The Filter is a women-led podcast amplifying unheard voices with honest conversations. Focusing on national issues affecting our communities at the local level, The Filter brings real talk to real issues affecting real people. Each half-hour episode taps into topics affecting different communities in Kansas City, but often go unexplored, including colorism, natural hair, faith, feeling othered and much more.
Hosted by journalists Ieshia Downton and Vicky Diaz-Camacho, and nominated for a Public Media Award in 2020, this Flatland original podcast offers a unique window into areas sometimes hidden from the light. New episodes are available on the last Wednesday of each month. Listen to The Filter wherever you get your podcasts.
The Filter podcast is a production of Flatland at Kansas City PBS. Episodes were written and produced by Ieshia Downton and Vicky Diaz-Camacho. Thank you to our story editor and producer Naina Rao, post-production team Felicia Diaz, Ana Parra and PJ Kelly at The Post Haus. Another heartfelt thanks to Aysia Berlynn and the team at Primary Color Music for our podcast theme song. Additional thanks to Tyler Peterson.
Get to know the hosts:
Co-host Ieshia Downton | Illustration by Yup Yup Design
Ieshia Downton (she/her/hers) is the co-host and creator of The Filter podcast and social media coordinator at Kansas City PBS. She is a Kansas City native with Caribbean roots and an interest in cultural storytelling and reporting. Before joining Kansas City PBS, Ieshia contributed to KC Studio magazine and un’ruly magazine as a feature writer. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, with an emphasis in magazine writing.
Co-host Vicky Diaz-Camacho | Illustration by Yup Yup Design
Vicky Diaz-Camacho (she/her/hers) is the co-host and creator of The Filter podcast and the community reporter for Flatland at Kansas City PBS. Raised in El Paso, Texas, a border city in the Southwest, Vicky’s roots as half-Mexican and Puerto Rican inform much of her reporting, which tends to focus on culture, race and health. Before joining Kansas City PBS, she interned at NPR and worked as a Kansas City Business Journal data journalist. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Journalism focused on news and editing and is a proud University Daily Kansan alumna.