Apple has announced Slow Burn as the winner of its 2022 Apple Podcasts Award. The narrative non-fiction series is recognized as the Show of the Year for its latest season which covered the United States Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark judgment in the Roe v. Wade case conferring the right to abortion in an innovative and impactful manner.
Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats said:
“Apple Podcasts is where users discover new shows, enjoy their favorites, unlock premium listening experiences, and support the creators who make them possible. Podcasting plays an important role in our lives — helping us stay informed, keep entertained, and get inspired — and we’re pleased to honor the Slate team with this recognition.”
The 2022 Apple Podcasts Award recognizes Slow Burn’s coverage of Roe v.Wade
In June 2022, the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 judgment on abortion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO) ruling and upheld Mississippi’s ban on abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy, ending the federal constitutional right to abortion in the United States.
Thus, Slow Burn won the 2022 Apple Podcasts Award for its latest season which provided listeners with an “in-depth perspective on this universal and timely human rights issue.” Host of the series, Susan Matthews said;
“I wanted to make this series because I was really discouraged by how polarized and stuck the conversation around abortion was, and it seemed incredibly timely and important. We set out to tell this story in a way that helped expand and challenge what people understood about this subject.
We decided the way to approach this season was to go back to the early ‘70s, when the abortion debate was still up in the air and your party affiliation didn’t correlate with your views on the issue. I am so honored that Apple Podcasts saw something special in this season. I hope people come to it with an open and curious mind, and appreciate listening to it as much as I did making it.”
Apple Podcasts has also released six Slow Burn Extras for free on the service that offer new perspectives and deeper insights on abortion, along with never-before-heard personal stories, extended follow-up interviews with characters from the series, and more.