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A weekly newsletter about podcasts rounding up a bunch of news and writing about podcasts. Required reading for anyone in the podcast biz.

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    Hot Pod

    Mar 14 2017

  • Episode 105: Amok

    Just wanted to quickly shout-out the New York Times latest audio project, The EP. The podcast was produced in partnership with The New York Times Magazine for the latter’s second annual Music issue, which came out earlier this week, and the show is fascinating on a bunch of different levels: its structure mimics the feel of a digital music album, each episode is bite-sized, each episode features a very tiny snippet of conversation with a critic about a specific song that nonetheless feels like t...more

  • Hot Pod

    Sep 01 2016

  • Send in the Clowns – Tom O’Keefe | Episode 34

    I think one of the most exciting independent podcasts out of Canada right now is The Lapse. Its tag line is "True stories, gussied up" — meaning solid storytelling but with a rich sonic backdrop. The show is narrated by Kyle Gest and listening feels like you're watching a film in your head. One of my favourite episodes was about ICP, Send In The Clowns. Who doesn't love an Insane Clown Posse story?!? Also fun: Taking My Parents to Burning Man

  • Taking My Parents to Burning Man | Episode 7

    I think one of the most exciting independent podcasts out of Canada right now is The Lapse. Its tag line is "True stories, gussied up" — meaning solid storytelling but with a rich sonic backdrop. The show is narrated by Kyle Gest and listening feels like you're watching a film in your head. One of my favourite episodes was about ICP, Send In The Clowns. Who doesn't love an Insane Clown Posse story?!? Also fun: Taking My Parents to Burning Man

  • Hot Pod

    Aug 23 2016

  • Episode 48: Eight Years

    This is maybe too basic, but it's just unexpected and engrossing and totally gripping and like so odd in that could-be tabloid/TMX way but treated with thoughtfulness. Also I listened to this while watching that 'OJ Simpson: Made in America' doc so that's all I really care about right now.

  • Hot Pod

    Aug 09 2016

  • Episode 202: David Remnick

    I'm in the middle of “Longform” listening to David Remnick, and it's a good interview that demonstrates why, aside from obvious reasons, you'd want him to edit you. He's measured and self-deprecating, and makes a point of highlighting the aspects of his job that would keep anyone up at night. Longform is always on my list to catch up on when I have the time, though I'm selective about the interviews I'll sit through. Listening to it also reinforces one of the lessons I think I've really taken aw...more

  • Episode 175: Brooke Gladstone

    I'm in the middle of “Longform” listening to David Remnick, and it's a good interview that demonstrates why, aside from obvious reasons, you'd want him to edit you. He's measured and self-deprecating, and makes a point of highlighting the aspects of his job that would keep anyone up at night. Longform is always on my list to catch up on when I have the time, though I'm selective about the interviews I'll sit through. Listening to it also reinforces one of the lessons I think I've really taken aw...more

  • Episode 183: Jia Tolentino

    I'm in the middle of “Longform” listening to David Remnick, and it's a good interview that demonstrates why, aside from obvious reasons, you'd want him to edit you. He's measured and self-deprecating, and makes a point of highlighting the aspects of his job that would keep anyone up at night. Longform is always on my list to catch up on when I have the time, though I'm selective about the interviews I'll sit through. Listening to it also reinforces one of the lessons I think I've really taken aw...more

  • 28 If Hitler

    I also can't tell you how much I look forward each month to Ross Sutherland's “Imaginary Advice.” He's a British poet and filmmaker who seems to use his podcast to showcase the experiments he's doing with his writing (check the episode called Infinite Non-Linear Break-Up Speech). It also demonstrates his worries and pet peeves in a cutting, witty way (see the latest episode, called If Hitler).

  • Hot Pod

    Mar 30 2016

  • Falling Man, by Tom Junod

    On any other afternoon, I'd be tempted to dismiss Esquire Classic as a bottom-shelf idea executed simply, a mere assemblage of different working parts lying around the office. A whole archive's worth of material here, some voice talent there, a guest, a microphone; elements strung together to approximate the performance of an actual show. As far as concept goes, Classic swings low: it's a show that revisits prominent articles in Esquire magazine's long and storied history. And yet, and yet… whe...more

  • Ep. 83: ‘The Media v. O.J. Simpson’ With Bryan Curtis

    It feels a lot like a 30 for 30 documentary, but for your earballs.

