Via Steve Chrypinski, Michigan Radio

The A.V. Club has named the “Believed” podcast from Michigan Radio and NPR as the “Best Coverage of a News Story” podcast on its annual “Podmass Superlatives” list, 2018. The entertainment webzine gives this nod to the investigative reporting podcast just as the series wraps up with its Epilogue episode, “No Pretty Bows,” to be released this week.

Each year, The A.V. Club puts out their recommendations of the must-listen podcasts of the year, hand-picked by media junkies out of hundreds of new releases and individual episodes of the ever-growing medium.

An episode highlighted in the “Podmass” pick is, Believed’s Episode 6: “The Parents.” In this installment, reporters Kate Wells and Lindsey Smith talk to the parents of girls and women who were sexually assaulted by former-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and answer the question, how did this even happen?

The A.V. Club describes the Michigan Radio reporters’ work as “unflinching” and applauds their examination of the question of believing women in the era of the #MeToo movement. The webzine’s staff proclaim, “Believed is a gutting listen but, by working from that seemingly simple presumption of believing women, is also the best, and maybe most important, news coverage of 2018.”

See this and the rest of their 2018 Superlatives list at The A.V. Club’s website.

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