Podcasting by the numbers.

Pod track has released its August 2017 ranking of leading podcasts, and the big news is the sharp increase in downloads and streams from from last month and last year. In August, the average increase over July was 12%, and the average increase over August 2016 was an attention-getting 83%. (It should be noted that the ranking include only those shows that have agreed to participate in pod tracks measurement system.) August’s top five: NPR, WNYC Studios, RadioTopia, This American Life, and How Stuff Works.