Four seasons. Dozens of episodes. Hundreds of interviews. One hundred thousand downloads.
Now the Seattle Growth Podcast can add to the tally one major national accolade. The podcast, created and produced by Jeff Shulman, has won a 2018 Gold Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Having watched Seattle transform so dramatically in the decade since moving here, Shulman, the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor of Marketing at the UW Foster School of Business, decided to explore the implications of his adopted city’s unprecedented and unabating growth.
That exploration became the podcast—a unique compendium of Shulman’s recorded conversations with Seattleites of every stripe. He has interviewed civic movers and culture shakers, entrepreneurs and educators, nurses and fire fighters, athletes, artists and musicians (the focus of the most recent season of the podcast).
And Shulman has emerged from his ongoing inquiry as a kind of expert observer of all things change in Seattle. The local and national media have noticed, tapping into his observant expertise on matters of Amazon’s HQ2, Microsoft’s planned expansion, the future of Nordstrom, Seattle’s campaign to develop an NBA-ready sports arena, its homelessness crisis and the hotly debated business head tax that was recently passed and quickly repealed. He has been interviewed by many of Seattle’s newspapers, television and radio stations, as well as the Washington Post, USA Today and Inc.
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Judges of the annual CASE “Circle of Excellence Awards” program liked what they heard.
Shulman’s probing Seattle series was awarded the organization’s top distinction in higher-education podcasting, beating out the Silver Award-winning The Future of Everything, produced by Stanford University, and the Bronze Award-winning A Gray Matter, out of the Queensland Brain Institute.
The upcoming fifth season of the Seattle Growth Podcast will examine the city’s growing homelessness crisis in depth, featuring King County Executive Dow Constantine, former state Attorney General Rob McKenna and a host of activists, home owners and homeless people.