The Good Fight has achieved lift-off.
We did it! Thank you, amazing backers! People-powered progressive podcasting is here to stay.
Although the Kickstarter is over, you can still check out The Good Fight at thegoodfight.fm, contribute via thegoodfight.fm/support or via Paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org, which is also the best way to reach us), and find us on iTunes, Twitter, and Facebook.
The Good Fight covers politics and social issues like you've never heard them before.
We tell immersive, personal, documentary-style radio stories about epic real-life battles for a better world. It's not the podcast you feel you ought to listen to—it's the one can't live without.
In our first year, we interviewed a lobbyist nun, a gay rights activist from Uganda, and a Boy Scout with two moms. We clocked a million downloads. For a few days, we even topped the iTunes charts. Now, with your help, we'll take the show to places where no furiously opinionated, shamelessly enthusiastic, sonically adventurous radio storytelling program has ever gone.
This show is people-powered. For our first year, we were incubated by our sponsor and partner MoveOn.org. For 2015, it was up to our listeners to determine whether the show could continue. They came through, and then some—more than 1000 people chipped in, smashing through our $100,000 Kickstarter goal and demonstrating the power of passionate audiences to support independent media. We're thrilled at the chance to tell stories worthy of your faith in us.
Oh, and one last thing: our host Ben Wikler hit "record" on his iPhone before checking the Kickstarter website on the morning of February 5—deadline day—as he woke up with his wife and three-year-old son. This is what the moment sounded like:
Listen: Good Fight moments
Rewards: they're their own reward
Community—the sense of being part of something larger than yourself—is one of the most fundamental human needs. For all pledge levels, from $9 on up, we've got that covered: you'll join the community of people whose names are listed on our website.
Temporary tattoos are also a fundamental human need. Ask any toddler. And then impress the toddler by pledging at our $20 reward level.
For $40 or more, you'll become a sonic David to isolation's Goliath—with the first-ever, world-exclusive Good Fight headphone splitter. Who says podcast listening is a solo activity? Plug two sets of headphones into this nifty device and you'll be able to share the gift of hope and inspiration with a loved one, a frenemy, or even a stranger sitting uncomfortably close to you in coach.
You've got shoes. You want service. You need a shirt. And that's why you'll love the $75 pledge level: you'll get a shirt!
Why choose? The $100 Super Power Pack includes all of the above—plus something special: a 4x6 collectible print of the startling image below of our host, Ben Wikler, sternly pointing his finger, as though to say "YOU, my friend, have selected an excellent reward level."
Hey, weird question: can you read? Oh, you can? Great! Because we've got some amazing signed books by Good Fight guests—$175 each, or all three, plus a bonus signed book, for $275!
But what if you're an organization, author, or cause that needs to reach a group of roughly 25,000 beautiful, brilliant idealists? By which I mean The Good Fight's audience? Well, you're in luck! For a limited time, you can sponsor an ad on the show for $2500—or two ads for just $4500! Below is our very first one, which will air on our next episode:
Curious about other rewards? Shift your pupils over to the right, and your every question will be answered.
Thanks for your support!
- Directed by Ethan Young (email@example.com)
- Original score by Zach Young (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Inspiring examples of heroism by various champions of all that is good
- Associate Producer: Zach Young.
- Production Coordinator: Harum Helmy
- Executive Producer: Susan Davis¹
¹ Not pictured in the video. Susan, who is awesome, works with us half-time, commuting monthly from North Carolina. And Ben has two jobs: hosting The Good Fight and serving as Washington Director of MoveOn.org. So our total staff adds up to three. Four or five would be way better.
Risks and challenges
What could possibly go wrong? Making incredibly good podcasts is really easy. Except—ha! No, it's actually hard. Also, our host is simultaneously the voice of The Good Fight and also the Washington Director for MoveOn.org. And also has a family. Which is growing. And there aren't many others of us on the staff. So one general risk is that we'll fall behind our production schedule. But we've developed a ton of techniques to keep things moving forward—and with enough resources, we'll be able to do things like, say, buy a computer that doesn't crash all the time, which will speed up our process even further.
Another risk is that we might not have our studio right upstairs from a post office from which we can mail you your rewards. But we've addressed this concern by locating our studio right upstairs from a post office.
Lastly, the emission of carbon into the earth's atmosphere might trigger a cascading series of climatic feedback loops, leading to a catastrophic rise in the earth's temperature, a spike in ocean acidity, and a relentless string of devastating superstorms. We're working on this one.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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