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  • Edison Research has released the top 50 US podcasts for 2021. The data is based on 8,000 interviews with podcast consumers. There’s no change in the top five, with Joe Rogan at #1.

  • Podchaser has released The Podchaser 25, a list of the “hottest up-and-coming podcasts” in the US. It’s based on a proprietary scoring system including listening stats from un-named apps, and 29 other unspecified data points which appear to include social media data; the company wouldn’t give Podnews more details. Families Who Kill is January’s number one show.

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  • A free podcast production workshop has been announced by the Ossa Collective women’s podcast network. It’ll be hosted in Santa Monica CA, just before Podcast Movement Evolutions; you’re invited to apply now.

  • A new podcast host called Podtrics has been announced. It’s founded by Marc Beinder.

  • NOVA Entertainment has signed So Dramatic!, an indie TV and film podcast. The agreement includes a new, daily podcast: So Dramatic! Daily

  • AdLarge has welcomed Late Night Drive with Ellie Schnitt to its portfolio, the former host of the Barstool Sports podcast Schnitt Talk, focusing on mental health, love, and navigating adult life.

  • Tomorrow at noon ET, there’s an AMA on Reddit’s /r/podcasting with the team behind This is Dating - Eric Nuzum, Jesse Baker, Hiwote Getaneh, Eleanor Kagan and Paul Schneider.

  • iHeartRadio and Dan Patrick have announced the winner of their “The Next Great Podcast” search. Hookergate: Criminals & Libertines in the South will tell stories of a 1977 crime ring, and will debut later this summer.

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