Wondery finds its niche in the podcast world
On today's show:
LISTEN HERE FOR TRUE CRIME
(Starts at 7:45)
As the podcast industry booms, the production company Wondery has carved out its niche in the true crime space. Wondery also develops TV adaptations of its podcasts. Its first big hit was "Dirty John," which was a collaboration with the L.A. Times and became a Bravo scripted show. The company also collaborated with the Boston Globe's investigative team on "Gladiator"– a podcast about former NFL star Aaron Hernandez. Wondery's latest #1 podcast is "Over My Dead Body." What do all these have in common? Death, murder and TV deals. Wondery's chief creative officer, Marshall Lewy, talks with John Horn about where the company is going and how it marries cinematic elements with audio storytelling.
BEAN'S LONG GOODBYE
(Starts at :45)
Gene "Bean" Baxter, the longtime co-host of KROQ's Kevin & Bean morning show, says he's leaving the show later this year. Kimberly Nordyke of The Hollywood Reporter talks about the significance of his departure and whether rock stations still rely on personality-driven formats.
FINDING HUMOR IN DARK CORNERS
(Starts at 19:15)
It may not seem like fodder for a stand-up routine, but Angelina Spicer's experience with postpartum depression has found an audience at comedy clubs across Southern California. She was once known for sketch parodies of Beyonce and Tyra Banks, and for her satirical remixes of hit songs. But after severe anxiety and depression led to a stay at a psychiatric hospital, she found that PPD was something to integrate into her work on stage and off. Three years later, she's an "accidental activist," lobbying in Sacramento and Washington D.C. and advocating for maternal mental health.