Peabody Digital Network
Wes Unruh - 9/26/19
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.
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.
What inspires lifelong activists like Dolores Huerta? “Getting people to stand up for themselves and change the politics of the community,” she says in this Peabody Conversation. The subject of the Independent Lens documentary discusses her passion for seeking social justice for farm workers, the poor and women.
“These are stories that are buried in history, and if we don’t tell them now they’ll never be known,” says Hank Klibanoff, creator/host of “Buried Truths” in this Peabody Conversation. Producers David Barasoain and Je-Anne Berry of WABE joined the veteran journalist to discuss the podcast, which was developed out of a class at Emory University. In it, students investigate cold cases that bring to life the South’s history of voter suppression and racial injustice that resonate today.
“I really believe that animation is a force for change,” Rebecca Sugar says in this Peabody Conversation. The creator of “Steven Universe” uses the medium to tell stories that foster emotional intelligence and explore issues of identity and community. Peabody Awards honored it for being “a fantastical, even surreal series which nevertheless speaks to the human heart.”
Just four short years ago, “Pose” was a program that executives, studios and networks weren’t interested in producing, according to Steven Canals, co-creator, in this Peabody Conversation. Peabody Awards honored the first season of the FX series for “doing as much important representational work and storytelling in its quieter moments as on the ballroom floor.”
“A good story simply means putting yourself in the place of almost anybody, and bringing to people their stories. That’s really what it’s about,” Rita Moreno says in this backstage interview after accepting a Peabody Career Achievement Award, presented by Mercedes-Benz, in May.
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.