Your favorite NPR voices, and new ones you'll come to love, are coming to your ears this summer
Monday, May 15, 2017; Washington D.C. - NPR is thrilled to announce its upcoming slate of podcasts. These six summer shows include a comedy, and for the first time, a children's show.
"We are expanding the range of our programming by giving a platform to new voices, sharing a fun new side of favorite contributors, and doubling down on immersive stories and journalism," says Vice President for Programming and Audience Development Anya Grundmann.
Wow In The World, premieres today
Wow In The World is a podcast for kids ages 5-12 that illuminates the wonders of science, technology, discovery, and inventions. NPR's Guy Raz and Sirius XM's Mindy Thomas will take curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the most incredible science and kid-friendly news stories of the week. The crazy cool podcast aims to answer questions like "how do astronauts poop in space?" It's the first children's program in NPR's 47-year history.
Hear the first episode of Wow In The World and subscribe today.
Invisibilia, returns June 1
For its third season, the critically-acclaimed and beloved hit podcast asks the question: "how real is reality?" The stories speak to a central question of our time: how is it that people are looking out at the same landscape and seeing completely different things? Is this just a unique cultural situation, or is our polarization born of something more profound? Through revealing science and compelling stories hosts Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin question our most basic assumptions about our lives by looking at how our concepts of emotions, reality, culture, and ourselves shape what we experience. At the heart of this journey is a challenge that is relevant to us all: how much of the world and ourselves can we change?
It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders, coming June 23
In 2016, Sam Sanders' trademark curiosity and empathy made him a favorite of the NPR Politics Podcast. The world is still complicated, and Sam wants to talk it out. It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders will do just that, engaging with journalists, newsmakers, and listeners — about news, popular culture, and the internet in a twice-weekly podcast — to gain the kind of understanding that can only be arrived at in conversation.
Live From The Poundstone Institute, premieres July 8
Live From The Poundstone Institute explores and finds laughs in the research studies that are so odd they just beg for someone to stand up and say "wait, what?!" Hosted by comedian and author Paula Poundstone, longtime panelist on Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!, and joined by a live and lively audience, the podcast looks at theories, questions, and notions from every shelf of the library of ideas. The weekly episodes will be taped in Los Angeles with help from Member Station KPCC.
What's Good With Stretch and Bobbito, premieres July 19
Their legendary career as New York hip-hop radio DJs was chronicled in a 2015 documentary film. Now, after nineteen years off the air, Adrian "Stretch" Bartos and Robert "Bobbito" Garcia are reuniting on NPR. In a new podcast, they'll ask unexpected questions and get untold stories from cultural movers and shakers in art, music, politics, and sports.
Rough Translation, coming in August
Rough Translation is the new international podcast from NPR. At a time when it's easy to talk across borders but as hard as ever to understand each other, listeners will travel with NPR international correspondent Gregory Warner to places where the phrasebook fails. From a Ukrainian battlefield to a Somali prison cell, an Indian yoga studio and beyond, Gregory follows the surprising journey of familiar ideas into unfamiliar territory.
Coming soon to a public radio station near you...
A new collection of radio offerings is also coming to NPR Member stations over the next few months, including special broadcast versions of Planet Money and How I Built This. Planet Money explains the economy with playful storytelling and Peabody award-winning deep dive, roll up your sleeves journalism. Guy Raz hosts How I Built This, where innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists take us through the often challenging journeys they took to build their now-iconic companies. Featured guests include the founders of Lyft, Patagonia, Zappos, Spanx, Samuel Adams, Instagram, and more. Starting in July, the two programs will be bundled as a weekly one-hour program.
With 36 active programs, NPR is the leading publisher of podcasts, and has held Podtrac's #1 spot for the 13th month in a row (since Podtrac began counting in May 2016). NPR podcasts are heard by over 4 million listeners every week – a 47% increase compared to a year ago.
Listeners can find these all these NPR shows in their preferred podcast platform, NPR One app, and home voice-activated assistants. NPR news and storytelling is available everywhere, across all devices: on the air, online and on demand.
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Allyssa Pollard, NPR Media Relations / firstname.lastname@example.org