‘The Pub’ #60: Adam hangs out with radio nerds

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Get this, there’s a thing called the “Radio Scholarly Interest Group” — a bunch of academics from around the world who study radio. They invited me to talk to them at the 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Atlanta.

My talk was about how podcasting is changing public radio. I went through the numbers (people still aren’t listening to podcasts that much), the creative and economic opportunities, the NPR-station politics, and the two crises that I see podcasting bringing about in public radio: a mission crisis and a crisis of localism.

That talk, plus our extensive and enlightening Q&A afterward, is this week’s Pub!

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Adam Ragusea hosts Current’s weekly podcast The Pub and is a journalist in residence and visiting assistant professor at Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism.

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