Tuesday, May 4th, 2021


Hosted by Lauren Shehadi, The Podium Launches Weekly Episodes Beginning Today Featuring Personal Stories and Analysis from Olympic Athletes & Experts

The Podium Daily Begins Episodes July 23 with the Opening Ceremony

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 4, 2021 – NBC Olympics has launched The Podium, a weekly podcast series taking listeners inside this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. The first episode of The Podium is available now and is produced by NBC Sports Audio in collaboration with Boombox Group.

The Podium, hosted by Lauren Shehadi, explores stories that have come to define past Olympic Games and will ultimately shape the Summer Games in Tokyo. Throughout the 12-episode series, with new episodes dropping each Tuesday in the leadup to the Tokyo Olympics this summer, Shehadi speaks with athletes and experts who have first-hand Olympic experience.

Beginning July 23 with the Opening Ceremony, the series shifts to daily episodes with The Podium Daily, dropping a new episode each day throughout the 17-day Olympic Games until the Closing Ceremony on Aug. 8.

Ranging from athlete’s experiences at the Games to how the Olympics have been transformed by technology to Opening and Closing Ceremony traditions, The Podium provides listeners with behind-the-scenes stories and insights for every facet of the Olympics.

Today’s debut episode, “The Power of the Torch,” launches the series by discussing the significance of the Olympic torch.

Podcast episodes are available for download on all major podcast platforms, including: and iHeart.

The Podium weekly schedule:

Release Date Title
May 4 The Power of the Torch
May 11 Transformed by Tech
May 18 Aching for Gold
May 25 Routinely Great
June 1 New Kids on The Podium
June 8 A Family Affair
June 15 Big in Japan
June 22 Winning Silver Losing Gold
June 29 Women of Tokyo
July 6 Experience and Youth
July 13 Olympic Waiting Rooms
July 20 Ceremony Do’s and Don’ts
July 23 The Podium Daily begins


About NBC Olympics

A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Olympic Games. NBC Olympics is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. NBCUniversal owns the U.S. media rights on all platforms to all Olympic Games through 2032. NBC Olympics also produces thousands of hours of Olympic sports programming throughout the year, which is presented on NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, Peacock and NBC Sports digital platforms.