Newsbusters editor Tim Graham concedes that he has no evidence that a foundation influenced NPR's news coverage. But he also argues that’s beside the point. “If you’re Ploughshares, when you give money to NPR, you know what you’re getting,” Graham said. “You know that you’re not going to get a Fox News. You’re going to get what may be seen as the opposite of Fox News.”
This week on the The Pub, Graham and host Adam Ragusea debate this and other conservative complaints about public media.
Also on the show, we introduce you to Suzanna Kruger, a biology teacher at Seaside High School in Oregon who used to regularly assign her students Nova videos to watch online at home — until they started running up against the new Passport paywall.
If you’ve ever heard some digital slurp, bloop or BOOM in a radio story and thought “How’d they make that?”, listen to this episode of The Pub to find out. Sound designers Jonathan Mitchell of Radiotopia’s audio fiction podcast The Truth and Alex Overington of New York Public Radio/Q2 Music’s Meet the Composer podcast open up their laptops and demonstrate how they create the kind of digital effects that pervade today’s high-touch audio storytelling.
Also on the show:
- An analysis and a defense of WBAA’s decision (since reversed) to drop This American Life from its schedule.
- WNYC Vice President of On-Demand Content Paula Szuchman previews WNYC’s upcoming women’s podcast festival “Werk It.”
- Audience members play a game called “Auto-Tune the Radio” in which they have to identify famous public radio voices that have been amusingly altered.
On this week’s show, five steps to becoming a better interviewer from public radio's Celeste Headlee. Also, an explainer of the new public TV interconnection system that is expected to cost upwards of $200 million. Is it worth it?