Song Exploder Live at the Sydney Opera House

On Monday, May 30th, Song Exploder will make its international debut at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid LIVE Artist Talks program.

Song Exploder host Hrishikesh Hirway will interview Hiatus Kaiyote as they take apart one of their Gsongexploder-logo-2rammy-nominated songs, piece by piece, in a live session. The session will reveal how their music is made and the
personal stories behind the lyrics and melodies.

Melding electric jazz virtuosity with the beat-making dexterity of Flying Lotus and Madlib, Hiatus Kaiyote are a future-soul
quartet formed in Melbourne, Australia. Self-described as ‘multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic gangster sh*t’, singer-guitarist Nai Palm leads with her soul-driven force that unites R&B lovers, hip-hop heads and heavy music fans alike.

vividHrishikesh is also the leader of the electronic pop group The One AM Radio, one half of avant-rap outfit Moors along with American
actor/rapper Keith Stanfield, a producer, designer and composer for film and TV.

If you’re in Sydney and want to attend the live taping for free, get your tickets here.

Radiotopia Live: A Recap

Photo credits: Gadi Creative

On May 4th, 2016, Radiotopia presented its first live show at the Ace Theater in Los Angeles, to a sold out room. The event was Radiotopia’s first foray into live performance as a network, and we were thrilled to take the stage in front of more than 1,500 friends and fans. Nine of our 13 shows performed. Throughout the evening we laughed, we cried, and cheered together as Radiotopia hit a new milestone in its two-year history.

The Show

The Memory Palace

The Memory Palace- “This Room, Right Here”
Nate set the stage for the evening by telling the history and founding of United Artists and the Theatre at Ace Hotel itself.

Fugitive Waves with The Kitchen Sisters- “Nobody Can Soldier Without Coffee”
Nikki and Davia told the story of coffee in the Civil War- the most popular topic in soldier’s letters to home.

The Allusionist

The Allusionist- “Making a Mark”
After some banter with Roman, Helen gave us a humorous recap of the history of penmanship.

Radio Diaries- “Juan’s Diary: Undocumented”
Founder Joe sat down with past teenage diarist Juan Rodriguez to talk about living in the US undocumented.

Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything- “UFO’s Are Real”
Benjamen took the audience through a story of outsider art, UFOs and modern-day drones.


Criminal- “The Finger”
Phoebe and Lauren told the story of a man who loves giving police officers “the finger”. Check it out on the latest episode of their podcast.

Strangers- “Love Hurts, The Prequel”
In a moving first-person story, Lea revealed the prequel to her ‘Love Hurts’ series.

Mortified- “Stairway to Winnipeg”
Past diarist Johanna diarist performed a history report on Winnipeg/Led Zeppelin cover song she wrote in high school, meant to woo her crush.

99% Invisible

99% Invisible- “Anchorwoman”
Accompanied by live music, Roman, Avery and writer Jon Mooallem wove the tale of an earthquake in Alaska and how one news station persevered.

Song Exploder- 
Throughout the night, interstitial music provided by Hrishi helped pull the evening together.

Coin Check

Coin check!

Radiotopia Live further proved we have the most passionate fans in the world.
Hands down. At the end of the evening we pulled off the largest coin check of the year, asking the audience to pull out the popular
99% Invisible-inspired premium from our 2015 fundraising campaign. As we looked out at the crowd and saw a theatre full of fans holding coins in the air, we were truly humbled. We couldn’t possibly have made our live show happen without our sustaining donors.

What We Learned

A big challenge in planning the show was figuring out how to weave stories from nine very diverse shows into one cohesive program. We realized Radiotopia podcasts cover a wide range of subject matter, but still feel connected and relevant to each other through their high-quality, sound-rich styles and formats. With Roman Mars as master of ceremonies, we created a physical representation of Radiotopia, and transported the audience to a place where “everything is radio, and everything is very good” (quote from now EP Julie Shapiro when she coined the name “Radiotopia” years ago at a conference).

