Hey Poddy People!
I hope you all are having a splendid week! I’m back in L.A. and we’ve hit 200+ subscribers!
Michael Hobbes, one-half of the fabulous podcast You’re Wrong About, is leaving the show. Citing that he’s finished telling the stories he’s wanted to tell. If you’ve listened, let me know you’re favorite episodes by replying or commenting. The announcement can be heard on the latest episode of the feed.
iHeartRadio announced the nominees for the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards. You can see all the nominees here. I’ll be checking to see if we have the majority of them on the GP site with a Critic review. More on that in a later newsletter.
Website update: Another exciting update. We’ve added a sample/trailer/first episode player on the podcast page. We pull the first audio on the podcast feed which may be the trailer or an actual first episode. With a site like ours, we hope that trailers become the norm with every new podcast being released.
On to my picks this week…
Podcast: Storytime with Seth Rogen
I read the press release for this podcast a couple of weeks ago. Following up with last week’s newsletter on celeb-driven podcasts, Seth Rogen was one I wanted to definitely try out.
About: “…every week Seth asks somebody, “Do you have a great story? And if you do, will you tell it on my podcast?” That’s it. That’s the concept.
Sounds like Seth wrote the description too! It sort of reminds me a little of Storyville.
Anna Leszkiewicz - New Statesman describes it just right for me.
“The show is meandering, with surprising and whimsical production choices that elevate it to more than a chat show.”
That meandering is what makes it for me. At least on the first episode. It starts with the foundational funny story from writer comedian Quinta Brunson, then makes a connection to Paul Rudd (subject line hint), and finally to Semisonic’s Dan Wilson. All connected to some part of the story. Loved it.
Even radio & podcast legend Ira Glass got in on the reviews.
Ira Glass - This American Life
“Seth Rogen sure brings a ton of school spirit to this new podcast he’s doing.”
Podcast: Supernatural with Ashley Flowers
This is the beginning to our spooktacular podcast recommendations this month. Adding to Crime Junkie’s Ashley Flowers list of podcasts, Supernatural is her paranormal horror version. The scripted podcast is entirely read by Ashley every week with new episodes.
Jess Joho - Mashable
"…you'll be enthralled by her storytelling..."
I listened to the Winchester Mystery House episode since that’s a Bay Area landmark. Ashley Flowers is a great storyteller, but for my ears, I would’ve liked more soundscape in a story like this. Give me some eerie footsteps and screams!
Podcast: The Industry
Genre: TV & Film
Publisher: Dan Delgado (Independent)
Well, this was the surprise listen of the week. As I prepped my drive back from S.F. to L.A., I threw out an ask on Twitter.
I got the response from Dan, host of The Industry, with a Critic review attached! Of course, I had to listen to it.
About: The Industry is a podcast that takes a closer look at some of the lesser known (and perhaps intentionally) forgotten stories of movie history. Insane productions, scandalous lawsuits, victories from the jaws of defeat, and the occasional crime are the order of the day in this Industry.
I listened to the episode, Harold and Preston, that Dan linked to. The editing, the interviews, and his narration worked out just right for my drive. The bonus episode in his latest release was on Superman IV. As someone who saw that movie in the theater and thought it was trash, I was definitely interested in this conversation to do a fan remake of it.
Michael Woodward - Podcast Magazine
Dan does a masterful job of walking us through how this happened in a world where film studios guard their movies with armadas of lawyers.
Oh, Arielle from Earbuds Podcast Collective makes a voice-over appearance!
Indigenous People’s Day Highlight
I’ve posted these two reviewed podcasts in the newsletter before but wanted to do a quick highlight again.
Arlo Iron Cloud - Lakota Times
“The podcast world is profoundly filled with white people’s perspectives, Red Nation Podcast is an Indigenous thinking machine in a world of white thought. Estes (host) wanted to make sure that people understood that we’re just people and we have our own way of conversation, and laughter is a major component of the indigenous conversations."
Nicole - Podcast Maniac
“The episodes are well-researched, well-told, and each one is tightly edited to stay focused and clear. This Land tells an important story, and explains why every US citizen should be paying attention to it.”
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