HBO Limited Podcast Debuts Today Echoing Themes of New Show ‘HERE AND NOW,’ Which Premiered February 11
HBO debuts its new six-episode podcast “Where Do You Exist?”, with the first episode available now on Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud. Highlighting central themes from HBO’s new series created by Alan Ball, HERE AND NOW, the podcast weaves together a series of live, pre-recorded stories from thought leaders and special guests across the country exploring the complexities of identity, belonging and family. Learn more about HERE AND NOW and “Where Do You Exist?” on HBO.com.
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The “Where Do You Exist?” podcast was recorded live in Portland, Los Angeles and New York City. Each live event invited speakers to share humorous, yet timely, personal stories touching on experiences of trials, triumphs and moments of personal discovery that helped define who they are in the context of today’s world, tapping into HERE AND NOW’s core themes.
HERE AND NOW centers on a progressive couple played by Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter, who have one biological daughter and three adopted multicultural children from around the world – an effort to create a new kind of family. Exploring what it’s like to be an “other” in America, the series touches on political, familial, cultural, spiritual and psychological issues of today’s society.
The live recordings were hosted by notable comedian Chris Garcia, whose credits span NPR’s This American Life, The WTF Podcast with Marc Maron and Comedy Central’s @Midnight, among others. In Portland, speakers included Chris Garcia, Luis Ortega, Nong Poonsukwattana, Lucia Martinez Valdivia, Margaret Jacobsen and Solomon Georgio; Los Angeles speakers included Samantha Futerman, Mary Beth LaRue, Ira Madison, Andrew Ti, Priyanka Mattoo and Julissa Calderon; and New York City speakers included Baratunde Thurston, Lacey Schwartz, Lisa Pollak, Eudora Peterson and Emil Wilbekin. Speakers shared anecdotes exploring identity via various topics ranging from the moment they realized their own race, to discovering their adoption status as a young adult, to reconciling sexual identity in the context of faith and familial relationships.
“HERE AND NOW dares to explore the multifaceted nature of family and identity in modern society, and we felt that it was important we capture the nuance of each person’s own lived experiences when putting together the podcast,” said Lucinda Martinez, SVP Multicultural and International Marketing at HBO. “The deeply intimate structure of podcasting provided a unique opportunity to convey the show’s principal themes through the eyes of thought leaders and tastemakers who are going through life’s ebbs and flows, every day, just like many of us.”
HBO’s “Where Do You Exist?” podcast is available now on Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud and will roll out over the course of six weeks. Keep up with the podcast and HERE AND NOW on HBO.com and Facebook.
About HERE AND NOW
From Oscar and Emmy winner Alan Ball (HBO’s Six Feet Under, True Blood), and starring Oscar and Golden Globe winner Tim Robbins and Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Holly Hunter, the show is a provocative and darkly comic meditation on the disparate forces polarizing present-day American culture, as experienced by the members of a progressive multi-ethnic family — a philosophy professor and his wife, their adopted children from Vietnam, Liberia and Colombia and their sole biological child — and a contemporary Muslim family, headed by a psychiatrist who is treating one of their children.
Jerrika Hinton, Daniel Zovatto, Raymond Lee, Sosie Bacon, Andy Bean, Joe Williamson and Peter Macdissi also star. Here and Now is executive produced by Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi and David Knoller.
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