Tuesday roundup: Pat Harrison dishes; ACL opens Hall of Fame

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Pat Harrison, left, with author Wes Moore. (Photo: CPB)

• CPB CEO Pat Harrison sat down with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Monday for an interview about her background in advance of a visit to WQED for the station’s 60th anniversary. Harrison chatted about her beginnings as a freelance writer and as the founder of the National Women’s Economic Alliance and about how her Brooklyn upbringing influenced her leadership abilities. “You would go from one block to the other at that time, and you were in a different country,” she said. “You didn’t want to be fighting on the playground all the time, so you had to find a way to connect with some sort of common denominator, or you wouldn’t survive third grade.”

• Writers for Canada.com and The Atlantic have criticized a discussion of the concept of “rape culture” that aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. show Q. Host Jian Ghomeshi interviewed Manhattan Institute researcher Heather Mac Donald, who played down the notion of rape culture and disputed the idea that rape is as prevalent in society as available statistics make it out to be. University of Alberta professor Lise Gotell provided a countering argument in the March 24 discussion. opened a later show with a segment featuring audience feedback about the debate.

• Austin City Limits will open a Hall of Fame this year to coincide with the PBS program’s 40th anniversary, the show announced Monday. The inaugural induction ceremony will take place April 26 at KLRU’s Studio 6A, where ACL started its broadcasts. Show creator Bill Arhos, former University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal and musicians Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble are the hall’s first inductees, with Royal and Vaughan being inducted posthumously. The event is being staged as an invitation-only benefit for KLRU.

• Tape, a new podcast featuring interviews with radio producers about the craft of making audio, launched Sunday with This American Life producer Ben Calhoun as its first guest. Its co-hosts are Mickey Capper, an intern at Chicago’s WBEZ, and Mooj Zadie, a producer who has reported for shows including 99% Invisible and Studio 360. Capper and Zadie explain in their intro that they drew inspiration from Longform’s podcast series, which interviews authors about their writing.

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