We begin by discussing the history of podcasting and public radio, and how it has always been a venture of affecting lives and not money-making. Yet, what makes podcasting special? Listeners often speak about authenticity of the maker, speaker or host as the main distinctive factor, but we are far from knowing more specifics. There is also the ability to connect with a few, yet more interested and dedicated, niche listeners. Even what is considered “good” content differs, from more raw, authentic productions to professionally put-together shows. Its main allure, however, continues to be its ability to be open and participatory. Nonetheless, we wonder, will it join the internet and other original participatory mediums which in spite of being open, are still dominated by a few, big, key players? How do we continue encouraging people to create and share podcasts when they are not so easily distributed? Will search engines such as Google, who are not in the game yet, play a significant role on who can find and access podcasts?
Here are some more of the things mentioned in this episode, for those who want to dig a little deeper:
Kerri’s Medium Essay, Reflecting on the First 100 Days of the PRI & PRX Merger
More on the impact of Egyptian Media
Ira Glass on Jimmy Fallon
Reese Witherspoon – Hello Sunshine
Are there more Android phones out there than iPhones?
Buzzfeed – Spaghetti against the wall method
Peabody Awards – 2018 Nominees will be announced April 9!
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