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • 064- Your Shit Don't Stink

    "We Have Concerns" with Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni – This is a truly bizarre mix of (mostly science) news discussion and improve comedy, and one of my favorites since I discovered it a couple weeks ago. New episodes come out 3 times a week, but each is a very digestible ~20 minutes (very refreshing for discussion shows). One of the latest episodes, "Your Sh@t Don't Stink" (discussing the repercussions of informatively fragrant fecal matter) is a great place to start.

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Listen to the entire Snap Judgment episode "Simpatico"

    It evokes fun-house mirrors — encompassing and warped, familiar but unsettling, feverish but wondrous

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • 99% Invisible-91- Wild Ones Live

    Flying cows, and other images.

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • 153- Game Over (R)

    Game Over. This isn't exactly, strictly speaking, a 99% Invisible episode. This really small segment was something creator/host Roman Mars produced for NPR's Snap Judgment a few years ago, and furthermore, it was a collaboration with Robert Ashley, the host of another podcast, A Life Well Wasted. However, despite the convoluted genealogy, this episode is pure 99% Invisible, which is to say: unbearably loving about something only few know how to love. "Game Over" is about the end of an online wor...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Reissue: Paintings To Sing

    Pitch explores how music affects our lives.... I would call it the Radiolab of music podcasts: it delves into tiny weird nooks and crannies that you might not have closely examined before with a music lens. If you're looking to get a bit choked up, I'd start with Season 2, Episode 7, "Piano Player"... for a more "can't stop smiling" feeling, check out Season 2, Episode 11, "Paintings to Sing"

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Re-Issue: Piano Player

    If you're looking to get a bit choked up

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Hostile Planet

    I wonder what Space TSA looks like.

  • The Living Room

    In these times of great podcast scrutiny, Love + Radio has emerged as a peculiar exemplar of quality. Paradoxically so, perhaps: the show is consistently good, bold, and refined to the point of rigorous crispness. And yet, despite its peculiar consistency, the show remains opaque, unpredictable, and deeply unknowable. The consequence of this is a nuanced intimacy: I never truly feel intimate (there's that word) with the show itself, though I do hit pillow-talk levels with the individual stories ...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Living the Dream

    Living the Dream. So, I'm not the most bullish on fictional podcasts (audio dramas, radio plays, sonic theater, whatever you want to call it). I can't quite put my finger down on why, but I think there are two broad parts to this. The first is that, speaking frankly, I have a fairly strong personal bias against the very literal feeling of performativity that comes out of theater folks, particularly but not exclusively in the cadence of their speech, that's infinitely amplified in a radio play — ...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Paying For It (the dislike club part II)

    I like Theory of Everything quite a bit — even though, despite my best efforts, it's a little hard to explain. It's a podcast that's largely about technology, but it's also about culture, philosophy, existence, stuff. It's about everything, but more accurately, it's about the geist in the word zeitgeist. It's often really good and depressing and thoughtful, and though some may feel a little iffy on Walker's laconic, lugubrious narrative drawl, I think it's extremely effective in setting the kind...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Episode 6: Lit Like Bic

    But some things are universal. Like my frustrations with white people. Or the feelings of isolation and marginalization that comes with being... the outsider. Being "different," not of a kind. The show is many things: it's a loving gallivant through a culture of lived experiences that I, personally, have no access to. A bold hypothesis in the larger thesis of race in America. A rambling, but piercing, critique against the uniformity of a voice. But for me, Another Round is really about finding a...more

  • 002 Hail Satan with Chip Gardner

    I recommend everything Andy Daly has ever done for Earwolf

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • tUnE-yArDs - Water Fountain

    If you haven't heard of Song Exploder, drop your groceries and go listen to it RIGHT NOW.

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • The Joe Rogan Experience

    Joe Rogan Experience. Sometimes I hate him and sometimes i love him. This episode, the latter. He knows when to play the idiot and when to let on that he's actually an intelligent dude.

