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Podcasting Lands on Jeopardy! TV Show



Jeopardy logoIt’s the latest indication that podcasting is moving closer to the mainstream. On the Friday, May 27th broadcast of long-running TV gameshow Jeopardy!, “Podcasts” was a featured category of questions.

For those who haven’t checked into Jeopardy! in awhile, the show pits super-smart people against each other in a match of whits that covers literature, history, pop culture, science… pretty much everything. Players select an item from a list of featured categories. Each item carries a dollar value. The higher the value, the more challenging the question. And actually, Jeopardy! questions aren’t really questions at all. They’re technically answers to questions, and players are prompted to respond in the form of a question.

Here’s the list of items in the “Podcasts” category:

  • $200 item: One “Grammar Girl” podcast podcast dealt with homophones, homographs & this other similar-starting word. Correct response: What is homonym.
  • $400 item: This network has a music podcast that’s called “All Songs Considered”. Correct response: What is NPR.
  • $600 item: Karina Longworth talks old Hollywood on “You Must Remember This”, a line from this classic movie song. Correct response: What is “As Time Goes By”.
  • $800 item: Elvis Costello & President Obama have been guests on “WTF”, this comedian’s podcast. Correct response: Who is Marc Maron?
  • $1000 item: On this comedian’s “Experience” podcast, he interviews comics & does recaps of ultimate fighting events. Correct response: Who is Joe Rogan.

A video uploaded to Twitter by the official Jeopardy! account (tho strangely, the original tweet that contains the video has been deleted) shows four out of the five questions. Another tweet (which is still available) provides the last of the five questions.

Hat tip to Mignon Fogarty for providing Twitter links to the questions. And congratulations to Grammar Girl for being included on the show!


Could Podcasting Influence the U.S. Election?



2016 image by Alan ORourke FlickrIt has been said that Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign changed politics. The use of social media, specifically to draw attention to a particular candidate and his views, had never been done quite that way before. Could podcasting have an influence on the upcoming 2016 United States Presidential election?

In 2008, Obama’s campaign used Web 2.0 tools to organize supporters, advertise to voters (with videos on YouTube), communicate with constituents, and defend against attacks made by opponents. I cannot help but wonder if podcasting is what will end up being the form of social media that has the most influence on the upcoming 2016 election.

The conversation between the podcaster and the politician brings a sense of humanity to politicians who are most frequently seen in staged photo opportunities, pre-written speeches, and debates where most stick to a few key talking points. They get to show a side of themselves that they might otherwise have to keep under wraps.

When Marc Maron had a conversation with President Barack Obama on Maron’s “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast, people took notice. That episode got an impressive number of downloads, as it should have. This was the first time a sitting United States President was interviewed on a well known podcast. The conversation got very serious, and personal, at times.

This week, the Another Round podcast, hosted by Heben Nigato and Tracy Clayton, interviewed former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Another Round is a Buzzfeed podcast.

While some parts of the interview focused on policy, there were also some amusing moments (including a funny story about a robot that you just have to hear). In the episode, Hillary Clinton came across as a fun person to hang around with. I’ve heard it said that people tend to vote for the candidate they’d most like to have a beer with. Could appearing on this episode of Another Round influence “undecideds” to vote for Hillary Clinton?

The Axe Files is hosted by David Axelrod, founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. In his first episode, he interviewed Senator Bernie Sanders, as the two shared a van that was on the way to a Chicago venue that Sanders was going to speak at.

The conversation between David Axlerod and Bernie Sanders was respectful, insightful, and direct. Bernie Sanders came across as a very likable guy. Being on a podcast could, potentially, make “undecided” voters want to find out more about what Bernie Sanders’ viewpoints are.

When a person listens in on a conversation between a podcast host (or hosts) and a guest, it can feel like an intimate setting. Listeners end up getting to know, and possibly feel somewhat more familiar with, the politician who was interviewed on a podcast. As a result, I think podcasting could end up swaying the outcome of the 2016 election.

Image by Alan O’Rourke on Flickr.


Glenn Beck out, Marc Maron in as Keynote Speaker at Podcast Movement



Podcast Movement logoI really believed after last week, there wouldn’t be any more Podcast Movement announcements to cover. But that changed today when the conference announced that keynote speaker Glenn Beck is stepping down due to illness and is being replaced by WTF host Marc Maron.

Marc Maron began his career as a standup comedian. He also hosted a show on the Air America radio network. He started the WTF podcast in 2009. The show has acquired a large and loyal fanbase due to Maron’s candid interviews with professional comedians and other celebrities. WTF also made major headlines last month when Maron interviewed President Barack Obama.

Podcast Movement has definitely been on a roll this year and bringing in Marc Maron as a last-minute replacement for Glenn Beck is sure to make a lot of podcasters happy. Tickets for the conference are still available and in honor of today’s news, Podcast Movement is offering a special $100 discount by using the code MARON100 at checkout.


WTF Podcast Hits New Download Record



WTF with Marc Maron podcast logoYou’ve probably heard of the episode of the “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast in which he interviewed President Obama. That particular episode has set a couple of records. It is the most downloaded episode of Marc Maron’s podcast. It is also the first time a President of the United States has been interviewed on someone’s podcast – and in the podcaster’s garage studio.

The episode of WTF that included President Obama was recorded on Friday, June 19, 2015. It was posted early on Monday, June 22, 2015. The New York Times reported that the episode had been downloaded 735,063 times in the first 24 hours that it was up, and that it was downloaded more than 900,000 times in the first 36 hours that the episode was available.

Those very impressive stats came from Libsyn, which distributes the “WTF With Marc Maron” podcast. The episode with the interview with President Obama broke Maron’s previous record for most downloaded episodes. The previous one included an interview with Paul Thomas Anderson. It was posted January 5, 2015, and had over 200,000 downloads the first day it was available.

I cannot help but wonder if the popularity of this particular WTF episode will inspire other politicians to accept request for interviews from podcasters. It feels like a very big thing for podcasting in general to have the President of the United States come to a podcaster’s home for an interview.

Will future Presidents start seeking out podcaster’s shows to be interviewed on? There’s no way to know for certain. What we do know is that the President’s appearance on a podcast sure sounds like a sign that podcasts are important, worth listening to, worth advertising on, and here to stay.