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Popular Political Podcasts Dataset

The Popular Political Podcast Dataset developed by Valerie Wirtschafter and Chris Meserole at the Brookings Institution: “Podcasts have exploded in popularity recently. Over the past decade, monthly podcast listeners have risen from just over 10% of the U.S. population to more than 40%—a reach on par with major social media platforms like Instagram. Yet for all its reach and appeal, the medium has received little scholarly attention. Due in part the podcasting ecosystem’s decentralized structure and large file sizes, academics and analysts have carried out relatively little research on how podcasting shapes political conversations and policy debates. In an effort to facilitate better real-time analysis of this influential medium, we have developed and released the Popular Political Podcast Dataset, which directs you to thousands of episodes from nearly 120 prominent political podcast series. The dataset updates daily with new episode information.”

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