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    Sunday, June 16, 2024

    The Day's podcast library is growing

    You might have noticed our growing selection of podcasts on www.theday.com.

    We started producing them almost five years ago as we continued evolving from a legacy newspaper to a multimedia publishing company.

    Lately, reporters, editors and producers have been in the studio more often in an effort to give you another way to catch up on news and entertainment.

    You can listen to podcasts anytime, anywhere; while you're driving, working out or sitting back in your favorite armchair.

    Here are some of the titles we're producing. The most recent episodes can be found at theday.com/podcasts, but an easier way to find all of the episodes, and sign up to be notified when new episodes are available, is by searching the titles at sites such as Google Play, iTunes, Podbean or Stitcher.

    "Looking For The Todt Family." This is our newest true crime podcast, and this past week we published a riveting season finale. Hosts are staff reporters Taylor Hartz and Sten Spinella, who have spent months investigating the murders of Megan, Alek, Tyler and Zoe Todt. Hartz interviewed their suspected killer, former Colchester physical therapist Anthony Todt, from prison prior for the season finale. We were thrilled to hear from multimedia director Peter Huoppi, who produced the Todt podcast with Assistant Managing Editor Carlos Virgen, that more than 175,000 people have downloaded "Looking For the Todt Family."

    "Leave Work Now!" Arts writer Rick Koster and Huoppi engage guests in casual conversation about a myriad of topics. Koster explained that Leave Work Now! started as a vehicle to discuss the upcoming weekend events featured in our Night & Day section. The podcast is published at the end of the week, and it's Koster's hope that when you get a notification on your phone or tablet that a new episode of "Leave Work Now!" is available, you'll pack up your tools, power down your laptop or take off your apron — you get the idea —and start partying. With most events canceled due to COVID-19, they've lately been talking to interesting people about things they do, and weaving in Song Spinner episodes in which a musical guest walks us through their songmaking process.

    "The Storyline." Virgen and I take you behind the scenes at The Day in this podcast, interviewing staffers about current events and talking to some of the people we write about. 

    Day columnist David Collins joined us to talk about his coverage of the Connecticut Port Authority and, most recently, reporter Erica Moser came on to talk about a survey she conducted and the resulting story about local residents who have received the coronavirus vaccine. In a special episode published March 9, you'll hear the voices of a dozen Day staffers reading one-line obituaries of people we lost to the virus. Lately, we've been sprinkling in special editions in which Sports Editor Chuck Banning interviews sports writers Vickie Fulkerson and Gavin Keefe about their March tournament coverage of UConn basketball.

    Recently, we spoke with Katherine Verano, executive director of Safe Futures, about the domestic violence agency she runs. We interviewed New London attorney Marcy Levine about the outlook for migrants during the Biden administration, talked COVID-19 vaccines with Ledge Light Health District director Stephen Mansfield and interviewed the Rev. Florence Clarke, a New London pastor and activist, about police-community relations.

    "Case Unsolved." In our first true crime podcast series, we reported on three unsolved murder cases in our area.

    Download some of our podcasts, and let us know what you think.

    Karen Florin is the engagement editor for The Day. You can reach her at k.florin@theday.com.

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