A couple years before all the cool kids started quitting NPR and launching podcasts, political reporter Andrea Seabrook quit NPR in 2012 and launched a podcast, "DecodeDC." She’s the OG of that particular trend. Seabrook left "DecodeDC" last summer after a successful run, and now she’s come back to public radio as the new Washington bureau chief for "Marketplace." On The Pub, she tells us how she’s going to do public radio political coverage differently this time around.
Also, host Adam Ragusea reviews the NPR/"PBS NewsHour" collaboration on convention coverage. Unfortunately it seems as though TV and radio are like chocolate and vanilla — you can’t mix them without the former totally overpowering the latter.
Matt Martinez of KPLU in Tacoma, Wash., shares what he thinks others can learn from his station’s shockingly successful bid for self-preservation and independence. Also, the GM of KUOW, at one time planning to buy KPLU, discusses lessons from the year-long saga.
Plus, host Adam Ragusea tries to diagnose the cause of a dramatic spike in NPR newsmagazine ratings, and he visits a Next Generation Radio boot camp to find out why even some of the young people of color who would attend such a training aren’t big NPR listeners.
Here’s a protip for broadcast reporters who might get arrested: Turn on your recording device’s key lock, so that when the cops tackle you, it won’t matter if the stop button gets mashed. You’re going to want that tape.
That is one of many lessons that Ryan Kailath learned this past weekend — the hard way. The reporter for WWNO in New Orleans was covering an anti–police brutality march in Baton Rouge on Saturday when police arrested him for obstructing a highway.
This week on The Pub, Kailath tells his story, shares other tips he picked up for reporters who might find themselves in a similar pickle, and talks about where his case stands.
Also, some updates — and some mea culpas — on last episode’s interview with Code Switch leader Alicia Montgomery, which at least one listener found troubling.
People (read: online commenters) ask NPR’s Code Switch team all the time: “Why do you guys make everything about race?”
Alicia Montgomery, supervising senior producer for Code Switch, sees that question and scratches her head.
“I wonder if these are the same people who read the sports section and say, ‘Why is everything in here about a game that was played?’”, she told us on The Pub.
This week on The Pub, Montgomery talks about the long-anticipated new Code Switch podcast, responds to criticisms of her unit from both the right and left, and her take on NPR’s broader efforts to sound more diverse.
Also on the show, host Adam Ragusea begs public media to stop referring to the podcasting market as the podcasting “space,” and three of public radio’s most exciting podcasters — Embedded’s Kelly McEvers, We Live Here’s Kameel Stanley and The Organist’s Andrew Leland — talk about how they made their shows stand out in an increasingly crowded space market.