A podcast from Radiotopia featuring original series of all stripes, from emerging and leading producers around the world. Coming August 3: The Great God of Depression, a true story of a brilliant physician, a literary genius and madness in America.

If you're looking for the previous series, Ways of Hearing, The Polybius Conspiracy, Secrets or Errthang, you can find them in the Showcase archive.



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What is Showcase?

It’s a podcast that features original, limited-run series of all stripes, from emerging and leading producers around the world. Showcase is a way to support independent producers with powerful ideas that are better suited to short-run series, rather than ongoing shows. With Showcase, Radiotopia can support more diverse voices and perspectives, help this work find an appreciative audience, and continue to back the best talent — both new and established — out there. From music philosophy to conspiracy theory, personal stories to fiction, no two Showcase series will sound alike. 

Listen to an introduction to Showcase below, and find out even more about Showcase.

Thanks to Hrishi Hirway for helping inspire and create this project.

Meet the team behind the series

The Great God of Depression

Pagan Kennedy


Pagan Kennedy (Host) is a contributing writer at the New York Times and the author of eleven books. She has been a columnist for the The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Village Voice. In the '90s, she published a 'zine called Pagan's Head and was named the Queen of 'Zines by Wired Magazine. She has won numerous awards including an NEA fellowship, a Smithsonian fellowship, and two Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowships.

Karen Brown (Co-producer) is a longtime public radio reporter, print journalist, essayist, and audio documentarian, with a special focus on mental health issues. In addition to two decades at New England Public Radio, Karen has contributed to NPR, The New York Times, American Radioworks and many other national outlets. Her awards include the National Edward R. Murrow Award, The Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, and Third Coast Audio Festival Award. For a selection of stories, visit

Ian Coss (Sound Designer) is an audio producer and sound designer whose work has been featured on The World, Studio 360, Life of the Law, Afropop Worldwide, Al Jazeera, and the BBC. He has produced several podcasts, including "Ways of Hearing" from Radiotopia's Showcase and “The New American Songbook” from The GroundTruth Project. More on all these projects at

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