1. The twelve-part series, Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood, is causing a stir. The show investigates the 1981 drowning of actress Natalie Wood. The tragic event was initially ruled as accidental but the case was reopened in 2011 and Natalie's husband (at the time of her death), actor Robert Wagner, was named a "person of interest." The entire series, which some believe could lead to an arrest, is available for binge-listening right now. -- US WEEKLY
2. In late November, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will begin releasing episodes of her podcast, The Slowdown, which "encourages listeners to make a daily space for poetry in an increasingly busy and chaotic world." The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer will read the work of poets from around the globe during the five-minute weekday program. “Poetry isn’t an escape or even a luxury,” Smith said. “I’d argue it’s a necessity, a means of living more deeply with reality.” -- RADIO INK
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3. The History of Standup is halfway through its six-episode run. In it, comedian & USC comedy professor, Wayne Federman, and podcast producer, Andrew Steven, walk listeners through the fascinating history of the genre. The first episode includes commentary from modern comedy "godfather," Judd Apatow, with George Carlin, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor and many others chiming in as the story progresses . -- VULTURE
4. The Google Podcasts creator program, a partnership between Google and PRX which was introduced last June, is now accepting applications. The joint venture aims to empower and train "underrepresented voices through an accelerator program"; provide a rapidly growing worldwide community with key tools; and showcase the results as an example others can follow. "We hope to elevate more diverse voices," says PRX CEO Kerri Hoffman. Applications are due by November 18th. -- 9to5Google
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5. Check out Vanity Fair's amusing story about how the hosts of My Brother, My Brother and Me created a podcast which helped land roles for the real-life siblings in the upcoming movie Trolls 2. The three brothers are now "doing everything they can to avoid being cut from the film" which is set to hit theaters in 2020.
6. Traci DeForge, founder of Produce Your Podcast, shares seven ways businesses can leverage the medium in this story for Forbes.
7. Podcasters in Atlanta should check out the newly-launched FRQNCY which, according to founder, Michelle Khouri, "will be the nation’s first full-service podcast production studio, marketing agency, event space and community hub."
8. The team behind the CBS This Morning podcast announced a 67% year-to-year increase in downloads and shared their favorite episodes from the show.
9. If you've been wondering how you can be helpful to podcasters, check out this step-by-step guide on how to leave reviews for your favorite show.
10. Finally, please leave the team from Criminal a voicemail.
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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. In October she will be famous for about 40 minutes when she is featured in an episode of Gimlet Media’s “Heavyweight” podcast. Follow her on Twitter @SkyePillsbury.
Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).