HGTV Launches New Podcast ‘Townsizing’

HGTV is occurring a deep dive into small-town life in its latest podcast, “Townsizing.” Hosted by Anne Helen Petersen, the six-episode sequence premiered on October 17, 2022. Subsequent episodes can be launched each Monday by means of November 21, 2022.

As Petersen defined within the preview, the podcast goals to reply, “What precisely is the mystique and attract of the American small city? And how do these concepts match up with actuality?”

To accomplish that, she can be joined by small-town residents making a big effect, together with “Home Town” hosts Erin and Ben Napier, and metropolis dwellers pondering a transfer.

The sequence “will discover the various aspects of small-town residing, together with the attraction, the challenges and the sacrifices made to maintain these locations sturdy,” in response to a press launch. “In every interview, she’ll hear deeply private tales of individuals with large hearts, large personalities and massive love for his or her particular communities and likewise will discuss to metropolis dwellers who daydream a couple of less complicated life.”

“Townsizing” is simply the newest in HGTV’s rising podcast lineup, following “HGTV Obsessed” and “Dig It!”

Erin & Ben Napier Star within the ‘Townsizing’ Premiere

Petersen was joined by two of essentially the most well-known small-town residents, Erin and Ben Napier, within the “Townsizing” premiere. The couple rose to fame renovating their group of Laurel, Mississippi in HGTV’s “Home Town.”

“The interview will delve into the Napiers’ story, together with how they met, married and moved to Erin’s hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, and set out on a devoted mission to revitalize it,” in response to the episode description. “Ben and Erin will talk about their function in stewarding American craftsmanship, the largest misconceptions about small cities and their dream of sustaining their household basis in Laurel.”

As she defined on Instagram, future episodes will characteristic “on a regular basis individuals,” together with Traci Thomas, Heady Coleman, Brian Brigantti and Domonick Gravine.

They will discuss “concerning the textures of their on a regular basis lives, what drew them to (or again to) a small city, the convenience or issue of constructing group, what you understand you do and do not miss in any respect, foster and take part in a sustainable economic system and extra,” she wrote on Instagram.

Petersen Is No Stranger to Small-Town Life

Petersen, a podcast host and writer, isn’t any stranger to small cities. As she revealed within the trailer, she has lengthy been a resident of them.

“Given my background, you may assume I stay in a metropolis and have at all times lived in a metropolis,” she defined. “That’s the place media individuals stay, proper? New York or LA. But no, I stay in a small city. Lummi Island, off the coast of Washington state. I grew up in a small city and I went to varsity in a small city and I taught faculty in a small city. Safe to say, I like small cities and I spent numerous my grownup life determining get again to them.”

According to her HGTV bio, she grew up in Lewiston, Idaho. Petersen has additionally lived in Putney, Vermont and Walla Walla, Washington, the latter of which can be mentioned on “Townsizing” per an Instagram submit.

“People surprise, do not you miss having Postmates or a ramen spot simply across the nook? Don’t you miss going to Ikea?” she defined on the podcast. “I do not. Ikea is like three hours away from the place I stay and that features a boat trip. You do sacrifice issues for small-town life, however to me, there’s a lot extra you possibly can achieve – a way of group, of belonging, of possession.”

Petersen is understood for her Culture Study e-newsletter. She has additionally revealed 4 books, together with “Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation” and “Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home.” She additionally hosts Crooked’s podcast, “Work Appropriate.”


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