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Ronald Young Jr. can't stop thinking about weight

Weight for it podcast from RadioTopia and PRX

Finding love. Self-acceptance. Fatphobia.

These are just some of the topics Ronald Young Jr. tackles in his part-memoir, part other-people-focused podcast Weight for It.

When we interviewed Ronald in late 2023, his podcast was landing on best podcast lists by The New York Times, Vogue, Vulture, and others.

Last week, he won three categoriesin the 2024 Ambies from The Podcast Academy: “Best Indie Podcast,” “Best Indie Podcast Host,” and “Best Society and Culture Podcast.”

A conversation with co-host Leoneda Inge about the podcast, and Young's personal growth because of it.

This conversation originally aired January 8, 2024.

Ronald Young Jr. is the host of the Weight for It podcast, a podcast producer and a regular guest on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour.

Leoneda Inge is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
Cole del Charco is an audio producer and writer based in Durham. He's made stories for public radio's All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Marketplace. Before joining Due South, he spent time as a freelance journalist, an education and daily news reporter for WUNC, and a podcast producer for WFAE in Charlotte.