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January 19th – National Popcorn Day

What’s that familiar sound and the reason why your impatient tongue is about to be burned for the umpteenth time?

Why it’s January 19th and it’s National Popcorn Day. 

Thanks(?) to my friend Jill Jaracz, co-host of the Olympic Fever podcast, for challenging me to find a podcast episode related to this day. 

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January 3rd – National Fruitcake Toss Day

Did you get a fruitcake this past holiday season? Are you using it as a doorstop like I am? I mean, what else is it good for?

Today’s National Day is Fruitcake Toss Day and it may be everyone’s favorite day.

Thanks(?) to my friend Lori Mortimer, host of the Mementos podcast, for challenging me to find a podcast episode related to this day.

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American Submitter’s ‘Hidden Treasures (They Want To Be Known)’ Review

The last he said / she said challenge with Lauren Passell is today. This last one comes from Galen BeebeBello Collective co-editor. Galen has given us American Submitter’s ‘Hidden Treasures (They Want to Be Known).’ 

Here is a snippet from Lauren’s review. 

“I think this is different than what everyone is listening to. It’s not following typical rules of a story. It’s like a hybrid piece of multi-media art.” 

Don’t stop there. Learn how we agree/disagree on this episode. Read the rest of Lauren’s review and while you’re over there, subscribe to her amazingly comprehensive newsletter.

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The Big Loop’s ‘Surfacing’ Review

The fun continues this month with Lauren Passell, the writer of Podcast The Newsletter. As lovers of podcasts, we are entrusting four friends at the Bello Collective to recommend something to us, for each of us to review. Will they come through for us? 

For Week 3, Elena Fernández Collins, writer of the Audio Dramatic newsletter has offered up The Big Loop’s ‘Surfacing.’ 

Here’s a snippet of Lauren’s review: 

“I almost cannot believe this is a fiction podcast—the voice actor was so emotional, seemed almost on the edge of tears. I felt like someone was telling me a beautiful, true story.” 

Don’t stop there. Learn how we agree/disagree on this episode. Read the rest of Lauren’s review and while you’re over there, subscribe to her amazingly comprehensive newsletter.

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Death, Sex & Money’s ‘I Killed Someone. Now I have 3 Kids.’ Review.

If you missed last week’s newsletter, this month I’m having some fun with my friend Lauren Passell, the writer of Podcast The Newsletter. As lovers of podcasts, we are entrusting four friends at the Bello Collective to recommend something to us, for each of us to review. Will they come through for us? 

For Week 2, Erik Jones, writer of the Hurt Your Brain newsletter has offered up Death, Sex & Money’s ‘I Killed Someone. Now I Have 3 Kids.’

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Desert Oracle’s Travel Options for the Collapse review

For my four newsletters in this month of November, I’m having some fun with my friend Lauren Passell, the writer of Podcast The Newsletter. As lovers of podcasts, we are entrusting our friends at the Bello Collective to recommend something to us, for each of us to review. Will they come through for us? 

For Week 1, Skye Pillsbury, the writer of the Inside Podcasting newsletter and now seasoned podcast host, has offered up Desert Oracle’s ‘Travel Options for the Collapse.’ 

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15 Ways to Help Your Favorite Podcasts

Just like you, I have my favorite podcasts. There’s a good chance I’ve listened to every one of Criminal’s 107 episodes so far. I can’t even comprehend how many hours I’ve spent listening to episodes of The Art of Manliness, But Why, Darknet Diaries, and Beautiful/Anonymous.

We get so many hours of pleasure and value from our favorite shows, but it can be hard to find a way to show some love and appreciation back. Below, I’ve listed 15 ways to help out your favorite shows and more importantly, the people behind them.

To finish this fantastically great article, jump over to Medium where I’ve published it.

7 Podcast Episodes I Always Return To

It’s Tuesday night and you’re spent from the work week. (It’s only been two days, people!) Not wanting to make any tough decisions, you go for the ‘comfort food.’

For dinner, you go for some ramen. No, not the instant stuff that will simultaneously take a month off your life but also bring up wonderful memories of those long-lost college years. You go for the good stuff that costs an exorbitant $2.50 and throw in a bunch of yummy extras.

For entertainment, you sink into your couch or bed but instead of learning something valuable on the History Channel, you go straight for Parks and Recreation reruns. It’s l-i-t-e-r-a-l-l-y the best thing to rewatch.

The question though is why we don’t tend to do this with podcasts. I guess one answer is that a lot of people still don’t listen to podcasts or have only listened to a very few so re-listening to one seems strange.

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How to Create a Podcast Playlist

“Woe is me.”

Past tense.

As someone that has a lot of friends and family asking for podcast recommendations, the best I could do for the longest time was to say something like “listen to Criminal” or “Beautiful/Anonymous is one of my new favorites.” And then I had this grand scheme to write the Podcast Gumbo newsletter where I recommend three podcast episodes each week.

The hardest part of writing that newsletter was including links to the podcast. To make it easier for people, I included a link to the episode on the podcast’s website, a link to the episode in iTunes, and then an Overcast link (for anyone that used my favorite iOS podcast app). Android users? I honestly struggled to cater to them. I even asked some iOS developers if there was any way to create a ‘universal link.’ You can guess the answer to that question. It only requires two letters.

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