Luminary wants to be the Netflix of podcasting, but is it too late to cash in?

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Doesn’t it seem like everybody has a podcast these days? Comedians, actresses, business owners, journalists, chefs. The podcast startup, Luminary, is capitalizing on that. It’s launching in June with shows from celebrities like Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah, Malcolm Gladwell, and Conan O’Brien. The catch: you have to pay a subscription fee to listen.

Credits

Guests:
Brooks Barnes - Hollywood reporter for the New York Times - @brooksbarnesNYT, Martin Spinelli - co-author of the book “Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution;” co-host of the podcast series “For Your Ears Only”; senior lecturer in the School of Media, Film & Music at the University of Sussex

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Yael Even Or, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Caitlin Plummer, Rosalie Atkinson