In our regular PodScanning column, we look at the latest podcasts and podcasting news in public media. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home of the Brave — Longtime independent radio producer Scott Carrier has entered podcasting with this new show. The podcast mixes old and new stories of Carrier’s, including “Running After Antelope,” which aired on This American Life in 1997.
But new stories include “A Walk on the Beach,” in which Carrier talks candidly with Alex Chadwick, former host of the NPR newsmagazine Day to Day, about his work at NPR.
“In a way, I feel like I’ve been podcasting all my life, but the medium caught up with me,” Carrier told Current. “My stories are from a personal perspective. . . . Podcasting is good for that. The host is also talking about himself as well as other things.”
Podcasting is attractive because it allows the producer to profit from advertising and sponsorships, he said. “. . . [I]t looks like it could work for an independent producer,” he said.
Carrier’s podcast doesn’t include ads so far, but he said he’s “working on it.”
“Podcasting is great because it’s cheap,” he added. “You don’t have to have money. You don’t have to have the college, upper–middle-class background to do podcasting. I think it’s a wonderful new thing.”
Recommended episode: “A Walk on the Beach”
The Seams — Former NPR correspondent Jacki Lyden released the first episode of her new fashion podcast The Seams this week. (Read more about Lyden and the podcast in this Current profile and listen to her on our podcast, The Pub.) A spinoff of a reporting series of Lyden’s for NPR, the podcast features stories from the fashion world. “Clothing is our common thread. And in every stitch, a story,” Lyden said in the opening of the debut.
Recommended episode: “Podcast #1”
The Beginning of the End — WDET in Detroit plans to launch this biweekly podcast soon. It will feature stories about “when, how and why things end, told by the people who have to live with what happens next,” according to the show’s website. The station is seeking stories that deal with the endings of things like “a secret,” “a grudge” or “a career.”
Security Mom — Juliette Kayyem, an international and homeland security expert, is joining WGBH News as the host of a new podcast about American security challenges. The first episode is slated for release in mid-April.
- NPR doubled its podcasting revenue last year and says it’s on its way to doubling it again this year.
- Spotify is considering adding podcasts.
- A YouTube user spoofs the sound of public radio podcasts and says, “All my favourite US podcasts are being ruined by this universally adopted affectation.”