As producers and radio makers, we’ve never had to think about stagecraft, but in order to put on a good live show, technical production is vital. We hired anamazing team of professionals, led by our friend Lynn Finkel who has worked on TED, the Grammys, the Emmys and more. Having a stellar production team

Team bow
Team bow

allowed our producers to focus on their stories and performances, rather than the dirty details. From the captivating lighting in Lea Thau’s story of heartbreak, to the perfectly timed smoke machine choreography, to the media clips played throughout the night, Lynn’s team made sure our show looked as good as it sounded.

We continue to learn that if our stories are compelling, our listeners will follow; even to new mediums. During the show, what felt like magic was actually love and energy from our fans, both in-person and online through social media. We can’t thank you enough for your support, and to those who missed our first show… we’re already talking about when and where the next Radiotopia Live show will happen!

Huge thank you to our amazing sponsors, including Poo-pourri, A1-Array, Kind, Hint, KCRW, Knight Foundation and Mailchimp. And another enormous thank you to Gadi Creative for capturing these amazing photos and video! 

What’s in My Buds? With Chris from TuneIn

On this month’s edition of “What’s in My Buds?”, we chat with Chris Peterson, Content Partnership Manager at TuneIn. Chris has a long, successful career in the audio space. He told us:

My love for radio started early, as it did with many in our industry. I was the kid calling into radio stations and annoying the DJs until I got on air, and the kid who argued about which station was the best. I started my career working at Premiere Networks with numerous talk shows and sports programming: Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, The Glenn Beck Program, Bobby Bones and more. I moved to the digital side of content with the launch of TheBlaze Radio Network, which quickly became one of the most-listened-to networks in the country. Later, having worked in multiple formats in terrestrial and digital, live and on-demand, I found myself wanting to combine all of that experience; TuneIn was just about the only place to do that. Now I’m helping content creators, from podcasters to live radio hosts, tell their stories, and maximizing their exposure to our 60 million active monthly users.

Here’s what Chris is listening to now.

What is your go-to podcast and why?
Can I pick more than one? My “must listen on the day they come out” are: WTF CP headshotwith Marc Maron, The Nerdist, and The Bill Simmons Podcast. Bill Burr, 99% InvisibleIAMRAPAPORT and StartUp are also in heavy rotation.

What is your favorite listening environment? 
I get the majority of my podcast listening done while commuting on BART into San Francisco each day, which is about the only thing that helps me cope with the overcrowding and delays. I also enjoy stacking up a playlist of podcasts for long flights, they really help the time fly by much quicker than staring at SkyMall for hours on end.
What show do you rave to your friends about? 
Mike Rowe started a new podcast recently called The Way I Heard It with Mike Roweand I’ve been telling everyone about it. It’s a really quick five-minute podcast that tells stories in the style of the legendary Paul Harvey. For high consumption podcast listeners, and newbies alike, I think this is a strong candidate to add into your rotation.
If you’re not listening to a podcast, what do you put on to listen to? Everything from Howard Stern to a punk playlist. I’ve also been really getting more into jazz lately… trying to class it up a bit. We just got an Amazon Echo, which makes my eclectic tastes really easy to satisfy by just saying “Alexa, play ____ on TuneIn” while I’m cooking dinner or doing a project around the house. Also, with my wife and I expecting our first baby any day now, I have tried to have some kind of music on in the background during the last nine months, so there is always something on in our house.
What do you think makes a great podcast host?
It’s the same as it is with a terrestrial host: be genuine with your audience. Even though I’ve never met Chris Hardwick or Marc Maron (yet), I feel like I know them through the hundreds of interviews I’ve heard them conduct. They aren’t doing anything other than being themselves during their podcasts and doing their best to really get to know their subject in the time they have. Same thing goes for great radio interviewers like Elvis Duran and Howard Stern—they aren’t just trying to force an answer to get a headline like so many people do these days. They take their time with a guest, make them feel comfortable and have an honest conversation.
Podcasts on TuneIn

What can the podcast medium achieve that other media forms, like broadcast, cannot?
There are no barriers in podcasting, which make it one of the most open and available ways for anyone in the world to create content; which is pretty awesome. Anyone with a smartphone or computer can record their story, opinion, or whatever idea they have, and make it available for the world to hear by distributing it (for free) on platforms like TuneIn. Pretty amazing.

