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Inside Podcasting (Oct 18th, 2018)

1. Just in time for Halloween, Mental Floss has recommended eleven creepy podcasts. Its list includes The No Sleep Podcast, a horror-fiction production which warns listeners it's "not for the faint of heart"; Into the Dark (not to be confused with the also-scary investigative show, In the Dark), which features interviews with people involved with the "occult arts"; and Spooked, a Snap Judgment-branded series that shines a light on people who claim they've "experienced paranormal phenomena." -- MENTAL FLOSS

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2. The Daily Telegraph launches a literary podcast today called My Life in Books. The show, hosted by the Telegraph's Laura Powell, features "revealing" interviews with some of Britain's most popular writers. In one episode, bestselling novelist Ruth Jones talks with comedian James Corden; in another, Jojo Moyes has a chat with Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin who starred in the film adaptation of her book, Me Before You. -- THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

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3. NASA has added its first narrative series, The Invisible Network, to its family of podcasts. The show's name was inspired by the book, Read You Loud and Clear, in which author and former NASA engineer, Sunny Tsiao, says the space agency's programs are "often described as 'invisible' and not noticed unless they fail." NASA released all episodes for binge-listening this week. The show joins four other podcasts from NASA including Houston we have a PodcastNASA in Silicon Valley, Rocket Ranch and Gravity Assist. -- SPACEREF

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4. If you are one of the many people who still love playing Dungeons and Dragons (no judgment here), Polygon's story recommending "15 tabletop gaming podcasts you should be listening to" is for you. Included on the list is Join the Party which is perfect for beginners; Dragon Talk which features "playthroughs and discussion about D&D in all its iterations and editions"; and finally, the feel-good I am Hear, an interview-style show that highlights "how tabletop roleplaying has been a significant positive change" in many players' lives. Sounds kind of adorable. -- POLYGON

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5. If you're involved in podcast production, the folks at Preserve This Podcast would love it if you completed this 6-minute survey about how you archive your podcasts. The data and survey analysis will be shared, openly and freely.

6. In this insightful piece, the folks at Chartable use the perplexing rise of Bulletproof Real Estate with Andy Dane Carter on the Apple Podcast charts to illustrate how "spammers are gaming" the system.  

7. Speaking of charts, Podtrac shared its monthly podcast publisher rankings here. That said, the rankings are slightly skewed: As Nicholas Quah pointed out, the rankings include only those who have "chosen to participate."

8. Esquire UK has shared its "Ten Rules to Starting a Hit Podcast." They include coming up with a great idea (easier said than done) and interviewing people in their own homes.

9. Here is the story of one man's journey to create a podcast. Spoiler: it's going pretty well.  

10. I may never sleep again after listening to the trailer for this upcoming podcast.  

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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.

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).

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