Culture. Nature. The future.
These are among the most pressing issues of our time. And they will remain so for as long as we’re on Earth.
About nine months ago, we decided to begin building a new media company, The Slowdown, that explores them in-depth. From our New York City headquarters, we go live today with the above video — or “tone poem” — and a podcast (more on the latter below).
We call what we do short-form content with a long view. Consider it conscious entertainment — beautifully crafted and made with a rationally optimistic perspective.
We believe stories, like food, should not be flash-fried and “binged.” They should, instead, be made carefully, thoroughly enjoyed, and feed the heart and the mind. Positioning conversation over presentation and questions over comments, The Slowdown will distill and synthesize fractured ideas, fuel creativity, and inspire wonder.
Our debut platform is an interview podcast, Time Sensitive, which features candid, revealing portraits of curious and courageous people in business, the arts, and beyond who have a distinct perspective on time. Episode 1, a conversation with the actor-marathoner-musician-writer-horticulturalist Peter Sarsgaard, was released today. In the coming weeks, you’ll hear episodes with Ghetto Gastro’s Jon Gray, fashion stylist Kate Young, architect Bjarke Ingels, artist Teresita Fernández, and more. (You can also listen to us discuss why we started the company on this introductory episode of the podcast.)
Soon, we’ll be making a weekly email newsletter and a slate of episodic non-scripted shows, as well as, eventually, in-person experiences.
We feel, in this time of great transition, it’s time for less but better. We hope you agree and follow along. And we hope that The Slowdown can become more than just a media company. We hope that it will provide a fresh — or, at the very least, refreshing — way of thinking about and looking at the world.
With a long view,
Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman
Co-Founders, The Slowdown