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Now displaying: July, 2015
Jul 30, 2015

Michael Oreskes, NPR’s new head of news, likes to say that if you add up all of the American public radio, TV and network journalists, they make up one of the nation’s largest news organizations. Or at least they would if they could act like one news organization. In this week’s episode, Oreskes and host Adam Ragusea discuss NPR's plans for closer station collaboration (including the touchy subject of whether NPR should keep paying freelance fees to station-based journalists for their national contributions), the recent reorganization at "All Things Considered," and the persistent accusations that NPR leans left.

Also on the show:

•Lindsay Patterson, host of The Tumble Podcast, asks, “Where is the YouTube for Podcasts?” We argue that public media should make the YouTube for podcasts, while she argues that YouTube should make the Youtube for podcasts.

•Based on your feedback, we count down the top 10 words or phrases that journalists and broadcasters should stop saying — not because they’re offensive, but because they’re dumb.

 

Jul 23, 2015

Southern California Public Radio’s recently concluded, three-year, $6 million CPB-funded quest to court Latino audiences met with its share of criticism along the way. How KPCC did it is the subject of the “Brown Paper,” a research report from the Latino Public Radio Consortium in which A Martínez, a Latino host with a background in commercial sports broadcasting, is portrayed as playing a key role for his crossover appeal to new audiences.

“Marketers and radio stations all around the country don’t know exactly what to do with this Latin-American market,” Martínez tells host Adam Ragusea. “They have no idea — like, ‘Well what do we do, do we put a lot of soccer on, and then are they going to like that?’ No, you put interesting things on. You put things [on] that are exciting, that people want to be a part of.”

Martínez joins the show this week with his colleague Edgar Aguirre, whom SCPR hired at this beginning of this process to handle multiethnic outreach. They both insist other stations can duplicate at least a bit of their success, even without $6 million in CPB money.

Also this week:

- Mike Pesca, former NPR sports correspondent and now host of Slate’s daily podcast The Gist, rebuts the argument from last week’s show that there are certain words we shouldn’t say on the air.

- Undaunted by Pesca’s argument, Pub listeners point out some of the words that are common on the air now that we should think about purging from our lexicons.

- Ragusea questions the fairness of media watchdog FAIR’s recent studies criticizing the lack of diversity on station boards and in regular commentator segments on NPR.

Jul 16, 2015

As more people use the NPR One app, NPR is finding out how long people listen to each segment, what they skip and what they share or like. “As people who make the craft of radio, getting this kind of information about how people listen to it is brand new and a little scary, but also priceless,” said Sara Sarasohn, who's in charge of content for NPR One.

This week’s on The Pub, recorded live in an actual pub (Lost & Found in Washington, D.C.), Sarasohn tells us what NPR is learning from this unprecedented peek at listeners' habits.

Also on the show:

- Current’s editors and reporters answer the public media questions you’ve always been afraid to ask, like “What do the hosts make?” and “I’m an intern, will I get a job?”

- Host Adam Ragusea contemplates NPR’s past use of “the R-word” (the racist name of Washington’s NFL team), and what other words we’re saying on the air that our children will be embarrassed to learn we ever said out loud.

- Live music buttons from Current’s Mike Janssen on banjo and Tyler Falk on shaker egg!

Jul 9, 2015

There’s increasingly money to be made in podcasting. But not much, and drooling over the modest amount to be had is like drooling over a bowl of moldy gruel — you only do it because you’re starving.

But eat we must. So this week we look at the intersection of podcasting and money — how podcasters can make money to support their podcasting, maybe even themselves. And maybe the gruel won’t look so moldy by the time we’re done.

We talked to a panel of podcasting experts at the Public Media Marketing and Development Conference in Washington, D.C.. Our guests:

  • Kerri Hoffman, c.o.o. at Public Radio Exchange, which distributes 13 podcasts through its Radiotopia network;
  • Wendy Turner, v.p. for digital and technical operations at WBEZ in Chicago; and
  • Erik Diehn, v.p. for business development at Midroll Media.

This episode is a co-production with Greater Public.

Jul 2, 2015

The BBC is cutting jobs, the future of its funding is in doubt, and it has enemies in high places. Host Adam Ragusea talks with veteran U.K. media reporter Maggie Brown, who catches us up on the latest BBC drama and speculates about the venerable Beeb’s future.

Also on the show:

Political scientist Patrick O’Mahen says his research proves countries that spend more money on public broadcasting have better-informed citizens.

Your host shares an old interview with podcaster Marc Maron that did not go the way it sounded in the final cut, and your feedback on a proposal to ensure honesty in editing by posting raw tape to the Internet.

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