Peabody Digital Network
The Peabody Digital Network is the media production arm of the Peabody Media Center. The network produces and circulates content that illuminates the social and political relevance of award-winning stories and guides public engagement with them. Network productions include:
- Peabody Conversations – a digital series that draws from the interviews conducted during the Peabody Awards ceremony.
- Peabody Spotlight – focuses on significant societal issues as represented through the storytelling of Peabody Award winners and finalists, as well as more than 75 years of broadcasting’s best programming.
- Peabody Award Ceremonies – relive past Peabody Award Ceremonies
- Quick Takes – short digital content that provides an introduction to Peabody Award-winning programs.
- Stories that Matter – podcast that draws from the interviews conducted during the Peabody Awards ceremony, special Peabody events, and other conversations with Peabody honorees.
Peabody Conversations is a digital series that draws from the interviews conducted during the Peabody Awards ceremony. For more Peabody Conversations, click here.
Terence Nance, the creative mind behind “Random Acts of Flyness,” explains in this Peabody Conversation that he hopes his storytelling and art “is useful to the community that sustained me and birthed me in ways that I can’t predict or prescribe.” Peabody Awards honored the 2018 HBO series for “breaking the mold of what we think television is and can be, especially televisual blackness.”
Most people know Lorraine Hansberry for her groundbreaking play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” But as filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain explains in this Peabody Conversation, she was also a radical activist. The American Masters documentary “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” is an intimate portrait of an innovative artist who made an indelible impact on American culture, especially among black writers, directors, and actors.
“I think we’ve always felt that documentary film has a critical role to play in the democratic process and a democratic society,” Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films says in this Peabody Conversation after accepting an Institutional Award on behalf of the organization. For 50 years, the nonprofit has indelibly shaped contemporary filmmaking through its commitment to nonfiction storytelling as an art form. Peabody honored Kartemquin for “its values rooted in social justice and democracy.”
For 50 years, “Sesame Street” has been advocating for school readiness, bringing the building blocks of learning to generations of children. Today, the organization continues to focus on the ABCs as well as empathy and community, broadening the reach far beyond the relatively new medium of television where it began.
Sometimes you have to “throw a rock to stir stagnant waters,” Kholoud Faqih says about becoming the first female Sharia judge in Palestine. In this Peabody Conversation, filmmaker Erika Cohn discusses how her Independent Lens documentary chronicling the daily challenges of “The Judge” addresses globally relevant women’s issues such as domestic violence and sexism.
“What we did overall was to tackle an institution that had a pattern of suppressing and ignoring women who were trying to get help,” Paula Lavigne says of “Spartan Silence: Crisis at Michigan State” in this Peabody Conversation with fellow ESPN reporter John Barr. The reports shed light on how sexual predators like Larry Nassar can go undetected for years while victims are silenced or not believed.
In this Peabody Conversation, creator/showrunner Michael Schur, joined by cast members D’Arcy Carden, William Jackson Harper, and Manny Jacinto, explains the genesis of “The Good Place.” The engaging fantasy-comedy about the afterlife nimbly tackles virtue ethics, deontology, nihilism, and the unfortunate effects of eating chili mixed with marshmallow Peeps—all in one scene.
Peabody Spotlight is a digital series that draws from the vast Peabody Archive, one of the largest repositories of audiovisual materials in the United States. Peabody Spotlight focuses on significant societal issues as represented through the storytelling of Peabody Award winners and finalists, as well as more than 75 years of broadcasting’s best programming.
When it comes to issues of racial equality, America faces an enduring struggle to provide justice, fairness and equality to all citizens. Narrated by Eric Deggans, “Tracing Race & Justice” visits stories that raise awareness about longstanding issues in policing and the criminal justice system and serve as an important call for change.
Narrated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, this Peabody Spotlight reveals dark truths while maintaining hope for change. The Peabody Media Center recently tracked stories about sexual assault and rape that expose a culture of complicity evident even before the rise of the #MeToo movement.
Peabody Archive materials illustrate that the conversation about race in Baltimore began long before the death of a young man, Freddie Gray, in police custody. This Peabody Spotlight demonstrates how the city’s conversation about race has evolved over the years, and reveals that poverty, class and lack of investment in infrastructure have long been key factors in the city’s struggles.
Peabody Spotlight - Black Power & Creative Expression
The explosive acts of racially motivated violence in the 1960s gave birth to more than just enmity between races and a national crisis—it fueled the creative passion of artists like Nina Simone, Gordon Parks, and James Brown. This installment of Peabody Spotlight revisits their work and its impact on the civil rights and Black Power movements of the time.
Peabody Spotlight - Storytellers: Black History
The United States would be a very different country if not for African-Americans, who played a central role in shaping its culture—from popular music to food—and continue to define it. This Peabody Spotlight takes a look at storytelling by filmmakers such as Henry Louis Gates Jr., whose work has helped bring the history of African-Americans to light.
34 recipients of the 76th Annual Peabody Awards were presented with awards on May 18, 2019 at Cipriani Wall Street® in New York City. The winners were chosen by the Peabody board of jurors as the best in electronic media for the year 2018. Ronan Farrow emceed.
33 recipients of the 77th Annual Peabody Awards were presented with awards on May 19, 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street® in New York City. The winners were chosen by the Peabody board of jurors as the best in electronic media for the year 2017. Hasan Minhaj emceed.
32 recipients of the 76th Annual Peabody Awards were presented with awards on May 20, 2017 at Cipriani Wall Street® in New York City. The winners were chosen by the Peabody board of jurors as the best in electronic media for the year 2016. Rashida Jones emceed.
33 recipients of the 75th Annual Peabody Awards were presented with awards on May 31, 2016 at Cipriani Wall Street® in New York City. The winners were chosen by the Peabody board of jurors as the best in electronic media for the year 2015. Keegan-Michael Key emceed.
Relive past Peabody Award Ceremonies with our video archive. For more past Peabody Ceremonies, click here.
Quick Takes address social issues of the day through reportage and backstage interviews with creators of Peabody Award-winning programs.
Did you miss “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”? Check out this Quick Take to see what the buzz is all about. The show won a 2017 Peabody Award “for bringing together the period drama and the feminist comedy and producing a magical mixture.”
“Pandora’s Box has been opened,” explains Alex Gibney. Here’s a quick take on how the filmmaker deconstructs the real threat of cyber warfare in 2016 Peabody Award winner Zero Days.
Quick Takes - 13th
“We put people away at a higher rate than any other country in the world,” explains filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Her 2016 Peabody Award-winning documentary 13th explores the history of incarceration in the U.S., including the criminalization of black males and police brutality.
Stories that Matter is a podcast that draws from the interviews conducted during the Peabody Awards ceremony, special Peabody events, and other conversations with Peabody honorees.
Creator of The Sopranos David Chase spoke with us for an hour about what it took to make one of the most revered TV shows of all time. Chase reflects on The Sopranos 15 years after it premiered in 1999 and sparked a renaissance in TV programming.
Creator of the Peabody Award-winning The Bernie Mac Show Larry Wilmore spoke with us about his history of writing for variety and sitcom programs, and the influences that went into his work.
Anthony Bourdain, host of the Peabody Award-winning program Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN, spoke with us about how creating his shows and finding interesting stories has challenged him professionally, as well as personally.
Sarah Koenig, host of Serial, and Julie Snyder, executive producer, tell about why they were hooked by a story of a man imprisoned for murder and the unexpected level of attention they received for telling that story.
A discussion with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich of WYNC’s Radio Lab, which won its second Peabody for the 2014 episode “60 words,” an exploration of how the “authorization to use military force” went into effect in the days after 9/11.