Dear General Admission fan,
I’m writing with some very exciting news: WBEZ Chicago and their growing podcast network have decided to partner with us for our next season!
WBEZ and GENERAL ADMISSION share a desire to explore the questions that haven’t been answered in engaging and approachable ways. But it doesn’t stop there with either organization. Neither of us exist without our audience. A partnership between WBEZ and GENERAL ADMISSION means that GA will benefit from an increased audience (and therefore a more engaged community around the work we do) and WBEZ will benefit from having arts conversation that doesn’t fit a standard bill of sale.
WBEZ is an internationally recognized organization, which includes shows like THIS AMERICAN LIFE, WAIT, WAIT, DON’T TELL ME!, and SOUND OPINIONS, as well as local journalism that rivals that of major newsrooms all over the world. What WBEZ does well is hard-fought storytelling. The journalists at WBEZ win awards because they put their blood, sweat and tears into telling the stories that must be told. They might not get the level of attention as, say, a CNN or a MSNBC…but people take note.
This is the way we want to try and go about things on GENERAL ADMISSION.
In our pilot episode, we will feature an intimate conversation with performance artist Holly Hughes, who was one of the original NEA Four. Those four artists—Karen Finley, Tim Miller, John Fleck and Holly—had government funding taken away due to the “indecent” nature of their work. They sued the government, and a 10 year culture war was waged. They won battle after battle, until they got to the Supreme Court, where the justices determined that deeming something “indecent” was not a violation of the First Amendment. But we don’t just talk to Holly about that case – we also discuss what it’s like to now teach future performance artists in her post at the University of Michigan, where she’s created an Interarts program for all the weird kids like her. This is a legendary figure in our world of performance, and it was only through relaxed, casual conversation that we got what Holly calls “the best interview I’ve ever done.” (And she’s done a lot of interviews.)
So, folks, thank you for being with us on this journey. And to WBEZ: thank you for helping us grow and evolve into something that will reach many more people. (I’m personally hoping we don’t screw this up…)
With that, I ask that you check out (and share!) the little promo video above that we shot with our Video Designer Kyle Hamman of KBH Media. We will be releasing some mini-episodes leading up to the launch (and after) that feature conversations from our previous two seasons, so stay tuned for those as well.
And, please, spread the word: on May 26th, General Admission Season Three launches, in partnership with WBEZ!
All the love,
Executive Producer and Co-Hostby