Red Handed & Bear Radio podcasts plus James Cator, Spotify and Hussein Kesvani, Pop Chat

Red Handed & Bear Radio podcasts plus James Cator, Spotify and Hussein Kesvani, Pop Chat

Listen to the great speakers who are joining Podcast Day 24 – Round the podcast world in one day!

1 April 2021, LONDON:Podcast Day 24 announces more great speakers from the land of podcasting. From a true crime podcast with 200 episodes and a spin-off book – Red Handed, to an English-speaking podcasting network, school, and production house building a community in Berlin – Bear Radio, we have some of the best speakers and sessions coming to you over 24 hours! There is also James Cator from Spotify joining a session on Commissioning plus Hussein Kesvani will be part of the Pop Chat team joining the live event to debate, discuss and work through the pop culture discourse from Canada. There is much more to come, so watch this space…

Podcast Day 24 will also offer you the chance to watch and listen over 24 hours but also to join, interact, question and network with speakers and other participants. You choose whether you want to lean back or lean in…register today and be part of the world of Podcast Day 24!

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Meet the duo behind RedHanded the smash hit true crime podcast!

Suruthi Bala graduated from The University of Birmingham with a BSc and MSc in Economics, she knew the world of finance fun wasn’t for her, so she went into the exciting, but relentlessly tiring world of corporate events! After a short break, where she travelled Asia and South America mostly on her own, she came home to start the true crime podcast – RedHanded.

Hannah Maguire thought she was going to be an actor, then like many she was a teacher and then like not so many, she wound up co-hosting a smash hit true crime podcast RedHanded. On a whim Hannah studied Social Anthropology at SOAS, because she thought it would make her sound interesting. She was right, but it also lent her an anthropological appetite to understand why people do what they do, and served as motivation to start the true crime podcast – RedHanded.

Fast forward 4 years – and after almost 200 episodes of RedHanded and a true crime book – the show is now an internationally renowned hit podcast. RedHanded was also Spotify’s number 1 most popular true crime podcast in the UK in 2020, and the show even landed silver place in the Listeners’ Choice category at the British Podcast Awards in 2020!

In the spotlight…

Bear Radio is Berlin’s English-speaking podcasting network, school, and production house. Through community building and teaching, we aim to empower and showcase the diverse range of independent producers and hosts who come out of Berlin and across Europe.

Jill Beytin is the Founder of Bear Radio, Berlin’s English language podcasting network. She has worked at radio stations around the world, as well as at NPR in Washington, D.C. She teaches workshops, leads podcasting meetups, and works to grow the podcasting ecosystem in Berlin. She graduated from the Hertie School of Governance with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy in 2017.

Julia Joubert is the Creative Director of Bear Radio. She is a radio producer, host and personality from Cape Town, South Africa, and has extensive experience training radio personalities on how to create engaging and entertaining content. Julia teaches workshops and works with Bear Radio to grow the podcasting ecosystem in Berlin. She has a degree in Media & Radio Production from the University of Cape Town.

Announcing from Spotify…

James Cator, UK/IE Head of Podcasts for Spotify has always been involved in music and audio. Having started out as a DJ and promoting events while still at school, he went on to run record labels, produce music, and DJ internationally. James later joined YouTube as Manager of Content Partnerships, Music. Running music in the UK, he was responsible for managing relations with labels, artists and managers, broadening his experience into wider content and user engagement. After a short period leading a music start-up, James joined Spotify in 2015 to build its growing podcast business in the UK. He is now Head of Podcast Partnerships, EMEA, and manages UK partnerships and Original Commissioning. He continues to produce music.

Smart Takes On Today’s Culture Stories

Every week, host Elamin Abdelmahmoud invites listeners into his group chat to help make sense of the cultural drama blowing up the internet. Bringing their hottest takes AND lots of laughs to the table. At Podcast Day 24, Elamin will be joined by Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Hussein Kesvani in a live event to debate, discuss and work through the pop culture discourse. Listen to weekly episodes here

Announcing at Podcast Day 24 – Hussein Kesvani (@hkesvani) is an author, journalist and producer based in South London, UK. He has reported and written for BuzzFeed News, VICE, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and the New Statesman among others. He was the UK and Europe editor of MEL Magazine, and is currently a writer, producer and co-host of the popular political comedy podcast Trashfuture. He is a dual citizen of the UK and Canada. 

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