Podcast Academy Announces Ambie Nominees


The Podcast Academy has announced the nominees for its third annual Awards for Excellence in Audio (The Ambies). The Ambies will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning producer, writer, comedian, actor and podcast host Larry Wilmore on March 7. The ceremony will be streamed LIVE on Amazon Music Channel on Twitch from the International Theater in Las Vegas from 6-7:30 p.m. PST. Here are the nominees…

Podcast of The Year
Chameleon: Wild Boys
Design Matters with Debbie Millman
Direct Deposit
Fiasco: The AIDS Crisis
Gay Pride & Prejudice
Pink Card
Reclaimed: The Story of Mamie Till Mobley
The Outlaw Ocean Podcast
The Prince

Best Business Podcast:
An Arm and a Leg
Business Wars
Lead Balloon – Public Relations, Marketing and Strategic Communications Stories
The Heist Season 2: The Wealth Vortex
The New Way We Work, featuring 4-part Ambition Diaries mini series
What’s Your Problem? with Jacob Goldstein
Work Check

Best Comedy Podcast:
Funny Cuz it’s True
I Love a Lifetime Movie
Scam Goddess
Summer In Argyle
The fckry with Leslie Jones and Lenny Marcus
Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
Why Won’t You Date Me? with Nicole Byer

Best DIY Podcast:
Allyship is a Verb
Poetry for All podcast
Proud Stutter
Queer News
Stitch Please
Teddy Goes to the USSR
They Knew Which Way to Run

Best Documentary Podcast:
Bone Valley
Collapse: Disaster in Surfside
Finding Tamika
I Will Not Grow Old here (short series)
Imperfect Paradise: The Forgotten Revolutionary
The Greatest Menace: Inside the Gay Prison Experiment
We Were Three

Best Entertainment Podcast
Even the Rich
MUBI Podcast
Object of Sound
Pop Paranormal
Queue Points
Reality with The King

Best Fiction Podcast
Birds of Empire
Bone, Marry, Bury
Jane Anonymous
Last Known Position
The Big Lie

Best History Podcast:
Against The Odds
Fiasco: The AIDS Crisis
History Daily
One Year: 1986
Reclaimed: The Story of Mamie Till Mobley
Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade
SNAFU with Ed Helms

Best Indie Podcast
Blind Landing
Ghosthoney’s Dream Machine
Imaginary Worlds
In Those Genes Podcast
Inner West Icons
SOL Affirmations with Karega & Felicia
The Nocturnists

Best Interview Podcast:
9 to 5ish with theSkimm
Design Matters with Debbie Millman
Direct Deposit
The Assignment with Audie Cornish
The Lede
Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast

Best Knowledge, Science or Tech Podcast:
Climate of Change
In Machines We Trust
IRL: Online Life is Real Life
Ted Radio Hour
Why It Matters

Best News Podcast:
Collapse: Disaster in Surfside
Foundering: The Amazon Story
Imperfect Paradise: The Sheriff
Post Reports
VICE News Reports
What Next

Best Original Score and Music Supervision:
Culpable Podcast – Dirt Poor Robins, Dayton Cole
Disgraceland – Jake Brennan, Matt Beaudoin, Ryan Spraker, Bryce Kanzer
Fed Up – Scott Velasquez
Gay Pride & Prejudice – Chris Ryan, Jonathon Roberts, Liz Fulton
Kabul Falling – Arson Fahim
Last Known Position – Deron Johnson, David Levita
Spark & Fire – Ryan Holladay

Best Performance in Audio Fiction
#Matter – Amin Joseph
Borrasca (Season 2) – Cole Sprouse, Sarah Yarkin
Dark Sanctum – Bethany Joy Lenz, Clive Standen, Michael O’Neill
Moriarty – Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Phil LaMarr, Lindsay Whisler
Outliers – Rory Culkin
The Madness of Chartrulean – Aud Andrews
The Story Pirates Podcast – Cecily Strong, Eric Austin

