Fierce

Tribeca Studios, the content creation arm of the organization that sponsors the annual Tribeca Film Festival, is making its move into podcasting. It has partnered with the iHeartPodcast Network to launch Fierce, a podcast that focuses on women whose stories were lost to time. It’s hosted by journalist and author Joe Piazza, who also hosts the relationship-focused Committed podcast.

“Each week we’re bringing you the story of a groundbreaking woman from the past who made huge contributions to the present. But whose name is still not on the tips of our tongues, for whatever reason,” Piazza said on the podcast’s preview. “At the end of each episode she’ll be joined by a modern-day woman who is standing on the shoulders of the historical figure,” she explained.

The podcast will tell the stories of women like Cheng I Sao, the head of the first all-female crew to race around the world; Clementine Paddleford, who revolutionized food writing long before Julia Child; and Phillis Wheatley, an African-American slave whose poems were lauded by kings and princes. Fierce is a co-production of iHeart and Tribeca Studios. In March iHeartMedia set a goal of investing half of its production on new shows and slates to come from diverse creators, including women, African-Americans and Hispanics.

Piazza just wrapped up a special series of coronavirus-related episodes for her relationship podcast Committed that dealt with how couples are making stay-at-home orders work for them by using creativity, passion and technology. She told listeners that she’s also at work finishing the complete fourth season of the series.