Team behind ‘Southlake’ to showcase school’s anti-trans policies in new podcast series

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NBC News is launching the “Grapevine” podcast from the same team behind the Pulitzer-finalist podcast “Southlake.”

Grapevine tells the story of a teacher and a transgender teenager caught in the crossfire of the Grapevine-Colleyville school district’s anti-trans policy, part of a wider anti-LGBTQ movement gaining speed in Texas and across the country, and investigates the Christian conservative influence behind it, according to NBC.

The podcast features exclusive interviews with students, teachers, school board candidates, parents and politicians, as well as secretly recorded audio of school administrators grappling with growing political pressure from conservative groups.

A trailer for the series is available online.

Mike Hixenbaugh and Antonia Hylton, who also worked on “Southland,” are heading up the “Grapevine” podcast, a hit 2021 series that chronicled the racial and cultural fight that consumed the wealthy suburb of Southlake, Texas and sparked a national conversation around book bans.

The first two episodes will be available Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2023, with two new episodes released each following week — one on Wednesday and another on Friday – on all popular podcast platforms.