Best Personal Growth / Spirituality Podcast:
A Slight Change of Plans
Allyship is a Verb
Back From Broken
How God Works
How To Be A Better Human
In the Arena with Leah Smart
The Mel Robbins Podcast

Best Podcast for Kids:
A Kids Book About: The Podcast
Forever Ago
Million Bazillion
Pinkalicious & Peterrific
Smash Boom Best
Tai Asks Why
The Arthur Podcast

Best Podcast Host or Hosts:
Anderson Cooper – All There is with Anderson Cooper
Casey Wilson – Fed Up
Chad Sanders – Direct Deposit
Gilbert King, Kelsey Decker – Bone Valley
Heather McGhee – The Sum of Us
JB Smoove – Funny My Way
Leah Wright Rigueur – Reclaimed: The Story of Mamie Till Mobley

Best Politics or Opinion Podcast:
Crossing The Line
It’s Political with Althia Raj
Post Reports
Strict Scrutiny
Teaching Texas
The Prince
The State of: Women

Best Production and Sound Design
Batman: The Audio Adventures – Chris Gibney, Julie Larson
Birds of Empire – Randy Torres, Ben Milchev, Ryan Walsh, David Tatasciore, Gabe Burch
Cupid – Randy Torres, Ben Milchev, Ryan Walsh, David Tatasciore, Sarah Ma
Maejor Frequency – Richard Riegel
Marvel’s Wastelanders: Doom – Mark Henry Phillips
The Big Burn – E. Scott Kelly
Twenty Thousand Hertz – Jai Berger

Best Reporting:
Bone Valley – Gilbert King, Kelsey Decker
Chameleon: Scam Likely – Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
Conviction: The Disappearance of Nuseiba Hasan – Habiba Nosheen
Taking on Putin – John Sweeney
The Greatest Menace: Inside the Gay Prison Experiment – Patrick Abboud
The Outlaw Ocean Podcast – Ian Urbina
Who Killed Daphne? – Stephen Grey

Best Scriptwriting, Fiction:
American Hostage – C.D. Carpenter
I Hear Fear – Jenny Deiker Restivo, Nathalie Chicha
Impact Winter – Travis Beacham
Last Known Position – Luke Passmore
Power Trip – Mary Hamilton, Cara Horner
The End Up – Will Weggel, Danny Luber
The Story Pirates Podcast – Minhdzuy Khorami, Mike Cabellon, Meghan O’Neill, Peter McNerney, Lee Overtree, Rachel Wenitsky, Ned Riseley

Best Scriptwriting, Nonfiction:
12 Years That Shook the World – Erin Harper
Chameleon: Wild Boys – Sam Mullins
Death of an Artist – Helen Molesworth
Ídolo: The Ballad of Chalino Sánchez – Erick Galindo, Alejandro Mendoza
Into America – Trymaine Lee, Aisha Turner, Isabel Angell, Max Jacobs, Josh Sirotiak
MUBI Podcast – Rico Gagliano
We Were Three – Nancy Updike

Best Society and Culture Podcast:
Fiasco: The AIDS Crisis
Ídolo: The Ballad of Chalino Sánchez
In Those Genes Podcast
Into America
Love Right Now
The Sum of Us
Truth Be Told

Best Sports Podcast:
Choosing Sides: F1
Deep Left Field
Pink Card
Sports History This Week
The Lead
The Longest Game

Best True Crime Podcast
Conviction: The Disappearance of Nuseiba Hasan
Dateline: Missing in America
Death of an Artist
Queen of the Con
The Paddlefish Caviar Heist
Up and Vanished- The Trial of Ryan Duke
Wrongful Conviction

Best Wellness or Relationships Podcast:
Are You Sleeping?
Back From Broken
Chiquis and Chill
Come As You Are
Dear Headspace
Navigating Narcissism
Room 5



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