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Now displaying: August, 2015
Aug 27, 2015

Scoring, sound effects, scene, narrative — they’re the hottest tools in the hands of today’s most innovative audio journalists, and yet they come from the very non-journalistic world of fiction.

“We have the popularity of narrative nonfiction. Well, that’s just us as journalists pulling concepts from fiction and putting it into nonfiction,” veteran independent producer and audio fiction evangelist Ann Heppermann told me on The Pub. “So, in a way, it’s like fiction is going to take it back, you know?”

On this week’s episode, Heppermann plays us some of the exciting, genre-bending fictional work she commissioned for the website of The Sarah Awards, a new international competition she has co-founded with the support of Sarah Lawrence College to spur a new generation of audio-fiction creators.

Also on the show:

- Host Adam Ragusea and Nieman Lab director Joshua Benton discuss the ways in which public media’s internal values might not jive with those of the audience.

- A conversation with Dave Dickey, the recently retired head of Illinois Public Media’s agricultural service, about public media’s ongoing role serving rural communities.

Also: We’re doing a live show in Los Angeles Sept. 25! Seats are very limited, so go here to register for your free tickets.

Aug 20, 2015

On this week’s episode of The Pub, host Adam Ragusea offers his thoughts on the "Sesame Street" news. We also revisit an old conversation with PBS Vice President for Children’s Programming Linda Simensky about the thus-far futile search for the next Fred Rogers, Sesame Street’s role as an emblem for all of public media, and the new kids’ shows on PBS that are trying to honor the legacy and values of the classic programs.

Also on the show:

- In another encore segment, Deanna Garcia of WESA in Pittsburgh takes us to an exhibit of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood set pieces on display at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.

- A guide for how to pick theme music for your show, and how not to.

Aug 13, 2015

Probably no one knows as much about both public radio and economics as Adam Davidson does. So when he emails us and says he’s been developing a grand economic theory about how podcasting is (or should be) changing public radio, you can bet we’re going to give him 45 minutes to talk about it. Davidson compares public radio’s current market position to that of the big three American automakers — Ford, GM and Chrysler — in the late 1970s and early 1980s. 

Also on the show:

- We consider "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace" and the magic of Britain’s Channel 4, a public media entity that exists to commission daring work from independent producers.

- What is this “public benefit corporation” thing that Ira Glass is forming to run "This American Life"?

- Michigan Radio p.d. Tamar Charney and host Adam Ragusea disagreed over podcasting but without getting disagreeable. NPR CEO Jarl Mohn and reporter Zoe Chace? Not so much.

Aug 6, 2015

This week on The Pub, Mike Pesca, host of Slate's podcast "The Gist." Pesca talks about life after NPR, how public media looks from the outside, his rabble-rousing interview with Kim Kardashian while sub-hosting "Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!" and whether he thinks NPR has heeded his parting advice to be more ambitious and daring. (He doesn’t.)

Also on the show:

- Gayle Wald on her new book about "Soul!", an early PBS show featuring black music, culture and radical politics that CPB defunded.

- Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Emily Jones on the real reason that women’s voices are the subject of so much scrutiny the days.

- Host Adam Ragusea reflects on the differences between podcasting and live radio.

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