Twitter’s acquisition of Revue could change everything

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Substack has some serious new competition in the paid newsletter space with Revue announcing they were acquired by Twitter.

Revue has had some steady growth over the years, but this announcement has skyrocketed Revue’s placement within the calculus all writers have to make when deciding which newsletter path to go down.

The Newsletter Landscape

Since the newsletter boom started, there has been an overwhelming amount of choice around which email service provider to go with. There are literally hundreds of options, but Mailchimp, ConvertKit, and Substack tend to dominate the discussion among writers and solo creators.

Of course, there are additional options…


Celebrate the places where writing meets art

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If you pay attention, you’ll notice writers and indie creators using their own illustrations, drawings, or photoshopped images all over the place, and I am here for it. This intersection of writing and art is making the internet a much more interesting place.

If I had to guess, a general reason for this trend could be a combination of the below.

  1. More people are writing online and looking for a way to stand out.
  2. There is a natural desire to flex some creativity outside of the written word, possibly rekindling a childhood love for drawing.
  3. Boredom with stock photos. I…


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I listen to podcasts for many different reasons, but a sizable piece of my queue is geared towards learning about the world. Thanks to podcasts from this year, an unknown quantity of tidbits of knowledge are forever lodged into my brain.

Below are just a few of these that I plan to unleash onto a unsuspecting person once social gatherings are a thing again.


Meet the unsung hero of modern podcasting: the illustrator

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Episode art left to right: “Olympic Destroyer”, “Mourning”, “The Lazarus Effect”, “Magecart

No matter how beautifully sound designed or researched a podcast is, a listener’s first impression nearly always begins with the art. And while every podcast these days has cover art, a growing number of podcasts are also investing in episode art. Episode art can be an effective way to set a show apart and give it more impact on social media, in audiograms, or in press kits. Most importantly though, images can add context and depth to the experience, and signal to the listener that a story does not merely exist in the earbuds. …


Our favorite illustrations tell a story about the power of art

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Clockwise from top left, “Shadow Broker”, “Look Up”, “Sad Ass Songs”, “Black Voices in Healthcare”, “The Holdout

As part of my research for a recent story on episode art, I created a collection of my favorite examples of this kind of work. Consider this your invitation to appreciate pieces created by the unsung heroes of the podcast team: the illustrator.

I have been stopped in my tracks on many occasions by the work illustrators do for podcast episodes. “Look Up”, featured in the image above, even hangs on my wall.

I’ve come to appreciate the unique ability of art to extend the storytelling of audio. Your brain can form an immediate emotional response to an image and…


We are all starstuff

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“The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.”

That is the brilliant first line from Carl Sagan’s 1980 TV series, Cosmos, as well as the first line of his book of the same name. This series was a clear demarcation line in my life when I watched it a little over a decade ago. There was a before, and an after, where the after was marked by a much more intense desire to understand the world around me.

Sagan has a way of communicating the wonder of the universe and history of science in an…


What happens if the timeline of evolution takes place over a 5k run?

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Richard Dawkins said in The Selfish Gene that “the theory of evolution is about as much open to doubt as the theory that the earth goes round the sun.” While this is true, the mechanics of evolution are much less intuitive than the mechanics of the earth orbiting the sun.

Even for those who fully accept the implications of the theory of evolution, it’s easy to look around at all the life on our planet and feel a general sense of disbelief that literally everything alive shares a common ancestor.

The unfortunate key to this disconnect is that human brains…


It’s not always easy, but learning from podcasts as a family is worth experimenting with.

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“Teachers don’t get paid enough,” is a phrase I imagine millions of parents have uttered out loud at some point this month.

Stepping into the role of teacher is hard on a good day, and all the more difficult with a pandemic going on. There are countless permutations on what the new normal of home life looks like, none of which make it easy to prioritize education.

Our family situation is that I am navigating working from home, my wife is doing home visits part-time as an RN, and we have a four-year-old daughter in preschool and a six-year-old son…


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An imaginary Zoom call with the favorite escapes of our family. Drawing by Alicia Jones.

By Alicia Jones

As a healthcare provider, it is exceptionally difficult to read about my peers around the world struggling with mental and physical health in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an attempt to focus on the good in the world and avoid a full-on anxiety spiral as healthcare systems continue to be overrun, I’d like to share the audio I’ve come to know as my happy place.

If you’re in need of a mental escape, this playlist is for you.

This is a story about Lynn Schutzman, a pharmacist who set herself up to be self-sufficient…


This is YouTube’s moment to shine

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Millions of parents are collectively figuring out that keeping kids engaged and learning is hard, particularly while juggling working from home. As Shonda Rhimes said, teachers deserve a billion dollars.

Luckily YouTube has been here, patiently waiting for this moment.

If you know where to look, YouTube provides outstanding educational content to take in as a family when you want to take a break from navigating the 20 websites your school district is emailing you.

YouTube has virtually unlimited content, so the purpose of this article is to point you in the right direction towards channels that are perfectly built…

Writing about podcasts, science, and art, in no particular order. hurtyourbrain.com for podcast recommendations and thefeaturedimage.com for words + art.

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