Vox’s flagship daily news podcast Today, Explained is making its debut on public radio today via a distribution partnership with WNYC Studios. Marking Vox Media’s first major foray into terrestrial radio, the partnership will bring Vox’s signature explanatory journalism to the public radio ecosystem with more than 50 public radio stations across the country airing the show at launch (with more expected to join in the coming months), including Philadelphia’s WHYY, Oregon Public Broadcasting, New Hampshire Public Radio, Cincinnati Public Radio, New Orleans Public Radio, Baton Rouge’s WRKF, and more (full station listing below). Hosted by WNYC and NPR alums Sean Rameswaram and Noel King, Today, Explained empowers audiences to understand the world around them, each day breaking down a single news story or cultural phenomenon in an approachable, inspiring, and helpful way. The radio edition will continue this mission, shepherding public radio listeners through politics and policy, business, pop culture, food, science, and everything else that matters.
“Broadcasting this podcast on public radio stations across the country has been a dream of mine since we launched back in early 2018,” says Rameswaram, who joined Vox after holding roles at WNYC Studios’ Radiolab, WNYC and PRI’s Studio 360, and more, and co-created Today, Explained. “From the jump, the show has tackled the news by interrogating all perspectives and angles while appealing to the broadest audience imaginable. We champion journalism from our colleagues at Vox Media, but also local papers, member stations, well known entities, and international outlets that fly under the radar. Sharing our work with public radio stations is the ultimate fulfillment of our mission to help as many listeners as possible understand the news.”
“I am thrilled to be returning to public radio stations across the country with Today, Explained,” says King, who joined Vox earlier this year after serving as a host of NPR’s Morning Edition and Up First, and previously as a producer on WNYC’s The Takeaway. “Public radio airwaves are a valuable, limited resource, and for stations to choose our show is both an honor and a testament to the work our team does every day. I’m so glad we’re finding a home in the public media ecosystem that we have known and loved since the start of our careers.”
Though the list will continue to grow, the networks carrying Today, Explained as of today includes (the full list of stations is available here):
- WEVO / New Hampshire Public Radio (Concord, NH)
- WITF (Harrisburg, PA)
- WVPS / Vermont Public Radio (Burlington)
- WVXU / Cincinnati Public Radio (Cincinnati)
- WHYY (Philadelphia)
- WRKF (Baton Rouge, LA)
- WWNO / New Orleans Public Radio (New Orleans)
- WCBU (Peoria, IL)
- WGLT (Normal, IL)
- KOPB / Oregon Public Broadcasting (Portland)
- WUOM / Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)
- WUFT (Gainesville, FL)
- WLPR / Lakeshore Public Media (Lowell, IN)
About WNYC Studios
WNYC Studios is the premier producer of on-demand and broadcast audio, and home to some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed and popular podcasts, including Radiolab, On the Media, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Death, Sex & Money, Dolly Parton’s America, The Experiment, and The United States of Anxiety. WNYC Studios is leading the new golden age in audio with podcasts and national radio programs that inform, inspire, and delight millions of curious and highly engaged listeners across digital, mobile, and broadcast platforms. Programs include personal narratives, deep journalism, revealing interviews, and smart entertainment as varied and intimate as the human voice itself. For more information, visit wnyc studios.org.
About Vox Media Podcast Network
Named by Adweek as 2021’s “Hottest in Podcasts,” Vox Media Podcast Network has over 150 active shows featuring industry-leading editorial voices and storytellers from Vox Media’s networks and beyond. From daily news and tech to culture and sports, and talk and interview shows to news and rich narrative storytelling, the Vox Media Podcast Network is one of the largest, fastest-growing, and most topically diverse collections of premium podcasts. Learn more about the Vox Media Podcast Network here.
About Vox Media
Vox Media is the leading modern media company, reaching audiences everywhere they are. Known for editorial properties including Vox, SB Nation, New York Magazine, The Dodo, and NowThis, the company’s portfolio features the most relevant, respected, and engaging editorial properties and voices. The company is also home to award-winning storytelling businesses such as Vox Media Studios and the Vox Media Podcast Network, as well as innovative technologies that support the entire media industry, including the Concert advertising marketplace. Vox Media proves that quality can scale.