The Leap, KQED’s Award-Winning Storytelling Podcast, Returns for Season 2

The Leap, KQED’s Award-Winning Storytelling Podcast, Returns for Season 2

February 21, 2017

The Leap, KQED’s Award-Winning Storytelling Podcast, Returns for Season 2

Stories of those moments in life when you have no other choice but to close your eyes … and jump.

SAN FRANCISCO, February 21, 2017 —The Leap, a podcast about the risky choices that change everything, returns for a second season with six compelling stories of people making dramatic transformations.

Hosted by award-winning public radio reporter-producers Amy Standen and Judy Campbell, The Leap’s first season, which debuted in fall 2015 after the podcast won an internal KQED “co-opetition,” received high praise and rave reviews from listeners as well as industry critics, includingThe Guardian and Wired magazine, which named The Leap one of its Best Podcasts of 2015.

In Season 2, launching February 28, The Leap delves into what Campbell describes as “strange chapters of this country’s history: long-forgotten LSD experiments in a Southern California hospital for abandoned children and a Northern California child-worshiping cult that met tragedy in rural India.” Other episodes tell more recent stories – including those of  young immigrants at a San Francisco high school for newcomers —  the leaps that brought them here, and how their lives have changed since the election.

“It’s exciting to see that leaps are universal, nonpartisan and central to the American Dream,” says Standen. “The Leap is a great lens for talking about where we’re at, now.”

New episodes of The Leap will be available every other Tuesday, beginning February 28 on iTunes, Google Play, NPR One and at If you have story ideas, please email

Two one-hour The Leap specials will be broadcast on KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM in March. Episode One airs Thursday, March 2, at 8pm and Sunday, March 5, at 6pm. Episode Two airs Thursday, March 9, at 8pm and Sunday, March 12, at 6pm.


The Leap is supported by American Conservatory Theater.
About the Hosts
Amy Standen is a former science reporter at KQED whose stories have also appeared on NPR and Pop Up Magazine. She lives in San Francisco. Judy Campbell is a producer of KQED’s daily talk show, Forum, and a former criminal justice reporter whose stories have appeared on NPR. She lives in Oakland.

About KQED

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.
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Peter Cavagnaro,, 415.553.8451

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