Showcase

Showcase from Radiotopia presents original series of all stripes, from different producers around the world. Now featured: The Stoop.

The Stoop celebrates black joy, digging deeper into stories about blackness that we don’t hear enough about. Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba bring you honest, lively conversations from across the black diaspora.

This special miniseries of The Stoop is produced and hosted by Leila Day and Hana Baba, edited by Julie Caine and Casey Miner, engineered by Seth Samuel and Chris Hoff, and associate produced by Jessica Jupiter. Music by Daoud Anthony and artwork by Neema Iyer. Special thanks to KALW, the NPR Story Lab, and California Humanities.

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EPISODE #4 – You may not get it, but i love you

In the final episode of the mini-series, The Stoop talks to interracial couples having difficult conversations around race, love and identity at a time when racial tensions are high.

 

EPISODE #3 – I Got the nod

It’s called “the nod,” that silent acknowledgement of solidarity that especially happens when Black folk see one another in spaces where they are “the onlys.” In this episode, The Stoop hits the streets with black radio producers to give the nod and report back from New York, Seattle, and North Carolina.

 

EPISODE #2 – GULLAH GEECHEE

Lean in for this one, as The Stoop heads to the lowcountry of South Carolina to celebrate the language and culture of the Gullah Geechee, a people rooted in a mix of African cultures.

 
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Episode #1 – Your Blood Don’t Lie

What percent of black makes you Black? We meet people whose DNA tests changed their lives – and not always in a good way.

 

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 Stoop

Leila Day and Hana Baba

Hosts

Hana Baba (Host, Co-producer) is a San Francisco Bay Area journalist with 20 years experience in radio.

She is a reporter and host of Crosscurrents, a daily radio newsmagazine that broadcasts on public radio station KALW in the Bay Area. Her interviews and reporting range in topics from ethnic community issues, poverty and health to culture, religion, politics, and the arts. An Arabic speaker and Sudanese-American, Hana also reports from and about Sudan and Sudanese communities.

On a national level, Hana’s freelance work appears on NPR programs, PRI's The World, BBC World Service, and New America Media.

Hana regularly emcees at benefits and events around the Bay Area, and moderates panel discussions on local media and journalism. She is a voice of the audio tour of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's permanent exhibit.

Leila Day (Host, Co-producer) is an award-winning journalist based in San Francisco where she's worked as a senior producer and editor at KALW public radio. She's produced content for NPR, AARP, USA TODAY, and various podcasts.

In 2015 Leila was the recipient of the USC Annenberg Reporting on Health Journalism Fellowship, reporting on mental healthcare within black communities. Her work has garnered national and local awards through the Society of Professional Journalists, NorCal, and PRINDI.

Leila has a degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and studied documentary radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Before radio life she spent four years in Havana, Cuba, where she developed a dance intensive program and was a frequent contributor to Cuba's national newspaper, Juventud Rebelde. You can find some of her reporting advice on NPR's Training site.

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