Since 2019, from 1 to 2 p.m. every weekday, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s “All IN” has been leading conversations by unpacking some of the biggest issues affecting Hoosiers.
Discussion topics have included COVID-19 vaccines, environmental issues, the effects of social media, the healing nature of art – always providing space for host and guests to dissect on a local scale.
“All IN” is being canceled for “financial reasons” its hosts announced on Monday. Its final program will air on April 1.
Producer Drew Daudelin has been on the show since it launched in September 2019. He said part of what makes “All IN” unique is its focus on Indiana issues.
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“It was an exciting chance to have, you know, hour-long conversations about what’s going on in Indiana,” he said, “and to have at least an hour of news not focused on national issues, which takes up a lot of space these days.”
Mark Newman, executive director of Indiana Public Broadcasting, said the board had to make a “really tough decision” in choosing to cancel “All IN.”
“It really came down to prioritizing the news and making sure we stayed true to our main job, and that was being able to report the news,” Newman said.
“All IN” is funded, at least in part, by grants and donors through Indiana Public Broadcasting. The show airs on all public radio stations in Indiana, including WFYI in Indianapolis.
Newman said that despite the series being “highly respected and loved”, it was still difficult to get enough resources to keep it going.
“It’s a challenge to be able to secure everything that’s needed, you know, when there are so many different needs obsessing over you at the same time,” he said.
Host Mariam Sobh came to the show in March 2021. She said she was attracted to the opportunity to host a talk show and had worked remotely from Chicago. But that didn’t stop her from connecting with Indianapolis, she said.
“What I’ve really enjoyed is being able to learn more about topics and being able to be vulnerable with the audience and letting them know that I don’t know everything,” she said. “I ask here with you what it is about and try to make sense of it.”
Because there is no specific focus for the show, the conversations explored topics such as “success and motivation,” the Indiana state legislature, and the pandemic.
“No two conversations are alike,” Sobh said.
Producer Micah Yason said one of his favorite episodes was one that explored the nature of success and motivation, particularly how that has changed for people during the pandemic.
“I think it was pretty cathartic for me to be able to talk to all the guests, but I think it’s a conversation that’s definitely worth having,” Yason said. “And we made a good one.”
Sobh said she appreciated the opportunity to invite new voices into the conversation.
“We weren’t afraid to tackle tough topics and open it up to the community and give voice to people who aren’t often represented,” she said.
Daudelin said that in addition to the personal sadness of being fired, the cancellation of “All IN” is a loss for the community and for local journalism.
“I think it’s really, really important that there’s space for long conversations about complicated things,” he said.
With the show a month away, Yason said she wanted to leave audiences with what they listened to first: engaging conversations and interesting stories.
“I just want to leave them something good to remember,” she said.