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Now displaying: March, 2016
Mar 26, 2016

NPR’s recent decision to not promote its podcasts in its radio newsmagazines has a lot of people talking about whether local stations are keeping NPR from embracing a digital-first future. On this week’s episode of “The Pub”, we ask three of the smartest station leaders we know: How do you envision NPR and stations maintaining a mutually beneficial coexistence as the primacy of radio fades?

Mar 18, 2016

Glenn Greenwald, who is most famous for helping to break the Edward Snowden leaks, is a longtime critic of public media journalism, which he sees as chronically mealy-mouthed in the face of nefarious or duplicitous powers. This week on The Pub, Greenwald and host Adam Ragusea discuss that long-maintained criticism, his 2010 confrontation with NPR counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston, how journalists use the word “torture,” and more.

Also this week: It turns out you have to credit Skype when you use it in a broadcast; NPR decides it won’t cross-promote its podcasts on-air; a young producer makes a rookie mistake and decides to make a podcast about the experience; and did the NewsHour unwittingly interview a white supremacist?

Mar 4, 2016

In a sane world, it wouldn’t take a whole show to explain how music rights work for broadcasters. But alas, we require the services of Leah Garaas, digital producer for The Current, Minnesota Public Radio’s Triple A music station. On this week’s episode, a primer on music rights for everyone from station program directors to independent podcasters.

Also, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal live-tweets a Republican debate and tells a presidential candidate to “shut up.” Kosher for a journalist? Our host Adam Ragusea thinks so, but others disagree.

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