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Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media and Slate are teaming up on podcasts, starting with W. Kamau Bell

It’s called “Politically Re-Active,” and it co-stars Hari Kondabolu.

Comedian W. Kamau Bell
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First Look Media, the politically progressive media company funded by billionaire and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, has been dipping its toes in a bunch of different media projects.

This week, First Look is releasing the first episode of its newest project: A political comedy podcast co-hosted by W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu called “Politically Re-Active.” Both are lefty stand-up comics, and you might recognize Bell’s name from his FXX show “Totally Biased,” which ended its run in 2013.

Their podcast’s first episode debuts on Wednesday, June 29; here’s a quick promo that will give you an idea of what it’s like.

The podcast, First Look’s first, is a joint effort from First Look and’s podcast network Panoply, which makes the shows of high-profile people like Malcolm Gladwell and Editor in Chief Ezra Klein*.

It has been a busy few months for First Look. The company recently relaunched the comics vertical The Nib (which used to be run on and by Medium), and the Intercept — its national security and politics site co-founded by Glenn Greenwald — took home a National Magazine Award for its columns from imprisoned journalist Barrett Brown.

Though virtually every major digital media company — Recode proprietor Vox Media included — is adding podcasting bits to their business, the real game is video.

First Look produced last year’s Oscar-winner “Spotlight,” and they’re funding other video projects like docu-series with Vanity Fair and the New Yorker. The most recent movie from Laura Poitras, filmmaker and Intercept co-founder, premiered at Cannes last month. It’s gotten good reviews so far.

* and Recode are both owned by Vox Media.

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