Two Radiolab podcasts win duPont-Columbia awards

WNYC Studios’ Radiolab has been honored with two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. One is for the serialized series The Other Latif and the other is for The Flag and the Fury.

The Other Latif is a six-part series exploring the plight of Abdul Latif Nasser, also known as Detainee 244 at Guantanamo Bay. Though never convicted of — or even charged with — a crime, “the other Latif” has been a prisoner inside the world’s most notorious prison for nearly 19 years.

The Flag and the Fury charts the winding 126-year history of Mississippi’s state flag, from its origins as a Confederate battle flag to the present-day clash over its racist symbolism and the fight to replace it.

“I am incredibly proud of Radiolab for the unprecedented honor of being the first podcast ever to win two duPont-Columbia Awards in the same year,” said Goli Sheikholeslami, President and CEO, New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC Studios. “This recognition speaks to the deep ambition and boundless curiosity of the team, and their appetite to take on some of the thorniest and most complex stories of our time — fearlessly and in surprising new ways.”

It’s not the first duPont-Columbia recognition for WNYC. Previously, the network won two duPont-Columbia Awards in 2018 for its podcasts Trump, Inc. and Caught: The Lives of Juvenile Justice.

Brad Hill