A podcast about guns, God and Facebook awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Audio Reporting

A podcast about guns, God and Facebook awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Audio Reporting

Podcast cover art by NPR “No Compromise,” an NPR podcast that dove into the shifting sands of Second Amendment activism, won the second-ever Pulitzer Prize for Audio Reporting. Hosts Lisa Hagan and Chris Haxel along with producer Graham Smith and editor Robert Little shared in the recognition of their work. This is the first-ever Pulitzer win for NPR. “This American Life” took home the inaugural audio prize last year for an episode about the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. Rather than focus on a single episode, this year’s award recognized two podcasts and a news team’s coverage for the overall breadth of their work. “No Compromise” centers on a group of Iowa-based gun rights activists, the Dorr brothers, who (as the podcast tagline states), “are on a mission to reconstruct America using two tools — guns and Facebook.” It looks at how the brothers have used social media to build a network of “no compromise” gun groups with the aim of either opposing or eliminating all regulations on gun ownership in America. It also examines how this advocacy is reaching beyond the gun debate to a larger fight about American culture. In the first episode, which starts at a Pennsylvania anti-lockdown protest, the Dorrs explain their advocacy is about “freedom.” The podcast chronicles their maximalist worldview, and how on occasion it has caused them to butt heads with gun-rights activists who’d otherwise be on their side. The podcast was produced as part of the Guns & America media […]

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