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Acclaimed new podcast 'Telescope' explores the black lives matter movement in special episodes this week


New York NY, USA—Telescope, the new tri-weekly podcast about life in the time of Coronavirus from audio production leader Neon Hum, has been devoting all of its programming this week to the Black Lives Matter movement in a special run of new episodes.

Hosted by Neon Hum’s senior editor Catherine Saint Louis and managing producer John Asante, original podcasts this Monday, Wednesday and Friday are featuring candid conversations about racial injustice, inequality and activism with leading activists on the front lines of the Black Lives Matter protests and respected journalists covering the unfolding events. Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien will join “Telescope” for Friday’s Juneteenth episode to discuss the effect videos of police brutality are having on the current protest movement, the impact of coronavirus amid civil unrest and more.

“Telescope” schedule for the week of June 15, 2020

Black Lives: Two Pandemics

Monday’s “Telescope” profiles two activists with different journeys to organize protests during the pandemic. Army veteran KC Short shares his experience becoming a first-time protester and organizer overnight, while Black Lives Matter Los Angeles co-founder Melia Abdullah discusses the group’s ongoing efforts to stand up against police brutality and managing protests with new interest in the movement.

Black Lives: Tik-Toking Your Wokeness

Wednesday’s new episode focuses on the relationship between social media, the pandemic, and the anti-racist protests. In conversation with Slate reporter Julia Craven, the team dives into how social media’s role is cyclical: it is both impacting and being impacted by the various tragedies that have unfolded over the last few months.

Black Lives: Juneteenth with Soledad O’Brien

Friday, June 19 is Juneteenth, an often overlooked date in American history that symbolizes the end of slavery in the United States. “Telescope” features a conversation with award-winning journalist, Soledad O’Brien to discuss the media’s handling of this moment, how the history of racial injustice can inform us today, and how COVID-19 is still impacting all of us in the midst of civil unrest.

Listeners can subscribe to “Telescope” on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. Click here to listen to “Telescope.”

About Telescope

“Telescope” was launched to connect people during isolation and away from their normal routine. Host Jonathan Hirsch brings listeners stories of how each of us are learning to live through the pandemic. Original episodes are available each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

About Neon Hum

Founded by producer, reporter and sound designer Jonathan Hirsch, Los Angeles based Neon Hum is a podcast production company specializing in narrative-driven, high production value, “audio first” documentaries, talk shows and partner content. In December 2019, Sony Music announced a strategic investment in Neon Hum as part of a new creative partnership between the two companies to expand their original podcast content and launch a range of new shows across multiple genres beginning in 2020.

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