iHeartPodcasts Announces “Stuff You Should Know” as its First Network Series to Reach 3 Billion Downloads 

The beloved podcast continues to cultivate a dedicated community with explanations for everything listeners want to know 

NEW YORK -- February 16, 2023 -- iHeartPodcasts announced today that its popular curiosity show “Stuff You Should Know,” hosted by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant, has surpassed three billion downloads. Launched in April 2008, the iHeartPodcast has consistently been in the top 25 of overall podcast listening charts, enlightening listeners everywhere on a variety of topics from science, history, pop culture, conspiracy theories and more. 

Clark and Bryant started the show more than 14 years ago stemming from their love of teaching and a burning curiosity. From the start, the series had a strong following as listeners were intrigued by complex and simple topics explained in a fun and relatable way. 

"That is a mind-boggling number of downloads and it kind of came up on us out of the blue so it’s been a really pleasant surprise," said Josh Clark, co-host of "Stuff You Should Know." "When we hit such big milestones, it always reminds us of how awesome our listeners are. They’ve kept us going this long and for the foreseeable future too."

“It’s been an honor to watch Josh and Chuck lead ‘Stuff You Should Know’ to such incredible success,” said Will Pearson, President iHeartPodcasts. “Podcasting is a unique medium in that creators have deep, intimate relationships forming a dedicated community of listeners all over the world. There was no doubt that with Josh and Chuck’s connection with their listeners that ‘Stuff You Should Know’ would be the first iHeartPodcast to hit the three billion downloads mark.” 

Since 2008, “Stuff You Should Know” has collected impressive awards including nine Webby Awards, AdWeek’s Podcast of the Year award and AdWeek’s Readers’ Choice of The Year award. With more than 1,500 episodes, “Stuff You Should Know” has sold-out live events around the world, launched a book, developed a Trivial Pursuit: Stuff You Should Know Edition and has even been a Jeopardy category. 

“Stuff You Should Know” is distributed by iHeartPodcasts and available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard.

About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.

With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business -- iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings -- as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 500 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

The company’s Audio & Media Services reportable segment includes Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company, and RCS, the world's leading provider of broadcast and webcast software.

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