“The Stoop,” the award-winning podcast exploring stories from across the Black diaspora, today launches a new season of the show — season six — as part of the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX. An independent production, “The Stoop” joined Radiotopia in April 2021.
Co-hosted by journalists Hana Baba and Leila Day, “The Stoop” brings race, identity, journalism, and creativity together in one place. Day and Baba get personal about what it means to be Black today while exploring Black life through intimate conversations, reporting, and personal storytelling. Digging deep into issues that aren’t always openly discussed except in living rooms, kitchen tables, and on the front stoop, “The Stoop” presents stories about Blackness in America and globally, and celebrates Black joy in all its diversity.
Season six of “The Stoop” begins today with “The Buffalo Soldiers.” The season will also include a tribute to Horror Noir, a celebration of African comedy at its best, and embody people’s favorite sounds of Blackness. In addition, “The Stoop” will delve into IVF outcomes for Black women, polyamory/polygamy and breaking traditional standards of what a relationship should look like, discipline, and will excavate the history of Pan-Africanism and why it’s now being challenged by American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS). “The Stoop” will also collaborate with Pineapple Street Media’s “Back Issue” podcast for an episode on thick bodies. “It’s an ode to our backsides,” said Day.
“The Stoop” is available to listeners free on-demand across all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music.
“This podcast is where we let our guards down and have conversations that may be uncomfortable, but need to be had,” said Baba. “We think of ‘The Stoop’ as a place that’s personal, but also communal. We’re always excited by how engaged our listeners are with our conversations. The best feeling is getting that email from someone who says ‘I’ve never heard this discussed in a podcast- thank you.’”
“This season is going to be special,” said Day. “There are some topics ahead that we’ll be covering, that we’ve wanted to talk about on the show for years. We’re also going to collaborate with a few podcasters and broadcasters we love — we’re looking forward to getting into the joyful, the painful, and everything in between.”
“Leila and Hana have a singular way of reeling you into sound-rich conversations as they dig into stories that they care deeply about and that you do too by the end of each episode,” said Julie Shapiro, executive producer of the Radiotopia podcast network. “We’re so proud to have welcomed ‘The Stoop’ into Radiotopia earlier this year, and I can’t wait to hear what’s in store for this new season.”
Praised by Blavity as a “refreshingly honest [and] unapologetic gem” and by The New York Times as “one of the best podcasts to understand this moment,” “The Stoop” was also recently awarded with a Salute to Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists. For more, visit thestoop.org.
About Hana Baba
An award-winning audio journalist whose reporting has focused on communities of color, immigrant life, culture, religion, and the arts, Hana Baba is also host of “Crosscurrents,” the news magazine produced at KALW public radio in San Francisco. She’s Sudanese American and enjoys reporting and hosting conversations from Sudanese and African diasporas. Her work is also found via NPR, PRX, BBC, OZY, and more.
About Leila Day
Leila Day is an Executive Producer and Senior Editor at Pineapple Street Studios, has hosted, edited, and produced various podcasts and began her journalism career at KALW — where she reported on mental healthcare within Black communities — and has recently joined the editorial team at Transom, a workshop for new public radio. She is a co-founder of the Editors Collective, a training aimed to diversify the audio editing pool.
Radiotopia from PRX is a curated network of independent, listener-supported, and artist-owned podcasts. In 2017, Radiotopia was named one of the top 10 most innovative companies by Fast Company. Podcasts in the network have received recognition from the Peabody Awards, Alfred L. duPont-Columbia Awards, the Pulitzer Prizes, and from the Third Coast International Audio Festival.
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