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Articles by Nicholas Quah

Nicholas Quah is the founder and writer of Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts that appears on Nieman Lab.
Luminary gets pushback from Spotify and The New York Times: temporary glitch or the real start of the platform wars? Plus: Gimlet gets a union, a new podcast incubator, and Mueller Mueller everywhere.
The podcast audience is proving to be catnip for Democratic politicians, especially those hoping to keep it 1600 come January 2021.
Plus: How independent podcasters make money, Snap Judgment expands to a new platform, and Macs are getting a separate Podcasts app.
Plus: Maximum Fun seeks maximum funds (and gets enough), calling podcasters sellouts is so 1991, and it turns out Apple can sell an audio bundle to people in large numbers.
Plus: The BBC might open up its app, universal stories through Muslim voices, and podlediadau yn Gymraeg.
Plus: Gimlet pushes back on its aspirant union, Acast gets more continental, and Joe Rogan’s galaxy brain.
Plus: Dystopian corporate podcasts, Slow Burn wins an Ellie, and why a weekly release schedule can be a recipe for burnout.
Plus: The latest podcast-listening statistics, podcaster burnout, and messes and misconduct.
All it’ll have to do is convince users to use a new app starting with no brand recognition, build exclusive programming that’s always pulling people in (and keeping them renewing), and do it all with VCs looking over their shoulders.
Plus: Gimlet adjusts to its new Spotify home, Apple causes a (short-lived, small-scale) freakout, and is podcasting tailor-made to cause burnout?