Break it up, you clique: this week on Fresh Powder

Break it up, you clique. Big Podcasting, a reference to the old money being infused into the industry, is relatively new but has developed so quickly that you might not know who owns your favorite podcast anymore. Spotify? iHeartMedia? SiriusXM?…

The call is coming from inside the House: this week on Fresh Powder

The call is coming from inside the House. “Take your snacks … We might be there a long time,” in one way, is something a mom tells her 7-year-old before they get into the car and leave for one of the many vast museums in Washington D.C.;…

What? Like it's hard?: this week on Fresh Powder

What? Like it’s hard?   “In my very informal survey of Covid-19-era hires who work in office jobs, the key challenge appears to be the most obvious one: You have to work with a lot of people you’ve never met before, and seeing them…

Why it’s greased lightnin’: this week on Fresh Powder

Why it’s greased lightnin’. A thousand years ago, when Zoom was basically nothing, who did the company think its product was for? It doesn’t matter now, as more than 100,000 U.S. school districts and about half of our higher-ed are using…

Bippity boppity boo: this week on Fresh Powder

Bippity boppity boo. Let’s talk about Fiona Apple. The musician’s latest album, “Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” was awarded a perfect score by Pitchfork, the first new album in a decade to earn that level of acclaim from the publication and…

The times they are a-changin’: this week on Fresh Powder

The times they are a-changin’.   Let’s talk about sports, the virtual kind. Video game simulations are as close as sports fans and professional athletes can get to the real thing right now, and all indications are that everybody is…

Hendrix played this guitar: this week on Fresh Powder

Hendrix played this guitar.   If you’re going to be watching the NFL Draft tonight, you may recall that, at one time, it was expected to look like something vastly different than it ever had been before, but not in the way it’s turning…

Zoom, zoom, zoom: this week on Fresh Powder

Zoom, zoom, zoom.   There’s a pandemic, but you know that. The New York Times is offering high school students and teachers unlimited digital access to its news through July 6, so you definitely don’t need us spamming you a bunch of…

Could you describe the ruckus, sir: this week on Fresh Powder

The lede It feels almost impossible anymore to imagine a world in which we don’t have podcasts to listen to. I’m listening to one right now; that is, both as I write this and later as you read this. But it wasn’t all that long ago when…