With Its First Podcast, Newsweek Bets on Franchises as a Foundation to Subscriptions

The Debate marks its first podcast

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Newsweek is banking on healthy and rigorous debate to propel it towards its subscription goals. 

The 85-year old publisher is developing features around its Debate franchise, which it’s published online in written format since 2019. In April these debates migrated to Newsweek’s first podcast series, hosted by opinion editor Josh Hammer and deputy opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon, both at opposite ends on the political spectrum, plus two expert guests. The episodes cover topics ranging from reparations for slavery in the U.S.

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