How do you think podcasts will continue emerge and grow?
I see more and more terrestrial radio companies/stations looking at podcasting as a way to build new audience and, possibly more importantly, new talent. Because of that, I believe they’ll start looking at current podcast creators for content as well. If I were programming a terrestrial station, why wouldn’t I consider bringing in content from a team like All Things Comedyor a radio show with the creators of Criminal? It’s great content and I think both sides would greatly benefit from using each other a little more.

For further listening, check out Radiotopia podcasts on TuneIn, the team’s Editors Picks for Radiotopia, or other PRX shows in TuneIn.

Inside the Podcast Studio: Reveal

On the latest edition of Inside the Podcast Studio, we sit down with the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)—the team behind the Reveal podcast and broadcast show. Reveal is an investigative journalism show that uncovers hidden stories, reveals injustice and holds the powerful accountable. Kevin Sullivan, the show’s executive producer, walks us through how and where Reveal is created.

On the Show

Tell us about your show and what makes it unique.
Reveal combines gritty investigative reporting with on-the-edge-of-your-seat storytelling. Our stories expose wrongs and bring about real change. We report on stories that matter and give people a reason to care.

Why are you so passionate about your subject matter?
I’m passionate about our show because we are uncovering stories that no one is following. Our stories touch people’s lives around the country and around the world. We call out people in the wrong and shine a light on those who are fighting to make things better.

What makes your show ideal for the podcast format?
I love podcasts because the stories are just the length that they need to be, and you can listen to them on your own schedule. Those are both great reasons why Reveal is ideal for the podcast format.

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The team in their office

How does your remote team work collaboratively?
Video conferencing is huge in our office. We have team members located around the country and it’s important to stay connected. We use video conferencing for meetings big and small, and stay in constant contact. We also use tools to collaborate on scripts, which allows us to have a running conversation on all the work we do.

How do digital teams work in the context of a radio show?
We have a dedicated digital producer, who heads all of our digital content. She works with producers to come up with the best online features for our stories—from photos and illustrations, to interactive quizzes and embedded videos. Our digital content is a huge part of the planning process and we see it as an extension of the podcast.

What is your relationship with fellow news organizations? What is the value of those relationships in producing your episodes? Any interesting stories there?
We have strong relationships with dozens of news organizations, so we are able to break stories with them. These relationships are extremely valuable and have led to some of our best shows. Last year, we worked with several partners, including Frontline, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, KQED and Univision to produce an investigation into sexual assault against female janitors. We called it Rape on the Night Shift. Since that show first aired, a grassroots movement has sprung up to change the laws in California to ensure better security for women who clean offices at night.

We also collaborated with New Hampshire Public Radio to produce a one-hour show investigating allegations of abuse and neglect at a neurorehabilitation center. As part of the show, we uncovered the roots of the company, and discovered a disturbing cycle: these types of facilities would get in trouble, shut down and then re-open under new names. The show was a finalist for a Scripps Howard award and brought to light a problem most people never even knew existed.

On the Space

Cozy town

Where do you literally do your work? Can you walk us through that space and how it is laid out? Why is it designed the way it is?
I work in a beautiful office with high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows. It’s open, bright and invigorating. The office is about half a city block and is a combination of cubicle space, an audio/video studio, open conference rooms, and offices. The kitchen area is the center of the space, and is affectionately known as “cozy town.” People break out of their offices and cubicles to work together in cozy town and in other nooks around the office. It’s a great space to work.

Do you have a thinking or reflection space—somewhere you go outside the studio to gather creative inspiration?
I’ll take a walk around the block and soak in the California sunshine!

