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Podcasts We Loved: April 2021

Welcome to our monthly list of recommended podcast episodes that we think people in marketing should listen to.

Apple vs. Facebook (feat. Privacy) (23 mins)
Today, Explained, April 29
Apple updated its software and Facebook was very upset. Recode’s Sara Morrison and Peter Kafka explain. Roller derby is involved.

A Majority Of Americans Think Climate Change Should Be A Priority (52 mins)
FiveThirtyEight Politics, April 27
The crew looks at how the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause shaped public opinion of that vaccine and willingness to be vaccinated more broadly. They also take stock of how Americans are thinking about climate change and government initiatives to stem carbon emissions after President Biden announced a goal of cutting U.S. emissions to half their 2005 levels by 2030.

She’s Taking Jeff Bezos to Task (37 mins)
Sway, April 19
Joy Buolamwini is on a crusade against bias in facial recognition technology, and the powerful companies that profit from it.

Another day, another Facebook data leak (7 mins)
Marketplace Tech, April 9
Last weekend, a user in a hacking forum published the personal data of about 500 million Facebook users: their email addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, and more. In a blog post Tuesday, Facebook said the recent data leak wasn’t a hack but was from “malicious actors” scraping and saving publicly available information in 2019. Meghan McCarty Carino speaks with Wired senior writer Lily Hay Newman. Even she has a hard time keeping track of all the data leaks from Facebook.

Art investing for the 99.99% (31 mins)
Business Casual, April 30
Purchasing artwork by the likes of Picasso, Warhol, or Monet has traditionally been reserved for the same people adding truffles to all of their meals. But that’s beginning to change with the launch of MasterWorks, an investing platform that allows you to buy shares of famous artwork.

We know what you’re thinking: how does one own a piece of a Picasso? Today, Scott Lynn, CEO of MasterWorks, joins us to break it down. He’ll be telling us about the history of art as an asset class, how art differs from other alternative investments and the similarities and differences between physical art and NFTs.

How to Manage Your Goal Hierarchy (51 mins)
Freakonomics Radio, April 15
In this special crossover episode, People I (Mostly) Admire host Steve Levitt admits to No Stupid Questions co-host Angela Duckworth that he knows almost nothing about psychology. But once Angela gives Steve a quick tutorial on “goal conflict,” he is suddenly a fan. They also talk about parenting, self-esteem, and how easy it is to learn econometrics if you feel like it.

The Rise of the Therapy Apps (26 mins)
What Next, April 9
Since the start of the pandemic, the usage of apps like BetterHelp and Talkspace has skyrocketed. These apps might make mental health care more accessible, but are the products they sell really the same as therapy?

Diane von Furstenberg, chairman and founder of Diane von Furstenberg: “The most important relationship in life is the one you have with yourself.” (26 mins)
Skimm’d from the Couch, April 7

Diane von Furstenberg (aka DVF) knows the secret to a long and successful career. Hint: it’s reinvention. She’s been in the fashion business since the 1970s. But she’s changed her direction, and her brand, more than a few times. This week, DVF joined us to tell us how to embrace change (even when it’s hard) so you can be the designer…of your own life.
In this episode, DVF shares how she deals with fear, why you should own your vulnerability at work, and how she’s embracing change during the pandemic. And Carly reflects on the time she received an unexpected phone call from Diane as a teenager.

Skimm Special: Your Best and Worst Pandemic Buys (18 mins)
Skimm This, April 28
On this special episode of Skimm This, we wanted to take a break from the news for some comic relief and get a chance to hear some of your voices. A few weeks ago, we asked you to fill out a survey about how the past year has been. The good, the bad, and the ugly. And we started getting a lot of must-read responses to one question in particular: what was your best or worst pandemic purchase? 

How Soccer Fans Killed the Super League (21 mins)
The Journal, April 24
Twelve of the biggest teams in European soccer announced Sunday they were forming a “Super League.” 48 hours later, the plan was dead. WSJ’s Joshua Robinson explains how a backlash from fans killed an audacious plan to remake the business of soccer.

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