Unlocking Us Podcast

Dr. Brené Brown has one of the five most viewed TED Talks in the world, has written five bestsellers, and recently premiered her first Netflix special. But the craving to return to podcasting, a medium the researcher first embraced years ago, proved strong. And now Brown is launching a weekly podcast.

“I first experimented with podcasting twelve years ago. I set up my Mac and a used microphone on my red kitchen table and talked to my then small community about shame and empathy,” said Brown. “I fell in love with the medium. It was real, honest, intimate, and – my favorite – unpolished. When I started thinking about my work dream list for this decade, returning to podcasting and finding a great partner was at the top of the list.”

Brown has connected with Cadence13 to create the show that she is calling Unlocking Us. According to an announcement, the show will feature Brown in conversations that “unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart.” Along with topic-based conversations with guests, Cadence13 said the podcast series will also feature episodes with Brown directly teaching to listeners, audience Q+A shows, and live events, all featuring the trademark mix of research, storytelling, and a straightforward style that has given Brown a following.

“Brené Brown is a force of nature who empowers and inspires millions of people with her authentic exploration of the human condition,” said Cadence13 Chief Content Officer Chris Corcoran in a statement. “Cadence13 is thrilled to partner with her to bring her transformative, powerful voice to today’s podcast space.”

Unlocking Us is set to debut in March 2020. It will come with a launch at the SWSW festival in Austin where Brown will make two featured stage appearances with activist and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke on the topic of empathy, and with Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness on the topic of vulnerability.