How do you record your show? What type of equipment does your team use for in-studio recording vs. in the field?
Reveal is fortunate to have a built-out studio and separate control room at CIR that accommodates recording of up to four people on individual mics.10688258_738954426195478_2720193502000008427_o Our host Al uses a Shure SM7B partnered with a CL-1 Cloudlifter to help get this low-gain, excellent broadcast dynamic microphone to a more useable level for our audio interface. We also use Electro-Voice RE20s for our other broadcast voice mics. In the studio, we record 2-ways with Al onsite, and guests in-studio or over ISDN. At times, we will record a guest over the phone, and sync up tracks recorded at the remote studio. Sometimes Al will be at his home in Jacksonville where we record over the phone, and he’ll share his tracks with us via Dropbox.

For remote situations, we have a blend of reporters/producers who favor their own kits (the pricey Sound Devices’ 722 and 744T recorders are our favorites) and some of our own, mostly Tascam DR-100mkii’s. We are also phasing in Zoom’s H6 over time. We have a selection of field microphones from Sennheiser (ME-66 and ME-67 shotguns with K6 capsule, MKH40 cardioid), Audio Technica (AT897 shotgun), Electrovoice (RE50 dynamic omni) and Beyerynamic (M58 dynamic omni).

We mix in Pro Tools with plugins from Waves, Soundtoys, iZotope (RX5 Advanced—an invaluable tool), on Adam A7 monitors. We do sound design in Pro Tools and Ableton Live.

On Podcasting

What can the podcast medium achieve that other media forms like broadcasts cannot?
I feel that both platforms are incredibly important. With broadcast, you reach the masses. With podcasts, the masses reach for you. This gives you the opportunity to form a stronger connection to the audience, because you know the people listening really want to hear your show.

Reveal host Al Letson

What do you think makes a great podcast host? What makes your host unique?
We have the best podcast host ever! Al Letson has a unique way of speaking right to listeners. He helps break down really complicated stories in a way that makes them instantly relatable to people everywhere. He’s also super handsome (I am contractually obligated to say that whenever I refer to our host).

How do you envision the future of the podcasting landscape?
Wow—big question. I see the landscape getting more and more niche. Just like blogging, everyone can find their passion in a podcast. Whether it’s gardening, 16th century literature, or investigative news, podcasting is a medium that’s growing by reaching new, and increasingly more targeted, audiences. It’s a great time to be in podcasting—the competition is intense, but also incredibly inspiring!

Follow Reveal on Twitter @reveal. Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes here and look out for new episodes every Monday.

PRX Launches HerMoney with Jean Chatzky Podcast

PRX is excited to announce a unique partnership: the new HerMoney with Jean Chatzky podcast. Jean is an award-winning personal finance journalist, best-selling author and financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show.

HerMoney will focus on financial topics and advice for women. According to hermoney-3000x3000Jean, women, whether they’re caretakers, breadwinners, or both, face a unique set of financial challenges. The show will take listeners through steps they need to take today to live comfortably (and worry-free) tomorrow, offering the latest research, expert tips and personal advice. The first episode features happiness guru and best-selling author Gretchen Rubin talking about whether money can in fact buy you happiness. Jean explores Gretchen’s ‘Happiness Manifesto’, or the importance of knowing yourself before creating or changing habits, and Gretchen explains why you should make your bed every day. In the episode, Jean also answers fan financial questions, and in the ‘Thrive’ segment, listeners will learn why spending money on others is as good for you as beta blockers (really!).

Upcoming episodes will feature an array of famous female guests. These will include health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels, CNBC’s Fast Money panelist Karen Finerman, our own Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer from the Criminal podcast, and personal finance expert Jane Bryant Quinn.

Jean is looking for fan financial questions to be discussed on the show. To submit your question, connect with her on Twitter or Facebook and use the hashtag #HerMoneyPodcast.

For more of Jean’s straightforward, timely personal finance tips and advice, subscribe to HerMoney with Jean Chatzky on iTunes, or your favorite podcast app.

