Michael Hoffman: Could a Podcast Make Itself?

Michael Hoffman: Could a Podcast Make Itself?. “I run a daily podcast called The Weather in Brooklyn. Every morning, you can expect a new episode to appear in its feed. There’s an audio logo at the beginning, then some music starts playing, and the host begins to speak. The host presents the weather forecast for that day in Brooklyn, reads the credits, and signs off. The music fades out, and the episode ends. But the host isn’t me. It’s not a person at all. And I don’t exactly run this podcast. It’s my podcast, to be sure, but I don’t make it every day. In fact, I’m usually still half asleep when new episodes are created.”

Sky News: Antisemitism, racism and white supremacist material in podcasts on Spotify, investigation finds

Sky News: Antisemitism, racism and white supremacist material in podcasts on Spotify, investigation finds . “The company said it does not allow hate content on its platform. But we found podcasts totalling several days’ worth of listening promoting extreme views such as scientific racism, Holocaust denial and far-right antisemitic conspiracy theories. And while some of the most shocking material was buried inside hours-long episodes, in some cases, explicit slurs could be found in episode titles and descriptions while album artwork displayed imagery adopted by white supremacists.”

EFF: EFF’s How to Fix the Internet Podcast Offers Optimistic Solutions to Tech Dystopias

EFF: EFF’s How to Fix the Internet Podcast Offers Optimistic Solutions to Tech Dystopias. “It seems like everywhere we turn we see dystopian stories about technology’s impact on our lives and our futures—from tracking-based surveillance capitalism to street level government surveillance to the dominance of a few large platforms choking innovation to the growing pressure by authoritarian governments to control what we see and say—the landscape can feel bleak. Exposing and articulating these problems is important, but so is envisioning and then building a better future. That’s where our new podcast comes in.” I did not see a link to a transcription anywhere. If I missed it please let me know.

Lifehacker: 25 of the Best True Crime Podcasts, Rated From ‘Cozy’ to ‘Disturbing’

Lifehacker: 25 of the Best True Crime Podcasts, Rated From ‘Cozy’ to ‘Disturbing’. “The genre is often seen as exploitative—is true crime cathartic, helping us to examine and thus exorcise our own fears and demons? Or is it just a way to wallow in the suffering of others from a discreet distance? That’s a question to ask of any entertainment, really, but it’s also not entirely fair: the true crime genre is broader than it gets credit for, with one of the earliest popular shows (Serial) focusing on the potential failings of the judicial system. Or they can be an education in the worlds of crime, forensics, and society. Across these popular pods, you’ll find examples of all of that and more.” Slideshow.

WSU Insider: New podcast pushes for healthcare professionals’ mental health

WSU Insider: New podcast pushes for healthcare professionals’ mental health. “A new podcast created by faculty at the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine explores how physicians and other healthcare professionals can maintain their physical and mental health. ‘Finding Joy: The Health Care Professional’s Journey to Wellness and Resiliency’ features doctors, nurses, medical students from the WSU College of Medicine, and other health care professionals as they dive into the challenges they face and how they manage practicing wellness in their careers.”

New York Times: On Podcasts and Radio, Misleading Covid-19 Talk Goes Unchecked

New York Times: On Podcasts and Radio, Misleading Covid-19 Talk Goes Unchecked. “Scientific studies have shown that vaccines will protect people against the coronavirus for long periods and have significantly reduced the spread of Covid-19. As the global death toll related to Covid-19 exceeds five million — and at a time when more than 40 percent of Americans are not fully vaccinated — iHeart, Spotify, Apple and many smaller audio companies have done little to rein in what radio hosts and podcasters say about the virus and vaccination efforts.”

PR Newswire: Lost Women of Science Launches Podcast Series to Promote the Remarkable Women of Science You’ve Never Heard Of (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Lost Women of Science Launches Podcast Series to Promote the Remarkable Women of Science You’ve Never Heard Of (PRESS RELEASE). “Journalist and author Katie Hafner, and bioethicist Amy Scharf, today announced the launch of the Lost Women of Science podcast series on November 4th, in partnership with public media organization PRX and the award-winning Scientific American magazine. The first season will include four in-depth episodes centered on Dr. Dorothy Andersen (1901-1963), a pediatric pathologist who identified and named cystic fibrosis in 1938. It will be available free on-demand across all major podcast listening platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Amazon Music.”

Poynter: Here’s a roundup of journalism podcasts designed to inspire, entertain and inform your students

Poynter: Here’s a roundup of journalism podcasts designed to inspire, entertain and inform your students. “In no particular order, here’s a handful of podcasts about journalism, with some others by journalists. I choose them specifically because they either talk about the craft and culture of journalism, or are created by journalists and showcase great techniques and storytelling. What did I miss? Send me your list and I’ll keep them coming next week.”

NiemanLab: Vox Media has built a visual way to experience podcasts. It’s accessible to deaf audiences — and gorgeous.

NiemanLab: Vox Media has built a visual way to experience podcasts. It’s accessible to deaf audiences — and gorgeous.. “You listen to a podcast. That’s the only option, right? For their new show More Than This, Vox Media set out to create a podcast that could also be seen and felt. The result was an ‘immersive transcript’ that’s accessible to deaf and hard of hearing audiences.”

NiemanLab: The New York Times hopes to hook listeners on audio. Will a new standalone app do the trick?

NiemanLab: The New York Times hopes to hook listeners on audio. Will a new standalone app do the trick? . “The new app will feature the Times’ own podcasts alongside narrated versions of news, opinion, and magazine articles across a handful of publishers. For those who aren’t participating in the closed beta, nothing will change for the moment. The Times is not putting any podcasts behind a paywall or making them exclusive to the new app with this announcement; you can still listen to The Daily or The Ezra Klein Show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify and wherever else you like to hit play.”

Lifehacker: 15 Sci-Fi Podcasts to Listen to When You Need a Break From This Reality

Lifehacker: 15 Sci-Fi Podcasts to Listen to When You Need a Break From This Reality. “What follows are 15 of the best and most interesting sci-fi podcasts in this reality, representing a wide array of styles and sub-genres: from full-cast productions to stories told by a single narrator, from cyberpunk to adventures with aliens, they’re all the products of talented creators shooting their freaky, whacked-out, forward-looking ideas directly into our brains—via our ears.” Slideshow, but well-annotated.

Library of Congress: Library of Congress Launches Season 2 of La Biblioteca Podcast

Library of Congress: Library of Congress Launches Season 2 of La Biblioteca Podcast . “The English-language series derives from A Latinx Resource Guide: Civil Rights Cases and Events in the United States, created by Hermán Luis Chávez and María Guadalupe (Lupita) Partida, two Huntington Fellows in the Library’s Hispanic Reading Room. The guide offers an overview of 20th and 21st century American court cases, legislation and events that have affected the Hispanic community across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico.”

Mashble: 8 podcasts to teach kids about history, identity, and current events

Mashable: 8 podcasts to teach kids about history, identity, and current events. “There are many child-friendly podcasts out there that explore topics that aren’t often included in traditional curriculums. You can listen to them in the car on the way to school or sports practices, and they can spark questions around difficult topics like racism or identity — in an age-appropriate way.”