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Current's weekly podcast about news and trends in public and nonprofit media, hosted by Adam Ragusea.
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Now displaying: April, 2015
Apr 30, 2015

What would make you give up on your dream gig? Former "Marketplace Money" host Tess Vigeland had to answer that question for herself. If you’re feeling itchy in your seat and thinking about a career change, don’t leap until you listen to this interview!

Also on this week’s show:

- Bruce Jenner reignites the debate over how news organizations should refer to transgender people

- Robert Drechsel, director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin, considers WNET’s recently-received $20 million grant to fight anti-Semitism, and the ethical pitfalls of donors directing coverage priorities

Apr 23, 2015

Did one of public TV’s most revered figures really cede editorial control to a celebrity? It certainly looks that way to PBS ombudsman Michael Getler. On this episode, Ben Affleck's request to Henry Louis Gates and the aftermath.

Also, Current’s Dru Sefton dishes on the many other mentions of public media organizations and personalities she’s found in the leaked Sony emails.

CBC gadfly Jesse Brown returns to The Pub to dissect the CBC’s internal investigation into how former "Q" host Jian Ghomeshi allegedly got away with abusing women for years.

And host Adam Ragusea contemplates why local public radio voices tend to sound more bassy and boomy than national voices.

Apr 16, 2015

How do you figure out how to pronounce an unfamiliar name or word, and how do you let other hosts and reporters know so they don't screw it up live on air? Celeste Headlee drops by The Pub with some tips.

Also, Vera Ranieri of the Electronic Frontier Foundation discusses the major victory she helped win last week against Personal Audio, a infamous patent-troll company that has been claiming it owns the technology behind podcasting

Host Adam Ragusea's take on a controversial "Latino USA" episode about Chicago mayor candidate Jesús "Chuy" García, and his (limited) defense of one-sided reporting.

And we learn the hard way that the fair use doctrine of U.S. copyright law doesn’t count on SoundCloud.

Apr 9, 2015

A recent listening tour has done little to change the outlook of Stephen Segaller, VP of programming at WNET in New York City. He still sees an upside to the station's controversial plan to move documentary films out of a Monday night prime-time slot on its primary station. Segaller discusses the situation with host Adam Ragusea.

Also on this week's show, the growing drive to unionize in public media, and how bodybuilding is like public TV.

Apr 2, 2015

This week, host Adam Ragusea talks with Howard Husock, who holds a Republican seat on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In an article for the journal "National Affairs", Husock suggested ways that public radio and TV stations can increasingly redirect their resources away from acquiring national programs and toward local journalism.

Also, newsroom consultant Judith Smelser on why it’s so hard for stations to find a good news director these days. And Adam explains his slogan, “Authenticity is the new authority” in media, with the help of deputy TheAtlantic.com editor Matt Thompson, who previously launched NPR’s Code Switch blog.

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