Through Exclusive Audio, Southlake Follows the High-Stakes Clash of Students, Parents and Administrators Grappling With Racism and Belonging

First Two Episodes Released Monday, August 30, Wherever You Get Your Podcasts

August 23, 2021 – NBC News’ award-winning podcast unit is launching a new original series, Southlake. The 6-episode podcast offers a rare look inside a racial and cultural fight, intensified by national politics, that tore a wealthy Texas suburb apart. Listen to the audio trailer and subscribe now. 

From the team that created the award-winning podcast Do No Harm, Southlake tells the story of a town that seemed almost too good to be true, until a video emerged of white high school students chanting the N-word.  The video unleashed a flood of complaints from Black students and their parents about racist harassment and bullying. But it was the school district’s plan to confront these issues that really put residents on a collision course. Southlake takes listeners from a homecoming dance in 2018 to a mud-slinging election this past spring, chronicling the backlash to a diversity plan that consumed the town. 

Hosted by NBC News national investigative reporter Mike Hixenbaugh and NBC News correspondent Antonia Hylton, the podcast features exclusive interviews with students, parents and school officials as their seemingly idyllic city becomes the center of a national reckoning over race and education. Composer and producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad, of A Tribe Called Quest, Jazz Is Dead, and the podcast Microphone Check, wrote and performed the series’ original music.

The first two episodes will be available beginning Monday, August 30, with a new episode released every Monday on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can read and learn more by visiting NBCNews.com/Southlake

Southlake is launching in conjunction with NBCU News Group’s weeklong series, Kids Under Pressure, examining the many challenges students and families are facing on the eve of return to school.

NBC News and MSNBC have released several chart-topping and award-winning original podcasts into their portfolio of hits including Do No Harm, Rachel Maddow’s Bag Man, The Oath with Chuck Rosenberg, Dateline’s The Thing About Pam and Motive for Murder, Why Is This Happening? with Chris Hayes, The Chuck Toddcast, Into America and more. All original podcasts and showcasts are available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn and more. NBCU News Group is a top 10 podcast publisher in the Podtrac monthly rankings. 


For more information, contact: 

Emily Passer
NBC News Digital

Claudia Meyer-Samargia
NBC News Digital

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