Zoe Chace of This American Life guest hosts The Gist.

The Fight Over Podcasting’s Origin Story Takes Its Troll

The Fight Over Podcasting’s Origin Story Takes Its Troll

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May 6 2015 9:35 PM

The Podcast Fight Takes Its Troll 

Guest host Zoe Chace of This American Life on the battle for podcasting’s origin story.

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Listen to Episode 251 of Slate’s The Gist:

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With Mike spending his first vacation day on TV talking about the Deflategate report, his friend Zoe Chace of This American Life steps up to guest-host the show. Today on The Gist, she looks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s recent ruling on an aggressive claim to the soul of podcasting.

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Plus, Zoe and her former co-worker Jacob Goldstein of NPR’s Planet Money revisit one of their favorite things: the Planet Money Indicator. For the Spiel, why music lovers should be terrified of growing old.   

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On Thursday, Sean Rameswaram of Studio 360’s Sideshow podcast guest hosts the show.* Then, David Plotz of Atlas Obscura and Slate’s Political Gabfest sits in for Mike on Friday.

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Correction, May 7, 2015: This post originally misstated when Sean Rameswaram is hosting The Gist. He’s hosting Thursday, not Tuesday. 

Zoe Chace is a producer on This American Life. Before that, she was a reporter for NPR’s Planet Money team, as well as an NPR producer.