PRX and Transistor Podcast Introduce Trace Elements Series

PRX is thrilled to welcome a new special series of episodes on its podcast, Transistor. The episodes, called Trace Elements, feature hosts Cristina Quinn and Alison Bruzek as they take us on an off-road trip into the science that connects us.

Each episode explores something new. Whether it’s a medical mystery, the future of social robots, or implanting foreign objects into your body — Trace Elements is on it.

The first episode introduces us to a man who woke up from a hospital procedure and no longer felt any fear. Learn more and listen here, and get the official press release below.


PRX and Transistor Podcast Introduce Trace Elements Series

Cambridge, MA (March 10, 2016)—Award-winning public media company PRX is launching a new series of episodes on its popular science podcast, Transistor. The five special episodes, called Trace Elements, are produced by and feature dynamic hosts Cristina Quinn and Alison Bruzek. The series is meant to be an off-road trip into the science that connects us.

The episodes are part of PRX’s commitment to creating and distributing new science programming, especially from women, on Transistor. The podcast is supported with funds provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Quinn and Bruzek both work as journalists in the Boston area.

“Cristina and Alison’s style is what attracted us to these episodes. They ask the right questions about science, and their curiosity and chemistry make science stories utterly engaging,” said PRX Chief Content Officer John Barth.

Trace Elements launches on Transistor March 10 with an episode titled, “The Reset”. The episode focuses on a man who no longer feels fear following a hospital procedure. It’s part medical mystery, part psychological quandary, and it urges listeners to reflect on how fears can define us.

Trace Elements will be featured on Transistor every other week. Subscribe to Transistor on iTunes or transistor.prx.org/subscribe.

PRX’s other science initiatives funded by the Sloan Foundation include the podcast Orbital Path with Michelle Thaller, Blank on Blank’s animated series The Experimenters, the Outside Magazine podcast, and entries from the STEM Story Project.

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 weekly listeners worldwide. For over a dozen years, PRX has operated public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering thousands of audio shows including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour and Reveal. Follow us on Twitter at @prx.

About Transistor
Transistor is podcast of scientific curiosities and current events, featuring guest hosts, scientists, and story-driven reporters. Presented by radio & podcast powerhouse PRX, with support from the Sloan Foundation.

About Cristina Quinn and Alison Bruzek

Cristina Quinn is a radio and TV journalist. She got her on-air start in Japan, hosting “Let’s English!” for FM-Aizu. Stateside, she’s been WGBH’s Weekend Edition anchor in Boston and became the station’s first midday news anchor. Cristina has done in-depth reporting on innovations in science, technology, and social issues. Her stories air locally on WGBH radio and TV’s Greater Boston, and have aired nationally on NPR News, PRI’s The World, and Innovation Hub. She has a journalism degree from UMass Amherst and a master’s in visual and media arts from Emerson College.

Alison Bruzek is a science writer and radio producer. Originally from the nation’s heartland, she has been known to occasionally reprise her Minnesotan accent. She is currently a freelance producer for WBUR in Boston. Prior to that, she worked as a video producer for WGBH. Before she came to radio, she developed science curriculum and science center programs with The HistoryMakers, an African American video oral history collection.

Julie Shapiro Selected as New Radiotopia Executive Producer

Drumroll please… After a highly competitive search, Julie Shapiro has been selected as the Executive Producer for PRX’s Radiotopia.

Julie’s leadership, creativity and commitment to excellence will drive Radiotopia’s success as a leading podcast network at a moment of growth and opportunity for the industry as a whole.

Julie will help lead overall strategic planning for the network, establish and oversee production standards and best practices, develop and manage creative collaborations, and set and meet audience and revenue targets.

We are thrilled to welcome Julie as the newest member of our stellar team.

Check out the press release below for details.


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Contact Kerri Hoffman, COO
Email kerri@prx.org
Website www.prx.org

Cambridge, Mass., September 1, 2015 — PRX is pleased to welcome Julie Shapiro in the new role of Radiotopia executive producer.

Radiotopia is at the epicenter of the newly expanding galaxy of podcasts. Since launching in February 2014, Radiotopia has accelerated to 8.5 million monthly downloads across a growing roster of 13 programs, including 99% Invisible, the celebrated show on design from Roman Mars, and Criminal – a new breakout hit from Lauren Spohrer and Phoebe Judge. In May 2015 the Knight Foundation awarded $1M to PRX to support the development and strengthening of Radiotopia.

