WNYC Studios, the public broadcaster, has struck a partnership with authors John Green and Hank Green to remaster and relaunch two of their current podcasts, and co-produce a new one focused on science.
John Green is the author of “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Looking for Alaska.” Hank Green is the author of “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.” The deal covers the podcasts “Dear Hank and John” and “The Anthropocene Reviewed,” along with the new effort, “SciShow Tangents.” WNYC will also debut an original production later this fall, “10 Things That Scare Me,” billed as “a tiny podcast about our biggest fears.” WNYC also said Gothamist, , the local news site it acquired and re-launched earlier this year, is developing its first original podcast.
The broadcaster announced the new slate as part of an event focused on podcasting sponsored by the trade group IAB.
“Working with WNYC Studios on podcasts is like working with Charles Darwin on finches: no one knows this field better,” said Hank Green, in a prepared statement. Added John Green: “Their podcasts have inspired us for years, helping us to better understand the universe and our place in it.”
“More Perfect,” the “Radiolab” spinoff, is launching an album of new music inspired by the 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Artists include Dolly Parton, Devendra Banhart, They Might Be Giants, and Kash Doll. The album will be released in conjunction with the program’s third season.
WNYC also said new seasons of “The United States of Anxiety” and “Trump Inc.” would launch later this month in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections. Rounding out the slate will be fresh seasons of “Nancy,” a show about the LGBTQ experience today; “Spooked,”, a show from the creative team behind “Snap Judgment,” an “Undiscovered,”, a sister podcast to “Science Friday,”
“WNYC Studios is a leader in producing audio that informs and touches people deeply,” said Laura Walker, President and CEO of New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC Studios, in a statement. “In that spirit, we are thrilled to announce exciting new programming that stretches the possibilities of audio and new episodes of several WNYC Studios podcasts that support our democracy at this important time. We are also delighted to welcome John and Hank Green to the WNYC Studios family. They are master storytellers, creative powerhouses, and voices that will no doubt resonate with new audiences.”