Buzz: Podcast News October 8-14

Each week in Buzz, we’ll give you a roundup of our favorite podcast reads from around the internet.

October 12, 2015: Ben Sisario of The New York Times, WNYC to Open New Podcast Division

We will be seeing more and more “podcast divisions” as radio networks realize on-demand content is the future of the medium. So, that WNYC is getting in on the action isn’t on its face that mind-blowing. But anyone who has been paying attention to WNYC over the past year knows this is about much more than that. As talent has been jumping ship left and right and podcast networks are beginning to outpace their public radio counterparts, it’s time for the network to take a hard look at the content it’s creating and how it can stay relevant as the industry evolves. 

October 13, 2015: The Longest Shortest Time is leaving WNYC

Speaking of WNYC, this week marked the last one you’ll hear Hillary Frank’s excellent podcast, The Longest Shortest Time, on that network. Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising given the big moves the station is making, but we didn’t see it coming. TLST is a fan favorite and has grown a sizable audience. I can’t imagine this is the end for the show, but it will certainly be interesting to see where it lands next.

October 9, 2015: Ken Deutsch of Radio World, So you want to podcast legally? Good luck!

No, you can’t publish random photos you find on Google (that’s stealing!). No, you can’t repost entire articles without permission or attribution (even if they’re available online). And, yes, the fair use laws that govern broadcast radio and music apply to podcasts, too. Well, nothing’s official yet–which means we don’t have a legal precedent to follow. In tidy fashion, this article explains the direction we’re headed and offers some sound advice (pun intended) on how to proceed if you wish to use music in your podcast. The piece harkens back to a time when the Internet was lawless and anything went. But we all know that changed, and so, too, will podcasting. Get ahead of the storm and mind your Ps and Qs now.

October 9, 2015: Nathan Wood of Rolling Stone, On the Edge with Marc Maron

We read a lot of interviews with podcasters–and, hey, we even publish our own!–but it’s nice to see an actual longform profile of one. Granted the subject is Marc Maron and the light of his fame certainly shines brighter than just his role as a podcaster. But a lot of this profile focuses on what he has been able to accomplish over 640 episodes (!) of WTF and how his role as a host has evolved. Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Maron has played a vital role in the growth of podcasting. That he has always respected the form in and of itself rather than as a launchpad for some other venture has paid dividends both to him and the industry.

Reminder: The Heart’s Kaitlin Prest and Mitra Kaboli are getting married!

Don’t forget Prest and Kaboli are getting married on October 16, 2015. Sure, they’re not really getting married-married so much as declaring their commitment to one another as business partners, but it will be a good time either way. Hurry up and buy your ticket!

New Podcasts in the News

You, you, you oughta know that Conversation with Alanis Morissette launched this week. No word on whether or not she will tackle the difficult subject of irony.

Slate has so many podcasts that it’s launching a podcast called Best of Slate Podcasts to snapshot the other ones for you. It’s total madness!

Sarah Thyre of Crybabies (with Susan Orlean) and Rachel Lichtman will launch Something Cool, an “audio-documentary” on Howl Premier, on October 26th. The show will be vignettes about lesser-known artists who inspired big names.


The Moth is down under. The Australian franchise opened at Sydney Opera House and will stay on in Melbourne and Sydney.

Welcome to Night Vale is now a novel with a different storyline than the podcast, due out October 20. Congrats to Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.

This American Life’s “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host” will be at the Ace Theatre, LA, November 7, and at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, November 21.

Starting October 29th, nine comic book podcasts will be participating in a big crossover event” called Secret Convergence on Infinite Podcasts. We’re not entirely sure what this means, but we know that they mean it.

New updates on Serial!


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