Julie will bring editorial vision, creativity and leadership to Radiotopia’s expanding portfolio of top programs. She will work closely with PRX, Roman Mars and the Radiotopia producers to grow the shows, cultivate relationships with talented producers and partners, and build sustainability of the podcast medium.

Julie co-founded and was artistic director of the Third Coast International Audio Festival (TCIAF) for thirteen years. As the creative engine at TCIAF, Julie did everything from co-producing the biannual conference and Filmless festival, to co-curating and editing the Re:sound podcast, to leading strategic direction and public image of the organization.

In 2014, Julie left TCIAF to become the founding executive producer of the Australian Broadcast Corporation’s Creative Audio Unit (CAU), where she led a team in establishing two weekly, national shows and set the strategy and vision for the unit. She is a thought leader and a determined advocate of creative pursuits. Julie originally coined the term “Radiotopia” in a speech at the Third Coast Festival, describing it as a place where awesome stories live.

“Julie has championed the work of hundreds of independent producers and has demonstrated the passion and bold thinking we need to make Radiotopia thrive.” said Kerri Hoffman, Chief Operating Officer of PRX.

Julie is also known for her dedication to diversity and gender balance in public radio, and wrote the influential ”Women Hosted Podcasts” article which had a major impact on the public media industry.

Radiotopia co-founder, Roman Mars said, “Julie Shapiro will provide leadership and vision for both Radiotopia and for the emerging podcasting industry as a whole.”

About PRX
PRX is an award-winning nonprofit public media company, harnessing innovative technology to bring compelling stories to millions of people. PRX.org operates public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering tens of thousands of audio stories for broadcast and digital use, including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, Sound Opinions, State of the Re:Union, Reveal, and the Radiotopia podcast network. PRX Remix is PRX’s 24/7 channel featuring the best independent radio stories and new voices. PRX was created through a collaboration of the Station Resource Group and Atlantic Public Media, and receives support from public radio stations and producers, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and Knight Foundation.

The Memory Palace Joins Radiotopia. (June Is A Great Month.)

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In The Memory Palace, Nate DiMeo breathes new life into little-known corners of history with his finely crafted, minimalist storytelling. He’s been doing this since before most of you even knew what a podcast was.

Many of us here at PRX and Radiotopia are longtime fans of Nate’s show. Radio Diaries just featured their favorite Memory Palace episode.

So we are especially delighted to welcome The Memory Palace to Radiotopia! Today is the launch of the summer season, with “tales of love, heat, and outdoor adventure, the perfect soundtrack for road trips or the beach.” You can subscribe here.

First Song Exploder, and now The Memory Palace… Here in Radiotopia, we’re calling it the June of our dreams.

Now we are thirteen wonderful, varied, and compelling radio shows, banded together to take our craft even further.

99% Invisible
Theory of Everything
Love + Radio
Criminal
Mortified
Strangers
Fugitive Waves
Radio Diaries
The Truth
The Heart
The Allusionist
Song Exploder
The Memory Palace

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THE MEMORY PALACE, THE PODCAST THAT SPINS LITTLE-KNOWN BITS OF HISTORY INTO AMAZING TALES, JOINS PRX’S RADIOTOPIA

Premieres on Radiotopia on June 22nd with 10-episode season of summer-themed stories,
followed by 3-city live tour to Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles

Cambridge, MA (June 22, 2015) – The Memory Palace, the popular, long-running podcast featuring bite-sized, gorgeously produced stories about little-known events and people from the corners of history, today becomes the latest series to join Radiotopia, the podcast network from PRX.

The longtime labor of love from Nate DiMeo, the award-winning public radio producer (Marketplace, NPR), Thurber Prize finalist, and television writer (Parks and Recreation, Astronaut Wives Club), The Memory Palace launches with its first-ever themed season – 10 episodes for the summertime—tales of love, heat, and outdoor adventure, the perfect soundtrack for road trips or the beach.

DiMeo will also take his brand of short, surprising stories from the past – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hysterical, often a bit of both – on the road, with a brand-new live performance of storytelling, music, and short films, before live audiences in Seattle (The Vera Project, 8/6), Portland (Mississippi Studios, 8/7) and Los Angeles (The Masonic Temple at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 9/11).

