Organization: NPR

Organization: NPR
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Last Thursday, NPR’s board of directors announced Jarl Mohn’s replacement as the chief executive of the public radio mothership: John Lansing, a veteran media executive who currently serves as the head of the US Agency for Global Media (formerly known as the Broadcasting Board of Governors), the federally-funded agency that oversees government-owned international broadcasters like […]

September 10, 2019
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Guy Raz to step away from TED Radio Hour, plus Star Power and Pods

This came in just before the long weekend: Guy Raz, the wildly industrious purveyor of wonder and enthusiasm, will be stepping away from the TED Radio Hour as host and editorial director at the end of this year. In a statement, NPR, which co-produces the popular “podcast about ideas” with TED, announced that they will […]

July 9, 2019
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Inverting NPR: A Speculative Proposal

Much like last week’s audiobook deep dive, there’s no news peg to this piece, but it’s something that’s been tooling around in my head for several years now. It was, at one point, a white paper I was developing during my Visiting Nieman Fellowship in 2017, but which I had kept unpublished in a GDrive […]

June 26, 2019
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This Week in Spotify

The Spotify beat is buzzing. In the recent weeks, we’ve seen the release of a spinoff app, a new personalized playlist called “Your Daily Drive” that’s meant to reconstruct the morning commute listening experience, the rollout of a library redesign for premium users that emphasizes podcast discovery, and a few exclusive content partnership announcements (see […]

June 18, 2019
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NPR’s Feed Jumble, and its Implications

On 30 April, NPR made a change to their web server caching configuration that caused the same RSS to be served for all of their feed urls. The end result of this, as they described in a statement they published on the matter, was a distribution sequence that “caused podcast apps to act as if […]

May 7, 2019
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NPR’s Feed Failure, Preamble

Flagging for a future deep-dive.

May 3, 2019