Nicholas Quah

Podcast Critic

Podcast Critic, Vulture. Writes the 1.5x Speed newsletter. Creator, Hot Pod. Contributor, Fresh Air. Member, Peabody Awards Board of Jurors.

  1. 1.5x speed
    Podcasting Is Just Radio NowIt’s been ages since the last blockbuster narrative show. What does that mean for the medium as an art form?
  2. 1.5x speed
    Let’s Talk About Kids’ PodcastsThey’re a great alternative to screen time — if you can find them.
  3. endings
    It Took a Pop-Culture Phenomenon to Right One WrongMessy as it was, we finally have an ending to Serial’s first season.
  4. 1.5x speed
    Why Are Podcast Studios Suddenly Obsessed With Video?Blame YouTube.
  5. 1.5x speed
    A New York Times Election Podcast Returns to LifeThe politics series The Run-Up has been revived, now with Astead Herndon at the helm.
  6. podcast review
    Books Gone BadThe new podcast Missing Pages gives the publishing industry the true-crime treatment.
  7. podcasts
    The Best Gossip You’ve Never HeardThe team behind the hit podcast Normal Gossip tell all.
  8. best of 2022
    The Best Podcasts of 2022 (So Far)The podcast universe is vast and strange. We’ve found the shows — both big and small, expected and unexpected — worth listening to.
  9. fall preview
    11 Podcasts We Can’t Wait to Listen to This FallFrom a new season of Suspect to a star-studded adaptation of a popular Chilean podcast.
  10. emergency discussion
    Welcome to Wrexham Is Kind of Bizarre, Right?It may present as a feel-good sports docuseries, but there’s something oddly unpleasant going on in this elaborate piece of branded content.
  11. close read
    Only Murders in the Building Is Caught Between Its Big Heart and Bigger IdeasWhen faced with a genuine critique of true-crime culture in season two, the Hulu series took the easy way out.
  12. fire and blood
    The Most Expositional Lines of the House of the Dragon Premiere, RankedRemember winter? You will.
  13. 1.5x speed
    Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang Send in the ClownsTheir new podcast Clown Parade offers emerging comedians a friendly sandbox to play in.
  14. vulture recommends
    Fan of Crimetown? Then You’ll Love Crooked City.The new Marc Smerling podcast gives Youngstown, Ohio, the Providence treatment.
  15. 1.5x speed
    Susan Orlean Falls Asleep to the Dateline Podcast“They’re cheesy and terrible, but they’re great white noise.”
  16. 1.5x speed
    Sam Sanders Picks His Favorite PodcastsThe Into It host on Las Culturistas, The Read, and more.
  17. critic’s notebook
    Looking for the Realest Part of Reality TV? Try a Rewatch Podcast.Back to the Beach is the latest podcast to take listeners on a wild ride toward narrative redemption.
  18. 1.5x speed
    An Essential Podcast Unlocks Its VaultA conversation with ‘Love and Radio’ host Nick van der Kolk about his long-running series.
  19. 1.5x speed
    The Mid-2022 Podcast Industry Progress ReportWhere things stand now, creatively and financially
  20. mmm whatcha heard
    Spotify Buys Wordle CloneHeardle is an interesting fit for the spendy audio company.
  21. 1.5x speed
    Let’s Go to Provincetown (and 4 Other Podcasts Worth Checking Out)Including the story of a French-Israeli con artist.
  22. podcasts
    This Era of Reply All Has EndedHosts Alex Goldman and Emmanuel Dzotsi have signed off on their final episode, leaving the show’s future unclear.
  23. 1.5x speed
    Let Draymond Green PodcastThe NBA star’s show is way more fun than traditional sport media.
  24. 1.5x speed
    Class Action, Newts, and 4 More Podcasts Worth TryingIncluding a show all about the lumber business.
  25. emergency discussion
    Let’s Disagree About HacksThe beloved HBO Max series submits to interrogation: effortless comfort watch or lazy depiction of stand-up?
  26. 1.5x speed