The Memory Palace was an early entrant to the podcasting world, launching its first episode in 2008. The show has built a large following among fans of great storytelling, expert sound design, and little-known stories from history. The Memory Palace also appears as a segment on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

The addition of The Memory Palace to Radiotopia caps a string of high-profile acquisitions for Radiotopia, including Song Exploder and The Mortified Podcast. It also comes on the heels of a $1 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, enabling the network to continue its expansion with new programs that push the boundaries of storytelling. Radiotopia features five shows among the Top 50 most popular podcasts in the country, including flagship program 99% Invisible, The Memory Palace, Criminal, Song Exploder and The Mortified Podcast.

Radiotopia was launched in February 2014 by PRX, the award-winning public media company, and has quickly become the leader in today’s audio storytelling renaissance by helping independent podcast producers develop sustainable business models and find new ways to engage audiences.

“The Memory Palace’s quirky, fascinating, and well-crafted stories are a natural fit for Radiotopia,” said Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX. “We are thrilled to bring Nate’s work to an even broader audience.”

Another inventive way The Memory Palace will use live events to connect modern listeners to the past is in an unprecedented gallery-based collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the fall of 2015. DiMeo will unveil an episode commissioned by the Museum, accompanied by a live performance of the episode at the Met. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

“The Memory Palace uses artistic elements to bring history to life, giving it a place in people’s busy lives,” said DiMeo. “Our episodes are meant to be played on repeat, because they’re so short – like songs. With our new season, you might be surprised to discover your new summer jam is…a podcast.”

Radiotopia will soon announce the hiring of an executive producer to provide leadership and promote collaboration across and beyond the network. It will also establish a new pilot fund to identify and nurture diverse emerging producers and hosts. PRX has a track record of introducing innovative new programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, Snap Judgment and Michael Ian Black’s How to Be Amazing to millions of listeners across broadcast and digital platforms.

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About PRX
PRX is an award-winning nonprofit public media company, harnessing innovative technology to bring compelling stories to millions of people. PRX.org operates public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering tens of thousands of audio stories for broadcast and digital use, including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, Sound Opinions, State of the Re:Union, Snap Judgment, and How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black. PRX Remix is PRX’s 24/7 channel featuring the best independent radio stories and new voices. PRX was created through a collaboration of the Station Resource Group and Atlantic Public Media, and receives support from public radio stations and producers, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and Knight Foundation.

Song Exploder Joins Radiotopia

songexploder-1400pxA huge welcome to Song Exploder, the newest member of Radiotopia! Song Exploder is a brilliant, complex show with a simple concept: Musicians take apart a song, and piece by piece, tell the story of how it was made.

Host and producer Hrishikesh Hirway is himself a musician; a songwriter, composer, and remixer. Taking apart songs to remix them led him to create Song Exploder. Hrishikesh is also a graphic designer, and his design sensibility permeates his work. In fact, Song Exploder is featured in this week’s episode of everyone’s favorite design show, 99% Invisible, diving into the score and sound design of TV’s “Hannibal”.

Out today: Emmy-nominated composer Ramin Djawadi takes apart the main title theme to the hit HBO show “Game of Thrones.” Subscribe now.

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SONG EXPLODER, THE PODCAST WHERE MUSICIANS BREAK DOWN THEIR SONGS NOTE BY NOTE, JOINS RADIOTOPIA

Premieres June 11th with Game of Thrones Theme Composer, Ramin Djawadi

Cambridge, MA (June 11, 2015) – Song Exploder, the addictive podcast where artists like Spoon, My Morning Jacket, and The National take apart their songs piece by piece to tell the story of how they were made, debuts on June 11th as the latest series to join Radiotopia, the acclaimed podcasting network from PRX.

Launching with a breakdown of the earworm Game of Thrones theme by its composer, Ramin Djawadi, Song Exploder is the brainchild of Hrishikesh Hirway, a songwriter, composer and remixer. In his remix work, Hirway was often surprised by sounds hidden within other artists’ songs, discovered only after he’d broken the track down into its raw components. Realizing that song origin stories could fascinate more than just music fans, Hirway founded Song Exploder to let artists show exactly how their songs were made, detailing their process of turning ideas into music. Regardless of one’s musical knowledge, Song Exploder will open people’s ears and inspire them to create. Listeners will never listen to a song the same way after it’s been exploded.

