S-Town, Uncivil, and public media win Peabody Awards

The 2017 Peabody Awards winners for radio/podcast have been chosen. Serial Productions maintains its success rate, securing a win for its new podcast S-Town. The show uses an original audio novel format to explore the story of an unreported murder in Bibb County, Alabama. Uncivil: The Raid by Gimlet Media also took a win for its depiction of an event during the Civil War where newly escaped slaves helped free 750 of their brethren in South Carolina.

The other three winners in the radio/podcast category are:

  • Lost Mothers: Maternal Mortality in the U.S. from NPR and ProPublica
  • 74 Seconds from Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media
  • The Pope’s Long Con from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and Louisville Public Media

Worth noting: All five radio/podcast winners are produced by either public radio or pureplay podcasting (the Gimlet show). Commercial radio not represented as commercial TV is in that category (where winners include NBC, HBO, CNN, and CBS, alongside PBS and BBC).

Anna Washenko