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Podcast Academy Ambis Nominations 2023 Announced (Full List)

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Listen! The Podcast Academy announced the nominees for its third annual Awards for Excellence in Audio — aka The Ambiz — with 185 nominees in 26 categories.

Hosted by producer, writer, comedian, actor and podcaster Larry Wilmore, the 2023 Ambis will take place on March 7. The show will be streamed live from the International Theater at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on Twitch’s Amazon Music Channel from 6-7:30pm PT.

Among the 2023 nominations were a total of three nominations: “Bone Valley” (Lava for Good); “Direct Deposit” (Audible); “Fiasco: The AIDS Crisis” (Audio); “last known location” (QCode); “Recovered: The Story of Mamie Till-Mobley” (ABC News); and “Moriarty” (audible). Among the first-time Ambis nominees are CNN’s Anderson Cooper (“All I Do Is With Anderson Cooper”), Cicely Strong and Eric Austin (“Story Pirates”), Cole Sprouse and Sarah Yorkin (“Boraska” Season 2), JB Smoove ( “Funny (My Way”) and Rory Culkin (“Outliers”).

The Ambies (, according to the Podcast Academy, “celebrate excellence in podcasting and raise awareness and status of podcasts as a unique and personal medium for entertainment, information, storytelling and expression.” Organization members are eligible to vote for this year’s winners if they submit applications by February 1 (more info at this link).

The Ambies 2023: Full list of nominees

Podcast of the Year

  • Chameleon: Wild Boy
  • Design Matters with Debbie Millman
  • Direct Deposit
  • Fiasco: The AIDS Crisis
  • Gay Pride and Prejudice
  • Moriarty
  • pink card
  • Reclaimed: The Story of Mamie Till-Mobley
  • Outlaw Ocean Podcast
  • the prince

The best business podcast

  • An arm and a leg
  • business war
  • Lead Balloon – The story of public relations, marketing and strategic communication
  • The Heist Season 2: The Wealth Vertex
  • The New Way We Work, featuring the 4-part Ambition Diary miniseries
  • what is your problem With Jacob Goldstein
  • work check

The best comedy podcasts

  • Funny because it’s true
  • I love a Lifetime movie
  • Scam Goddess
  • Summer in Argyle
  • The Fcry with Leslie Jones and Lenny Marcus
  • Wait wait…don’t tell me!
  • Why don’t you date me? With Nicole Bayer

The best DIY podcasts

  • Alliship is a verb
  • Poetry for everyone
  • proud stutter
  • Queer News
  • Please sew
  • Teddy goes to the USSR
  • They knew which way to run

Best Documentary Podcast

  • bone valley
  • Fall: Disaster at Surfside
  • Looking for Tamika
  • I Will Not Grow Old Here
  • Imperfect Paradise: The Forgotten Revolution
  • The Greatest Menace: Inside the Gay Prison Experiment
  • There were three of us

The best entertainment podcasts

  • even rich
  • Mubi Podcast
  • the object of the word
  • Pop Paranormal
  • row point
  • Reality with the king
  • Scamfluencers

The best fiction podcast

  • The bird of empire
  • Bones, weddings, burials
  • Jane is anonymous
  • Last known location
  • Moriarty
  • Newts!
  • big lie

The best history podcasts

  • Against the odds
  • Fiasco: The AIDS Crisis
  • History is everyday
  • A year: 1986
  • Reclaimed: The Story of Mamie Till-Mobley
  • Slow Burn: Roe v. Wade
  • Snafu with Ed Helms

The best indie podcasts

  • Blind landing
  • Ghostly Dream Machine
  • imaginary world
  • Those in the saddle
  • Inner West Icon
  • Confirmation of SOL with Carega and Felicia
  • nocturnal

The best interview podcast

  • 9 to 5ish with scheme
  • Design Matters with Debbie Millman
  • Direct Deposit
  • revision
  • Assignment with Audi Cornish
  • led
  • What did this happen for? The Chris Hayes Podcast

The best knowledge, science or technology podcasts

  • Climate change
  • We believe in machines
  • IRL: Online life is real life
  • TED Radio Hour
  • Threshold
  • inexplicable
  • Why is this important?