The addition of Song Exploder to Radiotopia comes on the heels of a $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, enabling the podcast network to continue its expansion with new programs that push the boundaries of storytelling. Radiotopia features four shows among the Top 40 most popular podcasts in the country, including flagship program 99% Invisible, plus Criminal, Love + Radio and Radio Diaries.

Radiotopia was launched in February 2014 by PRX, the award-winning public media company, and has quickly become the leader in today’s audio storytelling renaissance by helping independent podcast producers develop sustainable business models and find new ways to engage audiences.

Song Exploder fits right in with PRX’s storytelling ethos, opening up another subject to audiences and showing its universality,” said Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX. “We’re delighted our Radiotopia network will bring the personal experiences of today’s most relevant musicians to an even wider audience.”

“Radiotopia has curated a set of shows that I have been inspired and influenced by, and I’m honored to be included among them,” said Hirway.

Radiotopia will soon announce the hiring of an executive producer to provide leadership and promote collaboration across and beyond the network. It will also establish a new pilot fund to identify and nurture diverse emerging producers and hosts. PRX has a track record of introducing innovative new programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, Snap Judgment and Michael Ian Black’s How to Be Amazing to millions of listeners across broadcast and digital platforms.

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ABOUT PRX
PRX is an award-winning nonprofit public media company, harnessing innovative technology to bring compelling stories to millions of people. PRX.org operates public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering tens of thousands of audio stories for broadcast and digital use, including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, Sound Opinions, Snap Judgment, and How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black. PRX Remix is PRX’s 24/7 channel featuring the best independent radio stories and new voices. PRX was created through a collaboration of the Station Resource Group and Atlantic Public Media, and receives support from public radio stations and producers, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and Knight Foundation.

How To Be Amazing With Michael Ian Black

PRX is pleased to present our newest show, How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black. In it, the acclaimed actor, comedian, and author asks some of the most talented and innovative people of our time how they became so amazing.

How to Be Amazing is freely available as a podcast – listen on iTunes, SoundCloud, or another favorite podcast app. Laugh, be inspired, and tell your friends!

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MICHAEL IAN BLACK’S “HOW TO BE AMAZING” WITH AMY SCHUMER, BOB ODENKIRK, TAVI GEVINSON AND MORE TO NOW BE AVAILABLE AS A FREE PODCAST VIA PRX

New York, NY (May 27, 2015) – Amy Schumer, Bob Odenkirk, Miranda July, and Tavi Gevinson will be among the guests revealing how they became amazing in a laugh-out-loud podcast hosted by comedian and actor Michael Ian Black that will be distributed for free by PRX, the award-winning public media company, starting today.

How to Be Amazing launches from PRX with four free episodes featuring Odenkirk, Gevinson, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s Hamilton, In the Heights), and author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love). New episodes will then premiere every two weeks, with an eclectic lineup of guests that includes Kevin Smith (June 10), Amy Schumer (June 24), Carl Tanner (July 8), Brian Greene (July 22), and Miranda July (August 5). Under the partnership with PRX, How to Be Amazing episodes are first released to Audible.com members exclusively and then distributed as a free podcast by PRX.

In the biweekly series, Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating people, pairing his sardonic wit and infectious curiosity with insights and advice from an eclectic range of guests who are at the top of their game.

A founding member of the groundbreaking comedy troupes The State and Stella, Black has starred in the television comedy series Ed, Viva Variety, and Michael & Michael Have Issues, as well as in the cult film Wet Hot American Summer. His upcoming projects include The Jim Gaffigan Show and Wet Hot American Summer: The First Day of Camp.

How to Be Amazing joins a select roster of signature shows from PRX, including The Moth Radio Hour, Reveal, and Snap Judgment. PRX is also the home of Radiotopia, a podcast network of the world’s best story-driven shows anchored by 99% Invisible, the popular design show from Roman Mars.

“To me, amazing people are all around us,” said Black. “I’m not necessarily interested in who has done the most in terms of quantity, but who has devoted themselves to something and made a real go of it. Failure can be just as amazing as success – sometimes more so, because we learn so much more from it.”

“It’s a treat to eavesdrop on Michael Ian Black’s conversations with people from a variety of backgrounds,” said Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX. “Michael’s unique voice, sharp sense of humor, and infectious curiosity make this show a perfect fit for PRX.”

