Inside Podcasting - December 10th, 2019

Inside Podcasting (Dec 10th, 2019)

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Dear Readers, 

Alas, the episode of Heavyweight featuring a story of mine did not win "best audio documentary of 2019" at the IDA Awards this past weekend. However, as you can see below, if there had been a prize for Family Most Excited to Attend a Fancy L.A. Awards Show, my husband, my two children and I would have had it IN THE BAG.

All jokes aside, congratulations to "A Sense of Quietness" creator Eleanor McDowall and her amazing team! Please go listen to her deeply affecting and inspiring profile of four women's experiences during the fight for reproductive rights in Ireland. 


1. The New York Times reports that Eric Eddings and Brittany Luse, hosts of The Nod, have agreed to create a version of their popular show for Quibi, a new short-form video app designed for the "smartphone age." Quibi, which raised $1 billion in 2018, is building a roster of online influencer content that founders Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg hope will make visiting the platform a daily habit among fans (Quibi is also inking deals with heavy hitters like Steven Spielberg for big-budget content that will cost a bit more for subscribers.) "Stay Tuned! The Nod is coming to a screen near you," read a recent post from the show's Twitter handle. Btw, Quibi is hiring. — NEW YORK TIMES

2. Adweek has announced the winners of its 2019 Podcast of the Year Awards. I was thrilled to see a number of wonderful podcasts and people listed as winners, including Kerri Hoffman (executive of the year), Here to Slay's Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom (hosts of the year); LAist Studios' Misha Euceph and Prologue Project's Andrew Parsons (producers of the year — tie). In addition, Kara Swisher's Recode podcast empire on the Vox network banked three wins — Recode Decode, tech podcast of the year; Pivot, thought leadership podcast of the year; and Recode Decode for the biggest win: podcast of the year.

There was one perplexing thing (to be honest, there were a few, but I've harped on awards enough this season): in a space set aside for "editor of the year," no winner was listed. Welp, sorry editors! 

3. Welcome to "In the Box," a new feature including news from my inbox that I don't have time to cover in more depth.

In the Box — podcasts

  • Reality stars Meghan Kind Edmonds ("Real Housewives of Orange County") and Brooke Burke (Dancing with the Stars), are launching Intimate Knowledge, a show in which they'll cover everything from infidelity to one night stands. Arrives Jan. 6.
  • Mitra Jouhari has a new comedy podcast (she also hosts Urgent Care with comedian Joel Kim Booster, who — fun fact — plays the lead character in Moonface).

 In the Box — news

  • Amazon launches Tala's World, an interactive story series built for the Alexa platform.
  • The Edward R. Murrow Awards adds a podcast category.
  • Podcast host and producer Emily Prokop weighs in with her predictions for 2020.

4. ICYMI: on Friday the Wall Street Journal announced (behind a paywall) that My Favorite Murder hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark had inked a deal with Scripps/Stitcher worth ten million dollars. A fellow podcaster said this news invigorated her: "podcasting is a real business now!" Another sunk into temporary despair: "I might as well just give up; no one will ever pay me ten million dollars." (I drank too much red wine that night.) How does this news strike YOU? — WALL STREET JOURNAL

5. Huzzah, the second season of The Dream has arrived! As you may know, the show's first season pulled back the curtain on the shady history and culture behind multilevel marketing companies. This time host Jane Marie looks at the mysterious trillion-dollar world of wellness. Think detoxes, cleanses, essential oils, vitamins — does this stuff actually work? I can't wait to find out. 

6. "I know I bang on about disliking audio drama a lot in this column, but it really has been stagey and moribund for years. This podcast is an example of how well it can be done." That's Miranda Sawyer, in a rousing review of The Whisperer in Darkness, a story that involves vicars, spooky abandoned houses and is a companion podcast to last year's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. "Ooh, you’re in for a treat," writes Sawyer.

7. If you're sick of best-of-the-year lists, check out Phoebe Lett's bite-sized collection of beloved shows returning this month (as well as a few newcomers). Her collection includes Dan Weissmann's healthcare show An Arm and a LegOutliers — Stories From the Edge of History, which explores overlooked moments in UK history; and Copper & Heat, where host Katy Osuna looks at "the unspoken rules that keep restaurant work in a vice grip."

8. Earbuds Podcast Collective's playlist this week is titled "Explore the Human Psyche," which seems a fitting listen as we bid adieu to one of the most confounding decades in recent history. The playlist includes episodes from You're Wrong About...., F**ks GivenWhy Is This Happening?, and more. Enjoy; I hope it brings peace. 

9. If you live in New York and you're free tonight, check out the inaugural Podcasters' Rate and Review Meetup at Frank Macs Pub @ 425 Amsterdam Avenue. Schedule of events:

6:00: Meet and quickly go over how we started our podcasts.
6:30: Review tips, tricks and insight.
7:00: Break out into pairs and share samples of our podcasts, and afterwards we will rate and review each other’s podcasts as well!
7:50: close out your welcome to hang out and grab more drinks after.

H/T Podbrief.

10. Reply All wants to hear about your technical support problems. Send all confounding problems to 

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.

Edited by Pittsburgh-based journalist Kim Lyons.

We're at work on Season 2 of the Inside Podcasting podcast and hope to have more to share soon. In the meantime, you can catch up on the first season which included interviews with:

Ian Chillag, the creator of Everything is Alive 

Jessi Hempel, who hosts Linked In’s podcast Hello Monday

Martine Powers, who hosts Post Reports from the Washington Post 

Leon Neyfakh, the co-creator of Slow Burn, who is now the host of Fiasco 

Madeleine Baran, the investigative reporter behind In the Dark

and Inside CEO Jason Calacanis, who hosts This Week in Startups

You can find the show wherever you get your podcasts. Let us know what you think!

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