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O'Reilly Has Big Plans for New Podcast

He says he's 'sad' to no longer be on TV

(Newser) - Bill O'Reilly appears to be planning to make his way back to the top, one podcast at a time. The former Fox News host aired his first podcast Monday night, and he made it clear that he plans to build the short daily show into something strongly resembling The ... More »

McDonald's Pizza? It Exists, and This Guy Found It

Podcast documents Brian Thompson's travels to Ohio to sample the wares

(Newser) - McDonald's is ubiquitous, but Brian Thompson has been obsessed with one particular location in Ohio—and one menu item that's gone missing from virtually every other McDonald's. That item is pizza, and as Cara Giaimo explains in Atlas Obscura , the journalist got it in his head that... More »

Richard Simmons Podcast Is Over, but Not the Controversy

Did it breach the privacy of a man done with the spotlight?

(Newser) - The popular and controversial "Missing Richard Simmons" podcast is now complete, though the central question of why the fitness celeb abruptly ditched public life in 2014 remains unanswered. Was the podcast an invasion of privacy or fair game? Here's a look at coverage related to that question and... More »

Richard Simmons Mystery Deepens After Podcast

Friend says he's being held captive by housekeeper; rep says that's 'crap'

(Newser) - A bizarre story about one of America's most famous fitness personalities continues to get more bizarre. Richard Simmons reportedly hasn't been seen in public in three years, and per an episode of the Missing Richard Simmons podcast that aired last Wednesday, the reason may be disturbing, Entertainment Tonight ... More »

Neo-Nazi Blogger Had a Secret Jewish Wife

Mike Peinovich has resigned from The Right Stuff

(Newser) - The founder of a neo-Nazi blog and major figure in the alt-right movement has resigned after he was revealed to have a Jewish wife. A post published on Medium over the weekend claimed Mike Enoch of The Right Stuff—whose Daily Shoah podcast has 100,000 subscribers—is actually Mike... More »

Lena Dunham Is Sorry for Wishing She Had Abortion

She addresses 'distasteful joke' made on her podcast

(Newser) - Lena Dunham is apologizing to women who've had abortions after saying she wished she could count herself among that group. On a recent episode of her podcast, Dunham recalled visiting a Texas abortion clinic where she was asked to discuss the circumstances of her own abortion. "I myself... More »

New Season of Serial Lands, Starring Bergdahl

Podcast will examine why he left his post in Afghanistan

(Newser) - The rumors were true : Bowe Bergdahl is the focus of the second season of Sarah Koenig's podcast Serial, which helped reopen the case of convicted killer Adnan Syed. In the first season, the question was "Did he do it?" This time around, it's "Why did Bergdahl... More »

Serial's Adnan Syed Gets New Hearing

'What once appeared highly improbable is starting to look more and more probable'

(Newser) - Adnan Syed—the convicted murderer profiled in the massively popular podcast Serial —will get another day in court after a Baltimore judge granted a request for a hearing Friday, the Baltimore Sun reports. According to NBC News , a jury will hear testimony from a former high-school classmate who says... More »

Next Serial Case May Be More Controversial Than First

Reports emerging that subject for upcoming podcast is Bowe Bergdahl

(Newser) - If you thought Serial couldn't find a case more watercooler-friendly than Adnan Syed's , think again. A report from a "trustworthy source," per Vanity Fair , says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has fallen under the microscope of Sarah Koenig's popular podcast. That source is Matthew Farwell, an Afghanistan... More »

You Didn't Mishear: Obama Used the N-Word

In Marc Maron podcast about race relations and gun control

(Newser) - America is not yet "cured" of racism, President Obama said during a podcast interview released today, and he used the N-word to make his point. "It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n----- in public. That's not the measure of whether... More »

Jay From Serial Podcast Speaks

He says he thinks podcast unfairly represented him

(Newser) - Serial fans are getting a Christmas present a few days late: Jay, the key witness in the 1999 Baltimore murder of Hae Min Lee and one of the main people around whom the podcast's story centered, has given an extensive interview. Jay, for those who didn't listen to... More »

Best Buy in Hot Water Over Murder Joke

Watch out, 'Serial' spoilers below

(Newser) - Serial, a podcast re-examining the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, is a bona fide viral sensation. (Host Sarah Koenig was interviewed on The Colbert Report last night.) In fact, the show is so popular that Best Buy apparently forgot one crucial thing: It's about a real-life murder,... More »

Ricky Gervais Plots 'Alternative' Golden Globe Hosting

He'd take podcast potshots during broadcast in percolating plan

(Newser) - Ricky Gervais won't shut up. Bashed after hosting the last Golden Globe Awards show for his inappropriate comments (which should have come as no surprise to anyone), the irreverent comedian is considering being an underground podcast host next time around. That's the gist of his latest blogs as... More »

NYC Church Twitters Good Friday Ritual

Trinity Wall Street brings Good Friday online

(Newser) - A New York church is using Twitter to bring observance of Good Friday into the social-networking age, CNET reports. Trinity Wall Street is posting the Passion, 140-character piece by 140-character piece, from a set of accounts representing the characters in the story. The church already encourages the use of video... More »

In Tough Times, People Dust Off the Library Card

Even amid budget cuts, the institutions are expanding offerings

(Newser) - As the economy lightened wallets last year, people in search of jobs and entertainment turned to a long-lost concept called a library, reports the Washington Post, spiking DC-area circulation by 23% in the last half of 2008. And although budget cuts are hitting libraries hard, they're still finding ways to... More »

No Time For Faith? Try a Podcast

Practitioners of all stripes distill religious teaching for on-the-go Americans

(Newser) - Overscheduled Americans are fueling a boom in devotional books and media that mete out bite-sized doses of faith, the Los Angeles Times reports. An editor at a Christian book house calls its One Minute Bible “a ready-made, quick little devotion they can do every day.” But it’s... More »

Online 'Pied Piper' Urges Followers to Ditch Families

Philosopher preaches that the parent-child relationship is artificial

(Newser) - A libertarian web philosopher who counsels converts to cut off contact with their families is being accused of operating a cult, the Toronto Globe & Mail reports. Stefan Molyneux preaches through his Freedomain Radio site that the parent-child relationship is inherently abusive and encourages troubled young people to break away.... More »

College Gets Podcasted

Apple serves up free education with iTunes U

(Newser) - Want to attend Yale for free? Thanks to Apple, you sort of can. Many colleges, including Yale, Stanford and MIT, now offer free lecture downloads through iTunes U. You won’t get a diploma, but thousands of non-traditional learners don’t mind, the LA Times reports. “They thirst for... More »

Catch the Brain Wave of the Future

Smarten up with the top destinations for online learning

(Newser) - With more and more online courses available, it's possible to learn anything, anywhere. Popular Science digs up the best continuing-ed choices : University extension programs:
  • MIT OpenCourseWare
  • Harvard Extension School
  • Stanford Center for Professional Development
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Radio Should Pay to Play, Artists Argue

Music industry wants to start collecting AM, FM royalties

(Newser) - It's time AM and FM radio broadcasters started paying for the music they play, a group of music industry types has decided. They're lobbying Congress to amend the federal law that has exempted terrestrial radio from paying artists' royalties for nearly a century, Business Week reports.   More »

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