Can you lead a country you don't love?

Can you lead a country you don't love?

In the fifth episode of the podcast Closer Than They Appear, Wallace talks to two people who have had political power or fought for political justice in the American system. Political commentator Van Jones and podcaster, activist, and lawyer Rabia Chaudry talk about love and power – their complicated love for the US, and whether or not they can pursue political power with love.

Closer Than They Appear is the debut show from Al Jazeera’s new podcast studio, Jetty. Over the course of seven episodes, Wallace decides that the best way to move forward is to turn and face the dark moments in American history – and in his own. Along the way, he brings on guests for thoughtful conversations about what it means to be an American, what Americans are fighting for, and what’s next for him and for all of us. 

Catch up by listening to the first episode, featuring Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali, who joined Wallace to discuss what it means to be black men in the US, fatherhood in the time of…

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METAL INJECTION LIVECAST #441 – Black Bisexual Black – Metal Injection

METAL INJECTION LIVECAST #441 – Black Bisexual Black – Metal Injection

We celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with an extra Jewish edition of the Livecast. We kicked off talking about our pooping patterns, Noa’s underwear preference, and hard drugs. In hour two, we talked about Alex Jones’ argument with Alexa, Roy Moore’s recent interviews, and Darren and Sid go at it.

Join us live next Tuesday, starting at 7pm Eastern (4PM Pacific Time) and going until 9PM eastern time for an all new edition of the Livecast.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on the episode, whether by leaving a comment below, on our Facebook, Twitter, emailing hatemail@metalinjection.net or leaving a voicemail by either Skyping “metalinjectionlivecast” or using the Speakpipe widget below.

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Listen to the Metal Injection Livecast on Stitcher, Google Play or on iTunes (please leave a rating/review as…

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Apple, off-Apple, and adaptations: These were the most important podcast trends of 2017

Apple, off-Apple, and adaptations: These were the most important podcast trends of 2017

Editor’s note: Hot Pod is a weekly newsletter on the podcasting industry written by Nick Quah; we happily share it with Nieman Lab readers each Tuesday.

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 144, published December 12, 2017.

Twenty Seventeen. What a year, folks. We’ve seen more hits, more new companies, more listening, more technical experiments, more platforms, mo’ money (mo’ problems), more interest, more stakes, more anxiety, more anticipation. It’s been a lot, but the question I keep finding myself returning to is this: if the world ended, would I know?

I don’t mean it in any apocalyptic sense, of course. The query is meant in the spirit of transitions: to what extent will we know if everything we once knew about this scene no longer was? Writing this newsletter week in and week out has the tendency to facilitate a kind of myopia, and yet, despite the squinting, I am struck by a distinct sense that we’re smack dab in the middle of a…

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Podmass' podcast superlatives of 2017

Podmass' podcast superlatives of 2017

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In 2016, podcasts of every stripe had a decision to make: Address the worst aspects of 2016 head-on, or create artful distractions from same. This year, that pattern holds true: Nostalgia-laden podcasts gently guide our gaze the other way while political shows unabashedly call out bullshit where they see it. Below are the Podmass superlatives of 2017, recognizing some of the most noteworthy stuff we heard this year.


Best Use Of Time: The 30-minutes-or-less podcast 

In the early days of podcasting, the gold standard was the hour-long comedy ’cast. These would often expand, even double as a show’s popularity grew and the comedians’ riffs extended to match. But this year, our writers were drawn to a growing trend, the half-hour (or shorter) podcast. It’s a more realistic commitment that’s perfect for a commute or as a soundtrack to your morning routine. Over the years, there have been early favorites such as 99% Invisible, The Memory…

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Full transcript: European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Recode Decode

Full transcript: European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Recode Decode

On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, the show goes to Lisbon, Portugal, for a live taping with European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. The two discuss Vestager’s stand on American companies in Europe — especially Google and Facebook — and how U.S. and European regulations differ.

You can read some of the highlights here, or listen to the entire interview in the audio player below. We’ve also provided a lightly edited complete transcript of their conversation.

If you like this, be sure to subscribe to Recode Decode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast or wherever you listen to podcasts.


Kara Swisher: Recode Radio presents Recode Decode coming to you from the Vox Media podcast network.

Hi, I’m Kara Swisher, executive editor of Recode. You may know me as a supporter of the right to be forgotten, although personally I know I am unforgettable, but in my spare time I talk tech and you’re listening to Recode Decode, a…

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