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Inside Podcasting (Aug 23rd, 2019)

Hey, folks! Eve Batey, here - I'm filling in Skye today, but she asked me to pass along that she is looking for reader recommendations for great podcasts for kids for a future newsletter. If you have an idea, please send her the name of the show, 1-3 sentences that explain why you/your kids love it, and your preferred social media handle. "Please don’t recommend your own show," she says.

Also, this morning she released a mini-episode of Inside Podcasting in which Skye and Inside.com managing editor Kim Lyons discuss what it was like to interview Everything is Alive creator Ian Chillag. We hope you enjoy it! (She recommends listening to the interview with Ian first.)  

-- Eve

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1. The presenters of The Saturn Awards have launched a new podcast to interview some heavy genre hitters. The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror has been bestowing its awards on (per its website) "everything with an edge" for the last 44 years, and now the organization has branched out into producing their own pod, called Live From Saturn. Hosted by actors Stephen Kramer Glickman and Tiffany Smith, it launched on Tuesday with three episodes: interviews with Dean Devlin, Zachary Levi, and Harvey Guillen. Spokesperson Kelly Patterson tells Inside Podcasting that future guests will include Peter Ramsey, Candice Patton, and John August. You can listen to it here.

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2. The third season of Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked has launched. The show, which is a production of WNYC, features real people recounting supernatural events they say they've experienced. Its first two seasons, which you can catch up on here, took the show from cult classic to mainstream success. Its third season was snapped up by paid platform Luminary, but it looks like the third season's first episode, which dropped Thursday, can also be found on NPR

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3. For Scores is a new podcast about the music behind Disney's TV and film works. Its first episode dropped today, the first of a two-part interview with Henry Jackman, the composer of film scores like those for "Big Hero 6" and "Captain America: Civil War." Disney spokesperson Robbie Snow says that "oftentimes composers don't get the limelight the big end-title artists get, so this is an opportunity to shine a light on them and give them an opportunity to talk about what inspired them." - VARIETY

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4. TechCrunch is mulling the future of podcasting. The rumination was spurred by last week's Podcast Movement event, the same one Sky's been telling you about for the last couple issues of this very newsletter. According to reporters Justine Moore and Olivia Moore, this year's event had "a new level of energy and professionalism," and illuminated several big trends and pain points the industry will face. Expect more celebrity podcasters in the coming year, as well as continued backlash against "walled garden" apps like Luminary. - TECHCRUNCH

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5. A new podcast from American Public Media wants to help you figure out what to make for dinner. APM spokesperson Kelly Reller tells Inside Podcasting that Weeknight Kitchen, a new pod hosted by New York Times food columnist and reporter Melissa Clark, will help answer "one of life’s most difficult and constant questions, especially on a weeknight after a busy day: 'what’s for dinner?'" Expect the show, which promises to feature "practical but delicious recipes," to debut with weekly episodes as of September 4, but you can get a sneak peek at its first episode here

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6. Attention Washington, D.C.-based readers: your city's PRX Podcast Garage will open on September 4. The "recording studio, classroom, and event space for audio storytellers" will kick things off with an open house on 9/4, and will be open from noon-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, with weekend hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - PRX PODCAST GARAGE D.C.

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7. Night Vale has announced its slate of fall 2019 releases. Audio fiction show Within the Wires will return for a fourth season on September 10 (this one's called “The Cradle” and "is a story about a mother and daughter as they attempt to lead a family-centric commune surviving on the fringes of society"), and The Orbiting Human Circus will launch a new show called Naughty Till New Years that features cast members like John Cameron Mitchell and Tim Robbins. NTNY will premiere on November 6. 

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8. Podcast producers are trying to find new ways to reward their guests. It's a lot of work to guest on a show, between scheduling and figuring out what to say so you sound reasonably smart. But most of us do so with no expectation of compensation ("for the exposure," as they say). The folks behind Facebook's Three and a Half Degrees: The Power of Connection podcast are trying a different approach, sending guests personalized gift bags with a signed thank you note and episode-specific swag. What do you think of their so-called "guest appreciation kit"? - PACIFIC CONTENT

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9. The second season of Adult ISH has kicked off. Its new season of "unguarded interviews, unfiltered advice and lively storytelling" for the young (and those who aspire to youth) launched Thursday with an appearance by influencer Daysha Veronica, and a chat about sexual health. 

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10. Marc Maron isn't crazy about Conan O’Brien's sudden characterization as a pioneer of podcasting. Maron is, of course, talking about that controversial Variety piece from earlier this week, the one that described O'Brien as "the darling of the podcasting world" and launched a score of contemptuous tweets. In an appearance at O’Brien's TV show day job, Maron emerged with a print copy of Variety rolled threateningly in his hand, and accused the talk show host of, basically, jumping on the pod bandwagon then hogging all the glory. You can watch their full exchange here. - AV CLUB

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Eve Batey is a writer, editor, and consultant based in San Francisco. She also owns a store and writes about the business of true crime. You can find her on Instagram at @evelb, Twitter @eveb, and can be reached at eve@inside.com.

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

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