Happy Monday! Here's what I've been thinking about lately...
1. Snap Judgment live on stage. Over the weekend, I stumbled upon this live taping of Snap Judgment at The Greene Space in NYC, and it was so good. You can catch the recording here, if you're interested. The episode is called The Story Behind the Storyteller, and it's a fascinating look at the career of host Glynn Washington. He talks about the show's creation, how he makes new episodes every week, and the way he crafts a great story. And he does it all really beautifully, with improvised musical accompaniment. I've never watched a live podcast taping before -- in person or online -- and it was fascinating to see. Glynn is such an incredible performer -- his facial expressions and movements add so much to his storytelling. I watched this episode online, and next time, I definitely want to be in the audience. If you've got an extra hour and you're a Snap Judgment fan, I'd highly recommend checking it out. Also, I'm curious -- have you been to a live podcast taping before? Did you love it, if so?
2. Why podcasting matters, according to the industry's brightest. While browsing The Green Space's website, this event called Why Podcasting Matters caught my eye, so of course I gave it a watch. It was held last week, just the day before Snap's live episode was recorded, and it featured some really great panelists, including Andy Bowers (Panoply's chief content officer), Kerri Hoffman (PRX's chief operations officer), Matt Lieber (Gimlet's president and co-founder), and Sarah van Mosel (Acast's chief commercial officer). They discussed the podcast industry's greatest challenges, like a growing reliance on ads, whether or not we're in a podcasting bubble, and how they foster creativity and diversity. The most exciting bit I heard came from Matt Lieber of Gimlet. He explained the company's "mix week" -- taking place this week! -- where each podcast goes dark, the teams are jumbled, and they spend the week exploring new concepts. Next week, Gimlet will be back to business as usual, but hopefully with a heap of new ideas. I'm really excited to hear what comes out of "mix week" and am hoping for a behind-the-scenes episode on StartUp. If you're interested, you can watch the live recording of the event here, on The Green Space's website.
3. Updates from Serial. Have you been listening to the latest episodes from Serial on Adnan Syed's ongoing hearing in Baltimore? Host Sarah Koenig attended it last week, and on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, she recorded her conversations with producer Dana Chivvis about what went down that day in the court room. The two chatted about who testified, how Adnan was reacting, who brought drama to the hearing, whether new evidence was shifting their opinions, and what possible outcomes the court proceeding could lead to. They've uploaded three short episodes so far -- each around fifteen minutes -- and it sounds like there'll be a blog post on Serial's website early this week about the hearing's last days, which Sarah won't be able to stick around for. Listening to her updates from Baltimore has been exciting -- not just because Adnan could finally receive the fair trial he deserves if the hearing goes well for him, but also because of the undeniable role that the podcast is playing in the court proceedings. If you're a fan of the show, you've surely already listened to the latest updates. But if you haven't, be sure to check them out asap.