On The Media meets Matt Farley
, who earns around $23k per year thanks to the 14,000 songs he has has composed, performed and uploaded to Spotify.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named the 2012 winners of their science journalism award
. The winning text, radio and TV segments -- which cover subjects ranging from bat ecology to nuclear power post-Fukushima -- are all free access. [more inside]
- Lowell Bergman (the journalist portrayed by Al Pacino in The Insider
) has investigated News Corporation
for PBS Frontline [transcript]
. He depicts Rupert Murdoch's British operation as a criminal enterprise, routinely hacking the voicemail and computers of innocent people, and using bribery and coercion to infiltrate police and government over decades. Enemies are ruthlessly "monstered
" by the tabloids. Bergman also spoke to NPR's Fresh Air
But the hits keep coming: in recent days News Corp has been accused of hacking rival pay TV services and promoting pirated receiver cards in both the UK
. With the looming possibility of prosecution under America's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
, how long will shareholders consider Rupert Murdoch irreplaceable? [Previous 1 2 3 4]
From 1935 to 1951, Time Magazine bridged the gap between print & radio news reporting and the new visual medium of film, with March of Time
: award-winning newsreel reports that were a combination of objective documentary, dramatized fiction and pro-American, anti-totalitarian propaganda. They “often tackled subjects and themes that audiences weren’t used to seeing
— foreign affairs
, social trends
, public-health issues — and did so with a combination of panache and subterfuge that today seems either absurd or visionary.” (Previous two links have autoplaying video.)
By 1937, the short films were being seen by as many as 26 million people every month and may have helped steer public opinion on numerous issues,
) America’s entry to WWII
. Video samples are available at Time.com,
the March of Time Facebook page
and the entire collection is available online, (free registration required)
at HBO Archives. [more inside]
is a semi-retired "honest courtesan" who recently countered Ashton Kutcher's "sex slavery" claims (previously
) with some statistics and facts
. Bobbi Starr
is a professional concert oboist, nationally ranked swimmer, and works in some of the hardest porn available. She was recently featured
on the (highly recommended) BBC Radio Assignment
series. Primary links are obviously NSFW; BobbiStarr.com also has potential trigger warnings.
BBC Radio 4 now has a dedicated online program library!
Rather than hunting through the site, you can now browse by subject and/or program from one main 'Collections' page. It's not all of the output by any means, but there's plenty there to keep you going, such as the philosophy archives from Melvyn Bragg's "In Our Time"
, or various mathematics programs
from different series. There's much much more as well. [more inside]
Working With Studs
is a radio documentary about Studs Terkel. You will like it. Good production and tech notes, courtesy of Transom.org
The Third Coast International Audio Festival recognizes excellence in audio documentary, and the 2009 awards have been announced. You can listen to all of the winners' work as well as a two hour broadcast of the highlights.
The Tone Generation
is a radio series by Ian Helliwell 'looking at different themes or composers in the era of analogue tape and early synthesizer technology'. The original globe-trotting series: Great Britain
, Eastern Europe
, Rest of World
. Bonus programmes: Expo 58
, The RCA Synthesizer
. All links are to MP3 files, except the first one. Alternatively, you can slurp down the lot in one go by subscribing to the podcast feed
Whole Lotta Shakin'
- a PRI
documentary series on the history of rockabilly, hosted by Rosie Flores
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is pumping out a pile of podcasts
that have covered the importance of offensive comics to Art Spiegelman
, 600 bands over 54 shows
, Captain America versus the American government
, Amy Sedaris and geekdom
, the journey of young immigrants
, French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut and Harper's publisher John MacArthur discussing Europe and America perspectives since 9/11
, the after life
, sex with monkeys
, what radio producers do
, the french word "corps"
, Bonnie Fuller's "The Joys of Much Too Much: Go For the Big Life — The Great Career, The Perfect Guy, and Everything Else You've Ever Wanted (Even If You're Afraid You Don't Have What It Takes)"
, Veteran Washington reporter Helen Thomas
and some other bits & bobs [Breakdown inside]
makes radio documentaries. 000 Ambulance
are both particularly moving. You can listen to them here
This award winning CBC radio series incorporates interviews, music and sound to explore the impact of electricity on music, from Edison to Caruso to Les Paul to Bjork. Exhaustively researched and beautifully produced, it's somewhere between a documentary, a remix and a music show. The home site has excerpts, playlists, and the remix from each show, but you can listen
to all eight episodes in their entirely at PRX (you'll need to login
The Night Air
is a beautifully constructed radio show broadcast on Radio National here in Australia. It's essentially cut up bits of documentary, music and audio art .. woven together into a one and half hour themed show. It makes great headphone listening at work.