The podcast Conversations with People Who Hate Me has joined the TED Audio Collective ahead of its new season, which launches on February 16. Listen to new episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Hosted by writer and performer Dylan Marron, the podcast invites people who have clashed online — from strangers to coworkers to friends — to step away from the keyboard and get to know one another as human beings. Conversations with People Who Hate Me fosters meaningful connections, often with surprising and heartwarming results, in a time of increasing isolation.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Conversations with People Who Hate Me join the TED Audio Collective,” Marron says. “Not only will the podcast be able to reach an entirely new crop of listeners filled with TED’s curious and brilliant audience members, but I’m honored to be part of a cohort that includes other daring creators who regularly make work that feeds both my brain and my soul.”
As a digital creator, Dylan has witnessed firsthand that with online success often comes online hate. However, he’s found that the best and most subversive way to handle the vitriol is to foster conversation. These conversations on the podcast have also inspired Dylan’s new book by the same title.
On the show’s addition, TED’s director of audio Michelle Quint says, “We’re Dylan’s biggest fans and massively excited that he’s chosen the TED Audio Collective as the new home for Conversations with People Who Hate Me. We absolutely can’t wait to see where he takes the show from here.”
Conversations with People Who Hate Me’s new season launches February 16 and explores issues and conflicts like conversion therapy, the January 6 insurrection, a mother who disavowed her transgender son and a woman who was subjected to viral sexist memes. The surprising thing to everyone who listens to the show is that Dylan takes what could be hate-filled conversations and makes them about human connections and all the ways we can understand each other. Listen to new episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
The TED Audio Collective and Conversations with People Who Hate Me are supported by TED’s global partners. Learn more about TED Partnerships here.