Filibuster Podcast: D.C. United’s midfield problems, & Western Conference Finals

Filibuster Podcast: D.C. United’s midfield problems, & Western Conference Finals

There was so much about D.C. United’s season to break down last week that we moved some of it to this week. After Jason, Adam, and Ben talked about the central defense and defensive midfield last week, we we start by talking about the rest of central midfield this week. We also talk about the addition of speed on the wings and whether the problems of finishing were a fluke or more systemic issue. We also do some cake or death reviews of players.

In the second segment we hoped to have on Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart and Alicia Tolar of Dynamo Theory, but technical difficulties prevented us from having Dave on. So instead, we talked with Alicia about all things Houston Dynamo, including their injuries and suspensions, Angry Joe Willis, and whether or not they have a chance against the Sounders. Give it a listen!

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Who are podcast “super listeners,” what do they do, and how do we build podcasts for them?

Who are podcast “super listeners,” what do they do, and how do we build podcasts for them?

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 140, published November 14, 2017.

Hello from Chicago, where I’m writing this in the lovely Hearken offices. Much thanks to the team for letting me in from the Midwestern cold.

The voice of Vox. We now know who is going to host the upcoming Vox daily news podcast: the Canadian-born Sean Rameswaram. A veteran WNYC staffer, his tenure includes work on the Kurt Andersen-led Studio 360 while the show was still at the station and, more recently, as a reporter on Radiolab’s More Perfect. Rameswaram has long exhibited considerable ambition to lead his own program: he hosted the Studio 360 spin-off podcast Sideshow, served as a guest host on a season of the CBC’s Podcast Playlist, and put himself in the running to take over the popular Canadian culture program Q in…

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More than entertainment, Duke is embracing podcast medium to tackle issues and tell university stories

More than entertainment, Duke is embracing podcast medium to tackle issues and tell university stories

As the 21st century’s first new mass media format, the podcast has become very popular, very quickly.

Last year, more than 98 million Americans tuned into one or more podcasts, according to a survey from Edison Research. Sometimes referred to as the Netflix of Radio, podcasts provide on-demand programming on any subject you might be into, from pop culture to science to politics and everything in between. The online service iTunes now lists upward of 300,000 active podcast series worldwide.

With so many podcasts out…

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The week in radio and podcasts: Dirty John; Converging Cultures

The week in radio and podcasts: Dirty John; Converging Cultures

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Converging Cultures | littleatoms.com

Put down your surveillance equipment, true-crime fans, I have an interesting new podcast for you. Dirty John is a six-part series made by the Los Angeles Times and Wondery. Pulitzer-nominated investigative reporter Christopher Goffard talks us through the romance of Debra and John. In 2014, Debra Newell, an attractive fiftysomething divorcee, joins match.com in search of true love. She finds it in the form of John Meehan, a good-looking anaesthetist who is very keen, very soon. Still, so is Newell, and all is well. Until her children meet him…

What follows is an intriguing, in-depth picture of the strangest of relationships. Several times during this podcast, I found myself shouting inwardly, so exasperated was I with I-still-love-him-though Newell. Do you know the phrase “feelings aren’t facts”? I kept thinking of it as I listened. Faced with an array of damning details (I’m not going to reveal them, but…

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Listen to ‘Dear Sugars’: The Empty Chair Part 2

Listen to ‘Dear Sugars’: The Empty Chair Part 2

“The Lovely Bones,” by Alice Sebold

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Once you’re on the series page, you can tap on the episode title to play it, and tap on the “subscribe” button to have new episodes…

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This Podcast About an Arcade Urban Legend Is Twisty Fun. It’s Also Fake.

This Podcast About an Arcade Urban Legend Is Twisty Fun. It’s Also Fake.

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Ecstatic truth, or outright deception?

Radiotopia

In October of 1981, a boy named Bobby Feldstein disappeared from his home in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. As he would tell it later, earlier in the day, he’d been playing a mysterious video game at Coin Kingdom, a dodgy arcade in the city, and as he got deeper into the game, things started to go wrong in his head, consciousness dissolving into percussive static. The feeling lingered and grew as he made his way home—an unavoidable sense that something was off. That’s when they came for him. A group of mysterious figures approached the house. They entered. He tried to scream, but he was paralyzed. Not long after, he blacked out.

When Bobby awoke, he was somewhere deep underground, still unable to move, though his restraints were now physical. A badly mangled boy approached him, freeing him from his bonds. Together, the pair fled through tunnels, and Bobby says he was sure they…

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