Happy Monday! So many exciting things are happening in the podcast industry. Here's what I've been thinking about lately...
1. Does Apple care about podcasts? Apple contributed to the growth of the podcast industry in major ways, but podcasters are starting to think the company doesn't actually care about its future. Journalist John Herrman conducted dozens of interviews with Apple employees and podcast creators like Call Your Girlfriend producer Gina Delvac, and he published a really great piece about them in The New York Times over the weekend. If you've been on Twitter in the past forty-eight hours, then surely you've seen it making the rounds. But if you haven't, it's definitely worth a read. So is this rebuttal from Marco Arment, the creator of the podcast player Overcast.
2. A new production company arrives. Have you heard about the new podcast production company Pineapple Street Media? Nick Quah posted a great piece about it in last week's edition of Hot Pod. Its co-creators are Jenna Weiss-Berman (of The Moth and StoryCorps fame) and Max Linsky (co-founder of the great site Longform and co-host of its podcast), and it sounds like they've got some really big projects lined up -- including one for The New York Times. But what I'm really excited about is this: they're producing a podcast for Lenny, the brilliant website and newsletter from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner! Their first shows will arrive this summer, and I can't wait to hear them.
3. A new project for international news, too! A Boston-based organization -- The GroundTruth Project -- is hoping to change the way the public consumes international news. It launched a podcast last year and is offering training and support to foreign correspondents who want to tell their stories through audio. Its founder, Charles Sennot, told Neiman Lab, "The way most international news is done is so boring. But international news -- not just news, but taking Americans to the rest of the world -- is an important thing, and so ripe for podcasts." After hearing the latest episode from the Longform Podcast featuring Kelly McEvers, I'm convinced that more foreign correspondents need to start their own podcasts. Here's hoping that The GroundTruth Project makes that a reality.
4. Some podcast therapy. Two producers at the Third Coast Audio Festival -- Sarah Geis and Maya Goldberg-Safir -- have started a project called "Podcast Therapy" and they're holding free consultations! All you have to do is tweet your problem to them by May 20th at @thirdcoastfest using the hashtag #PodcastPrescription, and they'll send you the perfect podcast cure. I think it's brilliant, and I can't wait to hear their recommendations.