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  • Neon Hum Debuts New Podcast “Telescope” to Explore Stories of Humanity in the Age of Isolation
  • Mar 23, 2020

New York, NY – March 23, 2020 – Acclaimed podcast production house Neon Hum today announced the debut of “Telescope,” a new series focused on the personal stories of people all around the world dealing with the profound and wide-raging effects of COVID-19 and social distancing in their day-to-day lives. Hosted by award-winning producer and Neon Hum founder/CEO Jonathan Hirsch, “Telescope” will chronicle the broad spectrum of deeply human moments being lived in the disruptive age of Coronavirus and isolation, and insightfully explore the unique experiences and everyday shared situations playing out underneath the news of the pandemic’s grip. The first episode is available now wherever you listen to podcasts. 

The tri-weekly podcast series will provide an up-close view of the ways the outbreak of the virus has impacted people from all walks of life and share an inside look at the individual journeys many have faced in coming to terms with their current reality and searching for a new sense of normal. Hirsch and the Neon Hum team will speak with people across the world about the challenges and emotions behind coping with self-quarantine, dealing with sickness and health issues, and finding inspiration and personal meaning in response to a global crisis. “Telescope” will tell the stories of struggle, loss, resilience and hope that are driving our society forward at this uncertain moment in history.

Hirsch said, “We are living in a world-changing moment defined by social isolation. ‘Telescope’ will offer a window into our lives in the time of Coronavirus by sharing stories of how people both near to home and far away are getting through this pandemic, so we all feel a little less alone.”

The show is executive produced by Jonathan Hirsch, Vikram Patel, John Asante, Shara Morris and Catherine Saint Louis at Neon Hum.

Listeners can subscribe to “Telescope” on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. Click here listen to the first episode.  

About “Telescope”

Welcome to the new normal. For so many of us around the globe, our lives have been forever changed by the coronavirus. And we will never be the same. And yet, locked away in social isolation in our homes, away from our normal routine, we are searching for ways to connect with one another, ways to stay sane during this insane time. On Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays for the foreseeable future, host Jonathan Hirsch will bring you stories of people who are far away…up close. Stories of how each of us are learning to live through this pandemic.


About Jonathan Hirsch

As an independent producer, reporter, and sound designer, Jonathan Hirsch produced hundreds of longform audio works for NPR, Vox, NBC, Fusion Media Group, and many others. He is a recipient of the Green Eyeshade, Edward R. Murrow and duPont Awards. His 7-part documentary podcast series Dear Franklin Jones debuted #1 on the iTunes podcast charts. In April of 2018, Jonathan launched Neon Hum Media, an LA-based podcast production company, specializing in narrative-driven, high production value, “audio first” documentaries, talk shows, and partner content.

About Neon Hum

Founded by producer, reporter and sound designer Jonathan Hirsch, Los Angeles-based Neon Hum is a podcast production company specializing in narrative-driven, high production value, “audio first” documentaries, talk shows and partner content. In December 2019 Sony Music announced a strategic investment in Neon Hum as part of a new creative partnership between the two companies to expand their development of original podcast content and launch a range of new shows across multiple genres beginning in 2020. 

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