The promise we make to you at The Free Press is simple: we produce honest, fiercely independent journalism—with the quality once expected from the legacy press, but the fearlessness of the new.
It’s hard to think of a project that better fulfills that mission than The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling.
Since we launched the podcast late last month, it’s reached a bunch of milestones, including the top five most-listened to podcasts in the U.S. on Apple and Spotify, and the No. 1 most listened to in Apple’s Society and Culture category.
But more than those metrics, we’re deeply gratified to see the conversation it’s inspired.
It’s also sparked good-faith debate among listeners the world over, from Australia to Zimbabwe—and even podcast clubs. (Speaking of. . . if anyone here decides to organize a podcast club, our host Megan Phelps-Roper is all ears!)
In a discussion that is so often surrounded by toxicity, Witch Trials is blazing a path for real engagement among people on all sides of the conversation.
Also, we took out some billboards in the American city that felt apropos. . .
The latest episodes of the show—TERF Wars (what is a TERF and why do so many despise them?); The Tweets (why did J.K. Rowling wade into the sex and gender firestorm?); and Natalie and Noah (in which transgender fans of Harry Potter share their criticism of J.K. Rowling)—speak directly to the most contentious subject in our culture: sex and gender.
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