The first four episodes of How to Be Amazing are as follows:

#1 How to Be Amazing with Elizabeth Gilbert
In this episode, Michael talks to the best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love about her creative process – where ideas come from, how she works, and how her childhood colors her adult life.

#2 How to Be Amazing with Lin-Manuel Miranda
The Tony Award winning-lyricist, whose musical In the Heights catapulted him onto the Broadway scene, discuss his new hit Broadway musical Hamilton and how he successfully combines his passion for hip-hop music and musical theater to make a career out of doing what he loves.

#3 How to Be Amazing with Tavi Gevinson
The teen editor and founder of Rookie sits down with Michael to discuss her path from eleven-year-old fashion blogger to running her own business and starring on Broadway. In this conversation, we learn how Tavi is successfully navigating a life people twice her age would struggle with.

#4 How to Be Amazing with Bob Odenkirk
Actor, comedian and author Bob Odenkirk to talk about his professional journey starting as a brash young writer for Saturday Night Live, to working as one half of the HBO cult comedy series, Mr. Show with Bob and David, to becoming a break out star in the hit series, Breaking Bad which spawned his own series, Better Call Saul. Along the way Odenkirk realizes that sometimes being a bull in a china shop isn’t always the best approach.

About PRX
PRX is an award-winning nonprofit public media company, harnessing innovative technology to bring compelling stories to millions of people. PRX.org operates public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering tens of thousands of audio stories for broadcast and digital use, including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, Sound Opinions, State of the Re:Union, Snap Judgment, and WTF with Marc Maron. PRX Remix is PRX’s 24/7 channel featuring the best independent radio stories and new voices. PRX was created through a collaboration of the Station Resource Group and Atlantic Public Media, and receives support from public radio stations and producers, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and Knight Foundation.

PRX and Radiotopia Stories Come to Spotify

spotify_logo_rgb_greenGreat stories thoughtfully curated for a potential audience of 60 million. It makes perfect sense, right? Spotify, the popular music streaming platform, is expanding to include podcasts, and PRX is proud to be a launch partner.

We were in the audience at last week’s announcement event when Spotify’s VP of User Experience and Design pointed to a big screen with the 99% Invisible logo and exclaimed, “I love that show!”

Ridiculously early the next morning, PRX CEO Jake Shapiro appeared on Bloomberg TV to talk about the power of podcasting in clear business terms: “It is a revenue producer.”

This partnership is part of a PRX strategy that we’ve been pursuing since the early days of digital audio distribution. Aggregation services like iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and, of course, Spotify are used by millions of people. By building distribution relationships with these services, PRX is bringing public radio to new audiences, and reaching existing audiences on the platforms they use regularly.

Spotify’s new version rolls out over the next several weeks. Once you get it, head straight to the Storytellers section to see all of Radiotopia and The Moth. You can listen to other PRX shows – Reveal, Transistor, and How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black (launching tomorrow!) on the app, too. And more to come!

Knight Supports Radiotopia With $1M

Radiotopia has been a huge success by any measure. To name a few: In just over one year, we’ve grown to 7.5 million monthly downloads across our 11 shows. Our Kickstarter campaign drew record-breaking numbers of backers and funding. Most importantly, our producers are making some of the best radio out there.

Knight Foundation saw the potential, and now they see our momentum. We are proud to announce that Radiotopia will receive $1 million in funding from Knight over the next two years. This is an important recognition of how far this brainchild of Roman Mars and PRX has come, while giving us the opportunity to grow and strengthen the network in so many ways. Read more from PRX CEO Jake Shapiro on the Knight Foundation blog.

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Radiotopia Podcast Network Expansion Will Help Independent Public Media Producers Develop A Sustainable Business Model With $1 Million From Knight Foundation

Cambridge, Mass. – May 12, 2015 – To help independent audio producers develop new ways to engage audiences, develop models for success and support new talent in public media, podcast network Radiotopia from PRX will expand with $1 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Knight support will enable PRX to provide more resources to Radiotopia’s producers, helping them to experiment with new business models. To this end, PRX will provide more production and logistical support to Radiotopia’s producers, increase operational capacity, market its shows to an even wider audience and double down on promising paths to sustainability. PRX will also hire an executive producer to provide leadership and promote collaboration across and beyond the network. Additionally, Knight support will establish a new pilot fund to identify and nurture diverse emerging producers and hosts.

