Smart phones and digital distribution have made it easier to get into the radio game. After the success of Serial, it seems like everyone’s talking about podcasts. But what does it take to make a hit show? And what do a host of new, independent programs mean for good ol’ radio?
Alex Blumberg used to be a producer for This American Life. He also co-founded NPR's Planet Money. But he's left public radio to launch his own podcast production company, called Gimlet Media. They've already got two podcasts out, with a third on the way. He says, with smart phones and Wi-Fi enabled cars, people have more opportunity to listen to what they want, when they want.
Emily Bazelon is one of the hosts of Slate's Political Gabfest podcast, which has been out since 2005. She talks with Rehman Tungekar about how the Gabfest got started, how they prepare for an episode, and why it's so popular.
If you're a would-be podcasters, trying to figure out how to start an original show, you might want to tune in to WFMU for some inspiration. It's a small station with a big reputation for innovation. Long-time station manager Ken Freedman says the heart of what makes the station unique is the sponatneity that can only come from "live, human radio."
The 12 people who died during the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office are on our minds this week. Most of the victims were cartoonists for the French satirical weekly. Its reporters and editor received death threats for the magazine’s depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. A hit-list that was published in an Al Qaeda magazine in 2013 also named the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. Steve Paulson talked with him a few years ago, while Westergaard was living in hiding in Denmark.
Want to improve your mood? Just dance. This hour we’re talking with people who’ve found an easy way to keep themselves happy, to build friendships, and make art. We’re checking in with neuroscientists too, to hear just what happens in our brains when we’re dancing. Also, how dancing together has been part of religious life for centuries.
Some of us think of dance as something best left to the professionals, people with years of training and technique. But when Sally Gross started dancing, she realized that she'd never master ballet or modern dance. So she made a whole new kind of dance...
With federal immigration reform discussions stalled, we're thinking about borders this week. One project is tyring to put a face to the rising number of children who are making the journey alone, and illegally, into the United States. Encarni Pindado is Director of MigraZoom, which helps migrants tell their own migration experience through photos.