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From: Sam5/14/2019 10:30:08 AM
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NPR podcast directory:

I got to this directory from today's 1A which deals with the Larry Nassar case and a podcast that talks about his case and why it took so long for him to be stopped. Why don't victims of sexual abuse come forward? Why aren't children believed when they report these things?

Here is the URL of where the 1A story will be archived:

Here is the URL of the podcast "Believed":

Here is more on the 1A story:

Who Is Believed?
Tuesday, May 14 2019 • 10 a.m. (ET)

“They all needed Larry. Gymnastics is punishing. Spend enough hours hoisting your body up and over those wooden gymnastics bars, eventually the skin on your palms rips right open.”

That’s a quote from host Lindsey Smith in the first episode of the podcast Believed, from NPR and Michigan Radio.

In 2018, Nassar was convicted of criminal sexual conduct and federal child pornography charges.

He serially abused hundreds of young women. His victims included household names like Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, but they weren’t all famous. Vox reports that the majority “were students and young female athletes — gymnasts, dancers, and volleyball players.”

At the very minimum, isn’t it unsettling to think that because of Nassar’s expertise treating athletes, he was kept on despite suspicions he was abusing his patients? And that when girls and young women came forward with their stories, no one believed them?

But it happened. For decades.

The purpose of Believed is to discover “how Larry Nassar abused so many for so long.”

In one instance, the police just believed Nassar instead of what his victim reported. And local detectives never referred the case to a local prosecutor for review, to see if this report of Nassar’s behavior reflected an isolated incident, or something worse.

We reached out to USA Gymnastics, and they sent us this statement.

We will never forget the appalling acts of abuse that have forever impacted our athletes and the gymnastics community. We admire the survivors’ courage and strength in sharing their stories, and our goal is to do everything we can to prevent the opportunity for it to happen again. USA Gymnastics is further strengthening its athlete safety policies — including provisions on mandatory reporting and setting boundaries for athlete-adult interaction — to establish greater accountability and make reporting easier. Athletes are the heart and soul of our sport, their safety is of paramount importance to us, and we are focused on making our organization more athlete-centric.

We bring you the latest on what’s happened since Nassar’s conviction and speak with Lindsey Smith about her work.

Produced by Kathryn Fink.

This show will discuss sexual abuse and assault. If you or someone you know needs to speak to someone, the National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673. You can also use the RAINN online hotline, which you can find here.


Lindsey Smith Investigative reporter, Michigan Radio; co-host, "Believed"; @lzsmitty

John Manly Attorney; represents more than 200 women who were abused by Larry Nassar; @johnmanly

Tim Evans Investigative and consumer reporter, The Indianapolis Star; @starwatchtim

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina 30th circuit court judge, Ingham County, Michigan; sentenced Larry Nassar to up to 175 years in prison; @AquiRosemarie

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From: Sam5/25/2019 8:16:58 AM
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Talking Feds

Talking Feds is a roundtable discussion that brings together some of the most well-known former prosecutors in the country for a dynamic and entertaining analysis of the most pressing questions in today's high-profile criminal cases, including the Mueller probe and related investigations.

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From: Sam6/2/2019 11:52:06 AM
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Future Perfect podcast

Future Perfect explores provocative ideas with the potential to radically improve the world. Every Wednesday, Vox’s Dylan Matthews tackles big questions about the most effective ways to save lives, reform prisons, fight global warming, and end world poverty, from decisions in Congress to choices in our everyday lives.

Here is the home page:

I have listened to two of the episodes so far and can recommend them. Here is the first one, on Andrew Carnegie and philanthropy:

What Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropy can teach us about today’s megarich
His libraries didn’t really make up for his brutal factories.
By Dylan Matthews and Byrd Pinkerton May 22, 2019, 6:00am PDT

And this one is on the Olin Foundation:

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To: Sam who wrote (60)6/18/2019 4:20:43 PM
From: Alan Smithee
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I've heard good things about the HBO series so was interested in listening to the podcast. I was disappointed.

One of the hosts is Peter Sagal of NPR Wait Wait fame.

Disappointing in the extreme.

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From: Sam7/4/2019 11:15:34 AM
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A podcast called "Revisionist History", by Malcolm Gladwell.

Here is a segment of Morning Joe with Gladwell.

Malcolm Gladwell gives the Boston Tea Party another look

New Yorker staff writer and host of the 'Revisionist History' podcast Malcolm Gladwell discusses the new season of the podcast, which tells the real story of what happened in Boston on the night of December 16, 1773.
July 3, 2019

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To: Sam who wrote (58)7/7/2019 2:46:12 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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I added the link to the NPR Podcast Directory to the header.