Radio Diaries Turns 20

This month, Radio Diaries is celebrating an incredible milestone: their 20th anniversary. There aren’t many radio shows or podcasts out there who can say the same, and we are proud the show has been with Radiotopia since the very beginning.

Teen Diaries Amanda and Josh re-shoot + Joe
Creator Joe Richman

The Peabody award-winning series was created by Joe
Richman. It launched in 1996 with the ground-breaking series Teenage Diaries, turning a group of young people from around the country into reporters covering their own lives. Since that time, Radio Diaries has helped pioneer an innovative style of first-person audio documentary that has influenced and inspired many of the story-driven podcasts popular today. Joe and his team have collaborated with teenagers and octogenarians, prisoners and prison guards, bra saleswomen and lighthouse keepers….and along the way helped establish a new form of citizen journalism. Over the years, the show has won every major award in broadcast journalism and produced some of the most memorable documentaries ever heard on public radio.

The show is celebrating its anniversary in a few exciting ways. First, today’s episode is a revisit of their very first diary, Amanda’s Diary, about a 17-year-old living in Queens. Amanda explains that she is gay and Catholic, and having a hard time convincing her parents that this is not “just a phase.” Check out a clip of Amanda’s original diary here.

At this 20th year pinnacle, the show will also release a special episode in a few weeks, which will air first on NPR’s All Things Considered. It is the diary of a young woman in Saudi Arabia named Majd. For tworadio diaries years, Majd has been chronicling her life and yearns to pursue a career in science, while struggling with the pressure to accept an arranged marriage. Her story takes listeners inside a world where the voices and stories have largely been off-limits, revealing how life for millennial Saudi women is remarkably different than their mothers’ generation.

Finally, Radio Diaries is inviting fans to help choose another past diarist to revisit for an early May episode. To submit your “fan favorite”, first listen and choose your favorite episode, then connect with the show on Twitter or Facebook and use the hashtag #RadioDiariesTurns20.

You can listen to other episodes on the Radio Diaries website or in iTunes. Happy 20th to Joe, and producers Sarah Kramer and Nellie Gilles!


Steer Clear of These Five Science Reporting Pitfalls

Andrea Mustain

PRX has taken on big initiatives in the last few years to create original science programming, including our STEM Story Project open call for science audio ideas, our Transistor podcast which features many of those, the space podcast Orbital Path, and the Outside Magazine podcast on the science of survival.

We asked our science editor Andrea Mustain, who edited all of 2015’s STEM stories and is now also an editor for Orbital Path, to share her wisdom on science reporting.

Steer Clear of These Five Science Reporting Pitfalls
A (very short) guide for audio producers

by PRX Science Editor Andrea Mustain

Science reporting gives you entrée to a nearby yet rather mysterious country—a place with an arcane language all its own, that outsiders rarely get to visit. (This, to me, is what makes science reporting challenging and fun.)

It’s also a privilege that brings with it some pretty big responsibilities. You must bring back something of substance: a compelling narrative that is also informative, accurate, and clear. To that end, a few perils to note—and avoid.

1. The gee-whiz trap. Also known as the, “I just read the press release” trap.

This is a pretty obvious one. Always read the full journal article before you head into an interview. Press releases sometimes drift into dangerously hyperbolic territory. PR departments are tasked with drumming up coverage, and that can lead to scary words like “breakthrough” and “game changer.” This is not to say that communications departments are full of deceptive, conniving people. Many are staffed with deeply thoughtful and responsible science writers, steeped in the research that is coming out of their institutions. However, that is not always the case. Beware the too-good-to-be-true press release.

When you actually talk to the scientists behind a paper, their takeaways are sometimes very different from what you see in the press release. And if you haven’t read the research, you a) won’t be able to ask intelligent questions, and b) may come off as naive. PR departments are just trying to do their jobs. Make sure you do yours.

