Inside Podcasting - August 7th, 2019

Inside Podcasting (Aug 7th, 2019)

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The trailer for the Inside Pocasting podcast (which was recorded by a very tired writer at a very late hour) is now live!

I am nauseous. I am euphoric. I am nauseous. I am euphoric. 

Please consider subscribing if listening to podcasters talk about their craft sounds like fun. This season I interview Leon Neyfakh, host of Slow Burn and Fiasco; Martine Powers, host of Post Reports; Jessi Hempel, host of Hello Monday; Ian Chillag, host of Everything is Alive; Madeleine Baran, host of In the Dark; and Jason Calacanis, host of This Week in Startups and Angel (and founder of the company that pays me,

And on our first episode, which will arrive a week from today, Inside's managing editor Kim Lyons interviews me about what it was like to make this show (Cliff Notes: scary AF, also completely fun).

We hope you enjoy it. And regardless, let us know what you think!


P.S. Right now I'm seeing the trailer on Apple Podcasts, Tune In, Stitcher, Overcast and Castbox. Some are moving a bit slower than the rest (lookin' at you, Spotify and Google).

1. If you missed Monday's collection of podcasts focused around gun culture and radicalized thinking, you can find it here. Thanks to Earbuds Podcast Collective and In Sickness & in Health's Dr. Celine Gounder for these additions: 

Also, in this recent piece, podcast critic Sarah Larson says that listening to Jolted, a podcast that tells the story behind a narrowly averted shooting, allowed her to "move from despair to determination." 

If you have something to contribute, feel free to hit reply and tell me about it.

2. Thanks to She Podcasts' Elsie Escobar for bringing Women Podcasters in Solidarity to my attention. The organization, which was founded by Mother's Quest creator Julie Neale, aims to "build awareness and funds for social justice" through the podcasting platforms of its members. In its initial effort, WPS asked members to create content around the subject of Anti-Racism and the Movement for Black Lives. The content was gathered by Neale and offered as a playlist on the org's web site (scroll down). Its sophomore effort is focused on "the intersectional impact of gun violence." Neale has already added four of her own episodes to this collection, and expects to add more soon. Join the movement on Facebook or Instagram, or donate to the cause here. You can also email Neale directly. — ELSIE ESCOBAR

3. Jargon Watch: Butt Cut. You heard that right. Believe it or not, these two words, which elicited uncontrollable giggles from the smallish humans in my house earlier this morning, mean something to most podcast and radio editors. When you make a "butt cut" it means you put two "actualities," or "acts" — voices from people other than the host/narrator — right next to each other in the edit. Often producers weave music or narration between two voices. With a butt cut, you slap 'em down, so that they "butt up" against each other. (You're welcome.)

4. "Hank is happiest when everybody's being polite, everybody's being nice to each other and millions are being made in the drug market." That's actor Anthony Carrigan on The Awardist discussing his role as Noho Hank, a people-pleasing Chechen gangster, on Bill Hader's hit dark comedy Barry. Carrigan, who was nominated for an Emmy this week, also reveals that in typical understated style, Hader celebrated by sending him a text that reads "Congrats dude." The good stuff starts around minute 28. — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

5. Lantigua Williams & Co. founder Juleyka Lantigua-Williams gets rave reviews for her work to bring marginalized voices to the forefront in Ozy this week. "What fuels her is a desire to bring others along as she establishes fresh paths to places in the media landscape that others can’t yet envision," says reporter Carly Stern. Of course, you already know that Lantigua-Williams is crushing it from reading our special piece, Follow Friday: Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, a few weeks ago. But had you heard that she loves a fast car, can't live without kalamata olives and worries about being a good Mom? These juicy facts — and more — in this detailed piece.

6. Closing the loop: Last Fall we wrote about Countdown to Capture, a six-part podcast released by California police and the U.S. Marshals Service to enlist the public's help in finding a man accused of killing his wife. On Monday, authorities announced that Peter Chadwick, who had escaped trial while out on $1 million bail, had been taken back into custody and would now face 25 years to life for the alleged murder. At a press conference yesterday morning, police revealed that "a tip" led them to the suspect, but didn't specify whether it came in as a result of the audio project. Regardless, I'll bet Countdown to Capture's seventh episode is going to be a real humdinger.  

7. Check out Discover Podscollection of 2019's best podcasts thus far, which features contributions from podcasters, librarians and writers including Paul Bae, Helen Zaltzman, Ma’ayan Plaut, Julie Shapiro and — shockingly — me. I recommended The Last Bohemians, an interview-style show featuring conversations with proud, irreverent and well-lived women — but what pulled this one over the fence for me was its exquisite sound design and editing. (Note: creator Kate Hutchinson is on the hunt for funding, so if you've got some extra cash, please help her fund a second season).

8. The all-female-identifying team at Earios introduces Sex For Money today, a podcast gameshow where contestants answer sex-related questions in the hopes of earning cash prizes. In recent days, the firm has also introduced disaster discussion show The Alarmist and kicked off The Big Ones, which tackles "pressing ethical questions."

9. The Memory Palace (AKA Nate DiMeo) will perform live in Brooklyn, Philly and Rochester in mid-September and in Chicago later that month. "A night of #stories, #music, and images drawn from ten years of The Memory Palace podcast," reads a tweet. Tickets for Chicago available here, all other shows here

10. Gather up your online toxicity stories and send them to by late afternoon TODAY. Aaaaaand go!

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. She now hosts her own show, Inside Podcasting, in which she talks to podcast hosts about their craft. Follow her on Twitter @SkyePillsbury.

Editor: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

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