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Are We In The Age Of Peak Newsletter?

David Stewart Home Gets
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Many of us subscribe to a few (or many) newsletters of our favorite writers and thinkers. Newsletters have become a great way for journalists and others to dive deep into less covered topics and engage directly with their readers in ways not always possible in the mainstream media ecosystem.

The platform Substack is making it easy for them. The subscription-based model offers writers more editorial control and the ability to offer free content and earn a sustainable salary at a time when public trust in media is low, local news is thinning and media content is often driven by social-media algorithms.

We talk about newsletters with people who write them and critique them. 

Listen to Colin's unedited interview with Heather Cox Richardson: 


  • Ben Smith is a media columnist for The New York Times and the founder and former editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed News. 
  • Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of History at Boston College. She’s the author of many books including, How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America. She writes the newsletter, “Letters from an American.” 
  • Gabe Fleisher  is author of the newsletter “Wake Up To Politics.” He’s currently a student at Georgetown University 
  • Isaac Saul is a journalist whose work has appeared in TIME Magazine, HuffPost, and on CNN, among others. He’s the author of the newsletter, “Tangle

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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