Last year was the 250thanniversary of Captain James Cooke’s departure on his first voyage of discovery to the Pacific. Jenny Uglow, writing in a The New York Review of Books piece entitled “Island Hopping,noted that the first voyage, lasting from 1768 to 1771, was to observe the transit of Venus across the sun. The second, from 1772 to 1775, was to find the Great Southern Continent. Cooke’s third and final expedition was from 1776 to his death in the Hawaiian Islands in 1778. While early histories of Cooke’s voyages focused on them from the English perspective, “in recent years the voyages have been reconsidered in the light of post-colonial studies.”

The leadership in exploration that Cooke embodied is alive and well in present day business. The world of podcasting continues to grow and become more relevant. In my continuing goal to bring podcasts to the widest possible audience through the highest number of platforms, I am thrilled to announce that all the offerings on the Compliance Podcast Network are now available through the online streaming service Spotify. This is in addition to the other platforms I currently distribute the podcasts through, including the FCPA Compliance Report, Megaphone, JDSupra, YouTube and iTunes. By adding Spotify to the number of platforms for distribution of the Compliance Podcast Network, it now has the widest reach of any podcast in compliance.

This expansion comes on the heels of two recent podcasts that premiered in December: Popcorn and Compliance – At the movies with Tom and Jay and Great Women in Compliance developed and hosted by two well-known compliance professionals, Lisa Fine and Mary Shirley.

In Popcorn and Compliance, recovering screenwriter (and Mr. Monitor) Jay Rosen and I indulge in our collective passion for the movies by looking at them through the lens of compliance. We have considered Mary Poppins Returns, Elf, Bohemian Rhapsodyand Aquaman. If you want to indulge your love for the movies with two guys who are passionate about Hollywood and get some ideas for your compliance program, this is the podcast series for you.

In Great Women in Compliance, Lisa and Mary provide a forum to celebrate and recognize phenomenal women throughout the compliance world who are working every day to improve ethics and compliance throughout their organizations. They have interviewed trailblazers in our industry and millennials starting out their careers, who all are contributing to compliance. Their topics range from higher education, creating a culture of compliance, data privacy, internal investigations, women on boards, investigations in the #MeTooera, and cultural concerns for women who are working in or with global compliance practices.   

Back in November I started theDaily Compliance Newspodcast series. I ran it for two-month as a pilot to see if there was enough interest in warranting its moving from “interim” to “full-time status”. Based upon the feedback, received literally from across the globe, of folks taking up my offer to have a cup of coffee with me and check in with some of the day’s top compliance, corruption and/or ethics stories it has become a permanent addition to the Compliance Podcast Network. Each podcast is short, at only 4 minutes tops, so you do not have to take long or go past one cup of coffee to enjoy it.

In addition to all of the above, I am developing several other podcasts which will soon premier on the Compliance Podcast Network. Topics under development include podcasts on graphic design, fraud and forensic issues, data analysis, the intersection of sports and compliance and business intelligence. I am also continuing my ever-popular series featuring Sherlock Holmes, compliance lessons from Shakespeare and an ongoing series on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Opinion Releases. Finally, if you have been bitten by the broadcast or podcasting bug, give me a shout as I am always looking for new podcasts to help produce and promote.

The addition of the Compliance Podcast Network to Spotify only enhances the way you can listen to some of the top podcasts in compliance. I am committed to bringing you the top compliance information in a wide variety of ways that you can easily digest: by blogging, writing articles, speaking at events and webinars and, of course, through the ever-growing medium of podcasting.

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