PRX is excited to announce a partnership with Esquire on their new Esquire Classic podcast. The series explores some of Esquire‘s most popular past articles and thoroughly examines both the content and the context with host David Brancaccio and a number of famous guests. Esquire Classic kicks off today with the release of episode one, “Falling Man”. It details an article written by Tom Junod in 2003, which revolved around a photo of a man forced to jump from the World Trade Center on 9/11. Junod discusses why the magazine’s most-read story of all time was so controversial and important.
Read the full details of the podcast launch below:
ESQUIRE TEAMS WITH PRX FOR ESQUIRE CLASSIC PODCAST
Series sheds new light on groundbreaking work by writers
Nora Ephron, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Tom Junod
Cambridge, MA (October 5, 2015) – To celebrate its 1000th issue this month, Esquire has joined forces with PRX, the award-winning public media company, to launch a podcast deconstructing classic non-fiction stories from the vault of the 82-year-old magazine that continues to push the boundaries of narrative journalism.
Hosted by public radio’s David Brancaccio, the new podcast dissects iconic Esquire stories by writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nora Ephron, and Tom Junod, and reveals the cultural currents that make them as lasting and timely today as when they were first published. Guests will include Esquire writers and editors, along with authors, academics, comedians and actors.
The Esquire Classic podcast launches today with an episode showcasing the magazine’s most-read story of all time: Junod’s 2003 article “Falling Man.” Inspired by the famous and infamous photograph of one of the people forced to jump from the World Trade Center, captured by Richard Drew on 9/11, Junod reveals why he felt it was his responsibility to bring the photo – and the anonymous falling man pictured – to light.
The Esquire Classic podcast episodes will be published every two weeks starting Monday October 5. It is produced by audio veteran Curtis Fox.
The Esquire Classic Podcast 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.
“PRX is dedicated to bringing audiences the most engaging stories from the world’s best storytellers,” said Jake Shapiro of PRX. “For more than 80 years, Esquire has set the standard for publishing work that shapes our culture and conversation. We are thrilled to join Esquire in shedding new light on these fascinating and timeless stories.”
“It is amazing how deftly PRX and David Brancaccio explore and exploit what can make a story into something that stands the test of time,” said David Granger, the editor-in-chief of Esquire. “With the launch of Esquire Classic, the complete digital archive of the magazine, we’ve been working to make the past not just present but urgent. PRX is the best partner we could have in this venture.”
You can download and stream the podcast via iTunes and at classic.esquire.com/podcast.
The other two installments in the 3-episode pilot podcast series are:
➢ The Crack-Up (1936) – In 1936 F. Scott Fitzgerald, then a struggling writer battling depression and alcoholism, published a radical series of essays in Esquire about his mental breakdown. Celebrated poet and memoirist Nick Flynn discusses Fitzgerald’s mindset at the time, the ridicule he faced from friends like Ernest Hemingway, and how his essays set off a genre of confessional writing that persists and thrives today.
➢ A Few Words About Breasts (1972) – Nora Ephron’s comic lament about how her late onset of puberty and earliest sexual experiences gave her a lifelong obsession with her breasts. Jessi Klein, head writer for “Inside Amy Schumer,” joins David Brancaccio to discuss Ephron’s story and its lasting influence on the way women perceive and voice themselves in writing and comedy.
Esquire (www.esquire.com), published by Hearst Magazines, is the most-honored monthly magazine in America. Over the past 15 years, it has won a total of 16 National Magazine Awards. Its Web site and e-reader applications have been similarly honored – Esquire won the first-ever National Magazine Award for iPad applications. In addition to its U.S. flagship, Esquire publishes 27 editions around the world. Esquire Classic (classic.esquire.com), the magazine’s new digital archive of every issue from 1933 to today, features over 50,000 stories from the authors such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tom Wolfe, Gloria Steinem, Cormac McCarthy, and David Foster Wallace. Follow Esquire on Twitter at @Esquiremag and @EsquireClassic.
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. Follow us on Twitter at @prx.
About David Brancaccio
David Brancaccio is the host of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report. His reporting has focused on the future of the economy, financial and labor markets, technology, the environment and social enterprises. In the early 1990s, Brancaccio was Marketplace’s European correspondent based in London, and hosted Marketplace’s evening program from 1993 to 2003. He co-anchored the PBS television news magazine program NOW with journalist Bill Moyers from 2003 to 2005, before taking over as the program’s solo anchor in 2005. His feature-length documentary film, Fixing the Future, appeared in theaters nationwide in 2012. David is author of the book Squandering Aimlessly, an exploration of how Americans apply their personal values to their money. Among his awards for broadcast journalism are the Peabody, the DuPont-Columbia, the Cronkite, and the Emmy.