Cadence13, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Jon Meacham, and HISTORY Expand Partnership with Documentary Podcast Franchise Featuring Some of the Most Important and Timeless Speeches in History

Season One of C13Originals It Was Said Docuseries to Feature the Unforgettable Words of Martin Luther King, Jr., JFK, John Lewis, Hillary Clinton and more

New York, NY (August 31, 2020)—C13Originals, the Peabody Award-nominated studio division of leading premium podcast company Cadence13, today announced it is expanding its partnership with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham and HISTORY with It Was Said, a new podcast documentary series focused on some of the most important, impactful and relevant speeches in history.
It Was Said marks Cadence13’s second collaboration with Meacham and HISTORY, following the recent first season of the timely, inspirational and educational documentary podcast series Hope, Through History. Cadence13 is part of Entercom’s Podcast Network.
Created, directed and produced by C13Originals, written and narrated by Meacham, with HISTORY providing creative consultation, archive materials, additional resources and co-marketing, season one of It Was Said will feature ten of the most significant and timeless speeches in history.
Drawing on a selection of speeches from powerful figures in history like Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, JFK, RFK, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, Edward R. Murrow, and Barbara Jordan, Meacham will offer expert insight and analysis into their origins, the orator, the context of the times they were given, why they are still relevant today, and the importance of never forgetting them. Each episode of this documentary podcast series
will also bring together some of the top historians, authors and journalists relevant to each respective speech and figure.
Throughout the course of ten episodes, It Was Said will feature brave and bold words that would shape history and whose messages are incredibly relevant today, and for generations to come, including:

  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” April 3rd, 1968
  • Robert F. Kennedy, unscripted eulogy of the assignation of Martin Luther King Jr., April 4th, 1968
  • Barack Obama, Charleston, SC Eulogy, June 26th, 2015
  • Meghan McCain, eulogy for her late father, John McCain, September 1st, 2018
  • Ronald Reagan, farewell address, January 11th, 1989
  • Barbara Jordan, delivers the first ever African-American Keynote Address at the Democratic National Convention, July 1976
  • Edward R. Murrow, closing remarks on Joseph McCarthy, 1954 “See It Now”
  • Hillary Clinton, Women’s Rights are Human Rights speech as First Lady, September 5th, 1995, at the United Nations Fourth World Conference in Beijing
  • John Lewis, March on Washington, August 28th, 1963
  • JFK, Inauguration Address, January 20th, 1961

It Was Said will launch on September 2, 2020 with the first two episodes of season one of this 10-part documentary series, on Apple Podcasts, RADIO.COM, Spotify, and everywhere podcasts are available. Listen to the trailer and subscribe to the series here:
Looking forward to the launch, Meacham said, “Words matter, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to work again with the terrific team at Cadence13 to bring some of the most important speeches and moments in our history to life again.”
“When the moment comes that we can look back on 2020, we’ll look to great speeches and leaders that helped guide us through the challenges and opportunities we faced, just as we do with these historic speeches,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer, Cadence13 and Executive Producer of the franchise. “Having Jon Meacham guide us through the words and context of these speeches, along with the collaboration of HISTORY, is exactly the type of meaningful content we are passionate to create at C13.”
“At a time when we’re all looking for beacons of hope, it’s incredibly cogent and even comforting to revisit some of the most moving speeches born from other indelible moments in our collective history,” said Mark Garner, Executive Vice President, Global Content Licensing for A+E Networks. “HISTORY is proud to again partner with Jon Meacham and Cadence13 for It Was Said’s audio exploration of past inspiration.”
Jon Meacham will write and narrate the It Was Said franchise, with C13’s Chief Content Officer Chris Corcoran and Meacham serving as Executive Producers, and C13Originals directing and producing. HISTORY will provide access to their deep and rich archival material, marketing support and creative consultation.
Download the cover art for It Was Said here:
Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer. His latest work, His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope, was published on August 25, 2020 with Penguin Random House. He is the author of #1 New York Times bestselling books including The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross; The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better AngelsThomas Jefferson: The Art of PowerAmerican LionAndrew Jackson in the White HouseFranklin and WinstonDestiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush; and Songs of America: Patriotism, Protestand the Music That Made a Nation. He is the host of Cadence13’s Hope, Through History documentary podcast franchise, a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, a contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review, and a fellow of the Society of American Historians. Meacham lives in Nashville with his wife and children.
About Cadence13:
Cadence13, a leading premium podcast company, is part of Entercom’s Podcast Network and was named one of Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019.” Our roster of critically-acclaimed shows and personalities reflects the diverse conversations and interests happening in the world, led by a collection of voices that include Sophia Amoruso, Lili Anolik, David Axelrod, Rachel Brathen, Brené Brown, Dean Budnick, Alejandra Campoverdi, Emma Chamberlain, Deepak Chopra, Gotham Chopra, Lauren Conrad, Remi Cruz, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, David Dobrik, Ethan Dolan, Grayson Dolan, Kevin Durant, Jon Favreau, Emily Jane Fox, Malcolm Gladwell, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Joe Hagan, Andrew Jenks, Tony Kornheiser, Michael Lewis, Payne Lindsey, Michael Lombardi, Jon Lovett, Alisha Marie, Johanna Maska, CJ McCollum, Jon Meacham, James Andrew Miller, Mike Murphy, Leon Neyfakh, Michaela Okland, Darienne Page, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Peck, David Plouffe, Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, Paul Rabil, JJ Redick, Ben Reiter, Rhett and Link, Rick Rubin, Tommy Vietor, Adnan Virk, Ashley West, iO Tillett Wright, Andrew Yang, and many more. These storytellers represent both established and emerging personalities across sports, business, tech, politics, entertainment and news. Cadence13 is the home of C13Features and the Peabody Award-nominated C13Originals documentary studio, and has a broad range of programming partners including Comments by Celebs, Crooked Media, Entertainment Weekly, Girlboss Media, goop, Granity Studios, Headspace, HISTORY, Meredith, Mythical Entertainment, Pushkin Industries, Ramble,  Seven Bucks Productions, Smosh, Sports Illustrated, Tenderfoot TV, theSkimm, The Try Guys, TNT, Up and Vanished, Vanity Fair, Who? Weekly and Yoga Girl, among others. Cadence13 is headquartered in New York, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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