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Inside Podcasting (Aug 5th, 2019)

1. Thanks to Rekha Murthy and Erik Jones for helping me pull together a list of podcast episodes/seasons/shows that shed light on gun culture and radicalized thinking in the U.S. Credit also goes to Crime Writers On's Rebecca Lavoie, whose recent tweet pointed me to the first recommendation on the list.

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2. In her latest piece for The Guardian, Miranda Sawyer says that The Tip Off illuminates "how complicated, well-hidden public interest stories are brought into the light." The investigative pod, which is hosted by journalist Maeve McClenaghan, pulls back the curtain, episode-by-episode, on how some of the biggest stories of the last few years came into public view. In the show's most recent installment, Jim DeRogatis discusses his decades-long investigation of R. Kelly. "You have to wonder, as DeRogatis points out, if this story would have attracted more attention if just one of Kelly’s alleged victims had been white," writes Sawyer. — THE GUARDIAN

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3. Princess Eugenie of York will soon be the first British royal podcaster. Freedom United will extend the mission of The Anti-Slavery Collective, an organization founded by the princess and her best mate Julia “Jules” De Boinville (the pod is a collaboration with anti-slavery community Freedom United). "Now is the time to talk about this, this is on everyone’s minds. And if it isn’t, we will make it on their mind," said the princess in an Instagram video announcing the show. — HARPER'S BAZAAR

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4. Marketing firm Reed-Edwards Global has spun off its podcast unit as a standalone development company called Podco Media Networks. "The company's Podcast on a Platter system delivers a scalable turnkey solution for business experts and thought leaders who want to launch podcasts," reads an excerpt from the company's marketing materials. Soul-crushing promotional copy aside, the company says it expects to have thirty shows in its portfolio within 18 months.  I can hear the chants of executives everywhere: "There's gold in them thar hills." — RAIN NEWS

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5. NPR has made a selection of kid-created podcasts about immigration available to the public. Every show was submitted to the network as part of its Student Podcast Challenge. In one, the ninth grade host reminds us that "we are all people. Legal or illegal. And most of all, we are all equal." 

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6. Literary interview show First Draft with Sarah Enni has dropped its 200th installment, which features musings, reflections and advice from previous guests. Dozens of writers including Veronica Roth (author of the Divergent trilogy) and Josh Gondelman (writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) answer questions such as "What do you do besides writing that makes you a more skillful storyteller?"

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7. Actor Angharad George-Carey has introduced Daddy Issues, a weekly podcast that explores fatherlessness. "I want my guests’ stories to not only resonate with listeners, creating a vocabulary with which to speak about the struggles and realities of fatherlessness, but also, to inspire them," says George-Carey.

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8. In advance of its season four launch on September 26, Gimlet Media's Heavyweight has dropped a string of mini-episodes titled "The Heavy Wait Diaries." The series opener involves socks, spanking paddles and the champagne of beers.

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9. Lory Martinez has announced Ochenta Studios, which will produce podcasts in French, Spanish and English. Sign up to receive updates on the project here.

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10. The team behind Death, Sex and Money is on the hunt for an associate producer who has "a deep well of episode ideas, particularly those that involve places and people that are under-represented on public radio." Apply here.

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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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