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Hrishikesh Hirway pulls songs apart to learn how they work.

On his podcast Song Exploder, Hirway has interviewed artists such as Solange, Iggy Pop, Norah Jones, Björk and Arcade Fire about their writing, recording and mixing processes. Hirway makes his own music as half of the band Moors with Atlanta’s Lakieth Stanfield, and as a composer for TV and film. He also co-hosts The West Wing Weekly podcast with West Wing actor Joshua Malina.

We talked to him about how this multi-threaded artistic life weaves together. We also got a play-by-play of how Hirway makes each episode of Song Exploder.

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iOS: Not everyone has a list of favourite podcasts like the nerds at Lifehacker. If you're new to podcasts, the available apps for managing them can feel needlessly complex - especially if all you want is the latest episode of that one show your friend mentioned. If you don't want to worry about things such as storage cache and playlist generation, check out 'sodes, an easy-to-use podcast app.

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Android/iOS: Podcasting should be stupid easy. The underlying technology isn't much more complicated than blogging. But so far, there's no Blogger or Tumblr of podcasting, to make podcast recording accessible to anyone with a phone. Until last week's release of Anchor 3.0 for iOS and Android.

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Podcasting was meant to be the great democratisation of the mass media. Suddenly, anyone with a recorder and an internet connection could create their own custom radio show, distribute it to a global audience of millions and reap a massive harvest of advertising and endorsement dollars. But, like many new technologies, there were some early winners who faded away once the initial buzz faded. Today, the most successful podcasts often come from commercial radio networks, with amateurs struggling to carve out a niche.

So, what does it take to create a great podcast? I spoke with Guy Scott-Wilson, the Content Director at Acast Australia to find out.

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It's that special time of year again when everyone is looking for a good scary story. And though podcasts more often conjure up the images of gentle interviews with creative types and soothing NPR voices, more shows are moving into the territory of old-school radio plays, producing unsettling (and addictive) stories from true crime to horror. I hope you brought an extra pair of pants, 'cause these podcasts bring the terror.

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Video: NPR's reporters don't all have perfect, radio-smooth voices, but they all sound natural and confident on air. In this video, vocal coach Jessica Hansen gives you three NPR-approved exercises to help you speak into a microphone while sounding more like yourself.

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Pop filters are used to avoid sharp "P" and "B" sounds (known as plosives) from overloading the mic level and causing distortion. Most commercial pop filters are $20 or more, but you can build your own for much less with an embroidery hoop, a dowel and panythose.

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MetaFilter founder and friend of Lifehacker Matt Haughey has been casually podcasting at MetaFilter for the last four years, and in that time, he's amassed a lot of knowledge handy for anyone looking to learn a little about the art of casting pods.

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Windows: doubleTwist makes for a convenient way of syncing your smartphone, camera and other USB-plug-able gadgets, especially if you're not using Apple products. Now doubleTwist does a great job of finding and monitoring podcasts, and sending them where you want to listen.

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Podcasts offer a fantastic way to catch up news, listen to radio shows, and get great media delivered right to your computer (they're like newsreaders for media). Check out these five popular podcast managers and let the entertainment come to you.