2014: A Big Year for Podcasting, and for Midroll Media

Call it a renaissance, a breakthrough, or a tipping point. Whatever you call it, 2014 was a big year for podcasting. It was a big year for Midroll Media, too. The company was formed at the end of 2013 from the marriage of the Earwolf podcast network and the Midroll ad network. That happy union then produced its first offspring this year, the Wolfpop network. Before I dig into some of our major milestones I’d…

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The Midroll Staff Pick Notable Podcast Episodes of 2014

As we cross the days off our calendar on the way to New Year’s Eve, it’s the time when year-end best-of lists sprinkle the internet like freshly fallen snow. Here at Midroll Media everyone listens to hours and hours of great podcasts, and we have so many amazing shows on our roster, that it would be nigh impossible to assemble a definitive best-of list. But there are some episodes that stand out because they kept…

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W. Kamau Bell Presents a Funny and Candid Discussion on Race and Policing

Following the grand jury verdicts in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the nationwide protests that have followed, many people might wish to have an unflinchingly honest conversation about race and policing with an actual member of law enforcement. That’s exactly what W. Kamau Bell did. Bell is a comedian known for funny and politically incisive work on his FX television show Totally Biased and his new Wolfpop podcast Denzel Washington is…

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Why Neil deGrasse Tyson Hosts the StarTalk Radio Podcast

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium, has written ten books, hosted three television series, gives public lectures, and makes many guest appearances on talk shows. As a result he is one of the most well-known science educators. Yet, because of his mission to educate and make science accessible, it occurred to him to consider these questions: "Who is going to buy my book? Somebody who likes science or thinks they…

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Midroll Shows Named in Slate’s 25 Best Podcast Episodes

As part of the publication’s “special issue” on podcasting, Slate writers David Haglund and Rebecca Onion have named “The 25 Best Podcast Episodes Ever.” There are some truly classic choices on their list, such as The Ricky Gervais Show (season 1, episode 7), 99% Invisible’s episode dedicated to “The Sound of the Artificial World,” and, not surprisingly, the first episode of Serial, which kicked off many a new podcast obsession this year. We’re so pleased…

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