Ideastream Public Media and Evergreen Podcasts Partner on 'Living for We' Podcast Series

The podcast addresses livability metrics and recent findings surrounding the health and wellness challenges Black women face in Northeast Ohio, along with sharing firsthand accounts of Black women's experiences in Cleveland's workplaces, schools, and educational systems.

Evergreen Podcasts

Ohio's largest independent, publicly supported media organization, Ideastream Public Media (Ideastream), and Evergreen Podcasts (Evergreen), one of the fastest-growing podcast networks in the United States, are teaming up to produce a new journalistic podcast series, Living for We. The podcast addresses livability metrics and recent findings surrounding the health and wellness challenges Black women face in Northeast Ohio, along with sharing firsthand accounts of Black women's experiences in Cleveland's workplaces, schools, and educational systems. 

Living for We is a part of Connecting the Dots between Race and Health, an ongoing Ideastream Public Media initiative that looks at how racism contributes to poor health outcomes in Northeast Ohio, along with uncovering what actions local institutions are taking to tear down the structural barriers to good health.

The initial data that inspired Living For We was released back in 2020 when cityLAB of Pittsburgh released a study that ranked Cleveland dead last in terms of livability for Black women. In response, Cleveland's Bethany Studenic and Chinenye Nkemere of Enlightened Solutions published Project Noir, a survey featuring over 450 Black women from the Cleveland area who share accounts of frustration, isolation, marginalization, and discrimination, within the workplace, healthcare facilities, and the education sector. With ChiChi and Bethany of Enlightened Solutions on their team, Ideastream has worked with Evergreen Podcasts to explore these findings through their new audio series, Living for We

"I'm so proud that we are sharing the unfiltered voices and perspectives of Black women in Cleveland from their lived experiences. We have some well-known guests, including Samaria Rice - the mother of Tamir Rice, and Ayesha Bell Hardaway - Case Western Reserve professor and interim monitor overseeing Cleveland police reform," says Host Marlene Harris-Taylor. "There are also many other women from all walks of life who share their unique experiences about the education, health, and business sectors in Cleveland and what Black women must do to navigate these spaces."

The limited-run journalistic podcast series will be released weekly over three months, beginning March 1st, 2023. Season One of the Connecting the Dots between Race and Health Podcast: Living for We, is made possible by generous support from the Dr. Donald J. Goodman and Ruth Weber Goodman Philanthropic Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. One can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and many other podcast platforms. 

"Evergreen is thrilled to be a production partner for the Living for We podcast," noted Michael C. DeAoia, Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Podcasts, "When we launched the company six years ago this month - this was the type of investigative, journalistic content we were dreaming of creating. Ideastream has been a wonderful and provocative partner on this podcast. It is required listening."

The partnership with Ideastream adds to Evergreen's ever-increasing robust lineup of over 200 podcasts on six unique podcast networks - EvergreenKiller PodcastsPit Pass MotoFive Minute NewsArs Longa Media, and Big Whig Podcasts. Evergreen is headquartered in the Downtown area of Cleveland, Ohio. 

About Ideastream Public Media

Ideastream Public Media serves the people of Northeast Ohio as a trustworthy and dynamic multimedia source for illuminating the world around us. Ideastream Public Media is the home of five public television stations (WVIZ, WVIZ OHIO, WVIZ WORLD, WVIZ CREATE, and WVIZ KIDS); WKSU, Northeast Ohio's NPR news and public affairs radio station; and WCLV, Northeast Ohio's classical music radio station. Ideastream Public Media programs and services are used by 3.6 million people in a typical month, across a 22-county service area. Ideastream Public Media produces the award-winning children's series "NewsDepth" and manages The Ohio Channel and the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau on behalf of all Ohio's public broadcasting stations. Ideastream Public Media is indispensable and highly valued for its unique ability to strengthen our community. 

For more information about Ideastream Public Media's rich legacy of innovation and credible content, visit

About Evergreen Podcasts

Evergreen Podcasts' mission is to become the largest independent podcasting company worldwide, committed to a premier collection of shows from an international cast of storytellers. Offering global distribution and platforms for dynamic podcast growth, Evergreen produces content that celebrates modern thinkers, influencers, and personalities. Top thought leaders and breakout brands choose Evergreen to create inspiring stories through branded content, original shows, and partner podcasts. Our team specializes in comprehensive podcast production, creative marketing, and distribution solutions, connecting brands to a broader audience. The Company, which launched with four original podcasts in 2017, now manages over 200 shows across six unique podcast networks. 

Learn more about Evergreen Podcasts and check out our complete lineup of shows. Our storytelling podcasts have something for everyone. 

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