By Sara Jane Hess and David Grabowski
What’s up, podcaster? It’s SJ and David again with more podcasting news and updates! This is an excellent way to see some of the shows we’ve unearthed and catch up on relevant industry news. You can probably guess what the latter will be, especially after reading Apple’s latest podcast-related announcement. There are much to dissect, but don’t worry, we’ve got everything under control! 😁
And if you have no idea who we are, we are the SPI Podcasts team: Sara Jane Hess (Senior Producer) and David Grabowski (Producer). We are the two people in Team SPI who are dedicated to the production of Pat’s shows and increasingly some brand new shows in the SPI Media Network!
If you missed it, we started our first show two months ago: Flops, a podcast on failure and how to overcome it. More on that below, because to be completely honest, we just couldn’t help it.
Here is the skinny!
4 intrepid podcast recordings for May 2021
Flops (SPI media)
It may seem like a bit of self-promotion to promote our own show in this small overview. And it is! But we’re so proud of Flops that we do it anyway. This is the first brand new show (of many to come) on the SPI Media network. We produced it with the hosts of the show, senior content manager Karen Beattie and senior writer Ray Sylvester. Oh, and David wrote the music!
Why make a show about failure? We have felt it way too often that the struggles that will take us to where we want to be are not being celebrated. But they’re as part of the equation as anything else – and as any good NASA engineer knows, failure is a good thing. That’s why we wanted to highlight the failure of entrepreneurs, highlight their insights, and pass the wisdom on to you, the listener.
Oh, and stick around for an (often juicy) mini bug story from a member of Team SPI until the end of each episode!
PS – If you dig something deeper into that Flops Creation process, be sure to read this post from Ray.
Recommended episode: S1, E5: “The Song of Regret”
WorkLife with Adam Grant (TED)
Can we learn to love our rivals? Can we turn frustration into a good cause? The American author and psychologist Adam Grant sees it that way, or at least his guests. work life explores the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to give listeners unique lessons that can bring them back to work. From primates leadership lessons with Jane Goodall to Malcom Gladwell’s attitude to questioning everything, this show is full of big names and big ideas.
Recommended episode: “Building an anti-racist job”
The random creator (Death Henry)
The random creator is at the intersection of business and creativity – and as every entrepreneur knows, this is a great place. Todd Henry, author of The random creator, Die empty, and Louder than words, interviews creative people and business leaders. With actionable insights and high profile guests, this show is a source of ideas on innovation, creative thinking, and more.
Recommended episode: “Alien Thinking (with Cyril Bouquet)”
The next big idea (Wonderful)
Host Rufus Griscom comes up with a brand new, groundbreaking idea every week with thought leaders like Adam Grant (see above) and Malcom Gladwell. The next big idea covers a huge range of topics, so we wouldn’t call it a “business podcast” per se, but a lot is definitely applicable. With episodes on everything from climate change (and whether we can actually taste it) and why humor is a secret weapon, to predicting a society after COVID-19, we recommend a healthy browse this one.
Recommended episode: “BEGINNERS: The Pleasures of Being an Amateur”
Podcasting News May 2021
This month we have a wide variety of stories that we think are worth watching. We’re tired of talking about Apple and Spotify subscriptions, so you won’t find any of them here. (If you’re looking for a recap of these stories, check out Nick Quah’s excellent article on Hot Pod.)
The latest in the Reply All debacle
A few months ago we wrote about the billing Reply All. The podcast took an indefinite hiatus and has been silent since February. That changed in the last days of April when Reply All has released a new episode titled “The Test Kitchen Revisited”. In it, hosts Emmanuel Dzotsi and Alex Goldman talk about the mistakes of the Reply All Team and how they shape the future of the show. The episode left us more questions than answers, but we’re excited to see what’s next when normal release resumes on June 10th.
More podcasts make the leap to film
We think that’s really exciting – another great, high quality podcast is making the leap to film. It was recently announced that In, the podcast with Richard Madden (game of Thrones) and Brian Cox (Succession), was picked up by Amazon Studios. It wasn’t clear if the two would repeat their roles as twin brothers on the show, but we keep our fingers crossed for them.
In is just the latest podcast picked up for an adaptation last year. Others include the spy-driven collaboration between Pineapple Street and Crooked Media Media A breath of fresh air (Hulu), slate Slow burning (Epix) and The New York Times‘s Nice white parents (HBO). This is a trend that will only increase over the next few years, so expect more.
Podcasting events will take place in person again in 2021
With infection rates falling in the US, podcasting events are shifting back to personal formats. In August, Nashville hosts the world’s largest podcast conference, Podcast Movement. For those who do not want to travel, the conference also offers virtual tickets. Here are some of the other events in 2021 that are making a return to personal formats:
PodFest Expo, 10.-13. June
PodcastCon, 20. – 22. August
FinCon, 22. – 25. September
That’s all for us. See you out there!
The podcast cheat sheet
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