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September 11, 2015

WGBH News and The GroundTruth Project Launch New Podcast


“GroundTruth” podcast to offer in-depth feature reporting on international issues

First season will explore America’s longest war and conflict in Afghanistan

(BOSTON, Mass.) – Today WGBH News and The GroundTruth Project announced the launch of a new podcast, “GroundTruth,” that will take listeners to the front lines of the most urgent global issues. The bi-weekly podcast’s richly textured, rigorously reported stories will explore the interconnectedness of today’s world, uncovering deeper themes that international headlines often overlook and revealing surprising ideas from seemingly disparate people and places. It combines the reporting resources of Boston public broadcaster WGBH’s multi-channel newsroom with The GroundTruth Project’s network of correspondents around the world. 

Season One launches on the 14th anniversary of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan. It will run for six episodes and expands on the reporting of a three-part series from The GroundTruth Project and WGBH titled “Foreverstan: Afghanistan and The Road to Ending America's Longest War.” The first two episodes explore the origins of the war in Afghanistan and the genesis of the United States’ awareness of the threat of international terrorism from Al Qaeda and its ensuing response, the War on Terror. The third episode will examine the war’s impact on the people of Afghanistan, focusing on an Afghan girls’ school.

Hosted by Charles Sennott, founder and executive director of The GroundTruth Project, and co-founder of GlobalPost, each “GroundTruth” episode will feature a correspondent taking the listener on an audio journey. Nathan Tobey, who previously worked on digital and engagement strategy with WGBH and PBS’s FRONTLINE, leads the production.

“GroundTruth” will be available on iTunes and SoundCloud. A preview of the podcast’s first episode will air on PRI’s The World today.

“The world is more interdependent than ever before. From climate change to immigration to the stock market, what happens in one place affects every place. We hope to take people on a journey as we work in the field to help audiences understand the human stories behind the challenges we all face,” said Charles Sennott, a longtime foreign correspondent and executive director of The GroundTruth Project.

“We read the international headlines, but rarely do we truly understand what's happening on the ground. We are eager to marry the reporting strengths of WGBH News and The GroundTruth Project in this new medium and provide meaningful context to international headlines in the way that only public media storytelling can,” said Phil Redo, general manager for WGBH Radio.

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web. Television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston's Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. wgbh.org

The WGBH News team draws on the talent of a multi-platform newsroom that includes radio, television and digital reporting. The newsroom continues to invest in quality, substantive news coverage with local context and crafting the stories that only public media can tell. wgbhnews.org

About The GroundTruth Project
The GroundTruth Project is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and supporting a new generation of international correspondents. Based at WGBH in Boston, GroundTruth focuses on social justice issues and publishes in-depth, multimedia reporting. These projects reach a wide audience through a host of editorial partnerships including PRI’s The World, PBS NewsHour, NOVA, MSNBC, Huffington Post, The Atlantic and others. thegroundtruthproject.org



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