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Tracking: March 7, 2019


  • The upcoming daily news podcast from the Wall Street Journal and Gimlet Media have found its hosts: Kate Linebaugh, the Journal’s Deputy US New Coverage Chief, and Ryan Knutson, former WSJ telco reporter. Andrew Sussman also joins from PRI’s The World to serve as executive producer.
  • Pacific Content, the Vancouver branded podcast studio, has been acquired by the Canadian media conglomerate Rogers Media. The exact terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
  • PodCon — the the podcast conference/convention founded by VidCon’s Hank Green, Night Vale’s Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Travis and Justin McElroy, and directed by VidCon’s Monica Gasper — has come to an end, and will not be returning for a third iteration. Green published a Medium post outlining the reasons as to why, and I highly, highly recommend the read, not least because I can relate so very intensely.
  • Shout-out to Mike Pesca, whose daily show The Gist celebrates its fifth year this month, and who penned a piece for The Washington Post arguing for podcasting’s importance in this moment in time.

Release Notes

  • Slow Burn announced details of its third season last week, with a broad launch timeline of “later this year.” It will be hosted by Joel Anderson, most recently a senior writer at ESPN, and it will be about the murders of Biggie and Tupac. I spoke to Slate’s Gabriel Roth about the move for Vulture.
  • The Vox Media Podcast Network has a new show coming out from the Curbed brand: Nice Try, the first season of which will examine utopian communities. It will be hosted, interestingly enough, by Avery Trufelman, she of 99% Invisible/Articles of Interest fame! That drops May 30.
  • Bill Clinton will soon have a podcast of his own, too.
  • Shouts to Mad Chat, a new show by the author Sandy Allen that seeks to “unpack what our pop culture is telling us about madness and mental health.”
  • WNYC writes in to tell me about an upcoming event at the organization’s Greene Space: Latinos Out Loud, a podcast in the ReVolver network, is celebrating its 100th episode with a live show that’ll feature Lin-Manuel Miranda along with his father, the public affairs leader Luis A. Miranda Jr. The live show will be on May 13, more details here.