At the End of the Day: Two Years of Immigration Stories and Support


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At the End of the Day: Two Years of Immigration Stories and Support

Last week marked two years since Anuz Thapa And Dipika Shrestha launched their weekly audiovisual podcast At the End of the Day. The married Nepalese journalists moved to the US in 2014 with “so many questions” about careers, networking, and advocacy. Their podcast, a weekly career guide, was developed to support other newly arrived young immigrants.

When they arrived, Dipika was working for BBC Media Action and Anuz for News 24 Television. Their own experiences made it clear that a strong professional background doesn’t guarantee an easy transition in a new country. The two discuss the show’s beginnings and how recording moved from a park in Queens, NYC to a studio of The English-Speaking Union.

Just shy of its 100th episode, the show changed direction due to the pandemic. “Coming this far, we have been able to feature highly inspiring stories of 98 immigrant individuals from nearly 40 different countries,” Thapa and Shrestha report. “What we did was digging positive stories […] that would give our audience hope, moral support, and a sense of unity.”

More on the Stitcher Report: Shorter Shows, Longer Lives

Natalie Jarvey of The Hollywood Reporter takes a closer look at the Stitcher Podcasting Report released last week. Despite its huge number, it's not surprising that the show count has increased by 129,000 percent. However, “17 shows from Stitcher’s top 100 in 2010 are still in the top 100 today.”

Stitcher “looked at the shows on its platform and how people consumed them to paint a picture of the current podcasting ecosystem,” Jarvey explains. The rise of the miniseries (series composed of 2-12 episodes) has been especially notable. From just 4 in 2010, over 52,000 including Dirty John and 1619, made the cut last year.

Lockdown lowered weekday commute listening, but Stitcher saw normal levels return at the beginning of April. “[Listeners] were there, they just didn’t have quite as much time,” said CEO Erik Diehn. “That tells me that this is an enduring medium and one that, as we come out of this, will remain strong.”

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Here's what else is going on:

  • Capital letters: Podfund has invested in the audio fiction studio Atypical Artists, led by CEO and PM19 keynote speaker Lauren Shippen. Over a dozen shows are in active development, including The College Tapes, a spinoff of Shippen's Bright Sessions.
  • Fruit smoothie: Bradley Chambers of 9to5Mac explains why Apple Podcasts is a “perfect location” for a Patreon-style donation system. With a self-contained support model, the platform “could reduce the friction to support [listeners’] favorite shows.”
  • Youth vote: San Francisco's KALW public media is inviting teenage applicants to a paid, location-flexible Summer Podcasting Institute. A select cohort of high school students will produce season 2 of tbh, a podcast “made by, about, and for teenagers.”
  • Promo codes: Above all, growing an audience takes a clear game plan. Spreaker covers website elements, strategy, and more in the Ultimate Guide to Promoting Your Podcast, Part 1 of 3. Questions and topic requests can be submitted via Facebook.

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