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Inside Podcasting (Nov 13th, 2018)

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1. Michael Barbaro, host of The Daily, was interviewed on the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism's On Mic podcast this month. During the discussion, Barbaro reveals that he was the newspaper's second choice for the role of host on The Run-Up (The Daily's immediate predecessor), and plays an amusing sound clip of his producers "training" him to say the date. You can also watch Barbaro onstage (along with producer Annie Brown and reporter Caitlin Dickerson) during a recent live show in Los Angeles here. -- THE DAILY CALIFORNIAN

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2. According to VICE, Conan O'Brien's new podcast has an "insanely good guest lineup." Will Ferrell is set to kick off the first episode on November 19th, with Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Bill Burr, Wanda Sykes, Marc Maron and showbiz power couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally slated for future shows. "After 25 years of extensive market research, we have learned that people want to hear my voice without seeing my face. So rejoice, America," said O'Brien. -- VICE

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3. President Barack Obama will join David Axelrod, his former campaign strategist, for a live taping of The Axe Files on November 20th. During the show, which will commemorate the ten year anniversary of Obama's presidential election, the two men will discuss memories from the campaign trail as well as the former president's current projects. The episode will be produced by the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and, as such, is only open to students of the school (the rest of us can listen in when it hits our feed). -- CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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4. On Players, former ESPN anchor Lindsay Czarniak chats with country music stars about how sports has impacted their lives. The show, a Cadence13 production, launched earlier this month and features Cole Swindell in its inaugural episode. Chris Corcoran, chief content officer at Cadence13, said “With Players, the first crossover podcast of its kind, Czarniak's journalistic skills are on full-display as she interviews some of music’s most accomplished artists." -- ALL ACCESS

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5. Their Own Devices, which launches Thursday, tackles the thorny issue of kids and digital media. The show, hosted by David Reitman, a medical doctor who works with teens, and Marc Groman, who worked as a privacy advisor to the Obama White House, features interviews with real-live kids and a few parents. In one episode, the hosts chat with Athena, a high-schooler who candidly discusses why kids (including her) have secret Instagram accounts and how challenging it is to go without her phone. Listen to a trailer here. -- TWITTER

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6. Stay Tuned with Preet has launched a new membership service called "CAFE Insider" for die-hard fans of the show. Subscribers will enjoy a new commercial-free podcast (called Cafe Insider), quarterly "town calls" with Bharara and other contributors, bonus content, a weekly newsletter and early access to live events. Subscribe here.

7. The Sundance Institute has released Shortscast, a new podcast that reveals the "crazy backstories" behind short films from the Sundance Film Festival. In this interview, Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Mike Plante explains that "hearing the voice behind the film is pretty fun and another layer to a personality of a film."

8The nominees for the IDA Documentary Awards' audio documentary of the year have been announced. They are: 30 for 30 Podcasts, "Bikram"; Caliphate; Heavyweight, "Jesse"; Latino USA, "The Quevedos"; and season two of Slow Burn (give them a listen!). Ricki Lake will host the awards ceremony on December 8th. 

9. Lizzie Widhelm, Pandora's SVP of Ad Innovation, guested on Ad Age's Ad Lib podcast last week. During the discussion she explained why she's "bullish" on podcasts.

10. In his "Reliable Sources" newsletter, CNN's Brian Stelter said that (with the exception of the first couple of minutes) Saturday Night Live's podcast awards ceremony sketch "fell flat."  Still, it's worth watching

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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.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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