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Tracking: January 29, 2019


  • The next Infinite Dial report from Edison Research drops on March 6.
  • Adam Carolla has re-upped his contract with PodcastOne for the next five years. (Variety)
  • Apparent, probably, possible, maybe 2020 presidential candidate/former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz appears on Gywneth Paltrow’s goop podcast to… *stares out the window* I’m not looking forward to this next election cycle, I tell ya.
  • Over at Vulture, I spoke to Thao Nguyen and Hrishikesh Hirway about the Song Exploder host switchover.
  • Gimlet’s next big swing is back in the true crime genre.
  • Dave Hill’s Podcasting Incident celebrates its 100th episode, after nine long years.
  • From Rachel Holliday Smith, via NYT’s Smarter Living: “A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Into Podcasts.”
  • For those who have been keeping an eye on the in-car dashboard OEM beat, I found this interview by The Verge interesting: “The head of Android Auto on how Google will power the car of the near future.”
  • In a recent NY Times piece about an artisanal seltzer brand, the following description about the wellness plight of millennials: “The natural participants, however, are people in their 20s and 30s, who have never known the promise of life improving economic stability, or job security; whose lives are ordered by debt so unwieldy as to be abstract; who, instead of aspiring toward power in its familiar forms, want relief — a general softening of life — and prefer sober dance parties, life-hacking podcasts and bullet journals.” Excuse me while I remove the arrows from my chest.
  • Spotted off the On The Media Twitter account: “Folks, Liyna is a former OTM intern and she’s looking for a bone marrow transplant. Can you help? Spread the word.” Here’s the link.

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 January 30, 2018 issue, we were a month into Apple’s new in-episode analytics… and the world didn’t end. “Forget those worries that the podcast bubble would burst the minute anyone actually got a closer look: It seems like podcast listeners really are the hyper-engaged, super-supportive audiences that everyone hoped,” wrote Wired. PRX struck a partnership with Night Vale Presents and Gen-Z Media. MPR continued to be engulfed in the Garrison Keillor fiasco. We learned that Hollywood was going to adapt Dirty John… twice.