We have been pleased with the progress of the podcast over this last year. We’ve continued to have some outstanding guests, and we’re developing a rhythm with respect to responding to important events (the Russia-Ukraine War, the midterm elections, the NFL, the end of Succession ). The Oral History of the Blogosphere has slowed down a bit in the past few months but we remain committed to further developing the series. Having listened to every minute of every podcast I am extremely pleased with the content. I like to think of the podcast in terms of “Stock” and “Flow. The former includes conversations between frontpagers who focus on different subjects leveraging their personal networks to deliver deeply interesting conversations with deeply knowledgeable guests. Those conversations will likely be as interesting five years from now as they are today. The latter include conversations between LGM frontpagers and friends of the blog about subjects such as the NFL, the Academy Awards or the war are the fun ones; they’re more topical and perhaps less enduring, but no less entertaining to record and hopefully to listen to.
Over the next few months we have some major guests lined up, as well as additions to long-running series on the war, the NFL, and the blogosphere. We plan to make good on a long-standing promise to have topical podcasts on subjects that commenters request; because of other commitments we haven’t been able to make that happen, but it remains very much within our wheelhouse. We are adding transcripts not only to new podcasts but also to older ones. Finally, we’ve built out a partial database of the history of the podcast which should make it easier for folks to explore the
As with all things, this costs money, including software, sound equipment, and hosting fees. And as with all things, it takes time; the podcast itself takes time to record, and post-production can run from 1.2x the length of the podcast to, at an extreme, 3x or 4x the length. Your contributions make possible more and better LGM podcasts, which is fantastic because we genuinely enjoy making them.