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Plus: The BBC’s problems with race continue, Freakonomics Radio expands, Spotify is hiring for a head of audiobooks, and what it’s like to make a sports podcast right now.
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Plus: A mid-year podcast check-in.
As it turns out, it’s not just news.
On June 10, the most popular stories across Facebook were all NASCAR banning Confederate flags and Blue Lives Matter (with a sprinkling of dead kids). Over in Facebook News, though, things were different.
Plus: How the Equality in Audio Pact came together, and Apple rolls out an exclusive show.
Plus: More thoughts on Joe Rogan and Spotify, the BBC releases its annual plan, and Spotify is reportedly going after podcasts again.
The terms for the Spotify licensing deal were not disclosed, but I imagine a crap-ton of money was involved in this arrangement.