- Mailchimp's Going Through It returned to the podcast airwaves yesterday. Tracy Clayton (pictured) hosts the new season, in which fourteen Black women will discuss "a pivotal moment in their lives when they decided it was time to make a change." The former co-host of Another Round will welcome guests including Jenna Wortham, Tamron Hall, and Lena Waithe.
- Comedian Samantha Bee has launched Full Release, in which she "sits down for unscripted, in-depth conversations with the best and rightest people about how to navigate the worst year of all our lives." In its inaugural installment, journalist Soledad O'Brien gives Sam tips on how to develop her "podcasting voice." HAT-TIP to I.P. reader John Kostuch for this one.
- Beginning this August, Pivot hosts Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway — "tech's most feared yet loved journalist and your favorite inappropriate professor" — will host Pivot Schooled, a five-part live series about how COVID-19 will forever change our economy. Tickets are $30 (hey, at least its cheaper — and easier to crash — than Code).
- The third season of Other Men Need Help, which pulls back the curtain on male friendship, arrived today. According to host and producer Mark Pagán, the season explores “secret handshakes to hidden beefs: childhood friends facing cross-country moves, friends who lose faith in their friendships, friends who survive life-altering injuries, and best friendships that don’t survive into adulthood.”
- Axios reports The New York Times has at least three documentaries and ten scripted series slated for T.V. and film, including adaptations of The 1619 Project (which included a podcast of the same name) and The Jungle Prince of Delhi (which appeared in audio form on The Daily earlier this year).
- In a class-action lawsuit, New Yorker Kahlimah Jones makes the argument that Gimlet Media (and therefore, Spotify) has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) "by failing to provide closed captioning on various podcasts." Jones has filed over a dozen similar suits against companies, including Peloton and Lowe's. No comment yet from Gimlet or the Swedish mothership, but Podnews editor James Cridland has shared his perspective.
- New website Timber Media publishes podcasters' success stories. Co-founder Jon Christensen started the project after a trip to Podfest Expo where "every session that even hinted at audience growth was standing-room-only."
- The IAB has released its U.S. 2020 Podcast Advertising Report. Projected growth for the remainder of 2020 has decreased from 29.6% to 14.7%, however, Nick Quah reports that the organization "maintains that podcasts can be considered to be 'more resistant' than other media formats against the economic pressures of the pandemic revenues." In addition, 2019 advertising spend beat expectations.
- Yesterday Spotify rolled out new podcasting charts, which include "trending podcasts," "top podcasts," and shows in over a dozen categories. Read a Spotify blog post regarding how the charts work — penned by the ubiquitous Wil Wiliams — here.
- Former Invisibilia host Alix Spiegel announced this week that she's joining The New York Times to "help with their long-form audio." Meanwhile, Sayre Quevedo is leaving The NYT's The Daily to pursue a new opportunity in L.A. ("more on that soon" reads a tweet). Congratulations and best wishes to all.
Finally, still in the dark about who and what a "Karen" is? Let Decoder Ring be your guide.
Have a great week.