The Tip Off podcast

Welcome to The Tip Off- the podcast where we take you behind the scenes of some of the best investigative journalism from recent years. Each episode we’ll be digging into an investigative scoop- hearing from the journalists behind the work as they tell us about the leads, the dead-ends and of course, the tip offs… More here.

I have only listened to a couple of episodes, but it’s very good so far. Recommended.

A bad move for podcasts

It sounds like the latest programming blitz from Netflix. But this lineup — more than 40 exclusive shows, all without ads — has nothing to do with video. The offerings come from a podcast start-up called Luminary that has emerged from stealth mode to unveil nearly $100 million in funding and a subscription-based business model that it hopes will push the medium into a new phase of growth... More here.

For us listeners podcasts are fantastic and for me personally they offer a wealth of content to enjoy on my daily commute. I see nothing good coming from the above.

The Brady Heywood Podcast

Join forensic engineer Sean Brady as he discusses engineering failures and disasters. Sean examines both the technical and human causes of failure, explores failures in a range of professions, and talks about why our decision making is not nearly as rational as we’d like to think… Subscribe here.

I got details of this via The Grey Nato and must say that episodes 21-25 (Apollo 13) are brilliant.

This Is Love

The creators of the popular podcast, Criminal, surprised everyone when they turned their attention to an investigation of a very different kind.

This is Love explores perseverance, obsession, and what happens when we risk betting it all… More here.

This is what podcasts should be about because the subject matter is what life is about. Brilliant.

20 great storytelling podcasts

If ever there was a time to immerse yourself in a different world, a commute on a dark grey winter’s morning is it. Storytelling podcasts can take you straight into fantasy, can grip you, make you laugh, help you relax before bed or even make you miss your stop on the bus. However they do it, a story can take you somewhere. We’ve picked our 20 favourite storytelling podcasts for you to download this winter…

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…The multi-award winning Tracks podcast begins as Dr Helen Ash (Romola Garai) witnesses a horrific plane crash. The dark conspiracy thriller series which launched in 2016 has now been followed by a second series – Tracks Strata is a prequel which traces the story back to Snowdonia in 1980. Written by Matthew Broughton, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a stormy evening. Prepare to be absorbed – at times, you may find yourself on the edge of your seat…

Some excellent choices here. Tracks in particular is compelling.

SoundCloud running out of time

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Exiting team members wanted to know why they weren’t warned, while those who survived the cuts wanted assurance that the cost reductions would keep the company afloat for the long-run.

But as security ominously filed into SoundCloud’s meeting rooms at its offices around the world during the all-hands video conference broadcast from its Berlin headquarters, the startup’s staff discovered they wouldn’t be getting the answers they wanted. Instead, sources at SoundCloud tell TechCrunch that founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss confessed the layoffs only saved the company enough money to have runway “until Q4” — which begins in just 50 days… More at TC.

I can see no way back from here. Such a shame, but the competition is just too fierce.

Fringe Game History Podcast: Episode 1

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Episode 1 – Kirk Israel

Kirk Israel talks about JoustPong, a game he has made and remade many times over the years. We dive into the homebrew community surrounding the Atari 2600 in the early 2000s, the strain of obsessive assembly coding on relationships, and the challenge of finding a supportive community.

Kirk is very active on LIM and also very supportive. His discussion on the above podcast is also a fascinating insight into the world of early homebrew gaming,

Podcast releases man from prison

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A Swedish man who spent 13 years in prison has been released after a podcast convinced the country’s Supreme Court to retry his case.

Kaj Linna was convicted of robbery and murder then sentenced to life in prison despite what experts called a lack of evidence or eye-witness testimony.

Linna maintained his innocence throughout the trial but testimony from one witness, whose name hasn’t been released, lead to the conviction. The same witness then appeared on Swedish podcast Spar, which was created in the vein of the popular American Serial podcast. Inconsistencies between statements the witness made to police and those made on the podcast are what, reportedly, prompted officials to request the appeal. Court of Appeal President Margareta Bergström told The Local. More at TNW.

A great story.

We’re All Gonna Die

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The world is a vampire, and politics is hell. On the We’re All Gonna Die podcast, premiering today, the Daily Dot staff complains about the world. Come with us as we dissect the viral political news of the week. Straight from the exhausted, cranky bums who have to write about this stuff… More at The Daily Dot.

I am struggling to keep up with my podcasts at the moment, but this will be added to the list.