Crooked Media – the progressive media company that delivers bold and entertaining content across news, politics and culture – announced its newest development slate, which includes four original premiers, new seasons for fan-favorite podcasts, and a Pod Save America spinoff interview series, with more to be announced in the coming months.
New podcasts premiering soon include X-Ray Vision, a weekly deep dive into the internet’s favorite fandoms and the most talked about franchises across entertainment, from Middle-earth to Waystar Royco, helmed by Emmy-winning host and Crooked executive producer Jason Concepcion (Binge Mode, Takeline); an Untitled History of Policing Project, hosted by Peabody award-winning Chenjerai Kumanyika that will provide the first accessible narrative history of police in American popular culture; and 544 Days, an autobiographical exploration of journalist Jason Rezaian’s political imprisonment in Iran, produced in partnership with Spotify’s Gimlet and A24. The nine-episode limited series will be available exclusively on Spotify in September.
Crooked will also introduce a weekly interview show that will premiere in the Pod Save America feed: a spinoff series titled Offline with Jon Favreau. Through one-on-one conversations with some of the brightest minds and biggest newsmakers, Favreau will explore the question of whether the internet is slowly breaking our brains, and what we can do about it. Offline with Jon Favreau promises to provide more of what audiences love about Pod Save America, including the fun, no-bullshit approach that has made it a top-5 weekly podcast for the last four years. Offline with Jon Favreau will premiere in the Pod Save America podcast feed and on Crooked’s YouTube channel this fall.
Unholier Than Thou, a fan-favorite that explores the intersection of the saintly and secular, hosted by journalist and editor Phillip Picardi, returns for season 2 this September. Over 10 episodes, Picardi will continue his introspective examination of the role of religion and spirituality in our daily lives. With a focus on post-pandemic “resurrection”, Picardi will be talking recovery, rediscovery, resilience, resolutions, and more.
Crooked has also found great success with digital video and is excited to add Crooked History to its lineup of YouTube-exclusive content. The show is Crooked’s first non-fiction narrative video series featuring Crooked network personalities, Ben Rhodes (Missing America, Pod Save the World), Erin Ryan (Hysteria), and Kaya Henderson (Pod Save the People). In Crooked’s signature style, the show will cover important lessons your history teacher may have skipped.
Crooked Media also announced its primary 2021 political campaign from Vote Save America, the company’s political action and voter engagement arm. The “No Off Years” campaign aims to re-engage voters following the success of 2020 via remote volunteer opportunities, targeted donations, and education on what’s at stake next year and beyond. “No Off Years” will be highlighted and promoted across the Crooked network.