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The Ambies 2024
Matt Deegan

The winners of The Ambies - The Podcast Academy’s fourth annual awards for excellence in audio

Press Release · Los Angeles, CA, USA ·

Tonight, The Podcast Academy (TPA), the preeminent professional podcast organization, announced winners at its fourth annual Awards for Excellence in Audio (The Ambies®) from the JW Marriott LA Live Los Angeles hosted by season 3 winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars,” Trixie Mattel. Additionally, Malcolm Gladwell was honored with the esteemed Governors Award, which recognizes a podcast or individual for the compelling influence they’ve had on the industry; and pop-culture podcaster Ira Madison III received the Impact Award, which recognizes an individual or podcast that has made a significant, positive effect on its listeners.

The Ambies celebrate excellence in podcasting and elevate awareness and status of podcasts as a unique and personal medium for entertainment, information, storytelling and expression. The ceremony highlighted 192 nominees across 27 categories with winners selected by every voting member of The Podcast Academy (TPA).


    Slow Burn
    Play trailerPodcast of The Year (Sponsored by OUTFRONT) Slow Burn: Becoming Justice Thomas
    From: Slate Podcasts
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
    Play trailerBest Business Podcast: Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
    From: Wondery | Bloomberg
    Hosted by: ART19
    How Did This Get Made?
    Best Comedy Podcast: How Did This Get Made?
    From: Earwolf and Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, Jason Mantzoukas
    Hosted by: Simplecast
    Stitch Please
    Play trailerBest DIY Podcast: STITCH PLEASE (Black Women Stitch with editing support from Podcast Laundry)
    From: Lisa Woolfork
    Hosted by: Captivate
    Ghost Story
    Play trailerBest Documentary Podcast: Ghost Story
    From: Wondery | Pineapple Street Studios
    Hosted by: ART19
    The Cobain 50
    Play trailerBest Entertainment Podcast (Sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter): 50 Years of Hip-Hop (feed is now The Cobain 50)
    From: KEXP
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    PREVIA: A Tech Heist
    Best Fiction Podcast PREVIA: A Tech Heist(Sonoro and Audible)
    From: Audible Originals
    Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children
    Play trailerBest History Podcast: Unreformed: the Story of the Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children (School of Humans and iHeartPodcasts)
    From: iHeartPodcasts
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    Weight For It
    Play trailerBest Indie Podcast Host or Hosts: Ronald Young Jr. for Weight For It
    From: ohitsBigRon Studios
    Hosted by: PRX
    Weight For It
    Play trailerBest Indie Podcast (Sponsored by Tenderfoot TV): Weight For It
    From: ohitsBigRon Studios
    Hosted by: PRX
    Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus
    Play trailerBest Interview Podcast: Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus
    From: Lemonada Media
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    Darknet Diaries
    Best Knowledge, Science or Tech Podcast: Darknet Diaries
    From: Jack Rhysider
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Today, Explained
    Play trailerBest News Podcast: Today, Explained
    From: Vox
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Play On Podcasts
    Play trailerBest Original Score and Music Supervision: Lindsay Jones for Othello, in Play on Podcasts
    From: Next Chapter Podcasts
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Yes We Cannabis
    Best Performance in Audio Fiction: Sam Richardson, Method Man, Langston Kerman for Yes We Cannabis
    From: Audible Originals
    Dear Alana,
    Play trailerBest Personal Growth / Spirituality Podcast: Dear Alana
    From: Tenderfoot TV & iHeartPodcasts
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    The Cat In The Hat Cast
    Play trailerBest Podcast for Kids: The Cat In The Hat Cast (Wondery, Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Story Pirates)
    From: Wondery
    Hosted by: ART19
    The Empty Grave of Comrade Bishop
    Play trailerBest Podcast Host or Hosts: Martine Powers for The Empty Grave of Comrade Bishop
    From: The Washington Post
    Hosted by: The Washington Post
    The NPR Politics Podcast
    Best Politics or Opinion Podcast: The NPR Politics Podcast
    From: NPR
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Play trailerBest Production and Sound Design (Sponsored by Dolby): Ramtin Arablouei, Rund Abdelfatah, Lawrence Wu, Julie Caine for Throughline
    From: NPR
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    The 13th Step
    Play trailerBest Reporting: Lauren Chooljian for The 13th Step
    From: NHPR
    Hosted by: Simplecast
    Ad Lucem
    Play trailerBest Scriptwriting, Fiction: Troian Bellisario, Joshua Close for Ad Lucem
    From: QCODE
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Code Switch
    Play trailerBest Scriptwriting, Nonfiction: B.A. Parker for Code Switch
    From: NPR
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Weight For It
    Play trailerBest Society and Culture Podcast: Weight For It
    From: ohitsBigRon Studios
    Hosted by: PRX
    New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce
    Best Sports Podcast: New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce
    From: Wave Sports + Entertainment
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    The Girlfriends
    Play trailerBest True Crime Podcast: The Girlfriends
    From: iHeartPodcasts & Novel
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    Best Wellness or Relationships Podcast: Embodied
    From: WUNC
    Hosted by: PRX


Founded in February 2020, The Podcast Academy is a not-for-profit professional membership organization that celebrates excellence in podcasting and elevates awareness of podcasts as an indispensable medium for entertainment, information, and creative expression. It values individual and organizational creators alike, of all backgrounds and means, and defines achievement through the values of quality, creativity, innovation, inclusion, and impact. The Podcast Academy provides community, professional development, and industry connections through inclusive, dynamic programming. For more information about The Podcast Academy, please visit and follow/like/subscribe on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Linkedin. Visit our donation page to support our mission.

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