One of my favorite NPR podcasts is Innovation Hub.

Innovation Hub features today's most creative thinkers - from authors to researchers to business leaders. It explores new avenues in education, science, medicine, transportation, and more. Guests have included Michael Pollan, Sal Khan, Marissa Mayer, Clayton Christensen, Jared Diamond, Paul Farmer, Sherry Turkle, and Brian Greene.

Their June 14, 2019 podcast was particularly exceptional:

The Advantage Of Being A Generalist

June 14, 2019 • Should you be the best at one skill, or be pretty good at a bunch of different ones? David Epstein, the author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, says that practicing one skill for 10,000 hours (as some have suggested) might not necessarily set you up to be the next Tiger Woods or the next chess grandmaster. But in a world where we're constantly encountering new experiences, Epstein believes that the ability to take knowledge from one situation and apply it to another, to generalize, is what really pushes us ahead.

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From: Glenn Petersen7/8/2019 10:30:25 AM
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I posted this on the Music Jukebox board last year.

A long, absolutely fascinating NPR podcast with the late Joe Carter that puts African-American spiritual music ("Sorrow Songs") into their historical context.

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From: Glenn Petersen7/11/2019 11:15:12 AM
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The New World of Work Podcast

What is the future of work? The New World of Work explores how technologies like automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence are shaping how we work, where we work, and the skills and education we need to work. Featuring conversations with experts from the McKinsey Global Institute and thought leaders from the public and private sectors, this series will help business leaders, policymakers, and organizations understand what changes are afoot and how we can prepare today for a future that works.

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From: Glenn Petersen7/16/2019 7:57:16 PM
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Apple Plans to Bankroll Original Podcasts to Fend Off Rivals

By Lucas Shaw and Mark Gurman
July 16, 2019

-- Tech giant looks to use exclusives to compete with Spotify

-- Company has recently added new Podcasts Mac app, web interface

Apple Inc. plans to fund original podcasts that would be exclusive to its audio service, according to people familiar with the matter, increasing its investment in the industry to keep competitors Spotify and Stitcher at bay.

Executives at the company have reached out to media companies and their representatives to discuss buying exclusive rights to podcasts, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the conversations are preliminary. Apple has yet to outline a clear strategy, but has said it plans to pursue the kind of deals it didn’t make before.

Apple all but invented the podcasting business with the creation of a network that collects thousands of podcasts from across the internet in a feed on people’s phones, smartwatches and computers. The Apple Podcast app still accounts for anywhere from 50% to 70% of listening for most podcasts, according to industry executives.

The news sent shares of Spotify down as much as 2.7% to $150.09 in New York on Tuesday, marking the biggest intraday decline in three weeks. The stock had been up 36% this year through Monday’s close.

After years without making substantial changes to its podcasting business, which first launched in 2005, Apple has recently focused on upgrading its app and has added new tools for podcast makers. Still, new entrants have encroached on Apple’s once-indomitable position, attracting new users by offering exclusive access to original podcasts.

A representative for Cupertino, California-based Apple declined to comment.

Podcasts App

Apple launched Podcast Analytics last year, rolling out a service that gives podcast makers more insight into their listeners and performance. This year, Apple announced a dedicated Podcasts app for Mac computers and launched a web interface to expand the amount of people who can listen to podcasts through its service.

Apple placed executive Oliver Schusser in charge of podcasts and music, with Ben Cave helping oversee the podcasting strategy.

“You are nowhere in podcasting if you don’t have shows listed in Apple podcasts,” said Lex Friedman, the chief revenue officer of Art19, which provides services to podcast producers such as Wondery Media and Tribune. But given all of the recent activity by its competition, “it would surprise me if Apple didn’t do anything with exclusives.”

Video Service

Apple has refrained from funding podcasts thus far to avoid the perception of playing favorites. But the tech giant has evinced an interest in funding some of the programming it distributes. The company is producing dozens of original TV shows and movies for a new video service called Apple TV+. The first of those series will debut later this year.

Spotify Technology SA, already Apple’s largest rival in paid music streaming, has spent about $400 million acquiring podcast companies. It’s also funded original shows from comedian Amy Schumer, journalist Jemele Hill and hip-hop artist Joe Budden. Earlier this year, it announced a deal to host podcasts from a company founded by former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

These moves have established Spotify as the clear No. 2 player in podcasting, according to industry executives. The company has seized between 10% and 20% of listeners, and accounts for half of the audience on some shows. Other companies, including IHeartMedia, Stitcher, Pandora and Luminary, have also devoted more resources to the medium.

