Issue 190,  published January 8, 2019

Tracking: January 8, 2019

  • Sunday night’s Golden Globes saw two podcast-to-television products nominated: Homecoming (which was very good!) and Dirty John (which would’ve been a better Lifetime show, IMO). Neither won, but hey, it was still a wild thing to see. Meanwhile, we had another round of pod-to-tv trend pieces (shouts to my original Vulture piece on the matter, way back last February), and if you need to read a few from this volley, I’d recommend Jaclyn Peiser’s overview at the New York Times — money quote, from Gimlet’s Mr. Lieber: “We created an I.P. factory” — and this one from The Verge, with the money quote from Justin McElroy: “This is America. Everyone thinks they’re going to get a TV show.”
  • This week in daily news podcasts: The Daily is on the hunt for a Managing Editor (!), The Economist will soon roll out one of its own, and Slate’s What Next is officially live after a brief soft launch.
  • Ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Amazon has declared that it has sold over 100 million Alexa devices. As The Verge’s Dieter Bohn noted, this is an “all-too-rare” disclosure of actual sales numbers by the Bezos empire.
  • Speaking of which: CES is happening this week. It’s not my scene, but if you’re there and there’s a good podcast-relevant story, let me know.
  • Lauren Shippen, creator of The Bright Sessions, has launched her own podcast studio: Atypical Artists, with collaborators Jordan Adika and Briggon Snow.
  • Wonder what Dinner Party Download’s Brendan Francis Newnam is up to these days? The dude was apparently involved in the development of WQXR/WNYC Studios’s Aria Code podcast, and has a couple of other projects in the oven.
  • Speaking of WNYC, got this in the inbox: “SAG-AFTRA and New York Public Radio (NYPR) today announced that they have reached a Voluntary Recognition Agreement that will add over 25 new employees – including reporters for the news site Gothamist – to the union’s longstanding collective bargaining unit, which covers approximately 175 workers at NYPR. The new unit made the request to unionize on Nov. 26, 2018.”
  • This one feels like it’s made just for me, who reads this New Yorker classic every six months: KPCC is releasing a “speculative journalism” podcast called The Big One, about what will happen when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake inevitably hits Southern California. It’s said to mix a narrative experience with practical survival tips, and it’s out this week.
  • Apparently Kanye is going on Joe Rogan’s podcast soon.
  • The Longest Shortest Time creator Hillary Frank has a big opinion piece up at the Times: “The Special Misogyny Reserved for Mothers.” You can also hear her on Fresh Air: “Childbirth Injury Led A New Mom To Start A Parenting Podcast ‘To Feel Less Alone.‘”