EXCLUSIVE: Jon Meacham, the Pultizer Prize-winning historian, expands his relationship with Cadence13 with the launch of his own podcast studio.
Meacham launched Shining City Audio to produce a roster of history-centric documentaries and audio series with the original branch of the company owned by Audacy.
It comes on the back of Meacham’s broadcasts, including It was said and Hope, through history.
The joint venture also established its initial list of shows, which includes two new series written and narrated by Meacham, including The fate of the facts, a limited edition series launched on April 28. The show examines how and why so many conservative Americans have become prone to disinformation and anti-democratic narratives. Meacham is also launching a daily podcast focused on this day in history.
The slate will also include History is us, a documentary podcast franchise written and narrated by author, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Professor Emeritus at James S. McDonnell University and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.
The series will explore how American history, indelibly shaped by race, haunts us, and how our past failures and refusals to admit them continue to shape the way we live our lives today. Topics Glaude will explore in the first season include: reconstruction, the impact of electing first black president Barack Obama, Black Lives Matter, and more.
Elsewhere, legendary NBA coach Doc Rivers will narrate a sports-focused version of the It was said franchise, written by Meacham, highlighting some of the most important and timeless speeches in sports history.
Meacham and Chris Corcoran, Director of Content, Cadence13, will direct and serve as executive producers for the new studio.
“I am honored to be part of the Cadence13 team,” said Meacham. “Our mission is simple: to use this amazing kind of storytelling to try to shed light in a public arena where it’s easier and more common to generate heat. The issues are so important: race, power, wealth, the truth itself. Hoping that we can be a place where listeners find perspectives they might not expect – points of view and viewing angles that will aid in the work of being engaged and, ideally, enlightened citizens. at a difficult hour in the life of the nation. “
“Jon has been an incredible partner within the Cadence13 family, and the work we have already created together is something we are very proud of,” added Chris Corcoran. “We are honored to be able to deepen our relationship with Jon and to create this incredible new imprint with the continued goal of connecting listeners to the story. It is more than special that Dr Eddie Glaude and Coach Doc Rivers join us for this new imprint, and we can’t wait to get down to work on building something historic together.