New York Times: On Google Podcasts, a Buffet of Hate

New York Times: On Google Podcasts, a Buffet of Hate. “…even in the world of podcasting, Google Podcasts — whose app has been downloaded more than 19 million times, according to Apptopia — stands alone among major platforms in its tolerance of hate speech and other extremist content. A recent nonexhaustive search turned up more than two dozen podcasts from white supremacists and pro-Nazi groups, offering a buffet of slurs and conspiracy theories. None of the podcasts appeared on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Stitcher.”

Google Blog: Why Do We? – Answers to art & culture over tea

Google Blog: Why Do We? – Answers to art & culture over tea. “When the pandemic locked us up a year ago, we had to travel in our minds. For me, less time on the road meant more inspiring digital conversations with friends. Exploring Google Arts & Culture’s online collections, I wanted to spend a few minutes — a brain-refreshing tea break — to call on the know-how of friends and experts and dive into some of life’s big questions. So we came up with Tea with B, a 5-episode series to explore these questions with guest stars ranging from authors, comedians, and poets.”

TED Blog: TED launches TED Audio Collective for podcasts

TED Blog: TED launches TED Audio Collective for podcasts. “While broadly known for its global conferences and signature TED Talk videos, TED is also one of the top podcast publishers in the world. TED podcasts are downloaded 1.65 million times per day in virtually every country on earth. Our shows have been consistently ranked by Apple Podcasts as ‘most downloaded’ of the year, and TED Talks Daily was the second most popular show globally on Spotify in 2020. Now the TED Audio Collective expands upon that foundation, creating a home for shows co-developed by TED and our speakers as well as shows developed and produced independently by inspiring thinkers and creators.”

Arizona State University: ASU Interplanetary Initiative launches new podcast partnership with Slate

Arizona State University: ASU Interplanetary Initiative launches new podcast partnership with Slate. “‘Mission: Interplanetary’ is a weekly podcast hosted by former NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and scientist and author Andrew Maynard. Each episode features the hosts engaging with experts about the big questions, challenges and mysteries humans face as we venture out to explore the solar system and beyond.”

The Verge: Apple and nonprofit Common Sense Media team up to provide kid podcast recs

The Verge: Apple and nonprofit Common Sense Media team up to provide kid podcast recs. “Apple is making it easier for parents to find podcasts to listen to with their kids. The company is teaming up with nonprofit Common Sense Media, which specializes in age-based content reviews, to curate various collections that’ll appear in the Apple Podcasts app in the US and online. The initial four themes focus on narrative storytelling, shows that kids themselves recommend, mysteries and dramas, and Common Sense’s ‘all-time’ picks.”

The Verge: Here’s a first look at Mark Cuban’s podcasting platform Fireside

The Verge: Here’s a first look at Mark Cuban’s podcasting platform Fireside. “Broadly, the app is best described as a hybrid between Spotify’s Anchor software and Clubhouse. Although it prioritizes live conversation, like Clubhouse, it tries to make off-the-cuff conversations sound more professional. Intro music welcomes people into a room, for example, which is a nice touch, but it doesn’t exactly translate like it does during an edited podcast.”

Tubefilter: The Podcast Academy Unveils 164 Nominees For First Annual Ambies Awards

Tubefilter: The Podcast Academy Unveils 164 Nominees For First Annual Ambies Awards. “The nascent Podcast Academy has announced a full list of 164 nominees for its first annual Awards for Excellence in Audio, aka the Ambies. The Ambies, streaming live on YouTube and Twitch May 16, will dole out awards across 23 categories plus a Governor’s Award, with winners being decided by voting members of the Academy.”

ABC News: Audio diaries reveal Lady Bird Johnson’s unseen influence in husband’s administration

ABC News: Audio diaries reveal Lady Bird Johnson’s unseen influence in husband’s administration. “ABC News will kick off Women’s History Month with its new podcast ‘In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson,’ co-produced with Best Case Studios and hosted by author Julia Sweig. Drawn from over 123 hours of the former first lady’s mostly unheard daily audio diaries, the podcast presents a surprising and original portrait of Claudia Alta ‘Lady Bird’ Johnson, told in her own words.” The first of eight episodes debuted yesterday.

The Verge: DC Comics is launching a podcast universe on Spotify

The Verge: DC Comics is launching a podcast universe on Spotify. “DC is launching another universe to tell its superhero stories — but this time, it’s not on HBO Max or Cartoon Network: it’s on Spotify. The publisher is working on nine shows for Spotify, including shows about Catwoman, Wonder Woman, the Riddler, Batgirl, Superman and Lois Lane, and more — although DC creative director Jim Lee didn’t give too much more information about what those shows entail right now.”

CNET: 21 best podcasts to binge right now

CNET: 21 best podcasts to binge right now. “Say what you will about 2020 — and between the pandemic, political unrest and various environmental disasters, there’s a lot to say — but it was a strong year for podcasts. As 2021 rolls on, there’s a whole lot of good ‘casts for your ear holes that you may have missed from the last timultuous year. Plus, there are new podcats constantly turning up, like a surprise collaboration between former President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen.”

National Gallery of Art: National Gallery of Art Announces New Original Podcast Series

National Gallery of Art: National Gallery of Art Announces New Original Podcast Series. “The National Gallery of Art announced today a new podcast series that explores the relationship between visual art and music: Sound Thoughts on Art. Journalist, author, and musician Celeste Headlee hosts the podcast. Each episode features Headlee in conversation with a musician who has chosen a work of art from the National Gallery’s collection and responded to it using sound. Headlee also talks with a museum expert, who describes the work and provides art historical context.”

NBC News: Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen launch podcast on Spotify

NBC News: Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen launch podcast on Spotify. “Spotify on Monday announced the launch of ‘Renegades: Born in the USA,’ featuring the former president and the legendary rock star in conversation on issues ranging from politics and the state of America to fatherhood, marriage and manhood. The conversations will span eight episodes, the first two of which go live on Monday.”

The Verge: ‘Pro Tools proficiency’ may be keeping us from diversifying audio

The Verge: ‘Pro Tools proficiency’ may be keeping us from diversifying audio. “Despite the no-doubt earnest efforts of many well-meaning individuals, podcasting, it would seem, has had — and continues to have — a diversity problem. And while there are many factors which contribute to maintaining the industry’s status quo, there is one culprit to which we can confidently point: Pro Tools.”

TechCrunch: Podchaser raises $4M to build a comprehensive podcast database

TechCrunch: Podchaser raises $4M to build a comprehensive podcast database. “Podchaser, a startup building what it calls ‘IMDB for podcasts,’ recently announced that it has raised $4 million in a funding round led by Greycroft. In other words, it’s a site where — similar to the Amazon-owned Internet Movie Database — users can look up who’s appeared in which podcasts, rate and review those podcasts and add them to lists. In fact, CEO Bradley Davis told me that the startup’s “vibrant, exciting community of podcast nerds” have already created 8.5 million podcast credits in the database.”