Issue 242,  published January 21, 2020

Tracking: January 21, 2020

KPCC is launching “Public Radio Palooza,” a year-long event series celebrating public radio that will be held throughout Los Angeles — and yep, that’s the name they’re going with. Anyway, the line-up is spread pretty far out across the calendar, and you can find full details here.

ICYMI: iHeartMedia initiated a round of mass layoffs last week, most of them affecting small and medium-sized markets, as it attempts to restructure and “modernize operations.” Rolling Stone’s Elias Leight has the best story on this, which also goes deep on what it means for viewpoint diversity and the culture. This takes place as the conglomerate loudly attempts to barge its way to the front of the podcast story in its bid to shake off its bankruptcy narrative. In mid-December, the Wall Street Journal reported that Liberty Media, which owns Pandora, is looking to increase its ownership stake in iHeartMedia.

Meanwhile, in Vulture… I reviewed the second season of Little Everywhere/Stitcher’s The Dream, and I whipped up a Q&A with Slate’s Gabriel Roth on Slow Burn’s impending return to politics.