Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 19, 2012.


Washington is broken. You are not. Help DecodeDC report stories that really matter.

DecodeDC is a new way to cover Washington. We are tired of the same old red vs. blue stories, the exhausting horserace coverage of elections. We yearn for stories with depth, on issues that really matter.

If you do too, then help us make this happen.

Our goal is to raise $75,000. If we get there, we'll produce thirty episodes of DecodeDC, plus do all that behind-the-scenes stuff you never hear about. Like run servers and use high quality software and recording equipment. Most important, the seed money will keep our chins just above water -- enough to eat ramen only a few nights a week. 

Here's what Andrea's colleagues say about her work.

If we go above our goal, then even more dreams come true. We'll be able to travel to the most important stories, hire more freelancers, and build a community of journalists, trying to change our industry. We promise you this: every dollar you give us will be put to work, crafting coverage that is better, deeper, and stronger.

Anything you can kick-in helps. Yes, we need the money; but we also need your energy and enthusiasm, your thoughts and ideas. Help us spread the word by posting this campaign on Facebook and Twitter. Join the discussion at And throw a few coins in the hat to help DecodeDC tell the stories that really matter.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

If we reach our goal we will certainly have a lot of packages to address and send to you! Production Assistant Lina Misitzis has been carefully planning for that phase of the process-- working with manufacturers on the rewards, estimating time and postage, etc. The real work is the production of great audio journalism, something Andrea Seabrook has been doing for 14 years at NPR. But it takes time and a lot of work to put together the kind of podcasts we're doing, and it's possible that the schedule could slip. We've tried to build in enough production breaks to help us get ahead.


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    A personal postcard from Andrea Seabrook with a portrait and quote of a great American thinker. You will receive one of the following: Thomas Jefferson, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be." Louis Brandeis, "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding." Mark Twain, "We have the best Congress money can buy." Edna Ferber, "If American politics are too dirty for women to take part in, there's something wrong with American politics."

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    DecodeDC CD! A first run, artist-designed CD packed with the first 5 episodes of DecodeDC, plus a special features section with extended bonus interviews and a secret message for you to decode! Also includes personal postcard from Andrea Seabrook.

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    Public Radio Nerd Pack. For people who like their radio old-school, get one limited edition DecodeDC tote bag and mug set. Because radio logos are always in style! Also comes with a special four pack of postcards with pictures and quotes from Thomas Jefferson, Louis Brandeis, Mark Twain and Edna Ferber.

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    Associate Producer. You'll be named on-air as an Associate Producer on an episode of the show, plus you'll get to participate in an exclusive editorial meeting of DecodeDC. Join Andrea and other Associate Producers in this online video-chat to develop new ideas for the show. Comes with all items in the Official Supporter Pack.

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    Senior Producer. On-air credit, plus a one-on-one conversation with Andrea by phone or video chat. Get career advice, discuss politics, or lend your ideas for DecodeDC. Comes with all items in the Official Supporter Pack.

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    Underwriting spot, dedication or special on-air credit on one episode of DecodeDC. Reach thousands of smart, engaged listeners with your message. (Language subject to approval.) Comes with all items in Official Supporter Pack.

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    DecodeDC Patron. Spend a day in Washington with Andrea and the DecodeDC team. Attend our story meeting, and watch us make radio magic. Then Andrea will personally take you on her famous guided tour of the US Capitol. Comes with on-air credit and all items in the Official Supporter Pack.

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    Angel Investor. Andrea Seabrook will come to your college, station, or business to talk about politics, government, media, and DecodeDC. Plan a day of speeches, guest lectures, student gatherings, etc. (Travel and lodging additional. Subject to conflict-of-interest evaluation.)

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