Thursday, August 5, 2010

Podcast Rollcall: On the Media

Genre: News & Information

What It's About: On the Media covers current events in the news, but addresses them from a unique perspective - that being how and why the media covers events the way that it does. When Republican Scott Brown won a senate seat in Democratic Massachusetts, this show didn't cover how it happened but instead investigated how the media didn't know it was going to happen. While other news outlets pursue intriguing statistical data, this show looks into why news outlets are so obsessed with numbers. This isn't news; it's news about the news.

Why You Should Care: Because it's rare for the media to turn such a critical eye on itself. And in these days of rampant accusations about media biases and questions about where to draw the line between fact and opinion, it's more important than ever for the public to understand how the media operates.

Frequency: Weekly

Average Length: 1 hour

As always, if you become a regular listener to a podcast that solicits donations, try to find a way to make the occasional contribution.

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