The Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards

  • 2019 Nominees
    In April 2020, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors selected 60 nominees representing the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2019. Each year, nominees are chosen from approximately 1,300 entries across news, entertainment, documentary, children's, public service, and web/interactive programming. From this group, 30 programs are chosen to receive the coveted award.
  • 16 Shots (SHOWTIME)
    16 Shots

    This moving and impressively comprehensive forensic account from director Rick Rowley examines the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police.

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  • 70 Million
    70 Million

    This standout series on criminal justice reform crosses the country to document the impact of local jails on people and communities.

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  • A Different Kind of Force: Policing Mental Illness (NBC News)
    A Different Kind of Force: Policing Mental Illness

    2019 Centered in San Antonio and Houston, this one-hour documentary brings compassion and care to the story of how local law enforcement handles people with mental illness...

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  • American Betrayal (NBC/MSNBC)
    American Betrayal

    2019 In fall 2019, President Trump ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the northern Syrian border, effectively abandoning longtime allies the Kurds, and opening the door...

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  • American Factory (Netflix)
    American Factory

    Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s film offers an excellent fly-on-the-wall account of the arrival of the Fuyao factory and its Chinese leadership in Moraine, Ohio...

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  • Apollo 11 (CNN)
    Apollo 11

    2019 Apollo 11 reminds us of a time before SpaceX when America celebrated scientific accomplishment, when engineers, test pilots, human “computers,” and government agencies...

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  • Border Hustle
    Border Hustle

    A troubling account of those on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border profiting off migrants, from coyotes to ICE labor camps, and re-victimizing them.

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  • Capitol Hill Controversy (WTVF-TV)
    Capitol Hill Controversy

    A dogged, revelatory, and continuing investigation of highly toxic culture at the Tennessee state house.

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  • Chernobyl (HBO)
    Chernobyl

    2019 With unsparing intensity and haunting detail, Chernobyl recounts the aftermath of the nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Power Plant, which occurred on April 26, 1986...

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  • Coal's Deadly Dust (PBS)
    Coal's Deadly Dust

    Powerful, up-close investigation of the rise of black lung disease among coal miners, and the lack of effective response.

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  • David Makes Man (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
    David Makes Man

    2019 Moonlight, writer Tarell Alvin McCraney's semi-autobiographical story of a queer black boy coming of age in a candy-colored South Florida housing project, transfixed...

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  • Detained
    Detained

    This project tells the story from 1978 to now of the U.S. government's detention of asylum seekers, mixing archival footage, data analysis, interactivity, and...

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  • Dickinson (Apple TV+)
    Dickinson

    2019 Dickinson is hard to describe because it’s so fresh. A mixture of literary period drama, teen drama, and romantic comedy, ostensibly it follows the life of famed...

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  • Dolly Parton's America (WNYC)
    Dolly Parton's America

    2019 During one of the most divisive periods in American history, Dolly Parton is the “great unifier,” whose music speaks to people of diverse backgrounds and ideological...

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  • Finding Fred (iHeartMedia)
    Finding Fred

    Carvell Wallace seeks the soul, magic, and ministry of Fred Rogers in a multipart podcast that asks a key, if under-asked, question for our day: How can we be...

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  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
    Fleabag

    2019 Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s dark comedy Fleabag has been referred to as profane, profound, shambolic, and one of the most distinctive productions of Peak TV.

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  • Flint's Deadly Water (PBS/WGBH)
    Flint's Deadly Water

    An impressively comprehensive report on Flint, Michigan, focusing on the less-reported presence of Legionnaires' disease in the water.

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  • Float (Disney+)
    Float

    A figuratively and literally uplifting animated short about parenting a child who is different from their peers.

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  • For Sama (PBS)
    For Sama

    2019 What is it like to live in the confines of a brutal war zone, in one of the few functioning hospitals constantly under brutal bombardment from Bashar al-Assad's...

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  • Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal (C13Originals)
    Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal

    The first season of the podcast mixes sterling and deep journalistic investigation with thoughtful framing analysis to explore 2019's college admissions...