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • The Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award

    Our dear newsletter creator introduced me to the Longform podcast, and now it's appointment listening (Wednesday afternoons!). For me, the hosts' probing conversations with journalism rock stars are part DIY J-school, part template for my career fantasies. But I think anyone who wants the low-down on the incredible amount of work, spirit and resilience goes into producing longform stories would get a lot out of it. If I had to pick one can't-miss episode, it's this 2013 interview with Matthew Po...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Lexicon Valley #2: A Bundle of Faggots

    Lexicon Valley. I really love this podcast and is often a recommendation I give out. This episode in particular was, I thought, a bold choice for their second episode. The first was about dangling preposition. This episode showed the range they were capable of.

  • Julia Holter - Horns Surrounding Me

    What does it feel like to be chased by a marching band? Weird, I imagine.

  • Love Hurts

    Strangers - Love Hurts A multi-part series, so I don’t blame you if you don’t listen, but as my first introduction to Lea Thau, I was instantly hooked. A bunch of my friends are obsessed with online dating, but I have absolutely no interest. In participating, that is. I’m completely fascinated with the idea, the sites and it’s growing impact on society... but I would never sign up myself. Lea is one of those people that has been in relationships for her entire life. I, on the other hand, have ne...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Isometric 57: The Octopus Said "No Deal!"

    "Isometric" is a delightful, emotional, (occasionally gut-wrenchingly honest) blast of a podcast supposedly about video games with Brianna Wu (head of game studio), Georgia Dow (psychotherapist and tech writer), Maddy Myers (games critic), and Steve Lubitz (games hobbyist). The show is a refreshing look at games "from a different perspective", but it's also 4 great friends having a lot of fun. Each host has a different relationship with games—seeing how those different perspectives interact is f...more

  • The "How Does a Customs Broker Work?" Edition

    There's a griminess and wiry wonder to the customs broker.

  • The "How Does a UN Official Work?" Edition

    There's a sheen of polish to the bureaucratic reality of the U.N. official.

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Harris Wittels Returns

    Probably my favorite podcast of the year, if only because it was totally unexpected. I had known about Harris from Twitter (his profile & of course, humble brag) and Parks and Recreation (my favorite TV show) and was looking forward to a funny conversation with Pete Holmes. I figured that it would follow the formula of other eps that featured a fellow comedian. Lots of riffing, the occasional bit, some talk of what he/she is working on, and a little philosophy/religion. Instead, Harris tells the...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Episode 64 (The 7th Story)

    Its latest episode, entitled “The 7th Story,” is quite a gem. I won’t give too much away, but I’ll say that it gives the details of an apartment heist that occurred in the early 20th century. DiMeo, in his presentation, gives the known facts of the case while attempting to supply delicate cultural framing of the relayed incident. And then, in one of the most seamless of transitions, the narrative shifts into a macrocosmic critique of history-telling, conceptualizing cold cases, and, implicitly, ...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Episode 459 May 28th 2015

    My favorite podcast to listen to during my commute - too funny for the treadmill. Hosted by Seth Romatelli and Jonathan Larroquette (John Larroquette's son!). Best reoccurring features: Jonathan's responses to "Ask Amy" questions and Seth's outrage at contestants on Celebrity Name Game.

  • Episode 5 - Fear And The Flying Trapeze

    I was specifically searching for a podcast that could introduce me to new music in an interesting & compelling way- not just a review show. Dayjob weaves stories of musicians day to day life in with snippets of their music.. telling the story of how their work has influenced their creative life and vice versa. I bought 5 albums the first day I listened to the podcast!. I'd recommend Episode 5: Fear and the Flying Trapeze, about Kari Kirkland, the singer and professional trapeze artist.

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Episode 27: Notoriously Chill

    All I can say is Call Your Girlfriend. It's an adventure into the brains of the smoolest* girls around -- Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow. And it's not just for ladiez! Their loving banter and incisive recaps of current event will entertain any listener. Plus bonus theme song dance party every episode. Best part of my week.