    Slow Burn, Stolen, and 3 More Podcasts Worth TryingIncluding Banned and Normal Gossip.
  27. 1.5x speed
    Being Trans, Snooze, and 3 More Podcasts Worth TryingPlus, a conversation about “cool girl podcasts.”
  28. close read
    Winning Time Was No Match for the Showtime Lakers LegacyThe series made some fascinating moves in its debut season, but in its final moments, it succumbed to the inertia of a preordained narrative.
  29. podcasts
    Are You in a Cult? This Podcast Can Tell YouSounds Like a Cult hosts Amanda Montell and Isabela Medina want you to be suspicious of everything, from SoulCycle to Disney.
  30. close reads
    Outer Range Goes Off the Rails in the Best WayThe show’s closing stretch leans into its weirdo instincts, illuminating something interesting and true about the American West.
  31. 1.5x speed
    Dinner Parties, Ghost Churches, and 4 More Podcasts Worth TryingIncluding Hayley Williams’s Everything Is Emo.
  32. vulture recommends
    Netflix’s Giri/Haji Is the Thinking Person’s Tokyo ViceThe tightly constructed British-Japanese gangster series only lasted a season, but it was a good one.
  33. podcasts
    The Obamas Will No Longer Make Podcasts for SpotifyProbably not a good look to stick with the exclusive home of Joe Rogan.
  34. 1.5x speed
    Internet Hoaxes, Insurrectionists, and 7 More Podcasts Worth TryingIncluding Marvel’s Squirrel Girl, starring Milana Vayntrub.
  35. podcasts
    Crypto Island and the Return of PJ VogtThe former Reply All host’s new podcast offers plenty to untangle.
  36. 1.5x speed
    The Ballad of a Hollywood Madam (and 5 More Podcasts Worth Trying)Including one all about vintage Oprah.
  37. vulture recommends
    You Must Remember This Has Sex on the Brain This SeasonKarina Longworth’s Hollywood podcast turns its eye tow the erotic thriller.
  38. stand-up
    The Limits of Ronny ChiengSpeakeasy is a gorgeous special stuffed with Asian iconography. But does Chieng actually have anything to say?
  39. 1.5x speed
    Sent Away, Anna Delvey, and 4 More Podcasts Worth TryingIncluding a special appearance from Tom Hanks.
  40. review
    The Superficial Pleasures of SmartlessThe celebrity-hosted show is so vanilla it’s almost provocative.
  41. close reads
    An Ode to Drive to Survive’s Saddest ManThe perennial loser of Netflix’s F1 series, Guenther Steiner faces new troubles in the latest season that nod to the sport’s dark underbelly.
  42. review
    Dead Eyes Should Interview Tom Hanks Every WeekConnor Ratliff pulled off a podcast rarity: a truly satisfying conclusion.
  43. 1.5x speed
    What Went Down in Crown Heights (and 5 More Podcasts Worth Trying)Love Thy Neighbor revisits a pivotal moment in Brooklyn history.
  44. the daily
    The Daily Adds Familiar Voice As New Co-hostSabrina Tavernise should be familiar to Daily-heads.
  45. podcasts
    The Trojan Horse Affair vs. the British PressThe Serial Productions podcast is being met with extraordinary resistance by the U.K. Establishment. We asked the hosts why.
  46. 1.5x speed
    Everybody Loves Gossip (and 4 More Podcasts Worth Trying This Week)Including the very odd tale of the Wild Boys.
  47. 1.5x speed
    Science Vs Does Joe Rogan (and 5 More Podcasts Worth Trying This Week)Including your next favorite mystery series.
  48. the industry
    Like It or Not, Joe Rogan Is Spotify’s FutureThe fate of the company’s grand vision lies with the controversial figure.
  49. review
    The Trojan Horse Affair Is a Twisty ThrillIt’s the best Serial productions podcast since S-Town.
  50. and just like that
    Che Diaz to Depart Cult-Hit Podcast X, Y, and MeA source told Vulture that there’s interest in refashioning the show solely around Carrie Bradshaw, in the style of her old “Sex and the City” column.
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