C13Originals and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Jon Meacham Launch New Season of Critically Acclaimed “Hope, Through History” Documentary Podcast


C13Originals and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Jon Meacham Launch New Season of Critically Acclaimed “Hope, Through History” Documentary Podcast

Limited-run documentary podcast series set to explore five pivotal moments of crisis in American history and how they shaped the nation 

The HISTORY Channel™ partners with marketing support and creative consultation

New York, NY (June 28, 2021)—C13Originals, the Peabody Award-nominated documentary studio division of leading premium podcast studio Cadence13, an Audacy company, today announced the second season of Hope, Through History, the critically acclaimed, limited-run documentary podcast series directed-and-produced by C13Originals and written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham that explores pivotal moments of crisis in American history and how they shaped the nation.  The HISTORY Channel™ will provide creative consultation and multi-faceted marketing support as a partner in the franchise.

On Hope, Through History, C13Originals and Jon Meacham explore moments in history when America's leaders and citizens were forced to confront crises of historic magnitude. Offering a rich and textured portrait of not only the events themselves, Hope, Through History also addresses how these moments impacted the economy, political discourse and culture, ultimately bringing disparate parts of the country together to create a new, and often brighter, future.

The first season of Hope, Through History, released in April 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic was unfolding around the world, looked back at the 1918 Flu Pandemic; the Great Depression; World War II; the polio epidemic; and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Now, in Hope, Through History, Season Two, Meacham and guests will focus on new topics, exploring a different crisis on each installment of the five-episode series, including:

  • FDR, Churchill, and America's Slow Walk to War
  • The Battle of Gettysburg and what this moment meant for the Civil War and the future of the country
  • George W. Bush and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
  • The sinking of the Lusitania, and the tragic event’s impact on leading the US into WWI and decades of isolation that followed
  • People Are Going to Die Here: Bloody Sunday and the Voting Rights Act

Episode One of Hope, Through History, Season Two will drop on June 30, 2021, on Apple Podcasts, Audacy, Spotify, and everywhere podcasts are available. New episodes will be available Wednesdays through July 21, 2021. Listen to the trailer and subscribe to the series here: https://link.chtbl.com/NCozHBVS.

Notable guests throughout the series include historian Allida Black; Civil War historian Elizabeth R. Varon; Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent, The New York Times; presidential historian Michael Beschloss; and Ronald C. White, historian and bestselling author.

“We were so proud of the reaction from Season One, and feel confident that we have another special season that details how even our toughest and most challenging moments as a society can be overcome,” said Executive Producers of Hope, Through History, Jon Meacham and Cadence13 Chief Content Officer, Chris Corcoran.

“Overcoming adversity is something we all know too well after the last year. The stories and insights Jon Meacham uncovers in the new season of Hope, Through History urge listeners to heed lessons learned,” said Mark Garner, EVP Global Content Sales and Business Development, A+E Networks. “A+E Networks is delighted to again partner with Cadence13 for premium storytelling that is the hallmark of The HISTORY Channel.”

Hope, Through History is a production and creation of C13Originals, Executive Produced and developed by Chris Corcoran and Jon Meacham, written and narrated by Jon Meacham, directed by Lloyd Lochridge, edited by Chris Basil and produced by Paige Hymson. The HISTORY Channel™ will provide creative consultation and multi-faceted marketing support for the co-branded podcast.

The Hope, Through History theme song is “Cold Little Heart” by Michael Kiwanuka.

In addition to Hope, Through History, and in association with The HISTORY Channel™, C13Originals and Meacham’s partnership includes It Was Said, a documentary podcast series focused on some of the most important, impactful and relevant speeches in history, which won the 2021 Webby Award for Best Podcast Series. In April 2021, C13Originals and Meacham launched Shining City Audio—a history-focused podcast studio co-venture focused on creating a wide-ranging slate of audio documentaries and series centered around history with some of the most well-respected historians and voices—and Meacham’s first series from the new studio, Fate of Fact.

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer. His latest work, His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestselling list in August 2020. He is the author of several other #1 New York Times bestselling books including The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross; The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels; Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power; American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House; Franklin and Winston; Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush; and Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation. Meacham is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, a contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review, and a fellow of the Society of American Historians. He lives in Nashville with his wife and children.

C13Originals is the production studio behind Gangster Capitalism; It Was Said; No Place Like Home; Relative Unknown; One Click; Root of Evil; Once Upon a Time...in the Valley; Hope, Through History; and Long May They Run.

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About Cadence13:

Cadence13, an Audacy company, is a leading podcast studio dedicated to premium storytelling and production and was named one of Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019.” Our roster of critically-acclaimed shows and personalities reflects the diverse conversations and interests happening in the world, led by a collection of voices that include, Lili Anolik, Rachel Brathen, Dean Budnick, Pete Carroll, Emma Chamberlain, Lauren Conrad, Darren Criss, Remi Cruz, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Heidi D’Amelio, Marc D’Amelio, Seyward Darby, Glennon Doyle, Kevin Durant, Elle Fanning, Jon Favreau, Emily Jane Fox, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Lizzy Goodman, Gigi Gorgeous, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mark-Paul Gosselaar,, Shawn Levy, Demi Lovato, Joe Hagan, Este Haim, Andrew Jenks, Sarah Knight, Tony Kornheiser, Payne Lindsey, Michael Lombardi, Karina Longworth, Jon Lovett, Alisha Marie, CJ McCollum, Jon Meacham, James Andrew Miller, Elle Mills, Mike Murphy, Leon Neyfakh, Michaela Okland, Anna Palmer, Gwyneth Paltrow, David Plouffe, Ellen Pompeo, Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, Ariel Ramchandani, JJ Redick, Davis Reid, Ben Reiter, Doc Rivers, Duncan Robinson, Rhett and Link, Jake Sherman, Tommy Vietor, Adnan Virk, Jessica Wapner, Tim Weiner, Ashley West, iO Tillett Wright, Andrew Yang, and many more. These storytellers represent both established and emerging personalities across sports, business, tech, politics, entertainment and news. Cadence13 is the home of C13Features, the pioneering podcast studio focused on creating a wide-ranging slate of feature-length fictionalized audio “movies for your ears,” and the Peabody Award-nominated C13Originals documentary studio, and has a broad range of programming partners including: American Public Media, Comments by Celebs, Crooked Media, Entertainment Weekly, goop, Granity Studios, Headspace, HISTORY, Meredith, Mythical Entertainment, Punchbowl News, PushBlack, Ramble, Seven Bucks Productions, Smosh, Sports Illustrated, Tenderfoot TV, theSkimm, The Try Guys, ThreeFourTwo Productions, TNT, Unsolved Mysteries, Up and Vanished, Vanity Fair, Who? Weekly and Yoga Girl, among others. Cadence13 is headquartered in New York, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Hillary Schupf
VP, Publicity |Cadence13