New Programming Initiatives
Tech & “Body Electric”
Manoush Zomorodi, host of 2023 Ambie winner TED Radio Hour, has been a tech journalist for decades, hosting TED talks, doing listener experiments and exploring our relationship with technology. And now, Zomorodi is turning her attention to another thorny tech problem: The relationship between our technology and our bodies. Body Electric is a new series that will investigate how our bodies are adapting, even evolving to meet the demands of the Information Age.
Zomorodi also announced that NPR will be piloting groundbreaking tech coverage that will push the envelope around how we live with our technology. Audiences can expect more of what NPR does best: breaking down complex topics into relevant and real stories that are fun to listen to and helpful. Stay tuned for more details on tech content from NPR.
Spirituality & Morality with Rachel Martin
Following tech announcements, long-time correspondent and host Rachel Martin dove into a new project she’s exploring around spirituality and morality, and what it means to be human in an increasingly complicated world. Still in development, Martin hopes to bring audiences intimate conversations with people who are building their own spiritual identities – trying to find their own answers to help them lead more meaningful lives.
“NPR is the perfect place for these conversations because unlike other news networks or podcast companies, our mission is to reflect the totality of the human experience,” said Martin.
Check out a recent sit-down with Bono, where the pair discusses the spiritual underpinnings of U2’s music. More to come soon on Rachel Martin’s new project.
Climate & NPR
Last year, NPR launched a desk solely focused on climate change and telling human-centered stories, with a goal of more depth and more coordination than ever before. Chief Climate Editor Andrea Kissack joined the Upfront to share more about the newly formed desk, saying “NPR is a firm believer that this is the most pressing issue of our time.”
Kissack also announced that this October, NPR is featuring a special week on climate solutions, bringing reporting and conversations from all over the network into programming on-air, online and across digital platforms. The NPR Climate Desk is setting out on a journey around the US and the world to find the innovators: the people behind the big and small ideas that are trying to solve the devastating effects of our warming planet.