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Family Ghosts Podcast makes long-awaited return

PRESS RELEASE — May 17, 2019

Dallas TX, New York NY, US—Family Ghosts has returned for its much anticipated second season. The popular podcast, which has been called “utterly absorbing” by Apartment Therapy, launched its new season on Wednesday, dropping two new episodes - the first installments in a three-part series on the Love Family Cult.

“Our team has worked so hard to build on the vision we laid out in our first season, and I’m so thrilled that listeners will finally get to hear the fruits of those efforts,” said Family Ghosts creator and host, Sam Dingman. “We’ve done our best to assemble a diverse, eclectic array of stories and storytelling styles to share with the Ghost Family.”

Dingman, who has been a producer for WNYC’s On the Media, senior editor of You Must Remember This, and was the founding producer of Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn, has been working on the new batch of episodes for nearly 2 years, alongside an all-star team of producers from across podcasts & public radio, including Kirya Traber, Lindsey Kratochwill, Posey Gruener, Meara Sharma, Jennifer Lai, Jacob Smith, Odelia Rubin, Janielle Kastner, Micaela Bly and more.

The 10-episode (plus bonuses) season will investigate a diverse array of family legends. A psychedelic commune, internment camp survivors, a long-lost stack of secret love letters, a scandalous affair, something called the Chinese Food Incident - all will feature in the second season of Family Ghosts. But despite the sensational storylines, the podcast maintains a very personal, human and touching overtone. It’s understandable why Family Ghosts was named an Editor’s Pick by NPROne, has been called a “quirky meditation” by the LA Times, and why the Irish Times says “It feels like listening to an especially fascinating acquaintance telling a long story in a pub, through the lens of a 1990s American high-school comedy.”

Family Ghosts season 2 marks a new era for the show, moving from Panoply to Spoke Media. “The stories Sam and his team weave on Family Ghosts are special - they stick with you long after you hear them,” said Spoke Media co-founder & EVP of Content, Alia Tavakolian. “I’m so excited that Spoke gets to be a part of that.”

Family Ghosts’ Season 2 is the third podcast launch from Spoke Media in recent months, joining the daily comedy FNU: The Fake News Update, and So, Bob, a podcast investigating the hidden consequences of modern technology. Spoke has another new podcast, Untitled Dad Project, scheduled for June release, with Hot and Bothered, a new show from the creators of Harry Potter & The Sacred Text, set to premiere in July.

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About Family Ghosts

Every house is haunted. In each episode of Family Ghosts, we investigate the true story behind a mysterious figure whose legend has followed a family for generations.

Grandmothers who were secretly jewel smugglers, uncles who led double lives, siblings who vanished without a trace…these specters cast shadows over our lives in ways that might not be immediately obvious. But we are all formed in part by our familial collections of secrets, intrigues, and myths. By engaging with each others’ legends, perhaps we can see each others’ realities more clearly.

On Family Ghosts, the families are real, the ghosts are metaphorical, and the truth is always relative.

Family Ghosts is hosted by Moth Grand Slam winner Sam Dingman, whose stories have been featured on Risk!, TBTL, Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything, and The Moth Radio Hour. Sam was a producer for WNYC’s On the Media, senior editor of You Must Remember This, and the founding producer of Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn.

About Spoke Media

Spoke Media is a premier podcast content company on a mission to tell great stories and pass the mic. A proud member of the High 5 Media family of companies, Spoke’s previous work has earned a 2017 Academy of Podcasters Award nomination, the 2018 Society For Features Journalism Award for Best Podcast, and a finalist spot for a 2019 Shorty Award.

Spoke’s other original podcasts include FNU: The Fake News Update and So, Bob, as well as the upcoming Untitled Dad Project and Hot and Bothered.

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