As Me with Sinéad, the second weekly podcast series from the new podcast network Lemonada Media. Hosted by Irish activist, TED alumni and academic Sinéad Burke, who recently graced the cover of British Vogue and was the first little person to attend the Met Gala, the series features candid conversations with diverse and notable guests that explore the human condition. The first episode features Spice Girl-turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham and the second includes comedian and actress Tig Notaro.
“I live in a world that was not designed for me. I live in a body that provokes a reaction and one which has required the kindness of strangers for my independence. My advocacy is rooted in the notion that the disabled community should not be transformed to fit within the world,” says Burke. “This lived experience has cultivated an unparalleled empathy, one that allows this podcast to be a space for intimate conversations with people we know about what it is like to live as them. My podcast will tilt the lens on how we view the world and make it an easier place for all of us to fully be ourselves.”
Lemonada CEO Jessica Cordova Kramer, who serves as the show’s executive producer, says As Me with Sinéad fits into the mission of Lemonada to include a series it its first slate that demonstrated what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes.
Stephanie Wittels Wachs, Lemonada’s Chief Creative Officer, calls Burke the perfect host for a podcast. “She sits across from some of the most iconic humans and all of a sudden, they are talking about their biggest fears, their hopes and dreams, telling stories we’ve never heard before, and laughing and crying with her,” Wachs said.
Earlier this year, Lemonada Media teamed up with Cumulus Media’s Westwood One to distribute, sell and market the shows to build audiences across the Lemonada network. “Sinéad is globally known and respected by millions of people for her ability to open our eyes and shine a light on humanity,” said Westwood One President Suzanne Grimes. “An audio extension of her message could not come at a better time. We are proud to support Sinéad’s podcast and quest to build collective empathy along the way.”
Other guests lined up for the first second include best-selling author and commentator, Reza Aslan, filmmaker Kulap Vilaysack, activist DeRay McKesson, Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief, Rhadika Jones, actress Mara Wilson, rocker Ellen Kempner and songwriter Justin Tranter.