A dozen podcasts have been nominated for a Peabody Award, the annual journalism competition that honors radio, television and digital media each year. Pineapple Street Studios leads the list, holding two of the nominations for its series The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow, a show that immerses listeners in the story about bringing Harvey Weinstein to justice, and for Headlong: Running From Cops, a show in which host Dan Taberski explores the ethics, impact and problems of the long-running reality show “Cops.”
Cadence13, which like Pineapple Street Studios is owned by Entercom, also picked up a nomination for the C13 Originals podcast Gangster Capitalism for its series of shows about the college admissions scandal that snared celebrities and Fortune 500 CEOs alike.
Also nominated for a Peabody award is Finding Fred, the ten-episode series about public television children’s host Fred Rogers that was a co-production of the iHeartPodcast Network and Transmitter Media.
American Public Media’s In The Dark podcast has also been nominated for its second season entitled “The Path Home,” in which hosts Madeleine Baran and Samara Freemark dug into the troubling case of Curtis Flowers and uncovered a weak case bolstered by a pattern of discriminatory jury selection. Ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his murder conviction.
On a lighter note, WNYC Studios — the podcast arm of New York Public Radio — picked up a Peabody nomination for its Dolly Parton’s America series. Host Jad Abumrad and producer Shima Oliaee focused on how and why everyone loves Dolly Parton, the judges said, adding the series also offered “superb pop cultural, political and artistic analysis that is as engaging as it is insightful.”
Several other podcasts with public radio ties were also nominated. They include WXPN Philadelphia’s Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, a three-part documentary series hosted by Cece Winans celebrating and uncovering the influence of African-American gospel music on early rock-and-roll and soul music.
There was also The Refuge from Montana Public Radio. The five-part series examined the battle for the future of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And Silencing Science, an investigation into the Trump administration’s rejection and censorship of the science of climate change focused on suppression of research by the National Park Service’s scientists. It was a co-production of The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.
Peabody nominations also went to NPR’s StoryCorp for a series of episodes that marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising by collecting and sharing a wide-ranging selection of stories from LGBTQ elders.
And there was also one import from the U.K. BBC Sounds picked up a nomination for its series Have You Heard George’s Podcast?, in which the artist known as George The Poet explores the black experience in Britain and beyond.
Overall, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors selected 60 nominees that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2019. Of the 60 nominations, PBS led with 11, followed by HBO with seven. The nominees were chosen by unanimous vote of 19 jurors from nearly 1,300 entries from podcasts, radio, television and the web. Winners will be announced June 18.
“Peabody is proud to champion this year’s nominees who inspire our connection, provoke our thinking and delight our senses,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, Executive Director of Peabody. “Amidst the challenges of our present moment, we can find empathy, entertainment and truth in these nominees.”
The Peabody Awards are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.
Read a list of all the nominees HERE.