature called PodSites, described as a “custom website builder” for podcast publishers.
  • Vox Media launched a new site for its podcast network this morning. Spiffy.
  • Looks like the trend of podcasting politicians won’t fade away. Almost three years after Newt Gingrich gave Michael Barbaro “more than enough to start your blog” (see here, start at 29:41), Gingrich has launched his own audio blog, Newt’s World, courtesy of Westwood One.
  • Another Panoply show finds a home, post-divestment: Sam Dingman’s Family Ghosts gets picked up by Spoke Media.

This time last year. To refresh: I’m copping this new feature from the very smart Ali Griswold, who writes a damn good newsletter on the sharing economy called Oversharing, where we go over the headlines from this point last year.

In the February 20, 2018 issue, The Daily invades public radio stations courtesy of American Public Media — and I was meh about the move, still am — KQED puts out its own local daily podcast called The Bay, Audioboom pursues an ultimately ill-fated deal with Triton Digital, and “Amazon launches a Polly WordPress plugin that turns blog posts into audio, including podcasts.”