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Podcasting, Seriously Newsletter from LWC Studios
Curated and written by Kori Doran.

January 19, 2023

This week we've got resources for updating your equipment, outsourcing projects, and amazing new releases to satisfy your itch for international espionage, present-day journeys through our historical past, and insider secrets into the American college system.


Whether you're looking to update your podcasting equipment on a budget, or starting a show for the first time, has compiled a list of 2023's Best Podcast Equipment for Any Budget. The list includes podcasting basics such as microphones, headphones, recording software, mixers/audio interfaces, a camera (if recording), and other extras like pop filters, lighting, mic arms and shock mounts. Before making any investments in equipment, take a moment to think about your setup. Are you recording remotely? Will you be in a studio with others? Does the equipment need to be sent to guests? And for those looking for podcasting equiptment specifically under $100, there's a list for you too.

What We're Into 

  • BIPOC Podcast Creators has a verified service provider directory for freelancers and small businesses composed of Black, Indigenous and POC who provide services in the audio and podcasting industry. Check out the public directory here.
  • Havana Syndrome, a new limited podcast series by VICE News. The show investigates the mysterious illness afflicting US spies and diplomats across the globe. Jesse Alejandro Cottrell, Senior Producer and Reporter at VICE News, helped create this podcast and was also a reporter on season 1 of 70Million by LWC Studios. The first four episodes of Havana Syndrome are available now.
  • Be a guest on our show! If you're an adult child of immigrants or first-gen, we want to hear about your experience having difficult conversations across cultural and generational lines. A full list of episodes for How to Talk to [Mami and Papi] about Anything can be found here. Contact our producer Virginia Lora to be featured on the show.
  • The IndyPod Summit: Brought to you by The Podcast Host, the online event bringing together over 500+ Independent Podcasters to take a deep dive into industry trends and what to expect in 2023. Enjoy workshops, panel discussions, interactive Q&As and access to IndyPod Census research to kickstart your podcast this year. The summit begins on Thursday, February 2, 2023. Registration is open, and the first 500 to sign up get in free.
  • Congratulations to our clients at NACAP✨! The College Admissions Decoded podcast was listed on Forbes 2023 Top College Admission Resources. Created by NACAP and produced by LWC Studios, each episode breaks down facts, myths and rules of engagement for today’s college landscape.
Alvin HallDRIVING THE GREEN BOOK: A Road Trip Through the Living History of Black Resistance shares the award-winning broadcaster Alvin Hall’s journey through America’s haunted racial past using The Green Book as his guide. Available on January 31, 2023 by HarperOne, the book provides contextual information, moving accounts, images and personal recollections of navigating the astounding, and disturbing past of the United States. In addition, check out Hall’s award-winning podcast series Driving the Green Book.

Call for Pitches 

LWC Studios Invites Pitches for New Investigative Podcast about Latina Health and Lifetime Outcomes in Greater Chicago Area. LWC Studios will begin production on its next investigative narrative podcast in early 2023. The series will be an open-source investigative podcast with documentary-style episodes that chronicle the health, wellness, and life outcomes of Latinas aged 0-100+ in the United States. Learn more.

Podcasting, Seriously at Home 

Access our on-demand collection. Easy-to-watch, online webinars featuring in-depth presentations covering a full range of podcasting skills, from launch, production, growth and more.

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What We're Listening To 

From Us:
  • This week's episode of How to Talk to [Mami & Papi] About Anything wraps up our special food-and-family series, where LWC Studios colleagues share their experiences with tough topics surrounding food, family and the holidays. Our CEO & Founder, Juleyka Lantingua reflects on her experiences around parenting and food with Cleadua Serrato, a culinary anthropologist who studies how to decolonize food practices. Her and Juleyka discuss how to reclain the power of the kitchen, and honor oir hybrid identities through what we eat.
From Others:
  • The Validated podcast is a weekly show focused on expanding discussions with web3 industry leaders. In each episode, Austin Federa covers a wide range of topics for those who are eager to learn more about blockchain and crypto, such as NFTs, DeFI, decentralized governance, and more. Brought to you by The Solana Foundation, Validated looks at the big pictures ideas, research and trending news of the web3 community.

Creator Spotlight 

Alvin HallAlvin Hall (he/him) is an award-winning broadcaster, best-selling author, and financial educator. Alvin created, produced, and hosted the podcast series, Driving the Green Book by Macmillan Podcasts. The series received the 2021 Ambie Award for the "Best History Podcast" and the 2021 New York Festivals Gold Award for "Best Narrative Documentary Podcast.” On January 31st 2023, his book, also called Driving the Green Book, will be published by HarperOne. Alvin hosted the six-part podcast series Power, Lust, and Glory: The Story of Gold for Audible. His work in radio includes The Green Book (BBC Radio 4), Alvin Hall Goes Back to School (The Takeaway, PRI with WNYC, winner of a New York Association of Black Journalists), and Who Sold the Soul? (BBC Radio 4, winner of a Radio Academy Bronze Award,), Jay-Z: From Brooklyn to the Boardroom (BBC Radio 4, winner of a Wincott Award for Financial Journalism and Broadcasting). While hosting the BBC series Your Money or Your Life, he authored a number of best sellers, including You and Your Money: It’s More than Just the Numbers, as well as the children’s book Show Me the Money which has been published in 20 foreign language editions. The US edition of his book, Your Money or Your Life, received the WHSmith People’s Choice Award and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He has also appeared on NPR’s The Moth.

Learn more about Alvin here.
Let us know who we should feature next! We highlight creatives working in the podcasting industry and would love to feature you — yes you! Send us an email with your name, headshot, and a short bio to be included in an upcoming edition.

Community Offers 

Cool stuff our podcast friends want to give us! If you have a community offer, please email us.
  • Use promo code "seriously" at checkout to receive $40 (or one month) off on SquadCast.
  • Receive 50% off your first two months on Simplecast by following this link and entering code "ONSIMPLECAST."
  • Use promo code “buzzsprout” for 50% off your Riverside subscription when you sign up for a new account.
  • Get two months free podcast hosting on Acast by following this link and using code "LWC."
The Podcasting, Seriously Awards FundGet Refunded for Audio Training and Award Fees!
We're on a mission with AIR, Pacific Content, AcastTriton Digital, and Sounds Profitable to support BIPOC and LGBTQ+ independent audio creators in submitting work to awards and receiving education and training in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia. Applications accepted year-round. Learn more about the Podcasting, Seriously Awards Fund, apply, and support.
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