“Radiotopia is at the epicenter of an expanding galaxy of audio stories and mobile distribution,” said Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX. “Knight’s investment accelerates our path to reach new listeners, strengthen these shows, and establish a new model for public radio beyond broadcast.”

“PRX has grown Radiotopia to 7.5 million monthly downloads in just over a year by focusing on quality storytelling and programming, but also an innovative approach to distribution and revenue generation,” said Chris Barr, Knight Foundation director for media innovation. “Their experiences can help establish a means for independent producers to become more sustainable and draw in new funding.”

PRX, the award-winning public media company, launched Radiotopia in February 2014 with $200,000 in support from Knight Foundation, in partnership with Roman Mars, known as an innovator for independent podcasts including his hit show “99% Invisible.” Radiotopia has quickly become the leader in today’s audio storytelling renaissance by helping rising talent in the podcasting world grow their audiences, earn revenue and create the best work of their careers.

Last November, Radiotopia became the most-funded radio/podcast project in Kickstarter history, raising over $620,000 from over 21,808 backers, surpassing its original goal of $250,000. The Kickstarter enabled Radiotopia to add four new shows: “The Mortified Podcast,” “Criminal,” “The Heart” and “The Allusionist.” They joined Radiotopia’s roster of envelope-pushing podcasts, including anchor program “99% Invisible” by Roman Mars, “Radio Diaries,” “Theory of Everything,” “Strangers,” “Fugitive Waves,” “The Truth” and “Love + Radio.”

“Our main goal with this expansion is to provide structure and support for the Radiotopia producers and pilot new programs to increase the scope and diversity of public radio podcasts,” said Mars. “I can’t wait to hear what’s created in the years to come. This is only the beginning.”

Along with announcing the search for Radiotopia’s first executive producer, Radiotopia plans to announce new shows, initiatives and partnerships in the coming months.

For more information on Radiotopia visit radiotopia.fm.

About PRX
PRX is an award-winning nonprofit public media company, harnessing innovative technology to bring compelling stories to millions of people. PRX.org operates public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering tens of thousands of audio stories for broadcast and digital use, including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, Sound Opinions, State of the Re:Union, Snap Judgment, and WTF with Marc Maron. PRX Remix is PRX’s 24/7 channel featuring the best independent radio stories and new voices. PRX was created through a collaboration of the Station Resource Group and Atlantic Public Media, and receives support from public radio stations and producers, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and Knight Foundation.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. knightfoundation.org

About Roman Mars
Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. With over 40 million downloads, the 99% Invisible podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Fast Company named him one of their 100 Most Creative People in 2013. He was a TED main stage speaker in 2015. His crowd funding campaigns have raised over $1.16 million, making him the highest-funded journalist in Kickstarter history. He is also a co-founder of Radiotopia, a collective of ground-breaking story-driven podcasts.

Introducing Transistor, A Science Podcast from PRX

PRX is thrilled to announce the launch of a new weekly podcast series Transistor (official press release). Three scientist hosts — a biologist, an astrophysicist, and a neuroscientist — report on conundrums, curiosities, and current events in and beyond their fields. Sprinkled among their episodes are the winners of the PRX STEM Story Project, a competition we held for unique science radio.

Just as the transistor radio was a new technical leap, this Transistor features new women voices and their science perspectives. We’ve launched with four episodes from our three scientist hosts:

  • Dr. Michelle Thaller, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, who studies binary stars and the life cycles of the stars.
    • We Are Stardust: We’re closer than ever before to discovering if we’re not alone in the universe. Astrophysicist Michelle Thaller visits the NASA lab that discovered that comets contain some of the very same chemical elements that we contain. Then, Michelle talks to a Vatican planetary scientist about how science and religion can meet on the topic of life beyond Earth.
  • Dr. Christina Agapakis, a biologist and writer based in Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the intersection of microbiology and design, exploring the symbiosis among microbes and biology, technology, and culture.
    • Food, Meet Fungus: The microbiome — the trillions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that live in and on our body — is hot right now. We explore what we do know in the face of so much hope and hype, starting with food.
  • Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University, whose research focuses on understanding how our brains form and retain new long-term memories and the effects of aerobic exercise on memory. Her book Healthy Brain, Happy Life will be published by Harper Collins in the Spring of 2015.
    • Totally Cerebral: Untangling the Mystery of Memory: Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki introduces us to scientists who have uncovered some of the deepest secrets about our brains. She begins by talking with experimental psychologist Brenda Milner, who in the 1950s, completely changed our understanding of the parts of the brain important for forming new long-term memories.
    • Totally Cerebral: The Man Without a Memory: Imagine never being able to form a new long term memory after the age of 27. Welcome to the life of the famous amnesic patient “HM”. Neuroscientist Suzanne Corkin studied HM for almost half a century, and gives us a glimpse of what daily life was like for him, and his tremendous contribution to our understanding of how our memories work.