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  • Good Omens (Prime Video)
    Good Omens

    This adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's novel about the unlikely friendship of an evil and a good angel and the march to the end of the world...

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  • Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul (WXPN)
    Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul

    CeCe Winans hosts an engaging three-part documentary series celebrating and uncovering the influence of African American gospel music on early rock-and-roll...

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  • Have You Heard George's Podcast? (BBC Sounds)
    Have You Heard George's Podcast?

    2019 George Mpanga's Have You Heard George's Podcast? is a remarkable and arresting creative engagement with European colonialism and the Black Atlantic consciousness...

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  • Headlong: Running From COPS (Stitcher)
    Headlong: Running From COPS

    Dan Taberski's podcast explores the ethics, impact, and problems of the long-running reality show "COPS," offering as much fun as substance and analysis.

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  • In The Dark: The Path Home (APM Reports)
    In The Dark: The Path Home

    2019 Beginning in 2018, In the Dark‘s second season studied the case of Curtis Flowers, a Mississippi man who stood trial six times for the same murders. At the center...

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  • Independent Lens: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING (PBS)
    Independent Lens: HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING

    2019 If John Coltrane's Alabama stands as one of the most iconic artistic expressions capturing the mournful horrors and tragedies of Civil Rights-era Alabama...

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  • Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you're a girl) (A+E)
    Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you're a girl)

    The story of a skateboarding camp and school for girls in Afghanistan, Carol Dysinger's delightful film empathetically charts the young skaters as they...

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  • Leaving Neverland (HBO)
    Leaving Neverland

    A brave if deeply troubling account from Dan Reed of pop legend Michael Jackson's relationships with children, told through profiles of James...

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  • Long Island Divided
    Long Island Divided

    2019 Newsday's three-year-long investigation of housing discrimination and its impact on Long Island's suburban towns and communities is local investigative journalism...

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  • Molly of Denali (PBS Kids)
    Molly of Denali

    2019 An alarming 20% of Americans believe indigenous people no longer exist. And only 13% of state history standards across the U.S. cover information about Native...

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  • One Child Nation (Prime Video)
    One Child Nation

    Directors Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang powerfully explore the impact of China's one child policy on the parents and siblings who lost loved ones, on those...

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  • Our Boys (HBO)
    Our Boys

    Gripping and heart-wrenching, the series tells the story of the 2014 "retaliation" kidnapping and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, and the ensuing investigation.

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  • Police. Arrest (Now News)
    Police. Arrest

    A bold and revelatory report into the Hong Kong police force's treatment of anti-extradition bill protesters.

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  • POV: América (PBS)
    POV: América

    A beautiful portrait from Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside of grandsons taking care of their charming 93-year-old grandmother in Colima, Mexico.

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  • POV: Inventing Tomorrow (PBS)
    POV: Inventing Tomorrow

    2019 In a world full of existential crises—climate change, pollution, environmental degradation—it feels like at every turn we are confronted with seemingly unsolvable...

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  • POV: Midnight Traveler (PBS)
    POV: Midnight Traveler

    2019 Midnight Traveler begins with director Hassan Fazili and his wife Nargis deciding they must leave their home of Afghanistan, accompanied by their two small children.

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  • POV: Roll Red Roll (PBS)
    POV: Roll Red Roll

    Harrowing yet powerful retelling by Nancy Schwartzman of the 2012 rape of a teenage girl by members of a beloved high school football team in Steubenville...

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  • POV: The Distant Barking of Dogs (PBS)
    POV: The Distant Barking of Dogs

    2019 Without a word of narration, Simon Lereng Wilmont's beautiful, moving, and nuanced documentary The Distant Barking of Dogs chronicles life in a war zone through...

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  • POV: The Silence of Others (PBS)
    POV: The Silence of Others

    2019 While at first blush, the sentiment to put nastiness behind oneself, forget, and move on may sound laudable, Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar's The Silence...

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  • Ramy (Hulu)
    Ramy

    2019 Described as the first Muslim American sitcom, Ramy broke barriers and taboos on television—and in the mosque—when the half-hour comedy series debuted on Hulu.

