Knight grant turns podcast segment into online video

By Dru Sefton

Today marks the premiere of the video “The Emperor’s New Onesie,” based on an excerpt from pubradio producer Hillary Frank’s blog and podcast, “The Longest Shortest Time: The Truth About Early Motherhood.”

In a Knight Foundation-backed project, Frank teamed up with former pubradio producer Rekha Murthy, illustrator Jen Corace and animator Joe Posner to visualize the audio short story.

Frank’s podcast “pays close attention to an experience that so many share, one that remains largely absent from traditional public radio,” Murthy said on the Knight Blog. “It has attracted a substantial listenership in less than two years with virtually no promotion. It was easy to imagine a visual component.”

Murthy won the $3,000 grant to create the video as part of last year’s Civic Media Conference Collaboration Contest.

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