The Peabody Awards and Center for Media & Social Impact launch “We Disrupt this Broadcast”

Billboard featuring the first guests of "We Disrupt This Podcast": Quinta Brunson and Damon Lindelof.
"We Disrupt this Broadcast" is a new podcast from Peabody Awards and the Center for Media & Social Impact. Each episode features interviews with award-winning television creatives shaping the future of entertainment. (Photo: submitted)

The Peabody Awards and Center for Media & Social Impact launch “We Disrupt this Broadcast”

April 11, 2024

Quinta Brunson, Damon Lindelof, Ramy Youssef, Pamela Adlon, Charlie Brooker, and more medium-defining industry showrunners and writers are the featured guests on We Disrupt This Broadcast, a new podcast debuting this month from the Peabody Awards in partnership with the Center for Media & Social Impact ​​and distributed by public media organization PRX. Featuring intimate interviews with award-winning television creatives shaping the future of entertainment with disruptive new narratives and creative approaches, the monthly podcast is hosted by Gabe González (comedian, writer and actor), as well as guest hosts Joyelle Nicole Johnson (actress, writer, and stand up comedian), Caty Borum (executive director of the Center for Media & Social Impact), and Jeffrey Jones (executive director of The Peabody Awards).

The Peabody Awards were founded in 1940 at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia and are still based in Athens today.

 An audio trailer is available now alongside two episodes featuring Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers) and Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary). New episodes will be released monthly, the second Thursday of every month. The podcast is available free on-demand across all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeart and Overcast.

We Disrupt This Broadcast focuses on industry disruption through some of today’s most powerful and compelling television narratives from critically-acclaimed creatives, shows that are re-imagining the world and tackling the big issues that move us forward. From intimate interviews with award-winning TV creatives to real talk with social movement leaders, We Disrupt This Broadcast highlights the inner workings and cultural relevance of the shows that are changing all the rules and shaping the future.

“Through a comedic and pop-culture lens, we hope to spark curiosity in award-winning TV programming that highlights timely social issues,” said Jeffrey Jones, executive director of Peabody. “We Disrupt This Broadcast offers incredible insights from some of the most thrilling media creators who are disrupting traditional broadcast narratives with new issues and perspectives from historically marginalized voices. We’re proud to shine a bright light on powerful programming and we can’t wait for fans to learn from these creators.”

“I’m so excited to bring this incisive and playful podcast to life, diving into some of the most notable scripted storytelling from the past few years,” said Gabe González, host of We Disrupt This Broadcast.  “It’s deeply meaningful to engage the bold voices working in television today, those that champion provocative, thoughtful, and diverse storytelling.”

Host Gabe González is a Puerto Rican comedian, writer and actor who can be seen in Season 4 of The Last OG, the HBO Latino documentary Habla y Vota, and Audible’s The Comedians. He was featured in Brooklyn Magazine’s “30 Under 30” in 2017, Time Out New York’s ‘Comedians of Color You Should Know’ in 2018 and his pilot “Los Blancos” was a winner at the Yes And Laughter Lab in 2019. Guest host Joyelle Nicole Johnson is a Brooklyn-based stand up comedian, writer and actress.  She can be seen on the final season of HBO’s Crashing and performing alongside some of the biggest names in comedy. Caty Borum is an award-winning media producer, book author, professor, and engaged scholar working at the intersection of entertainment storytelling, and social good. She serves as Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), a creative innovation lab and research center housed at American University’s School of Communication that produces, showcases, and studies media and social change, including the GoodLaugh brand, which uses humor to engage in issues of social importance she is also the Provost Associate Professor in the School of Communication. Jeffrey P. Jones, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia, and Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabodys in the Department of Entertainment & Media Studies. 

We Disrupt This Broadcast

Listen to the First Two Episodes and Trailer of We Disrupt This Broadcast

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