Bias & Culture | onePodcast #8

Wednesday (6/5/19)

I’m in Salt Lake City this week! It’s sunny and lively here. I’m really excited about this week’s pick because the story behind the guest and her career being a woman of color in a male dominated industry is a must listen. I came away 100% relating to lots of what she talked about.

🎙️ This week's onePodcast share is The Tape

About the show: A radio show about people who make radio, hosted by Mooj Zadie and Mickey Capper

Which episode should you listen to? Episode 33 with Reply All’s producer, Sruthi Pinnamaneni.

Our pick: We suggest starting at 2:24 for this episode with Sruthi, where the host dives right into the question, “did growing up in India affect your reporting when you moved to the US?”. This episode is a gem. You instantly get inside the mind of Sruthi, the differences between the Indian upbringing vs. growing up in the states and her style of reporting.

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What’s happening in the podcast world? 🌎

It’s happening! If you’re a Spotify user, you know the “suggested playlists” feature? Well, not only will you be able to have suggested songs BUT soon you’ll be overrun with suggested podcasts. Not going to lie, Spotify is really hitting hard in the podcasting space. It speaks volumes seeing Spotify investing and acquiring bigger chunks of podcasting products and features.

So if you’re looking for new podcasts, looks like Spotify (if you’re a user) will be a neat option. I’m interested to see how the algorithm spits out suggested podcasts and how similar or different it’ll be to Apple’s algo.

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Diversity & inclusion highlight of the week

I’m going to mention Sephora (the makeup retailer) here, bare with me.

Turns out a little over a month ago SZA tweeted that while shopping at Sephora an employee called the security on her to make sure she wasn’t stealing…Lots to unpack there. If you remember, a similar situation happened at a Starbucks store when 2 black men who were meeting a client and were arrested after an employee called the cops on them.

Since then, Starbucks has held anti-bias training sessions for their employees across a large number of their stores. And Sephora is following suit after this incident by holding inclusion and diversity workshops. They’re closing stores for 1 hour today to train 16,000 of their employees.

Do you think workshops and training sessions will stop these discrimination cases from happening? Personally, I think it’ll help but I think it’s going to be an uphill climb.

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