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.
“When you stop the story and say, ‘That’s fake. That doesn’t sound like it appeals to me,’’ you cut yourself off from what a story does and what storytellers are here to do,” Ava DuVernay says in this Peabody Conversation after accepting a 2016 Peabody Award for “13th.” It was honored “for its exhaustive, critical, and courageous examination of crime, race, the criminal justice system, and struggles for social justice.”
Women are facing the same battles today as in the 1950s, Rachel Brosnahan says in this Peabody Conversation with her fellow cast and creators of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Peabody Awards honored the program for “bringing together period drama and the feminist comedy and producing a magical mixture.”
“I wanted to take a really politicized topic and humanize it,” Hilary Linder, director and producer of “Indivisible” explains in this Peabody Conversation. The intimate story of three DACA recipients or “Dreamers” was honored with a Peabody Award for “telling a story about courage, action and hope.”
“I think it’s important to keep people in power a little on their toes and afraid they’re going to be made fun of and what we’re going to say about them,” Chris Kelly, writer for “Saturday Night Live,” says about the role satire plays in politics. Kelly, along with fellow writer Sarah Schneider, accepted a 2017 Peabody Award for SNL’s comedic take on an exceptionally divisive election season and its aftermath.
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.
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.
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.