WNYC Expands Podcast Portfolio with New Programs & New Partnerships

WNYC Expands Podcast Portfolio withNew Programs and New Partnerships

WNYC’s DEATH, SEX & MONEY Launches Today;
Debut Episode with Senator Alan Simpson to Air Nationally on

This American Life
beginning on Friday, May 9

WNYC Becomes Co-Producer of Food Podcast THE SPORKFUL
and Early Parenting Podcast THE LONGEST SHORTEST TIME


(May 7, 2014 – New York, NY) – WNYC, producer of many top iTunes podcasts including Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, and New Tech City, today announced the addition of three new shows to its award-winning podcast portfolio.

 Launching today, DEATH, SEX & MONEY is a new podcast hosted by Anna Sale, who formerly covered politics for WNYC. The concept – intimate chats with both boldface names and everyday people about issues often left out of ‘polite’ conversation – grew out of Sale’s interviews with voters on the campaign trail during the 2012 presidential election, where people were most interested in sharing personal life stories, not overarching political ideas.

 The biweekly podcast debuts with an interview with former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) and his wife, Ann about their marriage, and why they intervened in Anna’s love life, which will also air nationally on This American Life beginning Friday, May 9. Also released today are episodes with a single woman in her 50s who has been priced out of Brooklyn apartment; and Bill Withers on aging and masculinity. Upcoming podcasts will include Jane Fonda on sex after celibacy; and Jason Isbell and his wife Amanda Shires discussing the realities of temptation while touring as musicians. 

 WNYC has also signed deals to become a co-producer on two popular independent podcasts: THE SPORKFUL, a podcast about eating hosted by Dan Pashman, host of Cooking Channel’s web series Good to Know and You're Eating It Wrong and author of the forthcoming book Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious (Simon & Schuster, October 2014), and THE LONGEST SHORTEST TIME, hosted by young adult author and This American Life contributor, Hillary Frank.  The partnerships will allow the podcasts to benefit from WNYC’s creative and production expertise, while these high-personality podcasts bring devoted, curious audiences to the WNYC platform. WNYC will support brand extensions through digital, video and events.

 In addition, Pashman will appear regularly on the WNYC shows The Takeaway and The Leonard Lopate Show, bringing his democratic, humorous approach to food coverage to the radio audience.  His next collaboration with the Lopate Show will be their joint coverage of the Smorgasburg Festival in Brooklyn later this month.

 All three podcasts are available on WNYC’s App and iTunes, and other apps where podcasts can be heard.

Death, Sex & Money and The Longest Shortest Time are supported, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which has provided WNYC with funding to develop new female voices in public media.

“At WNYC, we’re always interested in backing big personalities with fresh voices and strong visions,” said Dean Cappello, Chief Content Officer, WNYC.Death, Sex & Money, The Sporkful and The Longest Shortest Time are perfect additions to our roster of podcasts.  Each one possesses what audiences have come to expect from WNYC – real information conveyed with fun and smarts, and ultimately a greater sense of connectedness and community around a shared interest.”   


DEATH, SEX & MONEY is an interview podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversations. Host Anna Sale, former political reporter for WNYC, parlays her rapport with voters on the 2012 presidential campaign trail into intimate interviews with both celebrities and everyday people about the “Big Stuff”: relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we are here.  Death, Sex & Money isn’t a self-help, advice or how-to podcast but rather an opportunity to eavesdrop on thoughtful, extended conversations about the way we live now. More at: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/deathsexmoney/.

THE SPORKFUL is the delightfully quirky and highly popular food podcast hosted by Dan Pashman, the host of Cooking Channel’s web series Good to Know and You're Eating It Wrong and author of the forthcoming book Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious (Simon & Schuster, October 2014)Named one of the year’s “Best New Podcasts” by iTunes when it launched in 2010, THE SPORKFUL features Pashman and his guests discussing, debating, and obsessing over ridiculous food minutiae in search of new and better ways to eat. Whether pondering the best way to layer peanut butter & jelly, the etiquette around taking the first nacho, the best strategy at an all-you-can-eat buffet, or the ideal surface-area-to-volume ratio of ice cubes, The Sporkful abides by the motto: "It's not for foodies, it's for eaters!" Past guests include MSNBC's Rachel Maddox, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Radiolab's Robert KrulwichWait, Wait Don't Tell Me's Peter Sagal, and Marc Maron, host of IFC's Maron and the podcast WTF. More at: www.wnyc.org/sporkful.

THE LONGEST SHORTEST TIME, which recently hit #1 in the Kids and Family category on iTunes, is an honest and daring parenting podcast devoted to (really) early childhood – months 0-36.  Inspired by host Hillary Frank’s own need to connect with other mothers following a traumatic childbirth and recovery, THE LONGEST SHORTEST TIME provides a safe, nonjudgmental forum for parents to share stories, exchange tips, find support, and celebrate the wonder of childbirth and infancy. Show topics range from the humorous to the heartbreaking, including a music teacher whose infant son hates lullabies; a love story about a dad going blind; the impact of childbirth on sex; pregnancy loss; and an interview with Ina May Gaskin, mother of the modern natural birth movement. More at: www.wnyc.org/longestshortesttime.


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