Anna Sale had three attributes that made her an ace political reporter in New York: a disarming demeanor, phenomenal listening ability and little respect for personal boundaries. Now she’s using those skills to do what she was born to do — getting people to talk about “the things we think about a lot and need to talk about more.” Host Adam Ragusea interviews the "Death, Sex & Money" before a live audience after hours at the Online News Association conference in Los Angeles.
Also on the show:
• "Reveal" host Al Letson and Curious City creator Jennifer Brandel compete in a quiz game we call, “No one can resist my Schweddy Balls,” in which they identify appearances, references or parodies of public media in movies and TV.
• In the shadow of the Hollywood Hills, Ragusea argues that that public media could learn a thing or two about developing new hit shows from the commercial entertainment industry, with the help of Kim Masters, host of "The Business" on KCRW.
Public radio has historically had a well-documented problem: Some programs have tended to be WAY LOUDER than others. It’s still a problem, but thanks to a technological breakthrough, it’s getting better. Audio engineer Rob Byers tells us about new tools producers can use to address the problem. It's our sole topic on The Pub this week, and while it may seem nerdy, we promise that an hour of listening will equip you to produce noticeably more listenable audio for a lifetime.
The most famous general manager in public radio, Torey Malatia, is going to try again with another station.
The former longtime head of WBEZ in Chicago, who resigned from the position under pressure in 2013, starts Monday as the new president, c.e.o. and general manager of Rhode Island Public Radio in Providence. Malatia tells us he still wants to experiment with new models of reaching different audiences and building community, and a smaller station like RIPR might be the ideal place to do it.
Also on the show:
- A conversation with two of the youngest general managers in public media: 30-year-old Michelle Srbinovich of WDET radio in Detroit, and 32-year-old Emily Martin Loya of KCOS-TV in El Paso, Texas.
- Host Adam Ragsuea's thoughts on the BBC’s new plan to offer free content to local newspapers.
NPR's "Weekend All Things Considered" is about to get a new host as Michel Martin takes over from Arun Rath and production moves back to Washington from NPR West. As NPR reboots its most-tinkered-with show yet again with a new host and a new executive producer, we talk to outgoing EP Steve Lickteig on The Pub about the unique production ethos that he says boosted ratings over the last two years.
Also on the show this week:
- Classical California president Brenda Barnes mounts an impassioned and data-driven defense of classical music radio, following American Public Media and Houston Public Media’s recent sales of all-classical stations. She also responds to Planet Money co-founder Adam Davidson’s recent assertion on The Pub that classical radio “is not an appropriate use of public funds.”
- What the tiny French Polynesian island of Rapa Iti and media workplace culture have in common.