Does this make podcasting a thing?

The Academy of Podcasters has announced the finalists for the 2017 Academy of Podcasters Awards, which will be handed out during a special ceremony at Podcast Movement in Anaheim, CA in late August. These are some of the nominees, deemed to be the state of the art; you might want to check them out as benchmarks for your own podcasting efforts locally: “99% Invisible,” “Homemade Stories,” “The No-Sleep Podcast,” “How I Built This,” and my personal favorite, “2 Dope Queens.” Editor’s $0.02: Perhaps it’s worth noting that most of the nominated podcasts are hosted by established personalities. The aforementioned queens of note comprise already-killing-it comedians Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams (The Daily Show), while “Homemade Stories” is helmed by Shannon Cason, a multi-platform storyteller best known for his NPR appearances.