Each scientist is working with a talented independent producer: Lauren Ober, Julie Burstein, and Kerry Donahue.

Subscribe to the show through iTunes or RSS, or you can stream it on PRX.org.

Follow us at @TransistorShow.

Transistor is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan foundation, enhancing public understanding of science, technology, and economic performance. Learn more at sloan.org.


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PRX LAUNCHES TRANSISTOR – A NEW PODCAST

FUSING SCIENCE & STORYTELLING AND FEATURING WOMEN SCIENTIST HOSTS

Cambridge, MA (February 18, 2015) – Blending science and storytelling, a new podcast featuring three women scientists as hosts officially debuts today from PRX, the public media nonprofit that last week was named one of the world’s ten most innovative media companies by Fast Company.

Reporting on conundrums, curiosities and current events from across the scientific world, the “Transistor” podcast launches with four episodes exploring a wildly diverse range of topics from long-term memory and amnesia to the search for intelligent life in the universe and the role that trillions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses play in food and in our gut.

“Transistor” is part of a PRX science storytelling initiative supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In addition to its scientist-hosted episodes, “Transistor” will include winners of PRX’s STEM Story Project, which has brought dozens of original stories about science, technology, engineering and math to public radio since 2013.

Three of the “Transistor” featured hosts are women scientists who have never done a podcast before: Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at NYU and author of the forthcoming book Brain Healthy; Dr. Michelle Thaller, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center; and Dr. Christina Agapakis, a biologist and writer based in Los Angeles, whose work focuses on the intersection of microbiology and design.

“There is a growing audience for scientific news, and ‘Transistor’ meets that demand with original, captivating storytelling from the perspectives of women at the forefront of their fields,” said Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX. “We are thrilled to bring this fascinating and addictive series to listeners worldwide.”

“‘Transistor’ explores the meanings behind scientific discoveries that we hear about everywhere in our lives,” said Dr. Suzuki. “Asking big questions humanizes science, and ‘Transistor’ opens up scientific fascination to audiences who don’t always look past the headlines.”

Listeners can subscribe to “Transistor” through iTunes and stream the show for free at transistor.prx.org.

About PRX (Public Radio Exchange)
PRX is an award-winning nonprofit public media company, harnessing innovative technology to bring compelling stories to millions of people. PRX.org operates public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering thousands of audio stories for broadcast and digital use, including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, Reveal, Snap Judgment and the Radiotopia podcast network. PRX Remix is PRX’s 24/7 channel featuring the best independent radio stories and new voices. PRX is also the leading mobile app developer for public media, with apps such as Public Radio Player, PRX Remix, and This American Life.

Matter Expands: four media partners join forces

Matter — the mission-driven media accelerator that PRX helped launch back in 2012 — has just announced that four major media companies have joined our community alongside original founding partners PRX, Knight Foundation, and KQED.

You can read more from Matter Managing Partner Corey Ford in his post. Below is also a press release from McClatchy — one of the four new partners — that helps explain their reason for joining.

With our fourth class of startups underway (announcement on who is in the class will be out tomorrow) and these new partners, it’s clear that Matter has reached an important moment of impact in media.

Having helped first developed the concept of the “public media accelerator” that evolved into Matter under Corey’s leadership, it’s exciting to see Matter take shape at the center of a community bringing entrepreneurship, design thinking, and public media values into the tech startup movement.


PRESS RELEASE

McCLATCHY JOINS MEDIA ACCELERATOR MATTER

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 17, 2015 – The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI) announced today that it has signed on as a media partner with Matter, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm and incubator that supports promising media startups and entrepreneurs.