2. The scaredy-cat trap.

Scientists are people, too. Some are wonderful communicators, and others aren’t. Some are wonderfully gracious, and happy to explain something to you over and over; others may helpfully suggest you go take a physics class. So when you run into trouble understanding something, don’t get scared and give up after the third try. It never works to just drop some gorpy, technical tape into your story, and have the scientists “tell it in their own words.” If you don’t understand something, your audience won’t either. (If I’m running into trouble, I ask my interviewees to start over, and explain the concept as if they are addressing a 12-year-old.)

Keep asking for clarification or different explanations, even if you’re worried you’re being annoying or sound like a dummy—you must always be able to accurately explain every scientific concept in your story in your own words.

3. The trap that’s like a fried egg riding a watermelon airplane. Or, the terrible/wrong metaphor trap.

Metaphors are a powerful tool for science writing. A good one can instantly repackage a befuddling concept, and make the science both appetizing and digestible. A bad one can ruin your day.

A poorly constructed metaphor is dangerous. If it’s trite, or doesn’t conjure a helpful image, you’ve possibly bored your audience—or worse, confused them. If a metaphor is inaccurate, you have lied to your audience. It’s helpful to run through your ideas with researchers during your interviews, so they can help you fine-tune for accuracy.

Of course, it is your job to make sure that you also think the metaphor gets the job done. You can’t be entirely beholden to scientists. It is ultimately your decision; but you must be confident of your understanding of the science before you can craft an appropriate metaphor.

4. The “I’ll just Google it” trap.

The Internet is not a reliable fact checker. It certainly can’t take the place of verifying something with experts. If something in your notes strikes you as dubious, or if you are even the teeniest bit unsure of the meaning, check back with a researcher. To illustrate, a cautionary tale:

One of the stories created for PRX’s open call STEM Story Project in 2015 used a very impressive metaphor. Our producer got it from a scientist, and it was a great illustration of a particular phenomenon. But as we got closer to the final mix, something didn’t feel right. It was too impressive. But the dang metaphor appeared in several news stories; two different reporters couldn’t have gotten it wrong..right? And in fact, the producer insisted that, based on interview notes, the metaphor was accurate. I decided we had to triple check.

When I went back to the researchers, they said no, this comparison was actually not accurate at all. Reporters had (quite innocently) misinterpreted a simile the scientists had come up with themselves. As one researcher put it, “I think the science writer went a bit too far in the analogy.” Thankfully, they weren’t able to say that about the PRX story—we changed the script. The lesson here is, double-check your work during the reporting process. Find mistakes early.

5. The jazz hands trap.

In some hands, fancy production leads to incomparably beautiful radio. So it’s tempting to think that because some amazing shows (backed by a raft of talented staff) do this flawlessly, you should, too. A science audio story is just the place to bring your composer friend on board, and get crazy with the soundbeds. But be honest about the skills and tools you have at your disposal. You may be a phenomenal basketball player, but that doesn’t mean you can tap dance.

Besides, a story doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles to move a listener. At the heart of any great radio—whether it’s highly produced, or just you and some tape—is a powerful story supported by strong reporting, excellent writing, and an invested narrator. No jazz hands required.

What’s in My Buds? With Christina from Spotify

In this month’s edition of “What’s in My Buds?” we chat with Christina Choi from Spotify. Christina is a partnership manager on Spotify’s content team, and focuses on podcasts and videos. (Spotify recently added podcasts to the music mix and made them available to both free and premium mobile users on iOS & Android in the US, UK, Sweden, and Germany).

Christina is a musician at heart and always had her eye on a music-related job before joining Spotify. She’s particularly excited to share podcasts with Spotify users. Read on to learn about the ones that have her hooked.

What is your go-to podcast and why?

This is hard! I have a couple of go-to podcasts that I listen to regularly, but if I had to choose one, it has to be Political Gabfest. I can listen to Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz dissect issues for hours. I’m so glad they’re around IMG_1147during this nutty election cycle.

What show do you wake up to?

