ATHENS, Ga. — The winners of the 2010 Peabody Awards announced Thursday include some of the biggest names in television, but the age-old medium of radio shined in this year's competition with eight awards.
Winners announced by the University of Georgia include "The Moth Radio Hour," which celebrates storytelling in a weekly series, and WNYC's series "Radiolab," a scientific exploration show. Others include "Trafficked," a Youth Radio investigation into child sex-trafficking with vivid first-person accounts.
See a sampling of the winners below. All captions by the Peabody Awards.
"Part morality play, part character study, this engrossing modern-day Western drama sets its showdowns in the wild, wild east of Appalachian Kentucky."
"The science, the economics, the politics, the toll on human livelihoods and animal lives - CNN's coverage of the Deepwater Horizon disaster defined comprehensive."
"Immersive and boundlessly imaginative, the series uses pithy prose and state-of-the-art sound to illuminate complicated scientific and philosophical subjects."
"Every program C-SPAN has shown since 1987, from State of the Union addresses to budget hearings, is now available and searchable online - for free."
"In this densely layered dramatic series, the dutiful wife of a disgraced politician resumes her legal career and finds satisfaction, self-worth and moral quandaries of her own."
Spike Lee's team checks up on New Orleans five years after Katrina hit and the levees broke and documents the city's successes and failures in a video patchwork by turns beautiful, depressing and optimistic.
"The venerable Victorian sleuth is audaciously updated for our high-tech times, and the game is afoot all the quicker."
"A fascinating, poignant multimedia report, it details the experiences of five different wounded soldiers and the science behind their medical treatment."
"Commissioned for the sports channel's 30th anniversary, these 30 diverse documentaries about sports in America, well, they shoot, they score."
"The Indianapolis station's digging revealed the Indiana Economic Development Corporation's job-creation claims were grossly overstated and that companies given tax- incentive to create employment had actually axed workers by the hundreds."
National Public Radio garnered three awards with coverage of Pakistan, the bail bond system in the U.S. and rapes on college campuses.
The awards, the oldest in broadcasting, recognize achievement and public service by TV and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the Internet. UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication has administered the Peabodys in Athens since the program's inception in 1940.
UGA handed out a record 39 Peabodys this year.
"The Peabody Awards were established with deep respect for the critical role played by electronic media in contemporary society and culture," said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabodys. "The annual announcement of the recipients continues in that spirit to recognize work that sets the highest standards for the media industries."
TV winners include HBO's "The Pacific," TNT's mid-life comedy-drama "Men of a Certain Age," and FX's "Justified." Award-winning HBO movie "Temple Grandin," starring Claire Danes, also got a nod, as did CBS' "The Good Wife."
News station winners include: WTHR-TV in Indiana for an investigation into inflated job-creation statistics by state officials; KSTP-TV's investigation into the accidental electrocution of a Minnesota sailor in Iraq; and WFAA-TV in Dallas for a probe into government-funded "career" schools that don't pass muster. WILL-TV in Champaign, Ill., got an award for a documentary on the landmark court case establishing the separation of church and state in public schools.
C-Span's Video Library, a free website with every program the channel has aired since 1987, was honored, as was CNN for its coverage of last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
International award winners include Hong Kong's Phoenix InfoNews Channel for a report on challenges facing workers from rural China moving to the city and a BBC Four secretly-filmed documentary about the horrible living conditions for Zimbabwe's children.
Two American Masters documentaries snagged awards: LennonNYC, a documentary about John Lennon's life and work in his adopted home city, and a Martin Scorsese homage to theater and film director Elia Kazan. Spike Lee's "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise," a documentary about New Orleans' ongoing recovery from 2005's Hurricane Katrina, also won an award.
The winners are chosen by the 16-member Peabody Board, composed of TV critics, industry professionals and experts in culture and the arts. All entries are made a permanent part of UGA's Peabody Archive, the nation's oldest and largest moving-image archive.
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