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Ambie Awards: ‘Chameleon: Wild Boys’ Wins Podcast of the Year

The Podcast Academy, a group of 1,000-plus industry creators and executives, awarded Campside Media and Sony Music Entertainment’s Chameleon: Wild Boys with the top honor at this year’s 2023 Ambie Awards. Wild Boys, which serves as the third season of Campside’s Chameleon series, uncovers the story of two young men who claimed to have been […]

Ambie Awards: Audible Dominates Nominations List

Audible received a total of 19 nominations for this year’s Podcast Academy Awards, with the Audible Original series Moriarty — based on the villain in the Sherlock Holmes universe — receiving a total of three nods, including in the top category of podcast of the year. The narrative fiction series that stars Dominic Monaghan as […]

Larry Wilmore to Host the 2023 Podcast Academy Awards

Comedian Larry Wilmore will host this year’s Podcast Academy Awards, known as the Ambies. The awards show will take place March 7 in Las Vegas at the International Theater, with the ceremony and awards pre-show being livestreamed on Twitch beginning at 4:30 p.m. PT. Wilmore is currently the host of Black on the Air, a […]

Ambie Awards: Pineapple Street Studios’ ‘9/12’ Wins Podcast of the Year

9/12 — the podcast created by Pineapple Street Studios, Amazon Music and Wondery — took home the top prize at this year’s Ambie Awards ceremony. The podcast, which examines the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, bested competition from A Slight Change of Plans, Alligator Candy, Believe Her, Bill Simmons Podcast, Earth Eclipsed, False […]

‘What Happened in Skinner’ and the Art of Podcast World-Building

In the first episode of What Happened in Skinner, journalist Marlowe Verne plays audio from a disturbing viral video: During a YouTube livestream, in which hosts discuss eerie found footage from 1929 on the island of Skinner, Oregon, we hear the sound of a violent home invasion. Over the course of 12 episodes, Verne traces […]

The Booming Business of Kids’ Podcasting: “It Has Absolutely Exploded”

During the early days of the pandemic, kids’ screen time nearly doubled as classes moved to Zoom and parents struggled to manage caretaking duties in addition to their jobs. Many moms and dads turned to children’s podcasts as a screen-free form of edutainment to keep kids stimulated, engaged and out of their hair. Even as […]

With Age Comes Wisdom: Life Lessons From Podcast ‘70 Over 70’

In the Ambies-nominated podcast, Max Linsky of Pineapple Street Studios interviews 70 remarkable people over (or, in one case, just under) the age of 70 to learn what only experience can teach. A sampling of some of his favorite responses: Producer Norman Lear, 99; Episode 3 “I believe there are two little words that we […]

Podcasts Are Hollywood’s Source Material Du Jour

Studios are hungrier than ever for intellectual property. Comic books drive the highest-grossing films (Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently flirting with $2 billion). Magazine articles spark bidding wars shortly after publication (see Netflix’s Inventing Anna, based on a New York magazine cover story). And books are regularly optioned before they’ve even hit the shelves. […]

How Dissecting Terrible Movies Became an In-Demand Podcast

When Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas started their podcast, How Did This Get Made? — in which they dissect a different bad movie each episode — in December 2010, “explaining what a podcast was was difficult,” says Scheer. “Now, trying to find someone who doesn’t have a podcast is as difficult.” In […]

Why Tiffany Haddish Is the Unofficial Podcast Queen

Tiffany Haddish does not have a podcast of her own — and it’s hard to see how she’d find the time, what with all her stops on other people’s podcasts. The comedian and actress’ ability to fill airtime with unfiltered, off-the-cuff anecdotes as hosts sit back and cackle has made her one of the most […]

Seth Rogen Wants to Tell Your Story

“Sometimes the story is not what people think the story is when they are telling us the story,” explains Seth Rogen. And he would know, having debuted an original podcast aptly titled Storytime With Seth Rogen, in which he gets his guests to tell one great tale, backed by an unusually lavish soundscape. Listen for […]

The Top 10 Podcasts of the Year: Ambies 2022

From true crime to sci-fi, this year’s top award category from the Podcast Academy includes both behemoths like Bill Simmons and indie upstarts including 'Earth Eclipsed.'