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Modern Love: The Podcast “Not So Simple Math”, a collaboration between WBUR and The New York Times, is nominated for the 21st Annual Webby Awards in Podcasts & Digital Audio: Lifestyle. The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. IADAS — which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners — is comprised of Internet industry experts, including Executive Creative Director at Refinery29 Piera Gelardi, musicians Questlove and Grimes, Head of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram Eva Chen, Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone, Gimlet Media CEO Alex Blumberg, and Jimmy Kimmel.
The nominated podcast retells The New York Times essay "Open Adoption: Not So Simple Math," written by Amy Seek and narrated by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Sarah Paulson that explores the emotional terrain one young woman travels after she makes the decision to give up her son for adoption.
“Not So Simple Math” is also eligible to win a Webby People’s Voice Award, which is voted online by fans across the globe. From now until April 20th, you can cast your vote here.
In addition, Modern Love’s “Just Friends? Let Me Read Between the Lines” is an official honoree in this year’s Webby Awards in Podcast & Digital Audio: Best Individual Episode. Steve Friedman's essay is a story about a particularly messy break-up. It became the very first Modern Love column ever published in 2004 and is read by Emmy award-winner Tony Hale for the podcast. You might know him as Gary Walsh on HBO's "Veep," or as Buster Bluth in "Arrested Development.
Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, and honored on Monday, May 15, 2017 in New York City. If Modern Love wins, the team will have the opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards’ famous 5-Word Speeches. Past 5-Word Speeches include Stephen Colbert’s “Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.”