Happy Monday! Lots of exciting things are happening in the podcasting world these days. Here's what I've been thinking about lately...
1. Reply All's dive into true crime. Did you hear last week's episode of Reply All called On the Inside? Drop everything and go listen, if not. It's really good. It's about the unlikely friendship between producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni and Paul Modrowski, who's serving a life sentence for an alleged murder. In On the Inside, the two talk about the blog he wrote from inside his prison cell for many years. According to this piece from Tech Insider, more episodes about Paul and his complicated case are on the way. The article says one more episode will be released later this week, and a third part might follow. But Paul Modrowski's blog says there will be "several parts," that the team has collected hundreds of reports, and that dozens of interviews have been conducted. Either way -- whether it's a two-part episode or a full on miniseries -- I'm really excited about what Reply All is doing. The dive into the true crime genre is a pretty massive departure from the show's regular episodes, and in my book, a bit of experimenting is always a good thing. Plus, from the sound of it, Paul Modrowski's case could use another thorough examination.
2. Anxious Machine's storytelling business venture. Speaking of experimental audio storytelling, did you listen to last week's episode from Anxious Machine titled If You Could Do Anything? It's the show's first upload in around six months, and it's a really exciting one. Host and producer Rob McGinley Myers explains what he's been up to while the show's been on hiatus. He's had an idea, and it's one that could revolutionize the world of audio storytelling. If you're a podcast fanatic and you haven't listened to it yet, you have to go check it out. And if you're a fan of audiobooks or you have a brilliant idea for a podcast miniseries but need a bit of help creating it, you definitely need to listen asap. If You Could Do Anything is part one in a three-part series from the show, and I'm really looking forward to hearing the rest of it.
3. The five-year-old podcaster. Have you heard the The Show About Science before? If you have -- and even if you haven't -- go check out this great piece about the podcasting process of five-year-old host Nate (who has what has to be the cutest voice in the entire industry). He tells writer Cynthia McKelvey how he creates his show step-by-step, who his dream guests are, and what career paths he's interested in (possibly "politics-ing"). If you're in need of a smile, go give it a read. And while you're at it, check out Nate's recent interview with scientist Adam Rosenblatt that's all about alligators. It's hands down the most adorable podcast interview I've ever heard.
4. Fifty great podcasts. Did you happen to see this great list of fifty podcasts that deserve your ears from The Guardian? It includes some really fantastic picks -- a few of them I haven't heard of before (like The Mysterious Secrets Of Uncle Bertie's Bonatarium and The Odditorium). If you're looking for a few new subscriptions, definitely go check it out. And if The Guardian's list isn't enough, be sure to check out my growing list of sixty-ish favorite shows, created just last week.