1. The RadioPublic listening app, which is "free, protects your privacy, is universally accessible to listeners worldwide, and supports independent podcasters," has released its version 2.0. New features include HearMarks,™ which allows listeners to share and bookmark moments within episodes (I can hear podcast reviewers cheering worldwide) and Podcast Stations, which offers curated podcast playlists like this one. And you can still tip your favorite podcasters inside the app (not new, but definitely cool). — RADIOPUBLIC
2. In April, NPR station WFUV will launch a new series as part of its Prickly Politics podcast titled "Women in the Room." Hosted by reporters Kacie Candela and Andrew Seger, the show will examine nearly two decades-worth of sexual misconduct claims from inside the New York Capitol. "The type of harassment that we've seen from our research and interviews often deliberately flies just under the legal standard of 'severe and pervasive.' It happens on unrecorded phone calls, in uncomfortably close interactions in district offices, in the car to and from Albany, in the bar after work," says Candela — WFUV.ORG
* Indie Spotlight *
By Skye Pillsbury
Inspired Money hosted by Andy Wang
"Do well by doing good. From making it to giving it away, Inspired Money means making a difference, creating something bigger than oneself, and making the world a better place."
I was doubtful that I'd like this podcast. A show about money? Hosted by a financial advisor? Not an obvious fit. But I was drawn in by the offbeat guest list: the guitarist for Weird Al Yankovic, a former WWE wrestler, the star of Bravo's Million Dollar Listing New York — say what? You had me at Bravo! From there I spent the next four hours listening to this podcast. Everything works here; the guests are quirky and engaging (props to Andy who says he's "never shy" in approaching people for interviews), the questions are thoughtful and perhaps best of all, Andy is an excellent listener. Inspired Money is an impressive example of what a passionate independent podcaster can pull off, despite having a "day job."
[P.S. Andy is also the co-founder of Asian American Podcasters — so check that out, too.]
3. Where Should We Begin host Esther Perel is preparing a second podcast, which will focus on dynamics within the workplace. In the new show, the famous psychotherapist will tackle issues including "conflict among business partners; the challenges of the intergenerational workplace; how gender roles affect equality; the permutations of toxic work culture" and more. If any of these situations apply to you: first, I'm sorry —what a bummer; and second, you are the perfect candidate for this show! Apply here. — TWITTER
4. According to a report from Fox News, Spotify removed conservative podcast Relatable without warning last week. A day later the streaming giant had reinstated the show, leading many to wonder about the streaming giant's position on the matter. Meanwhile, host Allie Stuckey insists her podcast is mainstream. "If you’ve listened to my podcast, you know that it’s not an out-there or even a controversial show— unless you consider conservative, Christian views that millions hold controversial, which, of course, many do," tweeted Stuckey. — FOX NEWS
5. ESPN has launched Laughter Permitted, which is hosted by two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Julie Foudy. Episode one features Foudy in conversation with married couple Abby Wamback (also a soccer star) and Glennon Doyle (author, activist, philanthropist and "love warrior").
6. NBCUniversal’s Oxygen Media hopes that its two-year investment in podcasts will begin to pay off in 2019. In a (paywalled) interview with Digiday, Oxygen EVP Lisa Hsia said that the company is "still waiting to see whether podcasting can generate meaningful revenue before it looks to add more shows and enter the podcast network business."
7. British radio presenter James O'Brien is the host of new podcast Full Disclosure, which features "revealing interviews with people who rarely give in-depth interviews." The show's inaugural guest: Tony Blair.
8. Did you know that Bello Collective publishes a monthly roundup of great audio fiction debuts? Here's February's compilation, in which you'll find mention of bilingual cats, demons, government corruption, and family dysfunction.
9. The popular and sometimes controversial podcast host Joe Budden, who recently had a public cry, is taking his show on the road. Destinations include Los Angeles, Austin, Atlanta and Orlando. Buy tickets here.
10. This video footage of students creating podcasts about their personal experiences actually made me a bit verklempt. (And can I get a "hell yeah" for all the enterprising teachers out there, who are incorporating podcasts into their curriculum!)
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: Kim Lyons (managing editor at Inside, a Pittsburgh-based journalist with recent bylines in the NYTimes and Columbia Journalism Review.) and Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).