Your essential guide to the podcast industry, with Rachael King in Los Angeles and Pete Naughton in London. We’re running tape on the biggest industry players, breaking news, and listening recommendations. Every other Wednesday. Join the club.
Equality in Audio
As the audio industry grapples with its own response to the Black Lives Matter movement, we talk with two people who have insider knowledge of the issues at hand - and some sharp ideas about what needs to be done.
They are Jay Connor, a writer and podcaster based in Los Angeles, and Chrystal Genesis, a journalist, producer and host from London.
Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review
The Californian Century
Podcasts by people of colour
We’re not putting out a normal episode this week. Instead, we bring recommendations of a handful of the great podcasts currently being made by people of colour, from both sides of the Atlantic.
Snap Judgement - https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/snapjudgment
Code Switch - https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/
Still Processing - https://www.nytimes.com/column/still-processing-podcast
Have You Heard George’s Podcast - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07915kd/episodes/downloads
Lights Out: Into This World, by Axel Kacoutié - https://axelkacoutie.com/lights-out
About Race With Reni Eddo-Lodge https://www.aboutracepodcast.com
Black on the Air - https://www.theringer.com/larry-wilmore-black-on-air
Go Off, Sis - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/go-off-sis/id1460288974
Therapy for Black Girls - https://therapyforblackgirls.com/podcast/
The Read - http://thisistheread.com/episodes
Bodega Boys - https://open.spotify.com/show/2ZgrSa9Ar0EAdlitOiMC6r
Has Apple given up on podcasting?
Following on from our discussion of Spotify’s pivot to spoken word - we turn our attention to the 600lb gorilla in the market.
Apple were, of course, first to the party - adding podcast support back in 2005, and building Apple Podcasts (nee iTunes) into the world’s largest listening platform.
But for the last five years, the folks from Cupertino have seemingly turned their backs on the medium.
We dig in to their reasons for doing this, the ramifications it could have for listeners — and explain why we think they’re making a big mistake.
Our views on the Joe Rogan / Spotify deal (18m45s)
Pour one up for first ever Pulitzer-audio-prize-winners This American Life (22m37s)
Listening recommendations (from 24m30s)
This is Love
The Anthropocene Reviewed
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We need to talk about Spotify
For the first decade of podcasting history, a single audio platform - Apple’s iTunes - had an unbreakable grip on the market.
But lately, Spotify has been betting big on podcasts - and those bets appear to be paying off.
Over the next two episodes, we’ll look at the forces guiding these two companies and the effects that their movements will have on the industry - starting today with Spotify.
Why did the music streaming giant pivot to podcasts? What do they plan to do with big-ticket acquisitions like Gimlet and Anchor? And is their growing presence ultimately good or bad for producers?
Listening recommendations (from 21m44s)
Soul Music (especially the episodes on A Change Is Gonna Come, and Back to Black)
This is Love
The Anthropocene Reviewed
NYC vs LA
For a decade, New York been the undisputed podcasting capital of the USA.
But Los Angeles now has the Big Apple in its sights.
Could the victor determine the future of podcasting?
Pete and Rachael think so - even if they don’t agree on which one it’s going to be.
Last Day from Lemonada Media
Soul Music from BBC Radio 4
Home Cooking with Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway
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Why true crime is killing it
True crime is one of podcasting’s biggest boom areas, with dozens of hit shows - Serial, My Favourite Muder, Dirty John, etc etc.. - attracting tens of millions of listeners, big advertising $s, and an increasing number of Hollywood studio deals.
But what is it that draws listeners to gory crime procedurals? Why do women particularly gravitate towards the genre? And what might the success of this category tell us about podcasting more generally?
Pete and Rachael dust off their best Sarah Koenig impressions and go to find out.
True crime pods for the squeamish (like us):
WBUR: Last Scene
Slate: Slow Burn
Murder We Wrote
Rolling Stone: Why True Crime and Podcasts Were Made for Each Other
BBC: True crime: Five reasons why women love it
Vulture: The 10 True-Crime Podcasts That Changed Everything
Dating While Gray
Customer ReviewsSee All
So many fantastic recommendations.
Since the lockdown many people I know are getting more into nature. You can watch garden birds from your kitchen window, or during your daily walk (which everyone is taking despite never having done so before), and countryside walks and cycling are taking off. Meanwhile because of the lockdown there is a resurgence of natural life in our cities because of the reduced footfall. Pete mentioned the coots on his boat and I think this is a typical example.
Can you recommend any podcasts to accompany this new interest?
I've been looking for something just like this for podcast discovery. More of the same please!