On the Radio

Week of January 11, 2015

Podcasting

The Future of Listening

January 11, 2015

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?

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  1. Alex Blumberg on Our Podcast Future

    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.

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  2. What About Public Radio?

    What might the growing popularity of podcasts mean for public radio? Are they competition? Inspiration? We turned to one content director--who's also launched a few podcasts--for a little insight. 

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  3. It's a Gabfest - Emily Bazelon

    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.

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  4. Sounds, Original at WFMU

    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."

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  5. BookMark: Samuel Scheffler on "The Children of Men"

    Philosopher Samuel Scheffler bookmarks "The Children of Men" by P.D. James.

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  6. On Our Minds: Keeping Speech Free

    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.

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Just Dance!

January 11, 2015
(was 06.29.2014)

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. 

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  1. Dancing Away Anxiety

    When Robert Rand started having crippling panic attacks, he found an unconventional treatment for his anxiety... Cajun dancing.

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  2. The Dancing Brain

    Why does dancing - or just watching other people dance - feel so good? Correspondent Frank Browning checks in with dancers and neuroscientists.

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  3. Dancing Together

    People have gathered together to dance for centuries. Barbara Ehrenreich says we've become so obsessed with personal happiness, we often neglect the pleasures of collective joy.

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  4. Sonic Sidebar: Tango

    For Robert Farris Thompson, the most beautiful, intimate and passionate of dances is Argentine tango.

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  5. Sally Gross - Finding Her Own Dance

    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...

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  6. Deep Tracks: Charles R. Cross

    Music journalist Charles R. Cross shares one of his favorite forgotten albums from The Sonics.

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  7. On Our Minds: Picturing Migration

    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.

    See a slideshow of MigraZoom photos.

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