Pushkin Industries Appoints Gretta Cohn as CEO, Previews 2024 Podcast and Audiobook Launches

Pushkin Industries today shared a preview of its 2024 podcast and audiobook releases. The upcoming lineup kicks off with a “climate hope” series from Dr. Laurie Santos and The Happiness Lab exploring how doing a little good for the planet can make you feel happier in the new year. It’s followed by Season 2 of Paul McCartney and Paul Muldoon’s A Life in Lyrics — called one of the best podcasts of 2023 by TIME, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and the Financial Times — as well as new episodes of music interview show Broken Record, Tim Harford’s Cautionary Tales, Maya Shankar’s A Slight Change of Plans, Jacob Goldstein’s What’s Your Problem?, Sam Fragoso’s Talk Easy, and a 4-month true crime spree that includes new seasons of Deep Cover, Lost Hills, Death of an Artist, and the premiere of Where’s Dia?, a co-production with iHeartMedia. Additionally, in June, Malcolm Gladwell will be launching a special 6-episode series on his podcast Revisionist History ahead of the Summer Olympics in Paris.

Pushkin, renowned for creating immersive, award-winning audiobooks with the likes of Steve Martin, Lake Bell, and Paul Simon, will also be partnering with podcast veterans, comediennes, and self-appointed small talk experts Casey Wilson and Jessica St. Clair to release The Art of Small Talk (on sale 5/7/24; Pushkin Industries), a laugh-out-loud and incredibly practical audiobook in which they share seven simple rules for how to engage in small talk to achieve the connectedness we all crave. Dismissing the notion that small talk is a painful social obligation, Wilson and St. Clair are joined by famous friends like Amy Poehler, Colin Quinn, Tony Hale, June Diane Raphael, and a range of experts, including mental health professionals, for insights on how to move past the perceived misery of small talk and start making magic out of the mundane, all without reading a single page. See the full press release here.

At the helm of Pushkin’s strategy alongside co-founder Malcolm Gladwell is Gretta Cohn, who, after assuming the role of President in October, has been appointed CEO. She is uniquely positioned to drive Pushkin’s success during an unprecedented time in the audio industry. Cohn joined Pushkin Industries in 2022 when it acquired her award-winning production company Transmitter Media. Pushkin will benefit not only from her business acumen, but also from her experience as a Peabody-nominated creator, with her more than 15 years producing and developing hit shows for WNYC, Earwolf, Audible, TED, CNN, iHeartMedia, the New York Times, and more.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Gretta as we continue pursuing our mission at Pushkin of producing audio in any format that challenges listeners, encourages their curiosity, and inspires joy. She is an impressive leader and invaluable collaborator,” Gladwell said.

“Gretta has been doing a superb job running Pushkin during a challenging time in our industry,” added Jacob Weisberg, Pushkin’s co-founder and Executive Chair.

On March 1, 2024, Gladwell will be recognized with the Audio Vanguard Award at On Air Fest. The award recognizes a creator whose contribution to the storytelling medium has inspired a creative legacy. It is accompanied by a presentation in front of a live audience of storytellers, industry insiders, and fans and will be moderated by Cohn.

A preview of Pushkin’s 2024 podcast and audiobook releases are listed below.

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness. Dr. Santos is kicking off 2024 with a series about climate hope and how it relates to your wellbeing and will be back with more new episodes with relationship tips for Valentine’s Day, a special World Happiness Day report, and more.

McCARTNEY: A LIFE IN LYRICS (SEASON 2) – February 7, 2024
Named one of the best podcasts of 2023 by Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, TIME, and the FT, McCartney: A Life in Lyrics is a combination master class, memoir, and improvised journey with one of the most beloved figures in popular music. Each episode focuses on one song from McCartney’s iconic catalog – spanning early Beatles through his solo work. Co-produced with iHeartMedia and MPL.

A SLIGHT CHANGE OF PLANS – February 26, 2024
Dr. Maya Shankar blends compassionate storytelling with the science of human behavior to help us understand who we are, and who we become, in the face of a big change. Tune in for new interviews with the likes of James Clear, Dr. Becky Kennedy, Alison Gopnik, Laura Cathcart Robbins, and more.

DEEP COVER (SEASON 4) – April 2024
Deep Cover is a hit true crime show about people who lead double lives. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Halpern reveals webs of deception and dark underworlds, through interviews with federal agents and convicted criminals. In Season 4, Halpern tells the tale of a 1989 cold case, the investigators that pieced it together, and the trial, that nearly twenty years later, gave the victim’s family a shot at justice.

Hilarious and practical advice for how to up your small talk game from comedians, actors and self-appointed experts on chit-chat, Casey Wilson and Jessica St. Clair. Featuring additional insights from Amy Poehler, Colin Quinn, Tony Hale, Malcolm Gladwell, June Diane Raphael, and a range of experts. Pre-order here.

In Season 1 of this anthology true crime series, curator and host Helen Molesworth probed the death of up-and-coming artist Ana Mendieta, whether her husband Carl Andre was involved, and the silence and the protest that have accompanied this story ever since. In Season 2, host Katy Hessel explores the life and death of renowned painter Jackson Pollock and how his wife and fellow artist, Lee Krasner, changed everything about the modern art world.

LOST HILLS (SEASON 4) – June 2024
Lost Hills investigates the dark side of Malibu, California. Beneath a seductive facade, this city of billionaires, celebrities, and surf bums hides something menacing. In Season 4, host Dana Goodyear investigates the death of Mitrice Richardson, a 24-year-old Black woman who went missing in 2009 after being detained and released from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. Produced in partnership with Western Sound.

Malcolm Gladwell’s journey through the overlooked and misunderstood returns on February 29 for a special 6-episode interview series followed by an examination of the 1936 Olympics in June ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

WHERE’S DIA? – July 2024
In the beautiful mountain town of Idyllwild, a millionaire widow who was in the middle of a messy legal battle with her estranged children suddenly vanishes, leaving behind her beloved horse and an idyllic ranch. A man who claims to be her fiance launches a very public campaign to find her. But when another woman dies at the ranch, it appears there’s more to the story than meets the eye. Hosted by Lucy Sherriff and co-produced with iHeartMedia.

Tim Harford brings you stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, daring heists and hilarious fiascos. They’ll delight you and scare you, but also make you wiser. In 2024, you’ll hear tales of ponzi schemes, yellow fever, a menacing WWII technology, two feuding brothers who created iconic shoe brands, and… whales.

For generations of music lovers, the liner notes on albums were a central part of the way music was heard. Broken Record restarts those conversations—in a world without liner notes—for a new audience of music lovers. Tune in each week to hear your favorite artists.

Every week on What’s Your Problem? entrepreneurs and engineers talk to Jacob Goldstein about the future they’re trying to build – and the problems they have to solve to get there. Tune in for insight into the biggest topics in tech and business including AI, crypto, financial markets, emerging technology, hiring, cloud computing, and more. Co-produced with iHeartMedia.

TALK EASY – Weekly
Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso is a weekly series of intimate conversations with artists, activists, and politicians. Where people sound like people.

UNHEDGED – Twice Weekly
Twice a week, financial reporter and co-writer of the “Unhedged” newsletter on markets and finance Ethan Wu and the staff of the Financial Times explain the big ideas behind what’s happening in finance right now. Katie Martin, FT’s markets editor and writer of “The Long View column,” will join Ethan once a week. This is a co-production of Pushkin and the Financial Times.