iHeartMedia Joins Forces with School of Humans to Launch New Original Podcast “Long Shot”

 New Podcast Examines the History and 250-Year Journey to the COVID-19 Vaccines. Listen to the trailer here.


iHeartMedia, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, has teamed up with School of Humans to launch “Long Shot,” a new original podcast that examines the history and 250-year journey to the COVID-19 vaccines. Hosted by Shaun Raviv, a journalist who has written for top publications including Wired, The Intercept, BuzzFeed, The Ringer, Smithsonian, Deadspin and The Washington Post, "Long Shot" examines the long history of research and trials that led to the COVID-19 vaccines being developed in record time. The true story of the COVID-19 vaccines goes back hundreds of years, and “Long Shot” will draw a throughline from today’s research back in time to the first inoculators.

While a universal pandemic may be unprecedented in our lifetimes, this podcast discusses how our history has been shaped by plagues, pandemics, viruses and diseases, and the fight against them. In the debut episode, Raviv explores the myths and legends of early inoculators dating back to 11th-century China, and speaks with evolutionary biologists Joel Wertheim and Edward Holmes. Listeners will learn the origins of inoculation and RNA-based viruses, which evolved side by side with our species.

Throughout the season, Raviv will sit down with various medical research experts and influential figures including: Paul Offit, who created a rotavirus vaccine; Jason McLellan, who was fundamental to creating today's COVID-19 vaccines; the founders of Moderna; the daughter of a scientist whose own cells were used as the basis of vaccines; and participants in a human challenge trial, among many others.


Beginning Wednesday, August 4, 2021, on iHeartRadio and all major platforms.

WHERE: “Long Shot” is co-produced by School of Humans and is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network. Listen to new episodes on iHeartRadio and everywhere else podcasts are heard.

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iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.

With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business -- iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings -- as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

The company’s Audio & Media Services reportable segment includes Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company, and RCS, the world's leading provider of broadcast and webcast software.

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