Apple is in the midst of building a suite of media services across audio and video that tether people to its phones and other devices. Podcasting is still a small business compared with music or TV. Podcasting companies generated $479 million in advertising sales in the U.S. last year, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

Growing Fast

But the industry has been growing. Sales have grown 65% a year for the past three years, according to the IAB, while the number of monthly listeners to podcasts has doubled over the past five years.

Still, Apple doesn’t make its own money off of the Podcasts app. It doesn’t charge for the software or run its own advertising.

However, growing the Podcasts app and adding exclusives could give some consumers another reason to stick to their iPhone or subscribe to complementary paid services like Apple Music. Apple also has an advertising division focused on ads in the App Store, which theoretically could eventually be applied to Podcasts if it continues to increase its user base.

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From: Glenn Petersen8/8/2019 10:13:58 AM
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Google will start surfacing individual podcast episodes in search results

Search for what you want to hear

By Ashley Carman @ashleyrcarman
The Verge
Aug 8, 2019, 9:00am EDT

Image: Google

Google is taking the next step in making podcasts easier to find. The company will now surface individual podcast episodes in search results, so if someone searches for a show about a niche topic or an interview with a specific person, Google will show them potential podcast episodes that fit their query. The company will also soon allow people to ask Google Assistant to play podcasts about specific topics, and it’ll find episodes to play.

For now, people have to search using the word “podcast,” so if you want to find a show that talks about golden retrievers, you’ll have to search “podcasts about golden retrievers” or “golden retriever podcast.” Once you choose one to listen to, it’ll open in Google Podcasts’ web app. The same command structure applies to Google Assistant, so users will have to say, “Hey Google, play a podcast about golden retrievers.”

Eventually, Google says it’ll support third-party playback, which is important for podcasts that are exclusive to certain platforms. (The publishers will have to define where they want the show to play themselves if it’s a third party.) It’ll also eventually drop the “podcast” search term requirement. It hasn’t said when the Assistant functionality will roll out.

To pull off the search indexing, Google is automatically transcribing all the podcast episodes it finds. (Android Police noted this happening earlier this year.) Podcasters who publish with an RSS Feed will have their shows automatically indexed, similar to how websites are populated on Google search today. The company has already indexed over 2 million shows. Zack Reneau-Wedeen, Google Podcasts product manager, tells The Verge that Google will take certain signals into account when determining what shows to surface first, like how many people listen to a show or whether the show comes from a publisher that has “a lot of authority.”

Image: Google

“There’s so many more high-quality, varied podcasts than there used to be,” Reneau-Wedeen tells The Verge. “We’ve seen the problem move from what it was like to browse the Internet in the early- to mid-90s, where you knew all the websites you might want to visit, to the problem that we have in the 2000s on the Internet, where you need a search engine to really help you to discover and find all the content that might be useful or entertaining to you.”

This new functionality could fundamentally change how people find new shows because podcasts have lacked discovery tools. Right now, people typically find podcasts through friends or other shows, but they also likely have a hard time finding shows about specific topics because there’s no easy way to search by topic. Google including episodes in search clearly changes that.

However, what it could also change is how podcasters react to having their shows as searchable entities. Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is the practice of titling webpages or altering URLs to make them more Google-friendly with commonly searched terms. It’s a well-established practice for websites that could make its way over to podcasts. Podcasters might start to change their episode titles, write their episode descriptions differently, or rely on flashier cover art to stand out.

This might not outwardly be a bad thing, but it could have negative side effects if podcast creators eventually rely on formulaic approaches to titles and descriptions that, prior to the new Google search feature, were places where they more openly expressed a show’s identity.

Reneau-Wedeen says the team is thinking about how search terms could be abused and is going to rely on Google’s web spam team to detect when people are trying to game the algorithm. “As podcasts become more ubiquitous, as more people try them out, there will be similar efforts to game the system, and that’s something that we’ll have to deal with,” he says. He also says the podcast team will rely on the Google search team to help surface authentic, authoritative podcast episodes if misinformation ends up becoming an issue for the podcast searches.

So yes, while podcast episodes in search could be huge for podcasters and give them unprecedented exposure to listeners, it could also come with risks to shows’ creativity. Presumably, podcasts that aren’t as popular or indexed as highly will also have a lower chance of ever being found at all.

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