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Episode 18: Hi, Haters

    First up was Call Your Girlfriend, Ann Friedman & Aminatou Sow's podcast. It's tag-lined "A podcast for long distance besties everywhere," with Friedman and Sow talking about whatever it is best friends talk about when they catch up. It's the magic podcast formula where (talking about nothing) + (smart, interesting, funny people) = something you want to listen to. On this episode, #18: Hi Haters, the first one I've listened to, they discussed Sundance, men's jeggings, weird baby names, and perio...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Ep 8 - Women of Marvel Podcast - All About the Editors

    Women of Marvel Podcast, #12: All About the Editors The (more or less) weekly Women of Marvel podcast launched in June last year is, for me, a really accessible and enjoyable show that simply features, as its name suggests, female staff at Marvel discussing different properties: comics, movies, and such. There's a nice laidback vibe and sense of camaraderie between the hosts and sometimes they have on special guests—including guys. For anyone who's wondered if comic-book editors "edit the balloo...more

  • Ep. 6 - What the kids are into

    What The Kids Are Into. The music podcast — either about music or of music — is a fairly well-trodden genre, and rightly so. It's subject matter native to the form, and what else can you expect to come out in abundant amounts from audiophiles? Anyway, this podcast, "Dad Rock", comes out from USA Today, and it's surprisingly good. Congenial, comfortable, and entertaining, it occupies the same conversational tone and space that, say, Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton hits on NPR's "All Songs Considered....more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Ep 20: Shelly Oria & Bijan Stephen

    The particular segment I want to plug this week belongs to Bijan Stephen, who reads out his essay on Matter called "Hi, Yes, I'm Looking For The Eric Garner Protest." It's a lovely, searching, difficult piece, and I personally think hearing it spoken aloud by the writer adds so much emotional context to the essay. Stephen is a wonderful writer, and his essays on the recent developments throughout the country — in Ferguson, in New York — should not be overlooked. I've already linked to the Matter...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Day 1: Fresh Wounds Reopened As Trial Begins

    The trial of Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev started on Wednesday up in Boston, the city I called home before moving down to New York for grad school. The case is intensely personal to so many Bostonians in a way that’s far deeper than a catchphrase like “Boston Strong” — few people didn’t spend at least part of that April Monday along the course and plenty of people knew the victims or their families. And that’s why I was so glad to hear a new podcast from the Boston Globe and WBUR called “Fi...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Burger Formation and Consumption, Cheese Placement and More

    To Build A Beautiful Burger. Recently, my morning commutes have been filled with Sporkful, the wonderful WNYC podcast by Dan Pashman, which I've heard about for a long time but never really got around to listening until one or two weeks ago. And man, I'm really glad I got to break into it, because it's a BLAST. So the podcast is theoretically about food, but specifically, it's about the mechanics, specificities, and nuances of food consumption. There's some Anthony Bourdain-style excursions into...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • Aliens with Ricco Ross

    Matt Gourley's "I Was There Too" podcast. This is one of the new Wolfpop shows and it's so surprising and good. It is essentially: conversations with people who played small roles in big films. Gourley is a great conversationalist and the guests he has brought in so far (only three episodes in) are fascinating. My favorite might be the episode with Ricco Ross who played Private Frost in Aliens. Ross describes the casting process, the anatomy of a famous scene, and the backstory to how cast membe...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • 8: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Toilet and Aaron Guest of Polecat

    Sherman Alexie talking about pooping in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s bathroom

  • 6 Steve Agee

    Crybabies, hosted by Sarah Thyre and Susan Orlean (Yes, THAT Susan Orlean). The premise behind the show is simple -- those things that bring us to tears and the stories behind them. Each week, the ladies dig up what's made them/making them cry, flesh it out with some funny, smart analytical back and forth, and then usually bring in a special guest (like Lizz Winstead, Neko Case, Andy Kindler, Christopher Guest). Although it is on the long-ish side -- each episode is a little over an hour long --...more

  • Hot Pod

    Nov 20 2015

  • 5 Star Wars vs. The Empire Strikes Back

    So I really, really, really enjoy podcasts that review and talk about movies. It's an extension, and perhaps expansion, of that process you go through and that feeling you get when you scramble to read reviews after you watch a movie — the working through, the stretching apart, the unfolding. "The Canon," which is a new Wolfpop production, isn't really one of those podcasts. Instead, the basic premise here involves two very passionate film nerds evaluating two classic films with the goal choosin...more