74th Annual Peabody Award Winners

Noel Holston - 4/14/2015
2014 Peabody Award Winners
  • 60 Words (WNYC Radio)
    60 Words (WNYC Radio)

    A “Radiolab” collaboration with Buzzfeed reporter Gregory Johnsen, it takes a hard, disturbing look at the broad, malleable wording of the Authorization of Use of Military Force Act, approved by near-unanimous Congressional vote shortly after the 9/11 attacks, and how its interpretation has expanded military power and secrecy.

    Available Online: Radio LabiTunes
  • Adventure Time

    Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)

    An animated amalgam of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and fairy tale, it chronicles the escapades of an odd-looking human boy named Finn and his best friend, a shape-shifting dog named Jake, in the surreal Land of Ooo. Purely and wonderfully imaginative in the manner of classic theatrical cartoons past, it entertains even as it subtly teaches lessons about growing up, accepting responsibility, and becoming who you’re meant to be.

    Available Online: Cartoon NetworkAmazonGoogle Play
  • American Experience: Freedom Summer

    American Experience: Freedom Summer (PBS)

    With archival images, animation and fresh interviews, “Freedom Summer” recalls the voter-registration “freedom rides” of 1964, a campaign planned and trained for like a Civil Rights D-Day. The documentary is not only inspiring and instructive, it holds surprises even for those who believe they know this epochal American story.

    Available Online: PBSiTunesAmazon
  • Betrayed by Silence (MPR news)

    Betrayed by Silence (MPR News)

    This sobering investigative documentary took listeners inside the child sex-abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, uncovering among other things how the archbishop who headed of the committee that wrote the U.S. Catholic Church’s landmark abuse policy – the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People – not only failed to follow it but participated in cover-ups.

    Available Online: MPR News
  • Black Mirror (Channel 4, DirecTV, Netflix)

    Black Mirror (Channel 4, DirecTV, Netflix)

    This cinematically arresting, brilliantly written series from England is an anthology of dark-side tales – dark as a black hole. If its narrative shocks don’t wreck your sleep pattern, its moral conundrums will.

    Available Online: NetflixAmazon
  • Children on the Frontline

    Children on the Frontline (Channel 4)

    This “Dispatches” documentary addresses one of the most tragic facets of the civil war in Syria, the impact on the country’s children. Yet by focusing on five kids who go on learning and playing amid the chaos and danger, it becomes a powerful testament to resilience and adaptability.

    Available Online: Channel 4
  • Chris Christie, White House Ambitions and the Abuse of Power (WNYC Radio)

    Chris Christie, White House Ambitions and the Abuse of Power (WNYC Radio)

    In a series of pithy news reports about the “Bridgegate” scandal, WNYC helped to link a disruptive bridge closure to a broader pattern of questionable political operations by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office. Its coverage sparked national news coverage, high-profile resignations in the Christie administration, and criminal investigations into the Port Authority.

    Available Online: WNYC Radio
  • CNN Investigative Reports: Crisis at the VA (CNN)

    CNN Investigative Reports: Crisis at the VA (CNN)

    High-impact journalism, CNN’s investigation into delays in care at Veteran Affairs hospitals exposed a systemic VA breakdown, eventually leading to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, the passage of federal legislation, and a dramatic change in how veterans’ medical appointments are made, recorded and reported.

    Available Online: CNN
  • CNN's Coverage of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls (CNN)

    CNN’s Coverage of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls (CNN)

    CNN approached the Boko Haram kidnapping horror from many angles, even moving Isha Sesay’s daily show to Abuja to raise the profile of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Sesay’s tough, live-TV interviewing, along with high-risk field reporting of Nima Elbagir, Arwa Damon and other CNN journalists, made the network’s coverage comprehensive and indispensable.

    Available Online: CNN
  • COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey (National Geographic Channel, FOX)

    COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey (National Geographic Channel, FOX)

    An update of Carl Sagan’s famous series for the age of CGI, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “COSMOS” is not only an educational, eye-popping, near-psychedelic tour of our universe and beyond, it’s a passionate brief on behalf of science itself.

    Available Online: AmazonYoutube
  • Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)

    Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)

    Charming, sweet and gently humorous, this animated series, featuring an African-American physician’s daughter who attends to damaged stuffed animals and other broken toys, allays children’s fears about doctor visits even as it promotes medicine as a profession.

    Available Online: Disney Jr.Google PlayHuluYoutube
  • Ebola

    Ebola (BBC World Service)

    An incredibly important and consequential response to a global crisis, this multi-pronged BBC World Service effort shrewdly employed a variety of platforms – Twitter, website and apps as well as radio – to keep Africans abreast of the epidemic’s advance and provide people the world over with reliable news.

