P.Odcasting used to be praised as a democratic form. You didn’t need to speak a degree or RP to do your own show – just a smartphone. Early notable podcasts gave voice to dispossessed, such as the energetic Ear Hustle made by inmates of the infamous American prison San Quentin. Others called for posthumous justice for the people by re-examining cold cases. However, lately, particularly in the UK, podcasting has felt more like a chumocracy, a clique of big names who take turns stopping by each other’s shows, mostly to showcase their latest personal projects.
Male stand-ups seem to be the most stubborn audio super spreaders. Rob Beckett has been all over the air this summer. His show, Rob Beckett and