I still use an old radio alarm clock and the dial’s always set to WNYC. I love waking up to Soterios Johnson and the NPR Morning Edition crew.

What is your favorite listening environment?

My morning commute on the subway or my bike. I download the latest episodes on my Spotify (shameless plug) and I listen on the go. I have a pretty expressive face, so depending on the podcast, I’m either laughing hysterically or crying. It’s quite a show for my fellow passengers and bike commuters.

What show do you rave to your friends about?

Using Spotify to listen to podcasts

I’m a huge fan of The Moth and always recommend it to podcast newbies. Dinner Party Download is also fantastic. It’s such an amazing concoction of all aspects of culture. They have great guests and feature awesome music and movies. I also just discovered How Did This Get Made and I’ve been talking about it non-stop. It’s so funny. If you’re a Nicholas Cage fan (who isn’t??), I highly recommend the Face-Off and Con-Air episodes. 

If you were to start your own podcast what would the subject be?

I’d love to host a podcast about K-pop. I’ve been listening to Korean music since I was young, and it’s been amazing to see how it’s evolved into this global phenomenon.

I’d love to give a meaty, in-depth analysis on all things K-pop.

How do you envision the future of the podcasting landscape?

I think the podcasting industry is at an interesting phase. There are a lot of streaming services like Spotify and Google Play jumping on the podcatching bandwagon, so I’m curious to see how competition changes the landscape. I hope it helps grow the overall podcast listener-base as opposed to cannibalizing from other services.

PRX to Distribute On Being

PRX is happy to announce that as of July 1st, On Being will join our broadcast distribution and digital portfolios. On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast. The show takes on life’s big questions of ONBE_Isolated-Master-Logo_squaremeaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers. Each week, host Krista Tippett presents her audience with a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.

Find out more information in the press release below.

On Being/Krista Tippett Public Productions and PRX Announce New Broadcast and Digital Partnership

Cambridge, MA (March 29, 2016) — Beginning July 1, On Being will join the broadcast distribution and digital portfolio of PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. PRX is the distributor of The Moth Radio Hour, Reveal, and This American Life and is the home of Radiotopia, a podcast collective anchored by 99% Invisible from Roman Mars. PRX was named one of Fast Company’s Ten Most Innovative Companies in Media in 2015 and is the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award.

On Being has been an independent production of Krista Tippett Public Productions (KTPP), a non-profit company based on Loring Park in Minneapolis, since 2013. In that time, the show’s audience has grown exponentially, with a 245% increase in annual podcast downloads from six million to 21 million, and weekly broadcasts on nearly 400 public radio stations around the U.S. On Being is the only public radio program to receive the highest honors in both broadcast and digital media—the Peabody and the Webby award. KTPP also hosts The Civil Conversations Project and this month released a new podcast, Becoming Wise, drawn from content in Tippett’s new book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living (Penguin Press), on sale beginning April 5.

“KTPP is driven by a vision of media as social enterprise,” Tippett says. “PRX is an entrepreneurial force in independent media, building strong relationships with public radio stations, producers, and diverse audiences. We are excited to pair our public service orientation and institutional nimbleness with theirs.”

“No show has a more deeply engaged audience—and a more tangible effect on the lives of individuals and communities—than On Being,” says Kerri Hoffman, COO of PRX. “It has evolved in fascinating ways, to take on the most important subjects of our time. We’re thrilled to help bring this content and impact to an even wider web of audiences and platforms.

PRX will take over operations previously handled at American Public Media, the national distribution arm of Minnesota Public Radio. Tippett originally piloted her program there in the early 2000s, launching a weekly series in 2003 with the title Speaking of Faith. “MPR provided a vital home for this project to launch, find its voice and grow,” she says. “This idea would not have been welcomed with greater generosity anywhere else. MPR/APM will always have a foundational place in the self-understanding of On Being, and we hope to deepen our strong and ongoing broadcast partnership moving forward.” On Being airs twice each weekend on MPR stations, and MPR is hosting the launch of Tippett’s Becoming Wise at the Fitzgerald Theater in April. On Being will continue to be based and to incubate The Civil Conversations Project in the Twin Cities region.