“This is a very exciting partnership and opportunity for McClatchy,” said Pat Talamantes, McClatchy president and CEO. “In the midst of our company’s own digital transformation, Matter and the startups it nurtures will provide ideas, innovation and potential new business models for successful media companies of the future.”

In addition to McClatchy, The Associated Press, A.H. Belo Corporation and Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. will join founding media partners KQED Public Media for Northern California, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Public Radio Exchange in support of the Matter program.

The new partnership features a powerful mix of international, national and local media organizations with a vast reach across television, radio, digital and print. The network of media partners gives participating startups extensive mentorship by industry leaders, connections to potential customers and real-world opportunities to test their ideas.

Matter, founded in 2012, brings selected startups together at its San Francisco headquarters that “have potential to become meaningful media institutions of the future – creating a more informed, connected and empowered society.”

Matter invests seed capital and provides an intensive, five-month program for the budding entrepreneurs to refine their business plans, develop prototypes, work collaboratively with other entrepreneurs and learn from leaders in media and technology. The program culminates with “demo days” presentations in San Francisco and New York in front of a select group of investors, media executives, mentors and others.

Matter has a current portfolio of 19 early-stage media ventures.

About McClatchy

The McClatchy Company is a 21st century news and information leader, publisher of iconic brands such as the Miami Herald, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee, The Charlotte Observer, The (Raleigh) News and Observer, and the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram. McClatchy operates media companies in 28 U.S. markets in 14 states, providing each of its communities with high-quality news and advertising services in a wide array of digital and print formats. McClatchy is headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., and listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI.

Contact: Karole Morgan-Prager
Vice President, Corporate Development,
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
(916) 321-1828
kmorgan-prager@mcclatchy.com

Fast Company Names PRX and Radiotopia Top Innovative Companies

We’re thrilled to announce that Fast Company has named PRX one of the Ten Most Innovative Companies in Media and Radiotopia one of the Ten Most Innovative Kickstarter Companies (press release).

This has been a big year for PRX with Radiotopia launching just a year ago this month with a hugely successful and record-breaking Kickstarter in between. We’re a small company with a lot of big ideas and we’re honored to accept these nominations alongside other media companies like The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Gimlet, and Medium.

Check out all of Fast Company’s Most Innovative and read our press release below.

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For information, interviews, photos contact:
Patrick Kowalczyk, patrick@pkpr.com
Scott Piro, scott@pkpr.com
PKPR, 212.627.8098

FAST COMPANY ANNOUNCES MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES

PRX AND RADIOTOPIA NAMED IN MEDIA AND KICKSTARTER CATEGORIES

New York, February 9, 2015 – Fast Company today announced its annual ranking of the world’s Most Innovative Companies for 2015, honoring leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in business and innovation. For “breathing life back into radio,” PRX earned the No. 5 spot in the Most Innovative Companies in Media. In addition, PRX’s podcast network Radiotopia earned the No. 4 spot in the Most Innovative Kickstarter Companies for “creating an audio utopia.”

Other companies honored along with PRX in the Media category include The Washington Post, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Gimlet, and Medium. Radiotopia is honored in the Kickstarter category alongside Oculus VR, RRKidz, and others.

“Public radio is ripe for reinvention and we are thrilled that Fast Company has named PRX and Radiotopia as top innovators,” said Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX. “Credit goes to our remarkable team, talented producers in our network, and listeners like you. Stay tuned for lots more to come.”

Most Innovative Companies is one of Fast Company’s most significant and highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. The magazine’s editors spend months gathering and analyzing data on companies around the globe. The resulting package emphasizes the breadth of companies with progressive, nimble business models, an ethos of sustainability, and a culture of creativity.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March 2015) is now available online at www.fastcompany.com/MIC as well as in app form via iTunes, and on newsstands beginning February 17.

ABOUT PRX
PRX is an award-winning nonprofit public media company, harnessing innovative technology to bring compelling stories to millions of people. PRX.org operates public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering thousands of audio stories for broadcast and digital use, including This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, Reveal, Snap Judgment and the Radiotopia podcast network. PRX Remix is PRX’s 24/7 channel featuring the best independent radio stories and new voices. PRX is also the leading mobile app developer for public media, with apps such as Public Radio Player, PRX Remix, and This American Life.

ABOUT FAST COMPANY
Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand, with a unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethical economics, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, one of the U.S.’s leading media companies.