Podcasts for unlearning systematic racism, one legacy print publisher takes to audio, how to come up with fresh episode ideas, and more.

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Unacknowledged white privilege, racial injustice, and silence have gone on for too long. Now is the time to listen and make People Of Color’s voices heard. Here are some podcast resources for unlearning racism in our own lives and learning what we can do in the world to stop it:

  1. Code Switch by NPR
  2. About Race
  3. The Diversity Gap
  4. Pod for the Cause from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  5. Pod Save the People by Crooked Media
  6. Pep Talks and Fufu on IG Live

We’re baking a cake in the shape of a microphone. Analysts at eMarketer expect the total reach of podcasting in the U.S. to hit 105.6 million listeners this year. Guess which state clocks in the most listening!

We wish we had this growing up. PRX, a public media organization, has created TRAX, a curated network of free podcasts and multimedia for audiences ages 9–13. Shows cover friendship, mental health, wellness, and race, personality, school, and more.

We cue up these beach listens. Meredith Corporation, the legacy print and digital media company, are bringing four popular magazine titles to the audio space. This summer, their launching spinoffs of Allrecipes, PARENTS, Southern Living, and Travel + Leisure.

We go for a bike ride. Having trouble coming up with new episode ideas? Daren Lake, guest blogger on the Podcast Host, helps solve your creative woes with science. He suggests ways to fall into a flow of unconscious, passive thought, making it “easier to passively solve a problem or come up with great ideas.”

Lastly, our random podcasting thought of the week highlights how RSS feeds came to be.

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Episode 38 · 1 year ago

Alexa Keeps your Data, China Silences, and More.

It’s Friday July 12th. Welcome to ThisWeekInPodcasting, where we discuss current weeks. Podcasting news and Tips all in under 10 minutes. This episode is provided by Sounder.fm, the Smartest way to Podcast. Let’s get started.


This week, Alexa holds your data forever and even shares itChina silences Podcast Apps, Top Mistakes Podcasters Make, & the top random podcasting thought of the week.


Alexa has changed the way audio is consumed and enjoyed. They have also forced others like Google into the audio market. All of this competition is making the audio market better.


However, in recent news, it has come to our attention, that Alexa keeps your voice data and audio transcripts forever and even shares it with third parties. In May CNET uncovered that Alexa keeps user’s audio interactions even after people have deleted it. Following this report, Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, sent a letter to Amazon, demanding answers. Amazon's vice president of public policy, Brian Huseman, sent a response. In the letter, Huseman tells Coons that Amazon keeps transcripts and voice recordings indefinitely, and only removes them if they're manually deleted by users. However, this is a little misleading.


Huseman also noted that Amazon had an "ongoing effort to ensure those transcripts do not remain in any of Alexa's other storage systems." But there are still records from some conversations with Alexa that Amazon won't delete, even if people remove the audio. I am sure we will hear more about this in the near future.