Last weekend, Game of Thrones stormed back into our lives, delivering more head-scratchers than answers (which is how we like it, right?). Fortunately, dozens of podcasts aim to help us unpack every detail. This week on iTunes, several Thrones-themed shows popped up in the top 25.
When Hrishikesh Hirway and Joshua Malina announced their new West Wing podcast last month, some fans reacted so excitedly, it was as if the show itself were returning to TV. "I thought it would be a fun thing for a small, niche audience," says Hirway, who also hosts the weekly music podcast Song Exploder .
Week after week, most of iTunes' most popular podcasts remain the same: Serial, This American Life, Fresh Air, Radiolab. And then there's Myths and Legends . Call it The Little Podcast That Could: Written, produced, and performed by literature and history buff Jason Weiser in Syracuse, N.Y., this indie show about classic folklore is quickly becoming, well, a thing of legend.
While Serial may have cornered the market on true-crime audio, nobody owns serialized fiction podcasts like the paranormal horror-comedy Welcome to Night Vale . Started in 2012 by writers Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Night Vale's popularity has spawned cross-country tours, a best-selling novel, and Night Vale Presents, a network launched to support other new, independent podcasts from first-time podcasters.
As the longtime host of podcast and its New York-based StorySLAMs, Dan Kennedy certainly knows a good story when he hears it. Kennedy has spent the last 16 years performing his own work and listening to others share theirs, whether it's during The Moth's prepared main stage events or its looser, put-your-name-in-a-hat slams. "[During] the first story I told on the main stage, I had long bangs that I let down in front of my eyes," Kennedy says.
From composers and moonshiners to hoaxes and natural disasters, Holly Frey and Tracy V. Wilson have researched it all. Their popular podcast, Stuff You Missed in History Class , spotlights fascinating historical figures and events that haven't gotten nearly as much attention as they deserve.
Author Gretchen Rubin received international attention for her 2009 best-selling book, The Happiness Project , in which she reexamines her own happiness and tries to develop mood-boosting habits. With her weekly podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin , her quest for happier living continues.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. David Pogue)
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both politicians Barack Obama and Mitt Romney by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama +Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.