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Now displaying: May, 2015
May 28, 2015

On this week's episode, Eric Nuzum discusses why he is stepping down as NPR's vice president for programming and taking a job at Audible.com. Also, KPBS Station Manager Deanna Martin Mackey talks about ways to grow the number of women in top public media positions, and listeners say that recent episodes on the ethical pitfalls of podcast advertising and Membership Video on Demand amount to slippery slope arguments.

May 21, 2015

On this week’s episode of The Pub, public radio Conor Gillies and host Adam Ragusea debate whether podcast ads are a threat to public media's integrity. Gillies wrote an excellent and widely shared piece last week for The Awl, “Podcasts and the Selling of Public Radio.”

Also on the show:

  • This American Life host Ira Glass responds to the response to his remarks about capitalism, and I respond to the response to the response
  • Is PBS’s plan to offer on-demand video to donors a violation of everything public media stands for?
  • WSKG’s Teresa Peltier and KLRU’s Sara Robertson discuss what young professionals are looking for in a public media workplace
May 14, 2015

In this week’s episode — recorded in front of a live audience at the PBS Annual Meeting in Austin — we contemplate the challenges and the opportunities involved in expanding public television to new audiences. We also learn that the current audience is more expansive than many of us might have thought.

Guests and topics include:

  • Sue Schardt on how the latest round of AIR’s Localore project could help make station programming more inclusive
  • PBS Vice President for Station Services Juan Sepúlveda on the challenges of reaching out to Hispanic audiences without “Hispandering” to them
  • Andi McDaniel, director of the Rewire initiative at Twin Cities Public Television, on how stations can reach younger audiences by going beyond television
  • Craig Reed, executive director of TRAC Media Services, on TRAC’s new project to perform a deep analysis of public media viewers and viewing habits
  • And host Adam Ragusea's thoughts on the impending divorce of PBS and PBS MediaShift, and what it may say about the public television system’s willingness or ability to truly change with the times
May 7, 2015

One of the most effective public radio fundraisers ever wants to quit doing pledge drives. That’s the only way host Adam Ragusea can interpret what This American Life host Ira Glass said to Ad Age last week. On this week’s episode of The Pub, we contemplate the notion that public radio’s biggest star evidently doesn’t want public radio to be public anymore.

Also on the show:

  • Former NPR digital strategist Melody Kramer argues that all public media content should be licensed under Creative Commons so that people can republish it
  • NPR’s top audio engineer Shawn Fox dishes on the “secret sauce” behind NPR’s bright, sharp studio microphone sound
  • Jonah Sutton-Morse rebuts Adam's justification for using favored pronouns when describing transsexual people 
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