Episode 32

Dave Pell (NextDraft): Florida men, Apple fanboys, Japanese roller coasters

Full transcript: FollowFridayPodcast.com/dave-pell

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Dave Pell calls himself the "managing editor of the internet," and for good reason: Every weekday, he combs through 75 different news sources and plucks out the 10 most important stories for his popular email newsletter NextDraft.

But it can be hard for anyone — even a voracious news reader — to put the news of the past couple years in context, which is why Pell is about to release a book about the 2020-2021 news cycle called Please Scream Inside Your Heart.

"As I had my friends or proofreaders go over my book, that was the number one response, like, 'Oh my God, I can't believe that happened in 2020. I thought that was another year. I don't remember that happening.'" he says.

On today's podcast, Dave talks about four of his favorite accounts to follow: A 164-year-old magazine that covered Trump and COVID better than anyone; a self-proclaimed "Florida Man" who documents the state's weird news and corrupt government; an inspiring celebrity chef who has fed millions of people after natural disasters; and an old-school tech blogger who's never afraid to "shoot from the hip."

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Theme song written by Eric Johnson, and performed by Yona Marie. Show art by Dodi Hermawan.


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The podcast about who you should follow online

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Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson is the founder of the independent podcast studio/consultancy LightningPod, and the former producer of the award-winning tech podcast Recode Decode with Kara Swisher.

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