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WBUR Partners With Slate On Health Podcast: The Checkup

Premiering today, this audio spinoff of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog is geared toward women and takes a fresh approach to health

Slate magazine and WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, have teamed up to launch The Checkup, a new podcast series premiering today that focuses on health and is aimed at a female audience. The Checkup’s first episode, which tackles health myths around pregnancy and childbirth, is now available for download at

The Checkup features CommonHealth’s co-hosts — former Wall Street Journal reporter Rachel Zimmerman and former New York Times reporter Carey Goldberg — along with numerous expert guests as they talk through timely health-related happenings and curiosities with a refreshing liveliness not always associated with the medical news genre.

Slate is thrilled to welcome this new collaboration with WBUR to our podcast lineup,” said Andy Bowers, Executive Producer of Slate podcasts. “Both WBUR and Slate produce smart, high-quality journalism, and there’s a natural overlap in our audiences. We’re excited to join forces with one of public radio’s most dynamic stations to offer this entertaining and enlightening program, which we’re confident both Slate podcast fans and WBUR listeners will love.”

“At WBUR, we’re constantly looking for ways to engage new audiences around our reporting, so we are delighted to team up with Slate for this new health podcast,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “This partnership reflects WBUR’s deep commitment to innovation and program incubation, because we know that’s how we’ll continue to be strong in the future.”

“The Checkup podcast with Slate is a result of our strategic plan to create more digital-first products with an eye toward finding ways to syndicate the content on-air, in podcasts and beyond,” said Executive Editor John Davidow. “CommonHealth’s success online, with its personal approach from Rachel and Carey on the trials and tribulations of getting the best healthcare for you and your family, will make for great podcasts.”

WBUR’s CommonHealth began as a small but unique and important online forum for discussing the landmark Massachusetts healthcare reform of 2006. In fall 2010, through Project ARGO, NPR, The Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting funded a major expansion that turned CommonHealth into a full-blown health news website, covering the next phase of reform, and also personal health, medical research, the cost of care and more. CommonHealth’s reporting has been cited by other media ranging from The New York Times to The Boston Globe. It is featured regularly on WBUR’s air (90.9 FM in Greater Boston) and frequently posted on the NPR website ( The Knight Science Journalism Tracker has called CommonHealth “indispensable.”

The Check-Up marks the second collaboration between Slate podcasts and acclaimed public radio organizations. Gabfest Radio, a partnership with WNYC, was launched just last year. Since its founding in 1996, Slate has been committed to providing smart, counterintuitive analysis of news and culture, and these values have been instilled into Slate’s wide array of podcasts, which broadcast to millions of listeners each month.

The Checkup will be available for download every Monday at and

About Slate
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