Katie Couric

Katie Couric still has questions, and that means her podcast Next Question launches for a second season. The first season of the podcast amassed 1.5 million downloads as it dug into topics like the spread of online hate and the dangers of vaping. “The response to Next Question has been phenomenal,” said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. In the second season of the iHeart podcast Couric will examine issues like America’s staggering maternal mortality rate, the environmental impact of eating meat, the most cutting-edge health and wellness regimens, and the 2020 presidential election.

 “I’m endlessly curious and my goal is to answer the questions people have about complicated issues and trends,” Couric said in a statement. “We are inundated with information on an almost hourly basis. I’m hoping by connecting the dots and providing context and perspective, listeners will feel as if they have a deeper understanding of a whole host of topics after listening to ‘Next Question.’ I’m extremely proud of the conversations we’ve had so far and can’t wait to dig into more fascinating topics this season.”

The first episode of Next Question with Katie Couric’s second season was released today (Jan. 23) and examines the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the history of an effort that began in 1923. In a new ripple for the second season of the podcast, Couric will host several “bonus” episodes that were taped in front of a live audience. Billed as “Next Question Live,” in those episodes Couric will speak with CEOs, entrepreneurs and business trailblazers. Allbirds co-founder and co-CEO Tim Brown kicked off “Next Question Live” series by discussing how his career in professional sports inspired him to make sustainable, fashionable shoes.

“We are so lucky to have a journalist with Katie’s experience and wisdom to help listeners navigate the increasingly complicated world we’re living in,” said Bryne.