The best news podcast

  • Fall: Disaster at Surfside
  • Founder: Amazon Story
  • Incomplete Paradise: The Sheriff
  • Post the report
  • Ukrainecast
  • Vice News reports
  • what next

Best original score and music supervision

  • Criminal Podcast – Dirt Poor Robins, Dayton Cole
  • Disgraceland – Jack Brennan, Matt Beaudoin, Ryan Spraker, Bryce Cancer
  • Fed Up – Scott Velasquez
  • Gay Pride and Prejudice – Chris Ryan, Jonathan Roberts, Liz Fulton
  • Fall of Kabul – Arson Fahim
  • Last known location – Deron Johnson, David Levita
  • Spark and Fire – Ryan Holladay

Best Performance in Audio Fiction

  • #matters – Amin Joseph
  • Borraska (Season 2) – Cole Sprouse, Sarah Yearkin
  • Dark Sactum – Bethany Joy Lenz, Clive Standen, Michael O’Neill
  • Moriarty – Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Phil Lamar, Lindsey Whistler
  • Outliers – Rory Culkin
  • Chartrullian’s Madness – Odd Andrews
  • Story Pirates – Cicely Strong, Eric Austin

Best Personal Growth/Spirituality Podcast

  • Slight change of plan
  • Alliship is a verb
  • Back from being broken
  • How God Works
  • How to be a good person
  • In the arena with Leah Smart
  • The Mel Robbins Podcast

The best podcasts for kids

  • About a Children’s Book: The Podcast
  • forever ago
  • Million bajillion
  • Pinkalicious and petrific
  • Smash Boom is the best
  • So he asks why
  • The Arthur Podcast

Best podcast host/hosts

  • Anderson Cooper – Anderson Cooper has it all
  • Casey Wilson – Fed Up
  • Chad Sanders – Direct Deposit
  • Gilbert King, Kelsey Decker – Boone Valley
  • Heather McGhee – Our Collective
  • JB Smoove – My Way of Funny
  • Leah Wright Riguer – Reclaimed: The Story of Mamie Till-Mobley

The best politics or opinion podcasts

  • trespassing
  • It’s political with Althea Raj
  • Post the report
  • Strict scrutiny
  • Teach Texas
  • the prince
  • State: Women

Best production and sound design

  • Batman: The Audio Adventures – Chris Gibney, Julie Larson
  • Birds of Empire – Randy Torres, Ben Milchev, Ryan Walsh, David Tatascior, Gabe Burch
  • Cupid – Randy Torres, Ben Milchev, Ryan Walsh, David Tatascior, Sarah Ma
  • Major Frequencies – Richard Riegel
  • Marvel’s Wastelanders: Doom – Mark Henry Phillips
  • The Big Barn – E. Scott Kelly
  • Twenty Thousand Hertz – Joy Berger

Best reporting

  • Bone Valley – Gilbert King, Kelsey Decker
  • Chameleon: Potential for Scandal – Yudhijit Bhattacharya
  • Conviction: Disappearance of Nusiba Hasan-Habiba Nasheen
  • About Putin-John Sweeney
  • The Greatest Menace: Inside the Gay Prison Experiment – Patrick Abwood
  • The Outlaw Ocean Podcast – Ian Urbina
  • Who killed Daphne? – Stephen Gray

Best Screenwriting, Fiction

  • American Hostage – CD Carpenter
  • I Hear Fear – Jenny Deiker Restivo, Nathalie Chicha
  • Impact Winter – Travis Beecham
  • Last known location – Luke Passmore
  • Power Trip – Mary Hamilton, Cara Horner
  • The End Up – Will Weigel, Danny Luber
  • Story Pirates – Minhadzuy Khorami, Mike Cabalon, Meghan O’Neill, Peter McNerney, Lee Overtree, Rachel Wenitsky, Ned Riselli

Best Screenwriting, Nonfiction

  • 12 Years That Shook the World – Erin Harper
  • Chameleon: Wild Boy – Sam Mullins
  • Death of an Artist – Helen Molesworth
  • Idolo: The Ballad of Chalino Sanchez – Eric Galindo, Alejandro Mendoza
  • In America – Trimaine Lee, Aisha Turner, Isabelle Angel, Max Jacobs, Josh Sirotiak
  • MUBI Podcast – Rico Gagliano
  • There were three of us – Nancy Updike

The best society and culture podcasts

  • Fiasco: The AIDS Crisis
  • Idolo: The Ballad of Chalino Sanchez
  • Those in the saddle
  • in america
  • love now
  • our collective
  • Truth be told

The best sports podcast

  • Selecting direction: F1
  • Deep left field with Mike Willner
  • pink card
  • Sports history this week
  • the lead
  • longest game
  • arson

The best true crime podcast

  • Conviction: Disappearance of Nusiba Hasan
  • Dateline: Missing in America
  • Death of an artist
  • Queen of the Bride
  • Paddlefish Caviar Hist
  • Up and Vanished – Trial by Ryan Duke
  • wrong conviction

Best wellness or relationship podcast

  • are you sleeping
  • Back from being broken
  • Chicks and Chill
  • Come as you are
  • Dear Headspace
  • Navigating Narcissism
  • Room 5

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