Cadence13, part of Entercom’s podcast network, and Headspace Studios, a multi-platform content studio from the meditation app company Headspace, are joining forces to create The Gift of Forgiveness. The weekly podcast is hosted and executive-produced by author Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, who will explore the power of forgiveness. This podcast marks the second in a slate of new and original podcasts from C13 and Headspace.
On the weekly series, inspired by her bestselling book of the same title, Schwarzenegger Pratt will explore the power and meaning of forgiveness, examining what happens in our lives, hearts, and minds when we hold on to trauma, and the impact on our lives and the lives of others when we are able to forgive. She will interview people from all backgrounds and all walks of life about their forgiveness journeys. Celebrity guests include Jessica Simpson, Chelsea Handler, Sean Hayes, and Cheryl Burke, who will share their own stories of trauma, loss, and their complicated relationship with forgiveness.
“I am so excited to be able to continue the conversation around forgiveness, and help listeners navigate their way through their own forgiveness journeys by sharing inspiring stories from some incredible people,” said Schwarzenegger Pratt in the announcement. “Writing and launching my book was such an amazing experience, and being able to dive deeper into the meaning behind forgiveness has been life changing.”
In addition to celebrities, The Gift of Forgiveness will also feature conversations with guests including Rabbi Steve Leder, grief expert David Kessler, Pablo Escobar’s son Sebastian Marroquín, “School of Greatness” host Lewis Howes, author Chris Williams and Daniel J. Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and executive director of the Mindsight Institute.
“I have been lucky enough to seek out meaningful advice from some phenomenal guests for this podcast, who were open and vulnerable when talking about the gift that freedom from forgiveness can bring, and the struggles that come along the way to get there,” said Schwarzenegger Pratt. “Forgiveness is tough and complicated, and my hope is that these interviews will help listeners feel less alone in their forgiveness journey and leave people feeling inspired to go out and practice forgiveness themselves.”
In May Cadence13 and Headspace debuted their first joint effort with the release of the podcast Radio Headspace, a daily meditation app hosted by Headspace co-founder and former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe. The three to five-minute podcast publishes each weekday morning and is designed to help listeners incorporate more moments of “mindfulness” into their day. The Gift of Forgiveness looks to build on that.
“At Headspace Studios, we aim to provide powerful content that can have lasting impact on peoples’ lives,” said Morgan Selzer, Head of Programming and Development at Headspace Studios. “Together with our partners, Katherine and Cadence13, we have the opportunity to start a dialogue around the power of forgiveness with not only Katherine and her guests, but with listeners all over the world.”
The Gift of Forgiveness will be released each Wednesday beginning July 15. The show is produced by Monique LaBorde, with additional production by Otis Gray and sound design by Dan Croll. From Headspace Studios, the executive producers are Leah Sutherland, Morgan Selzer and Sam Rogoway.
“Katherine’s insightful, thoughtful approach to the fascinating topic of forgiveness makes hers a powerful voice to be heard on this, especially at a time when it is more relevant than ever,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer at Cadence13. “We are thrilled to expand our thriving partnership with Headspace with Katherine and this series.”