OUTSIDE and PRX Team Up on Podcast Launch

PRX is excited to announce a new podcast partnership with OUTSIDE, the  nearly 40-year-old magazine and active lifestyle brand. The OUTSIDE podcast, launching today, will kick off with a series called “Science of Survival”, which chronicles how we survive the most harrowing life or death situations.

The first episode tells a story of being frozen to the brink of death. It brings the outsidelogolistener through series of plausible mishaps on a bitterly cold night: a car accident on a lonely stretch of road, a broken ski binding that foils a backcountry escape, a disorienting tumble in the snow, and a slow descent into hypothermia and delirium before a dramatic rescue. It is a truly gripping story, with great music and an awesome female narrator to boot. Subsequent episodes include topics like survivors of lightning strikes and extreme thirst. Check out all of the details in the press release below, and listen to the episodes via iTunes or SoundCloud.

OUTSIDE and PRX Team Up to Launch Podcast With

“Science of Survival” Episodes

Available on the OUTSIDE PODCAST and Transistor

Santa Fe, NM (March 28, 2016) — OUTSIDE, America’s preeminent active and adventure lifestyle brand, has joined forces with Public Radio Exchange (PRX), an award-winning public media company, to launch a podcast with “Science of Survival” episodes. Beginning Monday, March 28, episodes will be available for free in the OUTSIDE PODCAST on iTunes and SoundCloud, as well as the PRX science podcast Transistor. Each episode, either prompted by a story from OUTSIDE’s archives or simply inspired by a theme its editors have explored, will apply OUTSIDE’s literary storytelling methods to the audio realm.

“The kinds of captivating tales that have worked so well for OUTSIDE in print and online make for incredibly immersive listening experiences,” said Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of OUTSIDE. “With this PRX partnership, we’re able to bring our unique storytelling to an exciting new format and create wildly entertaining features.”

The “Science of Survival” series investigates how humans endure the most challenging live-or-die scenarios. The first episode, “Frozen but Alive,” inspired by a classic OUTSIDE feature by Contributing Editor Peter Stark, guides listeners through the harrowing experience of being frozen to the brink of death—and then brought back to life. Upcoming episodes will look at how humans go without water in extreme environments, and will report on the remarkable stories of lightening strike survivors, among other topics. Support for the “Science of Survival” comes from the Arthur P. Sloan Foundation and its commitment to storytelling around STEM issues.

OUTSIDE is the premier voice in adventure and exploration,” said John Barth, Chief Content Officer at PRX. “They saw instantly the value of working with PRX to expand science reporting and reach the broad, captive podcast audience we provide.”

Known for decades of expert adventure storytelling such as Perfect Storm and Into the WildOUTSIDE has garnered six ASME National Magazine Award nominations in the last three years, including nods for General Excellence Magazine, General Excellence Website, and Reporting for its feature on the Yarnell Hill Fire, “Nineteen.”

Listen to the episodes on iTunes here. For more information or to request an advance screener of the first OUTSIDE PODCAST episode, contact Thomas Giordonello at The Rosen Group, at 212-225-0945 or

About OUTSIDE: OUTSIDE is America’s leading active lifestyle brand. Since 1977, OUTSIDE has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The OUTSIDE family includes OUTSIDE magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ for the iPad, Outside tablet edition, Outside Books, and now Outside GO, a revolutionary, 21st-century adventure-travel company. Visit us online and on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

About PRX: PRX is shaping the future of public media content, talent and technology. PRX is a leading creator and distributor, connecting audio producers with their most engaged, supportive audiences across broadcast, web and mobile. A fierce champion of new voices, new formats, and new business models, PRX advocates for the entrepreneurial producer. PRX is an award-winning media company, reaching millions of listeners worldwide. For over a dozen years, PRX has operated public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering thousands of shows including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, and Reveal. Follow us on Twitter at @prx.