    Available Online: BBC
  • Entre el Abandono y el Rechazo (Between Abandonment and Rejection)

    Entre el Abandono y el Rechazo (Between Abandonment and Rejection) (Univision Network)

    Reflecting the high level of public interest in abandoned children at the southern U.S. borders, Univision’s coverage provided multi-perspective context that’s often missing in mainstream media’s English-language reports. It skillfully combined an overview of the phenomenon while following one family whose child disappeared trying to cross the border.

    Available Online: UnivisionVimeoYoutube
  • Fargo (FX)

    Fargo (FX)

    Fargo, the series, boasts the same snow-swept backdrop and dark, deadpan ambience as the Oscar-winning movie but tells a different, more complicated story. Its villain, Billy Bob Thornton’s mischievous, murderous, charismatic Lorne Malvo, is a character worthy of Norse mythology.

    Available Online: AmazoniTunesCinemaNowGoogle PlayVuduYoutube
  • United States of Secrets

    FRONTLINE: United States of Secrets (PBS)

    With extensive, candid interviews from both critics and defenders, FRONTLINE provided a great public service, revealing in clear, comprehensible detail how the U.S. government in its post-9/11 zeal came to monitor and collect the communications of millions of people around the world – and here at home – and the lengths to which officials have gone to hide the massive surveillance from the public.

    Available Online: AmazonPBS
  • Human Harvest: China's Illegal Organ Trade (International Syndication)

    Human Harvest: China’s Illegal Organ Trade (International Syndication)

    With powerful testimonials about the intricacies of the trade and the human cost, including interviews with Chinese doctors who confide they’ve been coerced into removing organs from live political prisoners, this is a harrowing exposé of a fiendish system of forced organ donor transplants.

    Available Online: Vimeo On Demand
  • Independent Lens: Brakeless (PBS)

    Independent Lens: Brakeless (PBS)

    A cautionary tale that vividly evokes a deadly, 2005 commuter-train crash in Japan as a metaphor to explore modern society’s relentless pursuit of speed and efficiency, it’s beautifully made and scored like a real-life thriller.

    Available Online: PBS

  • Sir David Attenborough

    Individual Award: Sir David Attenborough

    No other living creature has shown us more about life on Earth than David Attenborough. He’s a credit to his species.

  • Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

    Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

    Schumer’s wholesome, disarming “Brady Bunch” looks belie and enhance a comic intelligence that’s smart, distinctively female and amiably profane, whether she’s applying it to sketch comedy, stand-up, or person-on-the-street interviews.

    Available Online: AmazonGoogle PlayHuluiTunesVuduYoutube
  • Afropop Worldwide

    Institutional Award: Afropop Worldwide

    Afropop Worldwide revels in and reveals the music Africa has inspired at home and around the globe. It’s cultural anthropology with beats you can dance to.

    Available Online: iTunesSoundcloudYoutube
  • ISIS - Continuing Coverage (NBC News, MSNBC)

    ISIS – Continuing Coverage (NBC News, MSNBC)

    Reports on NBC and MSNBC about the rise of ISIS had an unsurpassed depth, contextualization and clarity thanks in large part to NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, whose years of experience in the Middle East proved invaluable.

    Available Online: NBC NewsNBC News
  • Jane the Virgin (The CW)

    Jane the Virgin (The CW)

    Immaculately conceived, it’s a smart, self-aware telenovela that knows when and how to wink at itself. Its Latina lead, Gina Rodriguez, is incandescent.

    Available Online: AmazonGoogle PlayHuluiTunesVuduYoutube
  • Last Chance High (vicenews.com)

    Last Chance High (vicenews.com)

    Students at Chicago’s idyllic-sounding Montefiore Therapeutic Day School are actually one mistake away from jail or a mental hospital. This dramatic series of web reports and podcasts delved sympathetically but unsentimentally into their lives, contextualizing their problems and giving them a chance to speak.

    Available Online: Vice News
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

    A most worthy addition to the news-as-comedy genre, Last Week Tonight doesn’t just satirize the previous week’s news, it engages in fresh, feisty investigative reports that “real” news programs would do well to emulate.

    Available Online: DirecTV
  • Latino USA: Gangs, Murder, and Migration in Honduras (NPR)

    Latino USA: Gangs, Murder, and Migration in Honduras (NPR)

    Vivid and scary, this hour-long report by Maria Hinojosa and “Latino USA” producer Marlon Bishop makes it clear why large numbers of Hondurans seek to escape the violence back home and enter the U.S.

    Available Online: Latino USANPRSoundcloud