Author(s): Angelo Verzoni. Published on May 1, 2020.

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Following the success of the NFPA Journal Podcast, the new NFPA Podcast is set to launch in June

Podcast fans, listen up: NFPA is preparing to launch a new podcast covering a range of fire, life, and electrical safety topics.

The hour-long episodes debut June 9 and will be released every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

The new podcast builds on the success of the long-running NFPA Journal Podcast, a monthly series hosted by Jesse Roman, associate editor of NFPA Journal, and Angelo Verzoni, the magazine’s staff writer. Roman and Verzoni will continue to host the new podcast.

“As people gravitate to more digital channels to get information, we are excited to transition our NFPA Journal Podcast to a full NFPA Podcast,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA. “The new format and greater frequency will not only provide insights from the magazine, but will also feature broader topics and discussions on all aspects of fire, life, and electrical safety.”

A survey conducted earlier this year by Edison Research and Triton Digital, an audio technology and advertising company, found that podcast popularity in the United States continues to grow. Even from 2019 to 2020, there has been significant growth; 75 percent of Americans over age 12 are now familiar with podcasts, up from 70 percent last year, according to the survey, and some 104 million Americans listen to podcasts on a monthly basis.

Most episodes of the NFPA Podcast will run about one hour and feature two to three segments offering insight and analysis on everything from code changes and technical committee discussions to emerging trends and breaking news topics.

While the NFPA Podcast is replacing the NFPA Journal Podcast, existing Journal episodes will remain available to listen to for free, including five episodes that aired in March and April on the global coronavirus pandemic. These episodes featured exclusive interviews with experts on health care facility safety and community risk reduction, as well as first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, from the United States to Europe.

The new NFPA Podcast will be available for free download on iTunes, and on a number of podcast streaming services including Google Podcasts and Stitcher. You can also look for a link to the first episode to be posted on NFPA’s social media accounts in June.

ANGELO VERZONI is staff writer for NFPA Journal. Top photograph: Getty Images.