It’s no secret that podcasts are the greatest invention since sliced bread. And given the exponentially increasing number of podcasts out there, you can probably find a podcast about sliced bread. How can you cut through all that noise–literally–and find the best listens? Don’t worry, PopTonic’s got you covered!
Here’s the biggest news, best listens, and latest hits from the world of podcasting.
Tatiana Maslany to Bring More ‘Orphan Black,’ Plus Brand-New Podcast
Were you devastated when Orphan Black was canceled? Don’t despair, dear reader, because Tatiana Maslany has been narrating a scripted podcast from producer Realm (formerly Serial Box) that serves as a continuation of the beloved, brain-bending sci-fi series.
Maslany will reprise her role as the narrator of Orphan Black: The Next Chapter for the podcast’s second season. You’ve got plenty of time to catch up on season one since new episodes won’t start dropping until October 29. She’ll be joined by Jordan Gavaris and Evelyne Brochu in season two!
The Emmy-winning actress will also headline a new podcast called Power Trip that follows the misadventures of a woman who gets involved in dark magic. You can check out all of Realm’s shows ad-free on Apple Podcasts for just $2.99 a month.
New CNN Podcast Coming From Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon
Do you love the banter between CNN anchors Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon? Well, good news! The duo is teaming up for a podcast called The Handoff. Inspired by their on-air “handoff” between anchor slots, the podcast will allow the hosts to let loose.
According to CNN, “Now, with no broadcast clock to hold them back, they are stepping out from behind their anchor desks to come together and ignite even more personal and hot topic conversations. Nothing is off-limits.”
If you want to listen, you’ll need to subscribe to CNN’s channel via Apple Podcasts. And if you’ve noticed a theme in the roundup, you’re not wrong–Apple Podcasts is launching a new subscription model at the end of May, and a lot of their best content will be behind a paywall soon.
Apple Podcasts Launches Subscriptions, Teams Up With Wondery
Podcasts are big business. I mean, huge. According to the Interactive Advertising Bureau, podcast revenue is on track to hit two billion dollars by 2023, doubling its current rate of growth. With big names like Harry and Megan signing exclusive deals with Spotify, Apple is making a big move to monetize their most popular podcast producers.
Last month, Apple announced that it plans to launch Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, a new way to find–and pay for–premium content. The channels will be ad-free and may also offer early access, bonus episodes, and other exclusives for subscribers. If you’re a power listener, then subscribing to your favorite podcast producers is a no-brainer. In addition to Realm and CNN, you’ll also be able to subscribe to content from major newspapers, NPR, and meditation app Headspace among many others.
Of course, there’s a downside to this: the fees. Podcasts are usually free for listeners but supported by ads. You’ve doubtlessly heard the major players in podcast advertising countless times–Brooklinen, MeUndies, and Blue Apron all come to mind. Many indie podcasters or those who belong to smaller networks offer their own ad-free subscription models, often through Patreon. Apple Podcasts Subscriptions may make it harder for those indies and small networks to stay afloat.
Surprisingly, Apple has also teamed up with competitor Amazon over the Wondery podcast network. Wondery produces some excellent–and very popular–podcasts, which is why Amazon bought them late last year. However, Amazon and Wondery recently cut a deal with Apple to offer a subscription to their premium channel. That means listeners who are loyal to Apple Podcasts can still get their Wondery fix without having to download the Amazon Music or Wondery apps.
Spotify Is Making It Easier to Share Podcast Clips
If you love podcasts, then chances are good you’ve tried to share your favorites with friends and family. But saying, “Hey, listen to this ninety-minute show” can be kind of a big ask for some people. That’s why Spotify just launched a new tool to make it easier than ever to share your shows.
The timestamp feature allows you to hit the “share” button any time while you’re listening to an episode. It’ll create a link to that exact moment in the episode–meaning that your friend won’t have to wait for the good part to start. It’s also really helpful for podcasts that cover multiple topics or have distinct sections since you’ll be able to pinpoint the start time and share it accordingly. The company has also update their mobile sharing menu to make it easier to send links to different social medial platforms.
Dave Chappelle, Seth Rogen to Launch Their Own Podcasts
Dave Chappelle is bringing together some serious talent for his new podcast Midnight Miracle. The first two episodes are available now on podcast network Luminary. Alongside cohosts Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (of Black Star), Chappelle is offering not just special guests and comedy sketches, but also deep insights into the modern world and brand-new music.
“Making a podcast isn’t the obvious next move for me, but it’s the right one,” Chappelle explained, as reported by Rolling Stone. “The Midnight Miracle gives you a look into how me and my friends process the world around us, and I think it will change the way listeners think of what a podcast can be.”
Chappelle isn’t the only big-name comedian to launch a podcast this summer. Seth Rogen is making his own weekly comedy series for Stitcher, via Earwolf. According to the press release, the show will be a place for Rogen to “indulge his endless curiosity about people and the world we live in by inviting a range of guests to share a single story – whether hilarious, harrowing or heart-warming – and bring it to life through rhythmic editing, as supporting interviews and archival tape are woven in alongside a tuneful sound design and score.”
Addison Rae Rebrands Her Podcast Ahead of Its Second Season
TikTok star Addison Rae and her mother, Sheri, launched a podcast called Mama Knows Best last summer. And, like everything else Rae gets involved with, it became a huge hit. However, the mother-daughter cohosts have rebranded their show ahead of its second season.
Now that they’re moving to Parcast–a studio division of Spotify–the show will be called That Was Fun? With Addison and Sheri. They’ll be bringing on guests, such as dancer (and Sia’s controversial muse) Maddie Ziegler, to talk about “relationships, family drama, fashion and music to ultimately try and figure out… was that actually fun”? according to a press release. In addition to the audio format, the episodes will also be available as video. Check out the TikTok announcement below!