The Atlantic magazine has produced podcasts like the political news The Ticket and the health and science-focused Social Distance podcasts in-house. But in its newest series it is teaming up with New York Public Radio’s WNYC Studios. The podcast The Experiment will launch in January. The Atlantic says it will examine the “myths and ideas at the heart of the American experiment and the way powerful forces of history collide with our everyday lives.”
“We’re thrilled to be joining creative forces with The Atlantic, and together supporting this talented team,” said Andrew Golis, Chief Content Officer at WNYC. “This last year has taught us all how personal consequential world events can be, and how important it is that the brilliant storytellers and reporters are there to help us through them. The Experimentwill be essential listening for all of us as we try to understand this country, and each other.”
The new show will be hosted by Julia Longoria, who joins WNYC Studios and The Atlantic from the New York Times where she was a producer for The Daily and other longform audio projects, including Rabbit Hole. Longoria earlier worked as a producer for NPR’s Radiolab and Planet Money and PRI’s Only Human that was also a collaboration with WNYC Studios. But it is a return home of sorts since Longoria began her journalism career in the WNYC newsroom.
Longoria and The Experiment team will work with writers from across The Atlantic’snewsroom to tell stories they say will be both consequential and surprising, as they explore questions of democracy, identity, and power that we all need to understand in this unique moment in history.
The Atlantic expanded into podcast in March when it debuted the Floodlines podcast, an eight-episode series that examined what really happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck the city 15-years ago. In the podcast, host Vann Newkirk talked to people who lived through the flood and its aftermath, telling a story of rumors, betrayal, and what he said was one of the most misunderstood events in American history.
“One of the core missions of The Atlanticis to explain America to itself,” said Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg. “We have some of the best journalists in the world on our team, and I want their stories to have maximum reach and impact. Working with the team at WNYC Studios is one important way we will find new audiences.”
Working with a magazine is not new for WNYC Studios. It already works with The New Yorker on it’s The New Yorker Radio Hour weekly radio show and podcast.