American Public Media’s poetry podcast The Slowdown is getting a new host for its third season. Poet Ada Limón will be taking over the helm when the series returns Sept. 21. She succeeds Tracy K. Smith. The Slowdown offers a short daily episode each weekday, featuring Limón delivering a poem and a moment of reflection, offering listeners a different way to see the world – through poetry.
“For over 500 episodes, The Slowdown has helped listeners find a deeper connection to the world around them. It’s with great joy that we bring this beloved series back to those who have so eagerly awaited its return,” said Alex Schaffert, Chief Operating Officer of APM’s podcast division and executive-in-charge of the series. “Ada adds a singularly unique voice to The Slowdown, and the format of the show allows her to tackle a wide range of topics relevant to the diverse communities we serve.”
Limón is the author of six poetry collections. Her new collection, “The Hurting Kind,” will be released next May.
“I want to focus on how useful poetry can be in our daily lives. Poetry is one of the few art forms that has breath built right into it. It literally wants us to breathe, to pause for a moment and pay attention to what matters,” said Limón. “Whether it’s a tree that we are asked to notice, a moment in time, or a lyrical wonder, it only wants us to listen, to slow down, to notice the mystery and awe of this human life. Perhaps more than ever before, these uncertain times require the humanity that poetry offers.”
The Slowdown is coproduced by American Public Media and the Poetry Foundation.