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Inside Podcasting (Aug 8th, 2017)

As we ramp up the Premium content across our Inside newsletters, we haven't forgotten about our loyal Inside Podcasting subscribers. In addition to the twice-weekly issues featuring reviews of the latest podcasts by our talented writers Krystle Vermes and Yancy Berns, we're getting ready to launch a third issue of Inside Podcasting, which will focus on the how-to side of things: How to start your own podcast, what's the best equipment to use, tips on hardware and software, and updates on industry trends. 

We'll add this third issue beginning next week, free for all our current Inside Podcasting subscribers. But after the debut issue, we'll make this how-to content available to Premium subscribers only. You'll still get the reviews twice a week if you don't sign up for a Premium sub, but you'll miss out on all the insider info. It's only $10 per month for a Premium sub to Inside Podcasting, and you can upgrade here.

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Prior to the announcement of her split with husband Chris Pratt, Anna Faris talked about loneliness and alienation on the most recent episode of her "Anna Faris Is Unqualified" podcast. In the context of a conversation with guest Josh Ostrander, Faris said she could relate to the "solitude" of the musician's life. “There’s definitely a loneliness and, like, an internal element to being a performer," Faris said. "I play a public character. I laugh loud sometimes — maybe too loud, but it is a public character sometimes. Like, if I have a red carpet thing or whatever, which I’m never comfortable, but I’m always like, guffawing... and it never feels like me." – USAT

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Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, will host the new "Stay Tuned With Preet" podcast. Bharara was fired by President Trump in March for refusing to sign an order to resign. Bharara had developed a  reputation for combating financial corruption. The podcast will focus on “issues of justice and fairness” and offer Bharara's commentary on "our judicial, political and cultural systems.” The show, which will debut in the fall, will be distributed and produced via a partnership between Pineapple Street Media ("Missing Richard Simmons"), Some Spider Studios (founded by Bharara's brother, the entrepreneur Vinit Bharara) and New York's WNYC Studios ("2 Dope Queens.") – VULTURE

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The second episode of the Washington Post's "Constitutional" podcast looks at an 1879 legal case considered a landmark in the fraught relationship between the US and Native Americans. The case which came before an Omaha judge that year asked the hard-to-fathom basic question, "Are Native Americans considered human beings under the U.S. Constitution?" Ponca chief Standing Bear, whose tribe had been forcibly relocated to an area 600 miles south, was arrested outside Omaha on a long mission homeward to bury his son at the tribe's ancestral burial ground. Guest Joe Starita, who wrote a 2010 book about Standing Bear's efforts, says, "That tension that was playing out on the Great Plains of America in the last quarter of the 19th century is still playing out on the Great Plains of America in the opening decades of the 21st century." – WAPO

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Ex-"Twilight" heartthrob Robert Pattinson says on the Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast that his "10-year career-reinvention" plan is on schedule. "As soon as I signed on to do multiple sequels to ['Twilight'], I was like, 'It's gonna take ten years to get over this.' I said that to my agent. And it took 10 years." Pattinson has received excellent reviews this year for his work as a small-time New York City crook in the indie crime-thriller, "Good Time," as well as for his low-key supporting work in James Grey's "The Lost City of Z." Of the passionate "Twi-hard" fans, Pattinson points out, "The real kind of vocal ones... are quite educated women between the ages of 28 and 60. And that's what people never really realized. The initial wave of them was young, but the [die-hards] are significantly older." – THR

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The first season of DGital Media's "Origins" will offer an oral history of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." The show is the brainchild of host James Andrew Miller, who received acclaim for his two print oral histories on the CAA agency and "Saturday Night Live." Since oral histories are often transcriptions of recorded interviews, doing one in podcast form made a lot of sense. Miller calls "Curb" one of his favorite all-time TV shows and said star Larry David is "brilliant contributor to our culture." The first episode of the four-part "Curb" history will debut on September 6. – VANITY FAIR

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PODCAST SPOTLIGHT

Among advice column lovers, Dan Savage is a household name. For more than 20 years, he’s been giving free advice to the broken-hearted, hopeless romantics, and the sexually curious in his “Savage Love” column. It’s only natural that he has a podcast to complement his writing. 

Since 2006, Savage has hosted “The Savage Lovecast,” and it’s still going strong. Entering its 24th season, the show puts a spin on the traditional “Dear Abby” advice format and makes it applicable to the 21st century.

Yes, there are marital questions from [anonymous] listeners, and plenty of questions about how to find love as a single adult. Infidelity is a frequent theme, to the juicy delight of advice column enthusiasts everywhere.

But what makes “The Savage Lovecast” different is what Savage brings to the table. Similar to his column, he is not afraid to tackle issues on everything from everyone – Savage knows no bounds. LGBT queries are not uncommon. Open relationships are fair game for discussion. Sex toys are regular topics of conversation. The list goes on.

And, of course, an advice-leaning podcast is only as good as its host. Savage takes a no-nonsense approach to the questions he receives from listeners, but it’s always with good intention. This “tough love” attitude is what makes “The Savage Lovecast” entertaining, in the least. Even if you aren’t a fan of the “Dear Abby” style, Savage’s personality and charisma keep you yearning for more.

— Krystle Vermes

THE BASICS Title: "The Savage Lovecast" Episodes Available: 563 Episode Length: 50 mins Where to Download: Stitcher Hosts: Dan Savage

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