New from Radiotopia’s Showcase: The Stoop
A new miniseries celebrates black joy, digging deeper into stories about blackness that we don’t hear enough about.
Starting today, Radiotopia proudly presents our latest Showcase feature: a special four-episode miniseries of The Stoop.
Fun fact: we’ve been following The Stoop’s progress since they earned a spot amongst the ten finalists (out of 1537) in our Podquest contest, back in 2016.
Since then, they’ve developed their initial concept into an original show, tackling important questions both personal and universal to the black experience in the U.S. and beyond.
“We wanted to create a series that could challenge people to be better listeners, especially when it comes to topics that could be tricky to navigate. On The Stoop we never claim to have any answers, we want you to explore it with us.”
— Co-hosts Hana Baba and Leila Day
Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba bring you honest, lively conversations from across the black diaspora. You’ll hear stories from interracial couples having tough conversations like: should we teach our child to always keep the receipt after leaving a store, or is that black paranoia? Or, what does it feel like when you don’t get a nod in return? Leila and Hana even go deep into the low country in South Carolina to learn more about the Gullah Geechee — an entire black population that has its own language.
Listen to Episode #1: Your Blood Don’t Lie
What percent of black makes you Black? Hana and Leila meet people whose DNA tests changed their lives — and not always in a good way.
Leila Day is an award-winning journalist based in San Francisco, where she’s worked as a senior producer and editor at KALW public radio. Her work has garnered national and local awards through the Society of Professional Journalists, NorCal, and PRINDI.
Hana Baba is a San Francisco Bay Area journalist with 20 years experience in radio. Her reporting ranges in topics from ethnic community issues, poverty and health to culture, religion, politics, and the arts. An Arabic speaker and Sudanese-American, Hana also reports from and about Sudan and Sudanese communities.
We’re so proud to be joining forces with the mighty Stoop podcast for this mini-series. Besides being natural storytellers and tackling such essential stories, Leila and Hana are simply a joy to listen to. This collaboration defines another way Showcase functions in the podcast space: amplifying and supporting excellent work being made by some of the most talented producers out there. Everyone should listen to The Stoop!
— Radiotopia Executive Producer, Julie Shapiro