Audie Cornish to launch podcast for CNN

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CNN Audio has announced a new podcast from former NPR host Audie Cornish, “The Assignment with Audie Cornish.”

The offering will premiere Thursday, Nov. 7, 2022.

In this weekly show, Cornish will convene conversations with everyday people at the center of debates that are rocking the culture with topics spanning the arts, education, politics, business, and sports — people living behind the headlines in the very heart of the zeitgeist. Listeners will hear stories from inside the communities and cultures shaping what we experience, according to the network’s announcement.

“I’m thrilled to launch ‘The Assignment’ with the CNN Audio team. I’ve long wanted a show that spotlights the voices of real people living through stories at the intersection of hard news and pop culture,” said Cornish in a statement. “Nothing is off-limits, as we jump into thought-provoking conversations grappling with issues most of us only argue about.”

The news veteran joined CNN in January 2022 after nearly two decades in journalism, co-hosting NPR’s flagship news program, “All Things Considered.”

She was originally hired to host a show on the network’s failed streaming service CNN+, called “20 Questions” as well as an audio product.

CNN+ shut down after less than a month in operation — and the show never premiered on that platform due to how it was scheduled.

Cornish was one of several journalists of color to depart NPR in 2021 and 2022, a trend that was noted as worrisome by some other outlets.

She earned a George Peabody Award for her work with David Isay’s StoryCorps 9/11 Project, and the National Press Foundation recognized her work with the 2020 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

“The Assignment” with Audie Cornish will debut new episodes every Thursday and will be available to listen on CNN Audio or wherever you get your podcasts.