Happy Monday to you! Here's what I've been thinking about lately...
1. The (hilarious) future of podcasting. First and foremost, have you seen the Twitter feed of Travis Larchuk (editor for NPR's Ask Me Another) lately? Drop everything and go look, if not. He's been posting the most absurdly hilarious tweets about the future of podcasting since last Thursday. For example, he tweeted: "I have begun incepting podcasts into other podcasts, layering in bonus content for dogs at a frequency only they can hear." And then, "DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY DOGS THERE ARE IN AMERICA? And none of them are paying for podcasts right now. It's a huge, untapped market". He also posted two fantastic pieces on Medium -- one featuring six ideas for podcast monetization (including blackmail) and one laying out the 32-year timeline of podcasting's future (including the 2025 Battle of Havarti Hill). The whole thing is total perfection, and I hope it never ends. Go read it all immediately if you haven't yet.
2. A brilliant Serial parody. I missed Investigating An Office Fridge Theft from The Sporkful when it first aired over a year ago and when it re-aired last week (or it definitely would have made it into my favorites list), but I finally tuned in to it yesterday and I'm so glad I did. It's fantastic! Required listening for Serial fans, and for anyone who's ever had their lunch stolen from the communal office fridge. From the episode's summary: "It's Elkhart, Indiana, 2001. Two inches of Heather Coleman's turkey club disappear from her office fridge. The thief is nowhere to be found. And Heather's life will never be the same. In this tribute to the hit podcast Serial we investigate a shocking true story of office fridge food theft." If you haven't heard this one yet and are in need of some laughs, give it a listen.
3. A podcasting genius. Did you see Jad Abumrad's American genius feature on TIME last week? It's a short five minute video that's absolutely worth a watch. Jad talks about the rise of podcasting (thanks to the iTunes app and to Serial's debut), his days as a musician, how his music experience has made him a better audio engineer for Radiolab, the tools that help him perfect his process (plus a look at his home recording studio), the artists who inspire him most, and how his life has changed since he was awarded the genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation a few years ago. I had goosebumps while watching. If you're a Radiolab fan and haven't seen the video from TIME yet, go check it out asap.
4. Six months between my earbuds. This little site is officially six months old! And I've loved every single day of it. Posts like this and this (and this!) have been so much fun to put together. Plus, I've become totally obsessed with Twitter (and Instagram, but that's nothing new), and I've got a new weekly newsletter that goes out by email each Friday (sign up to the right if you'd like!). But I'm curious -- what are the things you're hoping to see more of on this site in the next six months? And how about the things you'd like to see less of? If you have an extra minute, I'd love to hear from you either down in the comments or in my inbox. Thank you so much for reading and for any feedback you can send my way!