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Inside Podcasting (Oct 25th, 2019)

1. Last month Law & Order creator Dick Wolf announced a partnership between his production company Wolf Entertainment and NBC to launch Sqaudroom, "the official Law & Order: SVU Podcast." Now comes a second podcast deal for the "TV super-producer," this time with Endeavor Audio, the studio behind The Bellas Podcast, Blackout and Freaknik. The joint venture will produce scripted series Hunted, which stars Parker Posey (YES!) as a US marshall in hot pursuit of fugitives. The show is being written by Law & Order veteran Jeffrey Baker and directed by Blackout's Shawn Christensen. Hunted debuts on Nov. 12. — ENGADGET

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2. UK-based producer Renay Richardson has inked a deal with Sony Music to form new podcast production house Broccoli Content. In case you're confused — Richardson launched a company of the same name in 2018 "to address a lack of minority representation in podcasting" — it appears to be (essentially) the same company, now backed with a nice bit of corporate support. Renay has previously worked with a number of formidable podcast platforms including Acast, Panoply and Audible. — MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE

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3. Follow Friday: Here's what I know about Lauren Ober: she's a podcast producer and consultant, she hosted that funny and somewhat horrifying show Spectacular Failures, and her Twitter feed is FIRE! Each tweet in this expert tweeter's feed serves a clear purpose — make us laugh, breakthrough stereotypes, teach us something, or reflect us back to ourselves (e.g. who among us can't relate to the fear expressed by this solitary statement, "the terror of nearly clogging a toilet that isn’t yours).

I dare you — take a look at her feed; nary a crap tweet in sight. From wry humor ("I'm sorry for Mark Zuckerberg's hair") to the keenly observed ("America will never be great as long as its grown-ass men wear sweatpants in public"), she's always on target. As an added bonus, Lauren speaks her mind, recommends podcasts (wait, should I be listening to this?), and helps me do my job (see #8). 

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4. Last week I expressed exuberance that commentary from Francois Clemmons would be included in the upcoming Mr. Rogers podcast, Finding Fred. If you're not familiar with Clemmons, or if you love him as much as I do, check out this episode of The Moth Radio Hour, in which he speaks candidly about how he found his identity. Francois' segment begins at minute 36, and it's wonderful. Thanks to Studio Ochenta's Lory Martinez for pointing me to this gem! — LORY MARTINEZ

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5. Unprecedented, an eight-part series presented by Washington NPR station WAMU, has arrived. The show brings to light the stories of ordinary people — e.g., "protestors, pornographers, religious zealots, and Klan members" — whose court cases helped define the First Amendment (that's the one that protects free speech). "You'll never think of the Constitution the same way again," reads a show description.

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6. Is it just me or did the third episode of Vox/Recode's new tech-impacts-everything pod Reset feel slightly Reply-All-esque? Or was it just the excellent score from The Mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder? Regardless, it hooked me. In this installment, host Arielle Duhaime-Ross uncovers how AI technology has impacted students in Utah, and how it may impact students nationwide in the years to come (I'm not panicking, you're panicking).

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7. A reader asks: are there articles or podcasts that can explain the various jobs in podcasting? Colin Gray at The Podcast Host suggests this article, which explains how to build an audio production or podcast team. The audio-curious should also check out this explainer for students, or cull through NPR Training. Know of another good source? Hit reply and tell me about it.

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8. Feeling disappointed that Dolly recoiled when asked if she views herself as a feminist during the inaugural episode of Dolly Parton's America? Everything will become clear after you read this excellent Twitter thread on the subject (brought to you by Lauren Ober's Twitter feed). 

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9. For those of you who listened to Sruthi Pinnamaneni excellent Reply All story regarding Foxconn's promise to create jobs in Wisconsin, The Verge is reporting that the company's efforts across the state have literally come to a standstill. "The news...is another inexplicable twist in the nearly two-year train wreck that is Foxconn’s US manufacturing plans," reads the piece. Here's the radio report from Wisconsin Public Radio.

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10. Spotify is on the hunt for a Global Head of Podcast Affairs. According to a description, the position entails "[managing] a multi-time zone, global team tasked with securing agreements with talent agencies and production companies to create a slate of hundreds of owned and exclusively licensed podcasts." If you have 20 years of experience and can work from Los Angeles or New York City, get after it

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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).

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