07/30/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/30/2020 06:49
Today, Serial Productions and The New York Times debuted the first two episodes of 'Nice White Parents,' a new limited podcast series hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt.
This five-part series tells the story of a 60 year relationship between white parents and the local public school down the block. What unfolds is the strange and often comically frustrating history of one typical junior high school, and a rare look at the people shaping conditions in our schools - and a brand new story about public education in America unfolds.
Chana Joffe-Walt is a producer for the award-winning public radio show 'This American Life,' where Chana originated her reporting for what eventually became 'Nice White Parents.' In 2015, Chana teamed up with Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and creator of the landmark 1619 Project, to report several stories about education and school segregation, for which they won the Peabody Award. In addition to education coverage, Chana's reporting on sexual harassment, including the Rashomon-style 'This American Life' episode 'Five Women,' offered a new frame to understand a wave of #MeToo stories. 'Five Women' is currently being adapted into a TV series. Before joining 'This American Life,' Chana was a reporter for NPR, where she helped create the podcast 'Planet Money.'
'Nice White Parents' is produced by Julie Snyder and edited by Sarah Koenig, Neil Drumming and Ira Glass, with editorial consulting by Eve L. Ewing and Rachel Lissy.
On July 22, The New York Times Company announced that it would acquire Serial Productions. As Serial Productions joins The Times, the team plans to produce a number of shows and series under The Times and Serial Productions banner.