The schedule for this newsletter will vary a bit over the next month. This week we're coming to you on M, T and F.
While I have your attention: please write back and tell me your favorite podcast interview that features a female (or female-identifying) guest. Thanks.
1. The New Yorker's Sarah Larson and Joshua Rothman tried — and failed — to find erotica pods that didn't make them cringe ("It was a bad scene," writes Larson). If audio-induced arousal is your jam, Larson recommends skipping your podcatcher and opting for female-founded app Dipsea instead. The subscription-based service offers "original erotic short stories, designed with women in mind, with a hot yet tasteful aesthetic." I downloaded the app — for research purposes only, of course — and found that subscribers are given seven days of free listening, after which they pay $47.99 for the year or $8.99 per month. What do you think about this walled garden? — THE NEW YORKER
2. On Friday musician David Crosby stormed out of an interview with Awards Chatter host Scott Feinberg. Frustrated with the pace — and perhaps the line — of questioning, Crosby ended the interview by showering Feinberg with insults such as "dumb guy" and "ass****" (Crosby is currently on a press junket to support a documentary film about his life). In an effort to give listeners "the full picture of how things went down," Feinberg has published a mostly uncut version of the episode. Yes, listening is somewhat voyeuristic but my God, how can you resist? — TWITTER
3. CBS announced at Comic-Con that it will launch Prime Directive: The Official Star Trek Podcast this fall (a quick check on Twitter indicates that Trekkies have higher expectations for the project than many might expect). According to various reports, the show will feature interviews with "the cast and creative teams behind upcoming, current and legacy projects, as well as noted writers, performers, critics, scientists, musicians, historians and scholars – all offering fresh perspectives as the franchise continues to expand with a range of new projects." That sounds promising, right? —COMICBOOK.COM
4. The hosts of comedy fringe culture show Last Podcast on the Left are not feeling celebratory. “It’s sad that so many conspiracy theories have become true, but it’s good that the rocks are being overturned and we’re seeing all the bugs,” says co-host Ben Kissel in a story for the Los Angeles Times. The podcast has clearly struck a chord with listeners; last month the show recorded one million downloads per episode. “Lots of people believe in conspiracies...because it’s easier than believing the fact that life is chaos and nobody’s in charge," says co-host Marcus Parks. — LOS ANGELES TIMES
5. In a Medium post, Edison Research's Tom Webster has challenged the notion that non-RSS-feed-based audio programs (like those offered by Luminary) shouldn't be called podcasts. "As I have long said, if you believe podcasting is a format, formats die. If you believe it is a medium, like recorded music, then it evolves." I agree with Tom; do you?
6. a16z host Sonal Chokshi and her audio team have launched 16 Minutes on the News, a weekly show in which experts from the venture firm analyze the headlines. "Honestly, been courted a lot lately by all kinds of folks and literally thought to myself — why couldn't I just launch our own news show on a platform I've worked so damn hard to build," tweeted Chokshi.
7. Props to conservative podcast The Daily Signal for featuring liberal psychologist Jeanne Safer on a recent episode "to discuss how we can maintain relationships with friends and family despite political differences." Safer, who is married to National Review senior editor Richard Brookhiser, has recently published a book titled I Love You, but I Hate Your Politics.
8. There are still a handful of tickets available for Masters of Scale's "first-ever" live taping in Boston tomorrow night. The show will feature host Reid Hoffman in conversation with fashion entrepreneur Tory Burch.
9. Early bird registration for this year's Third Coast Conference go on sale tomorrow ($430 per ticket). According to show organizers, early bird seats are "for folks who self-fund to come to the Third Coast Conference, or for whom resources are limited." Regular registration opens on August 27 ($495 per ticket).
10. This video of two men recording the Sooo Many White Guys theme song is priceless. Go crush your Monday.
This newsletter was written and curated by podcast junkie and recovered publicist, Skye Pillsbury. Over the years, Skye has crafted digital media strategies for brands like Yahoo! and Microsoft and worked regularly with media outlets such as the New York Times, Rolling Stone and NPR. Skye was famous for 49 minutes when she and her son were featured in an episode of Gimlet Media’s Heavyweight podcast. Follow her on Twitter @SkyePillsbury.
Editor: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).