Guest Pod Post: Sinduja Srinivasan and Anna Rothschild from PODCAST-19

We’re pleased to share a new guest pod post this week! Sinduja Srinivasan and Anna Rothschild share a bit about their timely project PODCAST-19.

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We’re PODCAST-19 from FiveThirtyEight, hosted by Anna Rothschild. Anna is FiveThirtyEight’s Senior Video Producer. Previously, she was the on-air science host for The Washington Post, where she launched the variety show Science Magic Show Hooray! on Amazon Prime. She’s also the creator, host, and animator of the popular YouTube channel Gross Science for NOVA and PBS Digital Studios. 

Our Producer is Sinduja Srinivasan. The trajectory of her podcasting career has been completely directed by COVID. Her first day as a junior producer at Science Vs (from Gimlet Media) was the day the World Health Organization declared a pandemic! So Science Vs switched from astrology to virology, and Sinduja reported on the science of the coronavirus as it was unfolding. In her pre-podcast life, she was an economist for the United Nations. She also created, hosted, and produced the United Nations’ podcast, UNcomplicated.

FiveThirtyEight’s COVID-19 podcast is laser-focused on evidence—what do we know about the novel coronavirus, and what do we know we don’t know? COVID-19 has pushed Americans into more uncertain territory than most have ever known. We investigate coronavirus mysteries, debate when it’s safe to reopen the economy and keep track of the latest scientific developments on vaccines and treatments. We do it all with FiveThirtyEight’s trademark blend of transparency and rigor.

Our goal is to show a different side of the current coronavirus topic d’jour — for example, we talked to Anthony Fauci about which celebrity he’d like to see get vaccinated, conducted a vaccine-ethics “lightning round” with three bioethicists, and considered the implications for the healthcare system in 10 years, if even only 10% of covid survivors have long-covid.   

Our podcast helps listeners understand what about the pandemic they can be certain about, and what is still unknown.

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Thank you, Sinduja and Anna! You can find the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, and, of course, on fivethirtyeight.com.

It’s Been A Minute!

Hey Pod Pals,

We’ve missed you—it’s been too long!

The past couple months, we’ve been hard at work regrouping and focusing on the strongest strategy to give you the best recommendations and line up some exciting interviews. While a hiatus isn’t always easy, we’re very excited about the great things ahead.

Our editorial calendar is filling up, and we’re pleased to announce we’ll be returning Monday, June 7th with a new episode featuring all your favorites—the latest pod news, a BYOP, Calendar Corner, and of course, a knockout interview.

Keep checking back here and on our social media for updates, as we have a new guest pod post coming to the blog this week, and we’ll be dropping a sneak peek mini-sode of what’s to come later this month!

If you haven’t already, sign up here to join our newsletter and get all the updates straight to your inbox. And if you need something to hold you over until June, try out one of our most popular backlist episodes:

More to come,

Alex & Lainey

Black History Month Recommendations!

Hi pod pals!

I’m hopeful that you’re all celebrating and supporting Black creators every month of the year, but I’m excited to shout out some of the show in my rotation if you’re looking for some new listens.

Still Processing

This podcast from The New York Times is hosted by contributors Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris and covers culture, culture, culture—from music to movies to television and more. It’s an Alex staple!

The Unofficial Expert

You think you know-it-all but you have no idea. Join Sydnee Washington & Marie Faustin as they sit down with comedians and people of the culture to talk about their fields of expertise.

The Point Noir Podcast

Travel and adventure stories for men of color, told by men of color. Host Jerry The 3rd cultivates perspectives of those who have taken the leap to explore life beyond their homes and comfort zones. And, catch our interview with Jerry here!

Scam Goddess

Scam Goddess is a podcast dedicated to fraud and all those who practice it! Each week host Laci Mosley (aka Scam Goddess) keeps listeners up to date on current rackets, digs deep into the latest scams, and breaks down historic hoodwinks alongside some of your favorite comedians! It’s like true crime only without all the death! True fun crime!

The Nod

The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don’t get told anywhere else. Our show ranges from an explanation of purple drink’s association with Black culture to the story of an interracial drag troupe that traveled the nation in the 1940s. We celebrate the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black—in America, and around the world.

The Read

Join Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture’s most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé. (Or Blue Ivy.)

The United States of Anxiety

Host Kai Wright bridges the past to the present to the future in this show about American society. Listen for insightful conversations and interviews about race, culture, and history.

Driving the Green Book

Award-winning BBC broadcaster Alvin Hall joins activist and social justice trainer Janée Woods Weber on an audio journey through American cities, discussing the way Black Americans used The Green Book to travel cross-country during the height of segregation. A solid historical podcast that’s truly immersive.

Therapy for Black Girls

The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves.

The Daily Shine

This meditation podcast is perfect for anyone seeking self-care and a moment for themselves. The show is part of The Shine, a larger initiative that values intersectionality and inclusivity in mental health.


What shows are you binging? Give a shout and shoot us a message with your recs as we round out Black History Month—and continue listening and supporting even beyond February!

Bye for now,

Alex

S4: E3 We’re Pros on Cons Here at DYEP!

Happy February pod pals! Buckle up for lots of recommendations…

In the (Podcast) News

BYOP (Bring Your Own Podcast)

This month, Lainey’s BYOP was David Tennant Does a Podcast With…

Some facts!

