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The Workaround Chosen For PRX Podcast Accelerator


Side Effects Public Media reporters will produce Season Two of  The Workaround podcast with help from the  Massachusetts-based media company PRX.

The Workaround, which highlights problems in the U.S. health care system, was selected for the second round of PRX's Project Catapult, a podcast training program focused on public media. 

Four other proposals were also selected for the program, created to help public radio stations identify podcasting talent and increase their capacity to develop multimedia content. The other stations are Colorado Public Radio, WUOL in Louisville, KUER in Salt Lake City and WABE in Atlanta; their podcast topics will cover marijuana, music, religion and race.  

The training program is supported by a $1.5 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The first season of The Workaroundincluded six episodes about the challenges Americans face navigating the complex U.S. health care system, and the lengths they go to overcome obstacles to care. 

“We’re excited to work with PRX in developing Season Two," says Dave Rosenthal, managing editor of Side Effects Public Media. "We’ll uncover more stories about Americans who are struggling to get health care.”

Side Effects reporters Jake Harper, Araceli Gómez-Aldana and Lauren Bavis will participate in a week-long boot camp at the PRX Podcast Garage in Boston next week. 

Side Effects Public Media is a reporting collaborative focused on public health.

The project is a partnership among WFYIin Indianapolis, KBIAin Columbia, Missouri, St. Louis Public Radio,Illinois Public Media in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; WNIN in Evansville, Indiana; and WOSU, in Columbus, Ohio.