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Over seventy-five million Americans listen to podcasts every month, and the average weekly listener spends over six hours tuning into podcasts from the more than thirty million podcast episodes currently available. Yet despite the excitement over podcasting, the sounds of podcasting’s nascent history are vulnerable and they remain mystifyingly difficult to research and preserve. Podcast feeds end abruptly, cease to be maintained, or become housed in proprietary databases, which are difficult to search with any rigor. Podcasts might seem to be highly available everywhere, but it’s necessary to preserve and analyze these resources now, or scholars will find themselves writing, researching, and thinking about a past they can’t fully see or hear.

This collection gathers the expertise of leading and emerging scholars in podcasting and digital audio in order to take stock of podcasting’s recent history and imagine future directions for the format. Essays trace some of the less amplified histories of the format and offer discussions of some of the hurdles podcasting faces nearly twenty years into its existence. Using their experiences building and using the PodcastRE database—one of the largest publicly accessible databases for searching and researching podcasts—the volume editors and contributors reflect on how they, as media historians and cultural researchers, can best preserve podcasting’s booming audio cultures and the countless voices and perspectives podcasting adds to our collective soundscape.

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  1. Cover in Saving New Sounds
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  1. Half Title in Saving New Sounds
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  1. Title Page in Saving New Sounds
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Revisiting Podcasting’s Histories
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  1. One. Podcast Archaeology
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  1. Two. The Perils of Ladycasting
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  1. Three. Reality in Sound
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  1. Four. “I’m Trying to Be the Rap Oprah”
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  1. Five. Howling into a Megaphone
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  1. Analyzing Podcasting’s Now
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  1. Six. Podcasting the Donald Sterling Scandal
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  1. Seven. Listening to the Aftermath of Crime
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  1. Eight. A RE-Emphasis on Context
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  1. Nine. Drifting Voices
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  1. Imagining Podcasting’s Future
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  1. Ten. The Scholarly Podcast
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  1. Eleven. The Feed Is the Thing
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  1. Twelve. The Spotification of Podcasting
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  1. Thirteen. Preserve This Podcast
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  1. Fourteen. Saving Podcasting’s Contexts
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  1. Audio Dispatches
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472901241
Related ISBN
9780472054473
MARC Record
OCLC
1243162745
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-23
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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