After 50 years, NPR upholds public broadcasting’s founding values

NPR was incorporated Feb. 26, 1970, marking a new stage in the growth of a public media system rooted in education.

Looking back on the lesser-known histories of ‘Chicano Public Radio’

A group of bilingual radio stations founded in the late 1970s “helped distinguish Spanish-language and bilingual broadcasting as a form of advocacy.”

How France’s national broadcaster bolstered U.S. public radio in its formative years

From the 1940s to the 1970s, dozens of U.S. public radio stations featured French cultural programming that “let us know that the French people like us and vice versa.”

A DJ looks back on 50 years on jazz radio in the nation’s capital

Rusty Hassan has seen shows and stations come and go during his long career on Washington, D.C., airwaves, and he’s still at it.

‘The World Is Yours’: How the travelogue shaped early public broadcasting

The globetrotting quality of public media is neither new nor politically neutral and has roots in the earliest days of American broadcasting.

New history of public broadcasting to include expanded coverage of podcasts, digital media

Current is happy to announce an update of our book A History of Public Broadcasting, with a projected publication date of 2021.