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In September of 2018, Dakota Johnson took the stage at the Global Citizen Festival on behalf of the #SheisEqual campaign, a Global Citizen initiative to bring awareness and generate policy and financing commitments to support gender equality and women’s health, and put a spotlight on the magnitude of harassment and assault that women and girls experience around the world.

She shared her phone number and invited people to tell their own stories. Within 30 minutes, the voicemail was flooded with thousands of stories of abuse, assault, and harassment recounted firsthand by the people who experienced it and survived. …


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Spoke Media is proud to announce the launch of Untitled Dad Project: one writer’s meta-narrative quest to tell her own story, reckon with her Dad Character, and find a meaningful narrative resolution. Upon learning about the death of a father she never knew, host Janielle goes on a four-year quest for narrative closure. Enlisting the help of a director, she interviews a slew of creative experts and characters who knew her father. Each episode explores a narrative theme (Genre, Plot, etc.) and extends herself the same honesty and dignity she would to any of her protagonists.

“I knew I wanted to make something absurdly intimate, incredibly vulnerable, and most importantly: deeply honest,” said host Janielle Kastner. “I chose to make a podcast because it’s a medium that demands intimacy, and while words can be manipulated, voices don’t lie. The show demands vulnerability, carving out space for radical honesty in all the bullshit and performance of how we’re “supposed” to grieve. I’m thrilled to share something so rooted in the deep love of friendship, the beauty of bearing witness to each others’ stories, and the joy of making something meaningful and beautiful out of senseless loss.” …


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Spoke Media is proud to announce the launch of Hot & Bothered, a podcast about the publishing industry’s dirty little secret: romance novels. Join host Vanessa Zoltan as she investigates the joyful, feminist, sacred space of the romance genre. The show encourages listeners to write romance novels as a sacred practice: the first season follows the experience of ten of Vanessa’s friends as they embark on the process of writing their very first. Vanessa is joined by New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn, her favorite romance novelist, to discuss tropes and what it takes to write such a novel, with special guests including Alyssa Cole, Beverly Jenkins and Emily Nagoski. …


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In April, Pushkin Industries launched a brand new podcast with Michael Lewis, called Against the Rules. The show takes a searing look at what’s happened to fairness — in financial markets, newsrooms, basketball games, courts of law and more. Michael asks what’s happening to a world where everyone loves to hate the referee.

This season took on referees of all types, including sports, grammar and ethics, art, consumer products, judges, the stock exchange and more. …


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Broken Record is a podcast hosted by Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam. On the show, the musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration and craft. And then they play.

This week, we featured the incredible Linda Perry, one of the only women considered a go-to producer in the music industry. She’s worked with top artists like Pink, Christina Aguilera, Adele, Alicia Keys and Dolly Parton.

We interviewed Linda Perry just a few days after the 2019 Grammy Awards, where she had a) put together the Dolly Parton tribute that pretty much stole the show and b) lost to Pharrell Williams in the Producer of the Year category. …


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As 2018 winds down, we can’t help but reflect on what a fruitful year it has been for Radiotopia. Back in February we turned four, which is actually fairly mature as far as podcast networks go. As the industry continues to evolve quickly (one might even say head-spinningly) around us, we’re proud to hit pause, think back on this year’s accomplishments, and muse about what’s ahead for 2019. It’s our pleasure to share some of our highlights with you.

In a nutshell, during 2018, Radiotopia…

Launched two, very Radiotopian, new shows:

  • ZigZag: from Manoush Zomorodi and Jen Poyant of Stable Genius Productions, this show is about changing the course of capitalism, journalism, and women’s lives. …


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We can’t believe 2018 is almost over! What a year: we performed a sold-out live tour, escaped to Radiotopia with you this summer, launched new series and shows like “The Off Season” from The Truth, 99% Invisible’s Articles of Interest and Everything is Alive, and to cap it off, Ear Hustle co-host Earlonne Woods recently had his prison sentence commuted. To celebrate, here are our favorite episodes from 2018, picked by the show hosts themselves.

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Radio Diaries

Last Witness: Surviving the Tulsa Race Riot

This is the episode that launched Radio Diaries’ Last Witness series, profiling the last surviving witnesses to major historical events. This episode tells the story of Olivia J. Hooker, who was six years old when white mobs attacked the Greenwood section of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in a devastating massacre that came to be known as the Tulsa Race Riot. …


PRX is proud to share that two of our key investigative journalism partners won Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards this week. FRONTLINE PBS received the du-Pont Gold Baton, the award’s highest honor, and Reveal won two awards.

Of the 16 winners this year, 12 of the Batons will be awarded to reporting teams led by women. According to the Columbia announcement, the 2019 winners also highlight the growth in newsroom partnerships that pool resources and skills to deliver impactful news stories.

FRONTLINE PBS received the du-Pont Gold Baton, the award’s highest honor and the first awarded in a decade. PRX is a partner on the FRONTLINE Dispatch podcast. The award honored their work on “Living with Murder,” a two-part story about a series of Supreme Court rulings that found the sentences of thousands of inmates who committed their crimes as juveniles to be unconstitutional. …


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Project Catapult is an innovative public media podcast accelerator developed by PRX. The training program, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting [CPB], helps public radio stations identify podcasting talent and increase their capacity to create content across platforms.

PRX launched the first cohort of Project Catapult in 2016, using design thinking with seven public media stations to develop and nurture new podcasts. Catapult round one produced breakout shows like Out of the Blocks, Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller, We Live Here, ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest?, Versify and Us & Them. …

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