, iHeartRadio Launch ‘Force Multiplier’ Podcast to Explore World-Changing Partnerships

  • Force Multiplier is an iHeartRadio Original podcast with that spotlights the exponential impact of working together across disciplines and sectors
  • The podcast will explore topics like health inequity, nutrition insecurity, climate change, and the opportunity gap in education — unprecedented challenges that require unprecedented collaboration.
  • Host Baratunde Thurston will sit with leaders across the public, private, and nonprofit world who are forging partnerships to tackle these issues

Force Multiplier is a new iHeartRadio original podcast with that examines the exponential impact we can have on the world by working together. The podcast, hosted by Emmy-nominated host, activist, and creator of the How to Citizen Podcast, Baratunde Thurston, begins streaming on August 12 on the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts, or wherever podcasts are available. 

Thurston’s unique interviewing style explores common themes across conversations with leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit world. Each episode highlights the complex challenges they face — and the cross-sector partnerships they’ve forged to address them. From building scalable programs to finding new ways to fundraise, organizations committed to social impact are finding new ways to combine forces, use the power of technology to scale, and multiply their positive impact.

“The partnerships springing up organically across different disciplines are fascinating,” said Thurston, “and are probably our best hope of actually solving these incredibly complex global problems.”

Podcast episodes will explore topics like health inequity, workforce development, climate change, and the opportunity gap in education — unprecedented challenges that require unprecedented collaboration from leaders across disciplines and sectors.

Cristina Jones,’s Chief Engagement Officer, noted, “ sits at the intersection of business and social impact. We see first-hand how action leadership in one sector impacts another. Our goal for this podcast is to inspire everyone, no matter where they sit, to find new ways to multiply the impact of the work that matters most to them.”

Private sector leaders are also finding new value in a purpose-led approach to business, including a clear sense of responsibility to the communities around them. These leaders are eager to explore new ways to support employees, customers, partners, and the planet, and opportunities to contribute to a more fair, equal, and sustainable future for everyone.

“This new branded podcast is an ambitious project to bridge the major chasm that exists between big business and social impact work,” said Gayle Troberman, Chief Marketing Officer for iHeartMedia. “We’re excited to hear what happens when thought leaders in business dig deep and get real with their peers from the nonprofit world to share ideas, collaborate, and deliver more impact together.”

Force Multiplier will feature leaders from organizations like Feeding America, Oakland Unified School District, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The first episode about nutrition insecurity will be available on August 12 on iHeartRadio and all other podcast platforms. 

Watch the trailer, subscribe to the podcast here, and tune in to the first episode on August 12.

About iHeartMedia, Inc.

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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