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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Episode 38 is inspiring and real.

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 67 · 7 months ago

Should you Cover COVID-19? Are Everyone’s Downloads Dipping? How do you Record Remotely? We have the Answers.

Episode 30 is all about podcasting in a pandemic.


We get to the bottom of why you may have seen a dip in downloads these past few weeks. (Thanks, Podnews, Edison Research, and Podtrac!)


We answer some hard podcasting questions, like should I still put out new episodes? And do I have to talk about COVID-19?


We remind you that you have a hall pass for podcast quality, especially if you’re new to remote recording. If you’re on the hunt for equipment, Brian Heater of Tech Crunch talks about his favorite remote podcasting equipment. Alejandro Medellin of Premium Beat compares programs, including long-distance recording solutions, to fit a range of budgets. And the Podcast Host has a great starter-friendly list.


We’re happy a new (fun, light, easy) sub-genre of COVID-19 podcasts exist. Hint hint: when you’re stuck at home with your partner, what else is there to do?


The podcast industry is rapidly growing. Sounder makes it easy for audio creators to stay on top of it all with This Week In Podcasting, where we discuss this week’s most exciting podcasting news and tips, all in under 10 minutes.


Short Guitar Clip by Audionautix- (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://audionautix.com/

Episode 66 · 8 months ago

Ponder the Power of Podcasts in Politics, Learn why Transcription is Crucial for Inclusion, See how Oprah Upcycles Content like a Queen, and More.

We scratch our heads while wondering about Nicholas Quah’s question: has podcasting become big enough to shape election politics? Sort of, actually. He explains why in his latest piece for Vulture


We get to see just how big a bite Apple Podcasts takes out of the podcast pie. My Podcast Reviews, a service run by podcast-consultant Daniel J. Lewis, found the official number.


We could not agree more with Joshua Dudley of Forbes who says transcription is more than just an SEO tool, it’s a way to include deaf and hard of hearing people in the world of podcasting.


We feel very meta when Dan Misener of Pacific Content explains why longer episode notes make for better discoverability in Google and Apple Podcast searches.


And, we love Oprah’s idea to turn her old TV episodes into a podcast and wonder what else can be upcycled into new content.


The podcast industry is rapidly growing. Sounder makes it easy for audio creators to stay on top of it all with This Week In Podcasting, where we discuss this week’s most exciting podcasting news and tips, all in under 10 minutes.


Short Guitar Clip by Audionautix- (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://audionautix.com/

Episode 65 · 8 months ago

Podcasts Turning into Books, Paper Providers Opening a Podcast Studio, tips for Killer Cover Art, and More.

Episode 28 is kind of meta.


We learn that the world isn’t flat and media isn’t linear when one popular podcast signs a BOOK deal. Yes, books. From the good ol’ days.


We peek into how one podcast ranker works. For any skeptics, Joe Rogan is still crushing it.


We give a hat tip to the innovation of one retailer, who introduced podcast studios as part of their new community-driven business model.


And we asked our talented graphic designer how to make really pretty teeny tiny squares known as cover art. 


The podcast industry is rapidly growing, so Sounder is making it easy for audio creators to stay on top of it all with this weekly podcast called This Week In Podcasting, where we discuss this week’s most exciting podcasting news and tips, all in under 10 minutes.


Short Guitar Clip by Audionautix- (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://audionautix.com/

Episode 64 · 8 months ago

Build a Recording Studio out of Pillows, Discuss the Controversial new Podcast Academy, Learn why you need a Website to Grow your Show, and More.

Episode 27 tactile and tantalizing. 


We learn that pillow forts aren’t just for avoiding adulthood. But can actually be used to build a recording studio. (Thanks Don Gonye from NPR!)


We give a thumbs up 2020 listener metrics, which are steadily heating up.


We take a page from Switzerland’s paybook and simply report the mixed-responses surrounding the new Golden Mics ceremony.


We try to remain calm when explaining why you NEED a website for your podcast. For starters, it gives you a web presence that you OWN. Social media changes on a dime! Imagine sending all your listeners to your MySpace back in 2005. Learn more here.


Last but certainly not least, our random podcasting thought of the week gives snail mail a little lovin’. 


The podcast industry is rapidly growing. Sounder makes it easy for audio creators to stay on top of it all with This Week In Podcasting, where we discuss this week’s most exciting podcasting news and tips, all in under 10 minutes.


Short Guitar Clip by Audionautix- (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://audionautix.com/