Issue 197,  published February 26, 2019

In The Dark and APM Updates

In The Dark recently won a George Polk Award in journalism. It’s the first podcast to nab one. Also honored: Bill Siemering, an influential founding member of National Public Radio and the author of its original mission statement.

I’m told that In the Dark, led by reporter Madeleine Baran and senior producer Samara Freemark, recently reached 40 million “all-time downloads, requests, and plays” across its two seasons. It’ll will publish four additional episodes to its second season, which tracked the case of Curtis Flowers, a black man tried six times by the same white district attorney for a 1996 murder in Winona, Mississippi. The new episodes will follow the case as it reaches the Supreme Court.

Anyway, I took this opportunity to check in with American Public Media, which sent over two updates:

  • The organization recently hired Phyllis Fletcher as a new podcast editor. Fletcher was formerly NPR’s northwest bureau chief (or, as I’d prefer to describe it, the bureau chief of the best region in America).
  • Plans are in place to launch at least three shows in the spring, including a new project from Lauren Ober, formerly the host of WAMU’s The Big Listen.