Michigan Radio News: 1A Partnership and New Podcast Series

Michigan Radio Partners with 1A to Bring More Michigan Voices to National NPR Audiences

Michigan Radio will begin bringing more stories from across Michigan to the national audience of the daily weekday public radio program 1A through 1A Across America, a two-year collaborative effort. Leading up to the 2020 general elections, 1A Across America introduces a fresh model for strong community-based coverage of critical issues.

Supported by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the 1A Across America project will be spearheaded by WAMU 88.5, Washington’s NPR station and the station that produces 1A. Over the course of two years, Michigan Radio will be an editorial partner to WAMU. Michigan Radio and five other public media stations will work closely with 1A’s production team to source stories, conduct live broadcasts and events, produce collaborative content and elevate local journalism.

“Michigan Radio is thrilled to partner with 1A as one of the flagship stations for the 1A Across America project,” said Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio Program Director. “We look forward to bringing more Michigan voices to the national dialogue.”

Zoe Clark will be a special guest on 1A this coming Monday, October 29 to discuss the 1A Across America project and the station’s involvement in more detail.

WAMU selected the six partner public media stations including Michigan Radio because of their deep community ties. Additionally, the participating stations represent a geographical and political cross-section of America. Through 1A Across America, the nuanced, diverse issues and concerns of the communities that Michigan Radio covers across the state will be brought to 1A’s 3.63 million weekly listeners on 335 NPR stations.

Other NPR stations participating in the project are WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama; KUNC in Northern Colorado; Houston Public Media in Houston, Texas; KMUW in Wichita, Kansas; and Minnesota Public Radio in Minneapolis.

“To host a truly national conversation, we must leverage our connections to the powerful grassroots network of public media stations around the country,” said Andi McDaniel, senior director of content and news, WAMU. “1A Across America gives 1A the opportunity to uncover critical local conversations, tap into the original journalism taking place at partner public media stations like Michigan Radio, and bring it forth to national audiences.”

Believed Podcast From Michigan Radio and NPR Tells The Story Of Survivors Who Won Justice Against Larry Nassar

On October 22, Michigan Radio and NPR debuted a new podcast called Believed. It’s an in-depth exploration of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case. This podcast mini-series is not only an intimate look at how a team of female survivors, detectives, and prosecutors won justice, but also an unnerving exploration of how well-meaning adults can fail to believe. This timely coverage documents the survivors of one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history finding their power during an important cultural moment, when sexual abuse victims are still fighting to be believed, respected, and to get justice.

Believed is hosted by award-winning Michigan Radio reporters Kate Wells, who has exhaustively covered the Larry Nassar story since 2016, and Lindsey Smith, who led Michigan Radio’s Flint water crisis investigative team.

The Believed podcast is being distributed by NPR, and it’s worth noting this is the first time that NPR is distributing a station-produced podcast. NPR is the leading publisher of podcasts in America, and has held Podtrac’s #1 spot since Podtrac began counting podcast audiences in May 2016.

For more information on the Believed podcast, click here.

 

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