How Spotify is Changing the Face of Podcasting

Share Article

The hosts of Dope Labs discuss their podcast, applying science to trending topics, and lifting up the voices of women of color.

Currently only 22 percent of podcasts are hosted by women, and even less by female minorities. But not for long. Recently, Titi Shodiya and Zakiya Whatley, the Co-Hosts of Dope Labs, discuss their Spotify Original podcast, Dope Labs.

A video accompanying this announcement is available at:

Spotify has recently announced the next phase of Sound Up – taking place in New York – an immersive accelerator for new and aspiring podcasters, which aims to raise up and inspire the next generation of podcasters through education and support. Last year, 18,000 applications were received and 10 women were selected to learn about the art of podcasting. The Spotify Original podcast, Dope Labs, is one of the outcomes of the program.

Dope Labs is a podcast co-hosted by Titi Shodiya and Zakiya Whatley, two best friends and ‘the dopest scientists you will ever meet.’ Dope Labs is for people who love science, those who just kind of like science, and people who don't like science at all. Each episode takes what’s trending and add a scientific spin, from cuffing season to Cardi B.

Dope Labs releases new episodes every other Thursday. Follow them on Spotify or stream episodes from

About Titi Shodiya and Zakiya Whatley:
Co-hosts Titi Shodiya and Zakiya Whatley aim to bring out the inner scientist in everyone by serving scientific principles with a healthy dose of tea. Titi and Zakiya met in graduate school at Duke University in 2011/2012. Titi has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Zakiya has a PhD in Genetics & Genomics.

About YourUpdateTV:
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Michael O’Donnell
D S Simon Media
+1 212-7362727
Email >