Podcast Examining Gun Violence Wins Webby Award
Called Last Day, the podcast series devotes its third season to examining the issue of gun violence in America. One episode in particular — “A Love Story” — earned the series its Webby Award win. Last Day host and Lemonada co-founder Stephanie Wittels Wachs spends the episode talking to the family and friends of a 19-year-old who died by suicide. Their conversation pulls mental health issues for children, youth and young adults into the spotlight.
The Webby Awards — dubbed the Oscars of the internet — are a coveted badge of excellence in the digital media world. Lemonada Media’s entry was considered among nearly 14,000 submissions from all 50 states and more than 70 countries, according to the Webby Award team.
Please note that this episode contains sounds of gunshots and detailed descriptions of suicide.
Over the course of Last Day’s third season, Wachs and her team hear from families who have lost loved ones to gun violence and from community groups that are working to reduce gun-related deaths. One such group — CHRIS 180 in Atlanta, Georgia — has received funding from the Casey Foundation and offers behavioral health and housing support, as well as youth-focused services.
Casey supported the Last Day series to help promote community efforts aimed at reducing the number of lives lost to gun violence and to help elevate the platforms sharing their stories. Other Last Day podcast series funders include Everytown for Gun Safety, the Kendeda Fund, Levi Strauss & Co. and the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation.