Happy Monday to you! Here's what I've been thinking about lately...
1. The best shows for travelling. I'm travelling this week (so things maybe be quieter than usual around here) and I'm currently making my way through a massive podcast playlist up in the air. One thing that's surprised me -- I'm finding myself skipping through a lot of the episodes I thought I'd be most excited to hear. I'm gravitating more towards conversational shows (like The Cooler or Uninterrupted) and fictional dramas (like this great one), and away from the story-based podcasts I typically love so much (like Reply All or Modern Love). I'm sure it has everything to do with the distractions of travelling and nothing to do with my actual preferences, but still, it's a surprise. So I'm curious -- what are the shows you love most while on planes and trains? Are they any different from the shows you usually love hearing?
2. The Sarah Awards. Did you get a chance to watch The Sarah Awards over the weekend? The ceremony was held at The Greene Space in New York City on Friday to honor the year's best audio fiction from around the world. I watched the webcast of the event this morning and I'm so glad I did. Storytelling extraordinaire Glynn Washington served as the perfect master of ceremonies, and the ladies behind The Heart performed a really fantastic opening piece. Plus, the winning piece (out of four amazing contenders) was announced and celebrated. If you have an extra hour this week, the webcast is definitely worth a watch.
3. The New York Times is hooked. Did you hear that The New York Times is launching a podcast team? If you haven't noticed, I'm a serious fan of their show Modern Love, so I'm really excited about the news. Kinsey Wilson (editor for innovation and strategy at the Times) told Laura Hazard Owen of Nieman Lab this: "We haven't settled on themes or particular shows yet. But there's no shortage of great ideas in the building. In the early going, we will probably favor things that have some shelf life as opposed to news that's highly perishable, simply because we want to build audience quickly." Adam Davidson (of Planet Money and Surprisingly Awesome fame) will be advising the top-notch team they've already assembled (though they are still looking for someone to craft the creative vision). Fingers crossed that shows start rolling out from the crew soon, and that they're just as incredible as Modern Love.