January 15, 2023

It’s a new year, which for many, means resolutions! Whether you’re committed to going on a daily walk, decreasing your screen time, or learning something new, add these podcasts to your listening queue. The following series, which range from fiction and comedy to investigative, were all written, hosted, or produced by some of our most recent Violets—NYU alumni who have graduated in the last 10 years.

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Please note this is not an exhaustive list and only includes a small number of the many talented NYU alumni who work in the field of podcasts. 

Earth Eclipsed

Earth Eclipsed is the debut podcast from Apollo, an audio production company founded by Victor Lee (GAL ’17), Alexa Polivka (TSOA ’15), and two colleagues. Written by Polivka and produced by Lee, the fiction series follows a neuroscientist on the brink of a galaxy-changing discovery whose work is interrupted when she’s kidnapped by a renegade miner. 

Embedded: Changing the Police

Dan Girma (GSAS ’21) co-hosted the latest season of NPR’s Embedded: Changing the Police, which documents the overhaul of the police department in Yonkers, NY by the U.S. Department of Justice. This series asks the question: is true reform achievable in a system entrenched in violence and corruption?

Growing Cities

In Growing Cities, real estate expert and community advocate Viviana M. Addo (SPS ’19) invites guests to envision a greater future for cities around the world. Season one included conversations with architects, city development officials, real estate investors, urban artists, and more.


Kia Miakka Natisse (GAL ’15) is the co-host of this NPR podcast, which fuses narrative storytelling and science to challenge the forces and powers of the status-quo. Natisse’s first story as a host, “Eat the Rich,” told the story of a couple of young Black people in Vermont heading a social experiment: collecting debt as reparations from white people in their community.

The Seriously Funny Music Podcast

SFMP is an adaptation of Scott Greenberg’s (GAL ’21) NYU master’s thesis, “The Apparent Bias Against Comedic Popular Music,” which investigates the relegation of funny music to lower aesthetic tiers. In each episode, he investigates a funny musical artist and a specific academic concept to explain why they often go unappreciated.