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In nine venues across Philadelphia, 50 podcasting crews will record discussions on topics so wide-ranging as 1980s pop culture, immigration and human sexuality as part of the sixth annual Philly Podcast Festival.
The fest kicked off this Saturday and will run through Sunday, July 1, including a double header with the popular Ridiculous History and Part Time Genius podcasts follower by Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellassai, and a sold-out live recording sesh with Last Podcast on the Left.
For organizer Teagan Kuruna, the podcast format has expanded to give more people a platform for the ideas and topics they’re passionate about.
“One of the biggest changes, and the most important, is a huge increase in the diversity of people who are creating the podcasts and the topics they’re covering,” Kuruna said. “There’s much more representation of underrepresented voices in media creating podcasts. Six years ago it just hadn’t happened yet.
— Philly Podcast Fest (@PhillyPodFest) June 24, 2018
There’s been an uptick, Kuruna said, in social commentary podcasts, perhaps driven by the steady growth among podcast listeners and the current political climate.
“We’re in the midst of a time right now when we’re having important conversations about what’s happening in our world,” the organizer said. “We need an outlet to express all of that and I’m seeing that, in Philadelphia, it’s happening. There are podcasts that can help you think of national and global issues.”-30-
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