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Mark Steadman

@amarksteadman
Owner and operator of the tiny podcasting machine called Podiant.

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It's a pretty shallow dive (in that it doesn't go very deep into analysis, as another commenter has said) into the founding and failure of the WeWork brand. There's an element of schadenfreude about it, as it is a story of maximum hubris, and while I think the production could have been more stark and the style more authentic, it was entertaining, which I think as the intent.
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I don't add every episode to my queue, but when I do listen, I forget just how much I enjoy Mark and Hal's dynamic. I wouldn't be upset if the show leaned a little more adult, but I know Hal especially wanted to create something with more family appeal. They're both warm and funny hosts, and have brought on some highly entertaining guests over the years. If you like shows where people definitively decide on arbitrary or subjective things, this is absolutely for you.
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This is a great wrap-up of the week's news, with the spotlight mostly honed to Apple. Jason Snell is a high-calibre tech journalist, who pairs well with Myke's enthusiasm for the industry and for Apple.
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Although I'm a developer by trade, I almost never do anything adjacent to what Marco and David cover, however I always appreciate their take on developing software, and have often found there's considerable overlap in things to consider in my day-to-day work.
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Dallas and the team have put together a very earnest and wholesome exploration of sound, in the NPR tradition. Some of the stories are fascinating explorations into parts of the world we take for granted. As they've taken story submissions from further afield, they've been able to tackle more unexpected topics, and if you're cool with collaborations and cross-posts from other podcasts, you might find you'll be introduced to some other new shows that offer a similar approach to storytelling.
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If you want to hear a married couple of share the things they love, or discover new things they might possibly learn to love, Top Four is a simple show and expertly produced, so very easy to listen to. If you have deeply held opinions, you might find yourself screaming at your podcast player, but the Arments can't hear you, sorry.
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I know where I fall on the political spectrum, but don't have my finger on the pulse, so I appreciate hearing Jon and Adam argue the toss over quite how left our country needs to lurch in order for us to have a viable future. I probably land more on Adam's side of the aisle, but since Jon is a hard leftist, that apparently Ames both Adam and me "right wingers". I'm not sure my conservative-minded family would agree. ?
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I don't know if it's the sporadic nature of delivery that leaves me hungry, but I always appreciate seeing a new episode drop into my queue. John has an engaging personality, and because he's almost always talking with people he knows well, it's easy to listen to.
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I loved this selection of short, strange tales about the night. It's an unusual format, given that episodes contain more than one story (sometimes two, usually more). but Francesca's writing and delivery, coupled with the expert sound design and production give the series a consistent through-line.
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This was a lucky find, and a pretty joyful experience. You'll benefit from listening at 1x if you're someone who tends to listen to podcasts at a faster clip, as there's a good deal of beatboxing here that doesn't come across well when sped up. Tani has a casual journalistic style but a focus on getting good, clean audio that makes what might otherwise feel amateurish, sound professional and committed.
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I mainlined episodes of this in early 2019, and found some interesting insights and viewpoints. After a while, some of the stories can start to feel much the same, and I think certainly in earlier episodes, Omer stuck to a tight format in order to get what he wanted from his guests, as efficiently as possible. I don't think you'll ever learn how to build a killer software-as-a-service product by listening to this podcast, but you might gain perspective on some of the choices you've made in the past.
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This was an entertaining listen, and a story about a sitcom I was entirely unfamiliar with. That said, the choices made by the people involved felt very relatable, certainly for someone like me who's worked in creative-adjacent roles for many years, and have seen what less creative people can do to an idea. Note to RNZ though: back off the branding a little bit... it's a little needy.
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When they're on point, they're one of the most compelling podcasts to listen to. The team has a gift for storytelling that rivals any Netflix true crime documentary. I'd love more of that, but recognise it's a time-consuming and energy-zapping process, so the more in-studio pieces like Yes Yes No or Super Tech Support are good ways to keep the feed alive between larger stories.
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I like and use Panic's work a lot, and find the company to have an interesting story, and this internally-produced show does a wonderful job of diving into the firm's esoteria. Each story is well crafted, with a mix of narration and interviews with company founders, employees and people who were around at the time, and it comes across as a labour of love rather than an ad for the company. Apart from the fact that the title is missing the word "The" from the beginning (part of a trend I'm not a fan of), it's the kind of show I'd like to produce for my clients.
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It was a beautifully produced, well written and well presented show, with the host putting a lot into it, but I feel it was perhaps let down by the real life story, which ultimately didn't really lead anywhere. The journey is a very well crafted one, though.
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I'm a real latecomer to the podcast, starting it in late 2019 after binging all of the Adventure Zone. I find the boys charming and easy to listen to, with each bringing their own kind of humour or personality. I've been working my way through the back-catalogue, so have got to see how the bits evolved.
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When season three kicked off, I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it quite as much as I had the previous two, but I was proven wrong by the second episode, and all the episodes that followed. The greatest move they pulled was allowing Winston Noel to play the crew's pet CLINT (which will make sense once you've heard the series), as his boundless puppy energy elevated the show just that little bit more. I love the sound design, the attention to detail, and the fact that they respect their own canon. Lockdown conditions mean the show isn't as frequent, but I don't expect the quality to dip at all.
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Worth your time if you want to see what happens when you mix the narrative style of a Radio 4 documentary with improv comedy. I feel like it would pair well with a show like the Beef and Dairy Network.
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Because I don't listen to any of the NPRs, I wasn't aware who Jonathan Goldstein was, but from the start I found the show to be funny and the stories well told. Later seasons have been more playful and maybe a bit more focused on Goldstein the character, but not to the detriment of making a good show.
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If you listen to a few back-to-back, you quickly settle into the formula of the show, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. In later seasons, they have a little more fun with the dynamic between the host and the show's grumpy story producer, which ends up being a good vehicle to explore some of the hacks they demonstrate. The podcast has done well not to overextend or repeat itself too much (in terms of the types of hacks that can be done), so there aren't an abundance of episodes, but they're expertly produced and the stories are well crafted.
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