UTo give people a stage behind the microphones, the German Podcast Prize was awarded for the first time on Thursday. At least that’s the plan. Given the circumstances, there was no stage at all. The best audio products were chosen in the form of a podcast. Ariana Baborie (“men’s place setting”) and author Micky Beisenherz (“jewels in the mire of boredom”) moderated, the nominees of the individual categories took part by phone, very smoothly, after all there were professionals. Prizes were awarded for the best talk team, the best newcomer, the best journalistic achievement, the best interviewer, the best production, the best script and the audience award. There had been more than 700 submissions. These are the winners:
Best production: Talk-o-mat
Spotify organizes a blind date for two celebrities every two weeks. Two strangers sit completely unprepared at a table. Talk-o-mat determines the topics of the conversation, “an emotionless, randomly controlled machine.” The advantage: the machine knows neither sensitivity nor compassion. This means: many topics in a relatively short time, unbiased interview partners, spontaneous answers and above all conversations that would otherwise never have taken place. Actress Nilam Farooq sits at the table with musician Rolf Zuckowski and pop singer Miss Platnum meets Howard Carpendale. Polite getting to know each other, if it goes well, becomes a profound conversation after a few minutes.
Best newcomer and best talk team: couple diology
Ariana Babori describes the podcast as the supreme discipline. The word “podcast” – and talking is not as easy as it sounds, as word has gotten around. Especially not when you talk about affairs, alcohol addiction and sexuality. Author Charlotte Roche and her husband Martin Keß shamelessly address what many couples rarely address even in private. The public cannot be more intimate. There were two prizes for “Couple Diology”. Kess is a newcomer at almost 57 years old: “A sign that it is never too late. No matter what. “
Best script / best author: The very last interview
“The very last interview” is not actually a podcast – rather a mixture of audio book, crime story and autobiography. In her hip-hop thriller, presenter Visa Vie gives an insight into the German rap scene. It’s about the fictional hip-hop journalist Clara, who wants to kill Germany’s most successful rapper. How much of Visa Vie is in Clara and how much of the history in business is really true remains uncertain. The author already promised her fans in advance that she would write something new if she won the prize.
Best journalistic achievement: time crimes
A wide variety of industries meet in the podcast milieu. Politicians on virologists, lawyers on motivational coaches and comedians on journalists. The call that podcasters fool around is widespread, reports Ariana Babori. “But suddenly journalists came along, giving the genre something that wasn’t there before: seriousness and relevance. In return, the podcasters gave the journalists what they didn’t know: youth, freshness, hipness. A win-win situation for everyone, ”replies Beisenherz.
Sabine Rückert is deputy editor-in-chief of the time and has worked as a court reporter for many years. Together with the journalist Andreas Sentker, she discusses cases with which she has worked in the past in her true crime podcast “Zeit Verbrechen”. The focus is not only on the act itself, but also on the late consequences for the victims and the background of the perpetrator. As a listener, you can learn a lot about the workings of the individual law enforcement agencies and the conversations that Rückert conducted during her research in authorities, with witnesses, suspects, perpetrators or victims – a look behind the scenes.
Best interviewer: Germany 3000 – A good hour with Eva Schulz
In the podcast “Germany 3000 – a good hour with Eva Schulz”, journalist Eva Schulz meets people from very different areas every week. People who sometimes impress or move with their ideas, projects and stories, sometimes irritate them. She talks to Frank Issues about evil capitalists, with Kevin Kühnert about his coming out and with Auschwitz survivor Justin Sonder about the Holocaust. Your standard entry question (“Where are you from?”) Skips the small talk to warm up and gets straight to the point. As an additional level of reflection, Schulz uses a “thought voice” that is added afterwards, which interrupts the conversation again and again.
Audience Award: Mixed Hack
Felix Lobrecht is a successful comedian and prefers to be on stage. Tommy Schmidt is an author of television films and prefers to stay in the background. Lobrecht grew up troubled by money worries with his single father in Neukölln, Schmidt in a picture-book family as the son of a doctor. And these are just a few differences between the two. In their podcast “Mixed Hack”, the two flat jokes and current topics, which concern many, mix, they take a stand and strike a tone that feels like an evening with friends.
It is not a big surprise that the entertainment podcast receives the audience award at the award ceremony. Last year, the Spotify format was the second most streamed podcast worldwide.
The award ceremony can be listened to at deutscher-podcastpreis.de and on the initiators’ platforms: AUDIO NOW, radio.de (app) and Spotify