Katie Couric is relaunching her weekly podcast and changing publishers in the process. She’s launching Next Question as an iHeartPodcast Network show. In addition to digital availability, full episodes and vignettes of Next Question will air on iHeart’s local radio stations. Couric’s previous show had been produced in a partnership with Stitcher.
“With the help of an incredible line-up of guests and the unmatched reach of iHeartMedia, I’m excited to have listeners around the world examine these fascinating and urgent topics so they can come to a better understanding of what’s happening and where we’re going,” said Couric.
The new show will explore topical issues and “transformative” trends. The first episode explores how porn is reaching children and becoming a new form of sex education and also impacting adult’s sexual relationships. Other topics will include the trend of CBD use, Jennifer Garner’s foray into entrepreneurship, whether ageism is the last socially acceptable “ism,” the eSports universe, and a conversation with a former white supremacist. “I’m insatiably curious about the world and at this moment in time, things are changing at breakneck speed. In the face of seismic cultural shifts and information overload, I often try to connect the dots and I’m excited to take listeners along for the ride,” said Couric.
Next Question will have a 12-week first season.
“The iHeartPodcast Network is committed to growing its vast podcast library with culturally significant content every day,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network in a statement. “With the addition of Next Question with Katie Couric, we aim to give listeners a nuanced and expert perspective on topics affecting our daily lives from one of the industry’s all-time best. At this point in our country’s history, and amidst the nonstop daily news cycle, we need an experienced and incisive perspective on the issues that matter – and that’s Katie Couric.”
It’s the second high-profile talent signed by iHeart this week. It also announced that it had nabbed the Questlove Supreme podcast hosted by musician Questove. His podcast had been a Pandora-produced show during its first two seasons. As part of the arrangement Questlove will curate and produce a new slate of iHeartRadio Original podcasts that will go beyond music starting early next year.