Apple has today announced the winner of its 2022 Apple Podcasts Show of the Year award, honoring "outstanding quality, innovation, and impact."
The winner is Slow Burn, Slate's touted narrative history series, for its season on Roe v. Wade as hosted by Susan Matthews. "Published throughout June 2022, the four-episode season explores the events leading up to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision, offering listeners an in-depth perspective on this universal and timely human rights issue."
A slow burner?
Matthews said Slow Burn made the series "because I was really discouraged by how polarized and stuck the conversation around abortion was, and it seemed incredibly timely and important," setting out "to tell this story in a way that helped expand and challenge what people understood about this subject." Matthews said she was "honored" that Apple had recognized Slow Burn.
To celebrate, six Slow Burn Extras shows are now available to listen to on Apple Podcasts, where you can hear about the making of the show, personal stories, interviews, and more.
Apple says Slow Burn "is one of the all-time most popular shows on Apple Podcasts," with seasons covering Watergate, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, the deaths of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac, the LA riots, David Duke, and the Iraq War.
It comes as Apple also announced that BeReal was the best iPhone App for 2022, picking up the coveted award alongside top pics for Mac, iPad, Apple TV, and games.
Apple Podcasts definitely isn't one of the best iPhone apps for podcast consumption, struggling to perform many basic tasks that other third-party options do really well. Last year Apple opened up its own apps to reviews just like third-party options, a move that saw Podcasts get absolutely buried by its users who rated it just 2 stars.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9