By Media Harmonics
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Empathy Reboot, the flagship podcast of Media Harmonics, seeks to increase understanding about a range of human experiences, belief systems, lifestyles, and political movements. Investigative reporting, combined with long-form interviews, aims to immerse the listener in a topic or character so that the nuance, idiosyncrasy, and specificity of human experience rise to the surface.
||ExplicitEpisode 002: Home||When you can't go home for the holidays||12/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 001: Commons||What do you sacrifice when you stand in solidarity?||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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Two episodes in and I am officially hooked on Empathy Reboot. Mr. Walker’s interviewing deftly walks the line between cogent examination and organic dialogue, allowing his interviewees to tell their own stories while remaining committed to an open-minded analysis of each episode’s topic. The only agenda this show seems to have is a genuine desire to better understand the topics and people it features.
In the episode “Home”, for instance, Mr. Walker recites the statistics that broadly describe homelessness, but the heartbreaking stories told here by his interviewees reveal a much more complex illustration of homelessness in America that is as nuanced as each interviewee’s personality. Some of their stories are filled with bad luck and mental illness— how can they not be deserving of our deepest sympathies? Or is solving their homelessness as easy as getting a job and staying sober, as one of his interviewees contends? Mr. Walker gives us the space to draw our own conclusions. I’m looking forward to hearing where he points his mic next!