The 2021 Tribeca Festival has revealed the lineup for its first-ever podcasts program.

The festival has curated an official selection of podcasts, world premiere fiction and non-fiction stories and special events like live recordings and discussions with influential figures in audio.

The Tribeca Podcasts program is curated by audio storytelling manager Leah Sarbib as well as an advisory board including Serial co-creator Sarah Koenig, 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones, Crooked Media chief content officer Tanya Somanader, iHeartMedia digital audio group CEO Conal Byrne, Radiolab‘s Jad Abumrad, Missing & Murdered creator Connie Walker and co-host of Spotify’s How to Save a Planet, produced by Gimlet Media, Alex Blumberg.

Highlights of the podcast lineup include a discussion between Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Ghostbusters: Afterlife) and Abumrad, a preview of Apple TV+’s new Siegfried & Roy podcast produced by Will Malnati and investigative journalist and Emmy-winning filmmaker Steven Leckart.

The Festival will also feature a discussion between the hosts of San Quentin State Prison-created and -produced podcast Ear Hustle and previews of new podcasts Hot White Heist and Red Frontier as well as a live recording of nonfiction podcast Resistance.

“The past few years have seen an explosion in the popularity of podcasts, making this the perfect time to introduce our inaugural Tribeca Podcast Program,” said Tribeca Festival co-founder and Tribeca Enterprises CEO Jane Rosenthal. “We look forward to welcoming the creative forces behind this year’s most anticipated new programs.”

Festival director and vp, programming, Cara Cusumano added, “From Immersive in 2013, to TV in 2016, Tribeca has always been at the forefront of embracing new modes of cinematic storytelling. Now with Tribeca Podcasts, we are once again expanding the scope of our programming to spotlight the innovative creators and stories happening in the audio form.”

Tribeca Enterprises chief content officer Paula Weinstein said, “2020 saw so many people seek new forms of entertainment as theaters, sports arenas and museums had to temporarily close their doors. For so many podcasts became not only a source of entertainment, but also a source of comfort. We’re thrilled to launch Tribeca Podcasts at this year’s Festival.”

The 2021 Tribeca Festival is set to run from June 9-20 in New York.

More information about this year’s podcast lineup is available here.

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