Original Content podcast: ‘The Breaker Upperers’ filmmakers know that breaking up is the worst

“The Breaker Upperers” kicks off with an ingenious premise: What if you could pay an agency to take care of your awkward romantic break-ups? And what if that agency was run by two longtime friends who are starting to drift apart? The film was a big hit in New Zealand last year and is now … Read moreOriginal Content podcast: ‘The Breaker Upperers’ filmmakers know that breaking up is the worst

Netflix expands its podcast repertoire with ‘Strong Black Legends’

The inaugural season will include guests like Ruth E. Carter (Black Panther), John Witherspoon (Friday) and Garrett Morris (the first black Saturday Night Live actor). There are “more surprises to come,” Netflix teased. This isn’t a snap decision for Netflix — the podcast earns its name from an internal team, Strong Black Lead, meant to … Read moreNetflix expands its podcast repertoire with ‘Strong Black Legends’

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ is lethally dull

Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and writer-director Dan Gilroy — who worked together on the creepy crime thriller “Nightcrawler” — have reunited for a new Netflix Original film, “Velvet Buzzsaw.” While “Nightcrawler” wasn’t perfect, it was tense and unsettling, filled with eerily beautiful shots of nighttime L.A., plus a career-best performance from Gyllenhaal. It’s hard to … Read moreOriginal Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ is lethally dull

Mixtape podcast: Instacart’s apologetic week

It’s that time of the week again when Megan Rose Dickey and I talk about the good and could-be-better tech companies. This week, we talked about Instacart getting caught shorting its shoppers out of dough they rightfully deserved. Of course, the company apologized for its “misguided” approach. Which at least sounds better than apologizing for getting caught … Read moreMixtape podcast: Instacart’s apologetic week

Why Spotify is betting big on podcasting

Podcasting revenues hit $314 million in 2017, according to a third-party survey released last summer. It’s a large number for what’s been historically regarded as a niche and difficult to monetize medium, but still pales in comparison to the additional $400-$500 million Spotify says it’s willing to spend on the space this year alone. Two … Read moreWhy Spotify is betting big on podcasting

Original Content podcast: Fyre Festival docs shine light on a social media-fueled disaster

Netflix and Hulu have each released their own documentaries about the infamous Fyre Festival, and the hard-working hosts of the Original Content podcast have watched both of them. We’re joined this week by Brian Heater, and the three of us are unanimous on one thing: If you’re only going to watch one of these documentaries, … Read moreOriginal Content podcast: Fyre Festival docs shine light on a social media-fueled disaster

Original Content podcast: We conquer clutter with Marie Kondo’s new show

On the surface, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” sounds like a simple show: Over the course of eight episodes, organizing guru Marie Kondo helps a variety Los Angeles residents sort through their belongings and clean up their homes. But for some, following Kondo’s KonMari method can be a surprisingly difficult or emotional experience — after … Read moreOriginal Content podcast: We conquer clutter with Marie Kondo’s new show

The Best Podcast Apps on iPhone Are Way Better Than Apple’s Default App

It’s time to upgrade from the Apple Podcasts app. I get it. Apple’s default podcast app is easy. It’s preinstalled, it’s free, and it gets the job done. But if you stick with what’s easy, you’re not only letting Dumbledore down, you’re missing out on some amazing apps. I tested eight of the most popular … Read moreThe Best Podcast Apps on iPhone Are Way Better Than Apple’s Default App

See What Podcasts People Are Listening to Right Now

Listen Notes, Lifehacker’s favorite podcast search engine, has a new real-time feed that shows you what podcasts its users are currently listening to. These people are streaming the podcasts on the site, not in their usual player, so this won’t tell you the most popular podcasts overall. In fact, while you’ll see a lot of … Read moreSee What Podcasts People Are Listening to Right Now

NPR-led system will track podcast listening behavior

There’s one main problem: two of the biggest podcast purveyors aren’t on board. As The Verge pointed out, Anchor found that 52 percent of podcast listens came from Apple’s Podcasts app, while 19 percent flowed from Spotify’s podcast section. RAD won’t truly represent podcast trends without the support of those companies, and either of them … Read moreNPR-led system will track podcast listening behavior