New Season Places Special Focus on Audience Interactions
ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 7, 2018 – American Public Media’s hit podcast The Hilarious World of Depression is back with new celebrity interviews and audience discussion about mental illness. Hosted by John Moe, the series brings conversation about clinical depression out of the shadows while keeping things frank and funny. The series will debut its third season Monday, August 13, publishing new episodes weekly through the end of the year.
Season Three’s premiere will feature celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern, a culinary expert with an adventurous streak, who has struggled with addiction and depression. Moe and Zimmern will discuss the chef’s story of hitting bottom, redemption, and Zimmern’s friend, the late Anthony Bourdain.
The podcast will continue to deliver important discussions about mental illness with well-known individuals such as Scott Thompson of The Kids in the Hall; singer-songwriter Neko Case; hip hop artist and podcaster Open Mike Eagle; comedian and actor Charlyne Yi; and comedian, musician, and army combat veteran Thom Tran. In addition to these conversations, Season Three will place a special emphasis on audience interaction.
“This is our audience season. We will continue to have celebrity guests and hear their stories, but we’re also going to have more of our listeners be part of the podcast,” said Moe. “That means episodes where The Hilarious World of Depression answers audience questions and allows them to share their thoughts. This show has evolved to become part of the mental health discussion, and that brings even more voices to the conversation.”
Like the first two seasons, Season Three of The Hilarious World of Depression is produced by APM and created in partnership with HealthPartners’s Make It OK campaign, which aims to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness.
“Humor can open a door for a conversation about mental illnesses and begin the healing process,” said Donna Zimmerman, HealthPartners senior vice president for government and community relations. “The Make It OK campaign works to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses and we are delighted to continue our partnership to reach new audiences this season with messages of hope and recovery.”
Listen to The Hilarious World of Depression on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Spotify or RadioPublic. Learn more at The Hilarious World of Depression’s Facebook page and by following @johnmoe and @thwofd on Twitter.