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Last updated: February 9, 2020

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Staples to Offer Podcast Studio Rental

Staples, the office supply store, is getting ready to offer the rental of podcast studio time for $60 an hour. The service is called Staples Connect and is launching in the Boston area on February 5, 2020. Len Edgerly of The Kindle Chronicles deviated from his normal topic of ebooks to interview the Staples employees who set up the service. He actually interviewed them in a Staples podcast studio.

This shows how podcasts are becoming mainstream and how workspaces are changing. It’s an interesting episode and I wonder where this will lead.

The Kindle Chronicles

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Om Interviews WordPress Founder

Om Malik interviews Matt Mullenweg. Matt is the founder of Automattic and co-creator of WordPress. Matt discusses the beginning of WordPress, the growing importance of open source in the age of cloud, lessons he’s learned as a founder and more.

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Audiobook: 'Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations'

Retired Admiral William H. McRaven was involved in high profile special operations missions, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. 

He narrates the audiobook skillfully. I felt as though I was sitting in my living room hearing Admiral McRaven tell tales that made me feel great pride in being an American. Uplifting and highly recommended.

Ret. Adm. Bill McRaven interviewed by Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA on the “Intelligence Matters” podcast.

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Learning About Iran

In the Christmas Day 2019 episode of the Intelligence Matters podcast, host and former acting CIA director Michael Morell interviewed Barbara Slavin, the director of the “Future of Iran Initiative” at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank. This Initiative convenes experts, policy makers, activists and other stakeholders to discuss United States policy toward Iran and Iran’s policies toward the United States.

Slavin provides a different perspective on relations between the United States and Iran. I’m not sure she’s right, but she’s worth hearing out.

I reviewed the podcast in general here. Listen to this episode:

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Podcast: Antisemitism in the United States

This episode of the People of the Pod podcast has two interesting segments:

People of the Pod is a weekly podcast analyzing global affairs through a Jewish lens. It’s produced by the AJC and The Times of Israel. It is an excellent way to keep up with Jewish news.

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Podcast: Attack on German Synagogue, Historic Pact with Gulf States, New Book on Israeli Prime Ministers — People of the Pod

The attack on a German Synagogue in Halle and other issues are discussed on the People of the Pod podcast.

People of the Pod is a weekly podcast analyzing global affairs through a Jewish lens. A partnership between AJC and The Times of Israel, People of the Pod examines political events, the people driving them, and what it all means for the Jewish people and Israel. 

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Podcast: ‘The Kindle Chronicles’

I enjoy keeping track of developments at Amazon.com. My primary source of information is The Kindle Chronicles podcast.

Len Edgerly is the creator and host of the podcast. Len is a bright fellow with a background in journalism. He graduated from Harvard College in 1972 and the Harvard Business School in 1977.

Before retiring he was a business journalist at The Providence (R.I.) Journal-Bulletin, an editor of an energy magazine in Casper, Wyoming, and an executive at a natural gas company based in Denver.

Len has been podcasting since 2006, when he launched the Audio Pod Chronicles and Video Pod Chronicles. He began the weekly Kindle Chronicles podcast in 2008. New podcasts generally appear each Friday and last about 40 minutes. Although Len does everything himself he is diligent in publishing a new episode each week even under difficult circumstances.

Each podcast consists of four parts:

  1. Amazon related news
  2. Kindle Tech Tips
  3. An interview
  4. Book recommendations

Len attracts interesting guests. In 2016, he interviewed Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Len loves to read and I have come to value the book recommendations he includes in his podcast. I also have learned a lot about the fast changing publishing business by listening to The Kindle Chronicles.

But what I enjoy most is Len’s intellect and curiosity. I look forward to each new episode.