-About an hour each
-Come out weekly on Tuesdays (started in 20219)
-From Somethin’ Else & No Mystery Productions
-Available on Spotfy and Apple Podcasts
-For fans of WTF with Marc Maron and Anna Faris is Unqualified

Lainey mentioned the Billie Piper, Neil Gaiman, and Dan Levy episodes.

Podcast Pop Quiz

In lieu of an interview this month, we brought back a very special guest—Lucie Scott! She gave us a word for one of our classic bits, known as Podcast Pop Quiz. For this segment, Lucie suggested we do a deep dive and find some interesting podcasts that revolve around the word “games.”

Alex’s picks were:

  • Hear Her Sports – a show where female athletes share stories of breaking barriers, speaking up, and living with power and confidence in today’s changing world. They publish biweekly episodes full of thoughtful interviews.
  • Shut Up and Sit Down – a show all about board games, card games, and mind games. They have a podcast, a YouTube channel, and a robust website.
  • Con Artists – a show about some of the most notorious con artists and how far they will go to gain money, power, and respect. New episodes drop every Wednesday from Parcast.

Lainey’s picks were:

  • IGN Game Scoop! – IGN shoots a week’s worth of gaming news straight into your ear!
  • Killer Knowledge – Try your hand at Parcast’s daily trivia podcast, Killer Knowledge…. Every day, you’ll have the chance to answer 5 trivia questions about a new crime, with 6 seconds to make your guess.
  • Wired to Hunt – The most downloaded and highest-rated deer hunting podcast on the internet…sharing new strategies, expert interviews, and discussing their own stories throughout the hunting season. 

Calendar Corner

February is Black History Month, and Alex shouted out some of her favorite pods—see below. Plus, keep your eyes out for a more this month with a wide range of pods from Black creators and hosts.

We have a few other holidays and their perfect pods below, too:

  • February 2nd – Groundhog Day
  • February 3rd – National Women’s Physician Day
    • Empowering Women Physicians is a podcast that encourages women physicians to reflect on the wise words of the Hippocratic Oath and consider what more they could be doing to maintain the utmost respect for their OWN human life and its quality.
  • February 5th – National Weatherperson’s Day
    • Weather Insider by AccuWeather – A podcast with AccuWeather’s Meteorologist, Bernie Rayno explaining weather terms and sharing the top breaking weather events, explained in less than 15 minutes.
  • February 13th – Galentine’s Day
    • Obviously, Do You Even Podcast? is a perfect pick if you want a show with two besties gabbing about their favorite thing—podcasts!
    • The B-Sides is a podcast hosted by progressive friends who talk about their love of pop music, often digging into discussions destigmatizing the genre.
    • Deadline City is a show hosted by Dhonielle Clayton and Zoraida Córdova, two NYC based authors and good friends who talk about writing, editing, reviews, and the wild world of publishing in general.
  • February 14th – Valentine’s Day
    • Seeing Other People (formerly Dating Sucks—the hosts took a break and got back together!) is a show that dissects dating tropes and brings on guests to talk about the ups and downs of relationships.
  • February 15th – Susan B. Anthony Day
    • The Agitators PodcastThe Agitators tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Great allies? Yes. And at times, great adversaries.
  • February 18th – National Drink Wine Day
  • February 24th – National Tortilla Chip Day
  • February 27th – National Retro Day
    • The Postmodern Jukebox Formula – Postmodern Jukebox creator Scott Bradlee as he breaks down the classic records through the decades that inspired some of his most popular pop song transformations.

That’s all for this month! Let us know what you’re listening to—DM us, email us, or Tweet us!

—Lainey & Alex

Guest Pod Post: Elizabeth Emery from Hear Her Sports

Pod pals, we have another great guest joining us on the blog—please welcome Elizabeth Emery, the creator and host of Hear Her Sports. Elizabeth Emery is a big fan of sports and female athletes. She leaves every interview smiling, super excited, energized, and motivated. She loves introducing their inspiring stories to a larger audience.

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I am a former professional athlete who has been interested and involved in sports since before the passage of Title IX. In the ’90s, I raced bicycles professionally, traveling all over the country and the world. I won the US Time Trial National Championship, a gold medal in the Pan American Games, the Pan American Championships, and the Tour of Japan. I raced in The Tour de France for many years when it was called The Grand Boucle and in multiple World Championships for Team USA. Through interviews I have access to incredible athletes who really serve as co-hosts and are able to speak to listeners in a range of voices.

Less officially, but just as important these days, is that I am an athlete finding needed comfort, self-care, and strength in physical activity and being outside. I’m also a podcast host & producer trying to create more space for women to tell their stories.

Hear Her Sports comes out every other Thursday with long-form, intimate profiles of female athletes breaking boundaries, speaking up and living with power & confidence. The format gives guests all the time and space they want to introduce themselves to listeners and get into how they train, what they value, and how they think. I launched Hear Her Sports after hearing the stat that 44% of athletes are women and only 4% of sports media coverage is about women. That was in 2016. Here we are in 2021, and it’s about the same! I’m certainly seeing and my guests talk about shifts in the industry but progress is slow.

I want listeners to take away from the podcast an introduction to a range of special female athletes doing spectacular things and, at the same time realize, as recent guest Meg Fisher said about herself, my guests are regular people and listeners can accomplish great things too.

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Thank you, Elizabeth! And listeners, make sure to catch the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, and wherever else you feed your podcast addiction. You can find out more about the show at HearHerSports.com and on social at @hearhersports.