Pod Drop features new, interesting, and returning podcasts.
Unlocking Us (Cadence13)
Starring host Dr. Brene Brown, a researcher and bestselling author who first dabbled in podcasting a dozen years ago, this is a conversational podcast mostly, though Dr. Brown also promises some monologues, and live shows. The show was originally scheduled to drop at SXSW — which was, of course, canceled. The drop happened last week (EPISODES HERE), and six episodes have quickly been released. From Dr. Brown: “I want this to be a podcast that’s real, unpolished, honest, and reflects both the magic and the messiness of what it means to be human. Episodes will include conversations with the people who are teaching me, challenging me, confusing me, or maybe even ticking me off a little.”
Unlocking Us trailer:
Tape Club (Pete Naughton and Rachael King)
Pete Naughton is a UK producer, and Rachael King is the founder of Pod People in L.A. together they a cross-continentally making Tape Club, a meta podcast about the podcast industry. In the first episode King brags that she has never listened to a single minute of The Joe Rogan Experience, probably the world’s most successful podcast, which fact possibly dims the show’s aura of expertise. But the audio is well produced and the two hosts have good conversational chemistry. Two episodes have dropped (HERE THEY ARE) and the cadence is every two weeks.
Tape Club excerpt:
Survivor’s Guide to Coronavirus (ARN / iHeartPodcasts Network)
From ARN, the Australian radio network which manages the iHeartPodcasts Network down under, this show is hosted by Aussie comic Nazeem Hassain. “Cure Self-isolation Boredom” is the promo catchphrase. Hussain’s stand-up appearances are cancelled along with most other live events, and this podcast is a new venue for the comedian. He’s got the voice and personality projection for it. He’s put some extras within mic distance for conversational ambience, and the show is amusingly self-effacing from the start. “Nazeem admits he has no idea what to do with the world in crisis, so he’s drawing on the knowledge of people even less qualified than him to find his way,” is part of the promo ARN sent us. At the same time, the PR promises that the show will never make light of the virus crisis. Guests will include Luke McGregor, Julia Morris, Karl Chandler, and more. Six episodes have been dropped rapid-fire since launch on March 22 — they’re short; none longer than 17 minutes. Some involve remote recording, which might help listeners feel like they’re getting outdoors. (EPISODES HERE)
Survivor’s Guide to Coronavirus excerpt: