Issue 194,  published February 5, 2019

Tracking: February 5, 2019

  • Sunday’s Super Bowl may have been a bore/punter’s delight, but hey, did you catch Criminal in an Amazon ad?
  • BBC executive James Purnell has published an update on how BBC Sounds app is faring and promised that new features are launching soon. The last week of January was the best week to date, he says, with “a record-high 1.36 million listeners [listening]  for an average 2 hours 40 minutes”.
  • And while we’re here, the BBC also appears to be on the hunt for folks to staff up a new daily podcast aimed at the youths.
  • NPR debuts a new narrative show: Throughline, hosted by Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdelfatah.
  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey continues his tour on the podcast circuit, popping up most recently on The Joe Rogan Experience.
  • The Daily now comes with transcipts! For those interested, they’re using 3Play, a third-party service.
  • Over at Vulture, I reviewed WNYC Studios’ 10 Things That Scare Me.

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 6, 2018 issue, New York Public Radio was three months into its organizational culture crisis, Radio Public launched its Paid Listens program, Gimlet (remember them?) formed Gimlet Pictures (awww), and Pandora was reorganizing its business, implementing cost-saving measures to fund new bets on ad tech… and non-music content.