Something is wrong with the Apple Podcasts top charts. As a podcaster, this personally annoyed and intrigued me. I investigate how this is happening and who is behind it.

Images of Podcast Promoters

In my quest of finding who’s behind this, I learned it is always someone from Bangladesh. I asked podcast promoters to send me a photo of their office and equipment. This is what I got.

Bangladesh Podcast Promoter Bangladesh Podcast Promoter Bangladesh Podcast Promoter


Thanks to our guest John Perotti, check out his show Last Seen, it’s great!

Thank you to Phil Stamper, for sharing his story about the NY Times. Phil is a YA author and publishing professional from Brooklyn, NY. His debut novel THE GRAVITY OF US comes out February 2020 from Bloomsbury Teen. Go to to learn more.

Also, a big thanks to Seth Godin for letting me use a snippet from his podcast Akimbo. Check out his new book This is Marketing.

Lastly, thanks to Podnews, Discoverpods, and Rob Walch at Libsyn for helping me research this story. Thank you to Dave at Chartable for letting me use the term “Chartbreakers”, which is a title of an article he wrote about this topic. Such a cool title isn’t it?

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Apple Podcasts Links

NY Times Best Seller Links


Theme music created by Breakmaster Cylinder. Theme song available for listen and download at bandcamp.

Additional music by Epidemic Sound.

“Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” by Kevin MacLeod Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

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