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10 great podcasts to diversify your listening lineup

CJR asked Berry Sykes, who runs the PodcastsinColor.com directory, for some suggestions for programs with diverse hosts that she believes deserve a broader audience. Here are 10 shows—from her directory of more than 300—that she never misses: Dreams in Drive—Features interviews with entrepreneurs of color like Necole Kane of XONecole.com, actress Yolonda Ross, and beauty […]

Why are #PodcastsSoWhite?

Within the first three minutes of the premiere of the podcast Little Black Dress, entertainment journalist Nina Parker laid out the show’s mission: “There’s definitely a lot of podcasts with women, but there’s not a ton of podcasts with some who look like us. Nothing against the other podcasts, but we just wanted to represent […]

Don’t work overtime: The final word on the Oxford comma

Much ink has been spilled recently about how the lack of a comma could cost a local dairy millions of dollars in overtime pay. Among language aficionados, much of the coverage was gloating, as in “Nyah, nyah! We TOLD you the Oxford comma should rule!” We have also spilled much ink over that tiny punctuation […]

Indie Agency Periscope Wins a Review to Promote Khloe Kardashian’s Favorite Bottled Water Brand

Up-and-coming bottled water brand Essentia has signed Periscope as its first creative agency of record after a competitive review. As consumers continue to move away from soda, beverage giants PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have been devoting more ad dollars to brands like Poland Spring, Fiji and Lifewtr--and Essentia looks to expand its marketing efforts in turn....

Casper Created a Truly Bizarre Hotline for Insomniacs Last Night and Didn’t Even Make a Sales Pitch

So, how'd you sleep last night? If you said "lousy" (or "I didn't"), you could be among the 10 percent of Americans with chronic insomnia. Or maybe you were just up too late stressed about something, slumber eluding you once again. Either way, mattress brand Casper was looking to reach you. In case you missed...

Do You Think You Have What It Takes to Bring Home a 2017 Facebook Award?

Facebook is currently accepting submissions for its 2017 Facebook Awards, and the social network will be doing so through April 28. The seventh annual edition of the Facebook Awards will feature a redesigned trophy, as well as new categories based on the emotions of Facebook's Reactions. Facebook detailed the new categories in a Facebook for...

LinkedIn Just Added Some Muscle to Its Sales Navigator

LinkedIn is beefing up its Sales Navigator customer lead-generation solution, adding an Enterprise Edition and announcing integrations with PointDrive, as well as enhanced customer-relationship-management integrations. LinkedIn Sales...Show More Summary

Twitter Is Opening Up Live Video to All Users to Take on Facebook

Twitter is making a bigger bet on video. The microblogging site and its live video app Periscope announced an application program interface, or API, today that makes it easier to to stream video from cameras and other equipment. Periscope has previously inked deals with GoPro and drones. Now, the company is plugging streaming technology into...

This Funny Down Syndrome Ad Will Change the Way You Feel About ‘Special Needs’

Able society is weird about people with disabilities. Eyes dart away. We're overly helpful, not helpful enough. We call their needs "special," as though demanding the same access to stuff we all want, like jobs or love or the chance to learn, is extra. To change the discourse around a lazy euphemism, Coordown, Italy's national...

MGM Television Is the First Big Entertainment Studio to Create Original Shows for Snapchat

After spending the past year making deals with almost every major TV media company to produce original series for Snapchat, Snap Inc. is now getting into business with entertainment studios as well. MGM Television will be the first major entertainment studio to develop and produce original series for Snapchat's Discover platform, the companies announced today....

Apple Unveils Clips Video-Creation App

Apple unveiled Clips, a video-creation application that will allow users to combine video clips, photos and music into videos that can be shared through the Messages app on iOS or via social media. Coming to iOS in April, the Clips app will allow users to capture new photos and videos within the app or import...

4 Ways to Save the Mobile Ad Experience

It's happened to the best of us: that headline on your Facebook feed sucks you into the "The 10 Worst Tattoos of '90s Child Stars" and, before you know it, you're stumbling through a clunky slideshow, hitting the wrong prompts again and again in the hopes that, eventually, you'll find out if someone really did...

Anger Meets Art: How a Cuban Immigrant Dreamed Up Der Spiegel’s Shocking Trump Cover

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda--Edel Rodriguez was just a kid when he fled Cuba and came to the U.S. as a refugee in the 1980s. So, it's not too surprising how he reacted to President Trump's proposed travel ban, intended to limit immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries. "I started seeing little kids that were divided from their families,...

Retailers Can Now Make Instagram Posts Much More Shoppable

Instagram lovers, get ready for an uptick in shoppable retail posts to either "heart" (equivalent of a like, more or less, in Facebook parlance) or ignore. Or perhaps, you'll be inspired to click through and buy something. Since November, the Facebook-owned, imagery-based app has been testing more multidimensional, organic posts for retailers, letting 20 select...

How YouTube Is Responding to Recent Controversies Over Ad Placement, Restricted Mode

YouTube late Monday responded to recent flaps over ads being placed adjacent to controversial content and its Restricted Mode blocking content from the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer) and other communities. Ad agency Havas Worldwide announced late last week that it was putting a halt on ad spending on YouTube and Google, parent company...

Hoping to One-Up the Competition, Marriott Adds Unique Travel Experiences to Its Loyalty Program

In an increasingly competitive landscape, Marriott has added to its loyalty program by offering something that home-sharing services can't: the opportunity to book a camel ride in the desert or a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon with your hotel stay. Today, Marriott announced an investment in PlacePass, a site that lets you search for...

Adobe Is Launching an Advertising Cloud to Better Compete in the Ad-Tech World

Adobe wants to compete more directly with major ad-tech companies, launching a cloud-based service that lets brands and agencies manage TV and digital buying across platforms to targeted audiences. Today, at its annual Adobe Summit conference...Show More Summary

Get ready to binge-listen to Serial’s new spinoff S-Town: All 7 episodes will drop at once next week

Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts. This is issue 112, published March 21, 2017. Missing Richard Simmons dropped its final episode yesterday, two days before it was originally scheduled for a wide release. The episode was released to Stitcher Premium subscribers on Sunday — Midroll had previously indicated that those subscribers would’ve gotten...

Word up! This is the story behind The New York Times’ most famous tweet (which is 10 years old today)

In March 2007, New York Times developer Jacob Harris had some spare time and decided to create a Times account on a fledgling service that is today the preferred communication platform for the president of the United States. Harris set up @nytimes and wrote the code that powered it in an afternoon. “Using twitter’s APIs,...

Venables Bell & Partners Wins 3M’s Global Creative Review

The 3M Company has picked Adweek's Breakthrough Agency of the Year Venables Bell & Partners after a review to handle creative work promoting its Consumer Business Group around the world. The Minneapolis-based multinational conglomerate produces a wide range of products from adhesives and abrasives to car care and dental products. Its best-known brands include Post-It...

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