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  • Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Raced to Death - The Plight of the American Thoroughbred (HBO)
    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Raced to Death—The Plight of the American Thoroughbred

    Hard-hitting and important account of the high incidence of racehorse deaths and their poor treatment in the United States.

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  • Sea of Shadows (National Geographic)
    Sea of Shadows

    This action-packed documentary examines the illegal trade from Mexican cartels to Chinese traffickers of the rare totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez...

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  • Silencing Science (Public radio, Reveal)
    Silencing Science

    Timely and damning, this investigation into the Trump administration’s rejection and censorship of the science of climate change focuses...

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  • Stonewall OutLoud (StoryCorps)
    Stonewall OutLoud

    StoryCorps marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising by collecting and sharing a wide-ranging selection of often beautifully told...

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  • Stranger Things (Netflix)
    Stranger Things

    2019 A summer blockbuster on television, Stranger Things fittingly returned to Netflix on the July 4 weekend. Led by a gifted ensemble cast including an...

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  • Succession (HBO)
    Succession

    2019 A gleeful, brainy send-up of New York City media conglomerates and one percenters, Succession revels in the dysfunction of the Roy family and its members'...

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  • Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime)
    Surviving R. Kelly

    2019 Lifetime's explosive Surviving R. Kelly, a six-part documentary series, exposed decades-worth of alleged sexual misconduct and abuse of underage girls...

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  • The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow (Pineapple Street Studios)
    The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow

    Ronan Farrow immerses listeners in the story about bringing Harvey Weinstein to justice.

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  • The Edge of Democracy (Netflix)
    The Edge of Democracy

    2019 In The Edge of Democracy, director Petra Costa takes viewers through a first-person narration of Brazil’s tumultuous political history over the last...

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  • The Hidden Workforce: Undocumented in America (CNN)
    The Hidden Workforce: Undocumented in America

    2019 This revealing look at undocumented workers in the United States takes the focus away from the border and places us instead in the American Midwest to show how...

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  • The Invisibles (NBC5/KXAS-TV)
    The Invisibles

    This Dallas-Fort Worth report explores the previously untold story of Texas-born children deported to Mexico who are unable to get paperwork...

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  • Threshold: The Refuge (Montana Public Radio)
    Threshold: The Refuge

    2019 An examination of whether 9 million roadless acres in the Alaska Wildlife Refuge—home to moose and caribou, wolves and foxes, but also multiple tribal communities...

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  • Treasure Island 2020 (BYUradio)
    Treasure Island 2020

    This wonderfully fun podcast inventively reworks Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, now with time traveling pirates.

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  • True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality (HBO)
    True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality

    2019 True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality is a portrait of the life and legal defense work of attorney Bryan Stevenson in representing the incarcerated...

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  • Unbelievable (Netflix)
    Unbelievable

    2019 Netflix's miniseries Unbelievable details two contrasting investigations, in Washington State and Colorado respectively, into the same serial rapist's...

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  • Unwarranted (WBBM-TV)
    Unwarranted

    2019 Imagine you're celebrating your child's fourth birthday party inside your home. There's a chocolate cake on the table and in the next room, a group of kids...

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  • Warrior Women (WORLD Channel)
    Warrior Women

    An intimate and soulful profile from Christina D. King and Elizabeth Castle of Madonna Thunder Hawk, an American Indian Movement leader...

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  • Watchmen (HBO)
    Watchmen

    2019 When HBO announced a new “remix” of Watchmen, Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, and John Higgins's classic work in the American superhero tradition, comic book...

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  • When They See Us (Netflix)
    When They See Us

    2019 Ava DuVernay's When They See Us is a touchstone for its historical moment, a powerful registry of the inhuman practices and degrading effects of 20th-century...

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  • Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men (SHOWTIME)
    Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men

    This four-part account by Sacha Jenkins of rap and hip-hop superstars Wu-Tang Clan skillfully plumbs the depths of their music, lives...

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