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Spotify launches audiobooks

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We talk a lot about the unique content advantages in podcasting, but one key to growing the medium with an older audience might be even simpler, suggests Tom Webster in Sounds Profitable with Claritas.

  • Spotify’s The Ringer has added local sports podcasts, focusing on some of the biggest sports markets in the country: Boston, Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. Off the Pike with Brian Barrett, The Full Go with Jason Goff, New York, New York with John Jastremski and The Ringer’s Philly Special are all now available.

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  • The Democracy Group has announced a student podcast fellowship, designed to help high school and college students make their voices heard on topics in democracy.

  • Podcast hosting company RSS Blue has added support for Alby and Fountain digital wallets for podcasting 2.0's value 4 value.

  • Do you want a PhD in podcasting and audio journalism? Do you like rain? You can bring those two joys in your life together at the University of Tasmania in Australia. The highlight that full scholarships are available; applications close Oct 10. (Note: since it’s Australia, rain may be substituted with bushfires)

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Who Wears the Pants
Who Wears the Pants is new from Audioboom, featuring 'social media superstars’ Josh and Abbie Herbert. The show looks at what happens when Abbie Herbert, an international fashion model, and Josh Herbert, a touring musician, settle down in the suburbs and experience life after marriage and having a baby.
Hire Learning
Demand for skilled workers remains at an all-time high despite a topsy-turvy economy. Hire Learning is new, talking with hiring managers at leading companies, helping listeners better understand what decision makers are thinking when it comes to hiring people. It’s produced for MSH, a global technology and talent solutions provider.
Walks Of Life
Walks Of Life premiered yesterday from SomeFriend, SALT and Yahoo!'s In The Know. The show is an anonymous audio time capsule where every episode brings you inside the mind of one Gen Zer while they take a walk in their neighborhood. No script, no interviewer, no filter.
This is History: A Dynasty to Die For
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Drinks Adventures - Wine, beer, whisky, gin & more with James Atkinson
Drinks Adventures is back for a fourteenth season, with none other than Dan Aykroyd, vodka advocate and entertainer. Dan is on the show primarily to talk about vodka, specifically Crystal Head Vodka, the brand he founded in 2008. We also get an update on his business interests in Canadian wine, and the challenges of launching the new Ghostbusters film during the pandemic.
The Ten News, News For Curious Kids
A bite-sized podcast for kids and their adults that explains what’s going on in the world, The Ten News has started season three with a new logo, new format, and new co-hosts. This season started with a back-to-school special and a helpful explainer of the terms used during Hispanic Heritage Month.

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