Greetings Inside Podcasting Family,
I hope you are safe and healthy. Big thanks to those of you who wrote to me with the names of POC-created-podcasts about race / Blackness / POC / social justice that we should be listening to right now (I'm still accepting contributions). Finally, to the one dude who wrote back and told me that last week's issue was spam and he was unsubscribing: best of luck out there, man.
This month I had the opportunity to interview someone who has worked closely with podcast startup Luminary and has unique insights into the company. As you may know, Luminary, which botched its launch last March, has since then lowered its subscription price, lost creative and executive talent, and raised another round, despite an initial $100m investment. It's also been reported that the company is sustaining a $4m/month burn rate, despite less than $500,000 in monthly revenue. The interviewee has chosen to remain anonymous.
Finally, I've also included excerpts from today's episode of Inside Podcasting, in which I am interviewed by Podcast Gumbo writer Paul Kondo. We discuss my interview with the co-creators of Pulitzer Prize-nominated Ear Hustle, what it was like — for both Paul and me — to meet members of the PRX/Radiotopia team last summer, my process for interviewing, how I tormented my producer during post-production, and a whole lot more. I've included three excerpts from our discussion at the end of this edition. I hope they give you a sense of how we try to pull back the curtain in these post-show episodes (and whet your appetite for more!).
See you next week.