Actors Josie TotahAlycia Pascual Pena + Yasmine Hamadi make your podcast debut; new The desert with Jon Favreau; Tommy Vietor co-production with Men in Blazers

LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Crooked Media, a progressive independent media company that delivers bold content to entertain, inform and inspire action, announces its new development slate, with podcasts covering culture, politics and foreign affairs. The 2022 slate includes three original premieres, a new acquisition, new seasons of award-winning favorites and a spin-off series in partnership with hit Show of men in blazerswith more to announce.

Crooked Media has launched over 30 podcasts and digital series since its inception in 2017. The current lineup of ambitious storytelling and analysis generates over 21 million monthly downloads and consistently tops competitive podcast charts. Crooked has received over 50 awards and nominations since 2018, including a prestigious Peabody Award nomination.

New podcasts coming soon include:

Dare we sayhosted by three young actors and best friends including Critic’s Choice candidate Josie Totah (Saved by the bell, Mr. Mayor), Alycia Pascual Pena (Saved by the Bell, Moxie)and Yasmine Hamadi (“Pretty Boy”, “Dear Mom”), will cover everything from hookup culture and social media to structural racism and LGBTQ+ rights. They’ll be joined by actors, activists, comedians, pundits, politicians and teen idols as they break down and try to make sense of the world their generation has been entrusted with. The weekly talk show will launch in late summer 2022.

Imani State witty, a weekly podcast hosted by a psychiatrist and TV personality dr. Iman Walker and comedian co-host Megan “MegScoop” Thomas — who set out to normalize conversations about mental health by sharing personal and professional experiences. The show is the latest podcast acquisition for Crooked Media and will return with new episodes in July.

While our democracy is still reeling from the post-Trump era, reproductive, electoral and LGBTQ+ rights are being dismantled and misinformation continues to mislead and divide voters across America, Jon Favreau is back with the third season of wild nature, a hit series exploring the past, present and future of the Democratic Party. We’ll hear directly from voters — from first-timers to party-switchers to disengaged — in battleground states who will decide the upcoming midterm elections. The Wilderness will premiere in September 2022.

Building on the success of Crooked Media’s hit Rubiconthe new spin-off positively terrible is a deep dive with the editor of Crooked Brian Beutler in the headlines and trends that perpetuate anxiety in today’s news, leaving listeners with a richer understanding of the value of staying engaged. This series will air this summer on the Rubicon podcast feed.

In view of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Tommy Vietorforeign policy series Save the world caption teams up with Roger Bennett of North America #1 Football Podcast Show of men in blazers for a limited series about the most-watched global sporting event in history. They will tackle the ethically burdensome and morally bankrupt circumstances that led to Qatar as the host country of the World Cup. The series will premiere in both podcast streams in fall 2022.

The name Zhanna Nemtsova may be familiar to Crooked audiences from past episodes of Save the world caption or to those who have heard of his father, leader of the Russian opposition Boris Nemtsovwho was allegedly murdered by Putin’s thugs in 2015. On Another Russia co-hosted by Ben Rhodes, she shares the personal and timely story of her family caught in the crossfire of Russian history. They will explore his father’s legacy, his assassination and what it means to Russia, Ukraine and the world at this critical time. The series will air in late summer 2022.

“What an exciting time at Crooked Media. This year we have more original programming than ever – part of our goal to tell impactful stories and ensure our community of listeners can get through the day without removing a their headsets only once.” mentioned Sarah Geismerhead of creative development and production at Crooked Media.

“With shows like Dare We Say and Imani State of Mind, among others, we believe this incredible and diverse lineup of voices and talent will also attract the next wave of Crooked fans to the network,” said Sandy Girard, Executive Vice President of Programming at Crooked Media.

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About Crooked Media
Crooked believes we need a better conversation about politics, culture and the world around us – a conversation that doesn’t just focus on what’s broken, but what we can do to fix it. At a time when it’s increasingly easy to feel cynical or hopeless, former Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Jon Lovettand Tommy Vietor have created a place where people can have honest conversations and tell stories that inform, entertain and inspire action. In 2017, they launched Crooked with Pod Save America, a no-bullshit conversation about politics. Since then, they’ve continued to add new shows, voices, and opportunities for activism through our Vote Save America platform, because it’s up to each of us to do our part to engage in our democracy and build a better world.

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Daniel C. Williams