The first episode of Doubletake, a narrative podcast series produced by PHC’s Journalism Program and World Radio, comes out tomorrow, July 29.
“We’ve been working on this for about a year now,” said Dr. Les Sillars, Professor of Journalism. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the creative team at World News Group for this project. They’ve been great.”
The first season of Doubletake tells six stories about “interesting people encountering big ideas,” Dr. Sillars said. “Every episode is different because we want people to look forward to being surprised every Friday.” He calls the project “journalism plus storytelling, informed by a biblical worldview.”
Doubletake includes the stories of a Chinese doctor who was involved in involuntary organ harvesting, a clean comedian, a Christian teacher in a controversial public school district, and a nurse whose courage changed the pro-life movement forever.
Josh Schumacher, Mary Muncy, Elizabeth Russell, Rachel Cochrane, Kati Marr, and Anna Allen were PHC seniors while working on the show last year. After graduating in May, Josh, Mary, and Elizabeth accepted positions as reporters at World News Group. Anna joined the staff of the Washington Free Beacon and Kati is with Focus on the Family. Rachel will teach literature at a private school this fall.
“We’re already starting on a second season,” Dr. Sillars added. “This has been a terrific experience for our students, and a huge benefit to them in finding employment after college. We’re making Doubletake a significant part of our program.”