Off Topic #17: Radio on the Radio

Oct 14, 2013

Credit Chicago Daily News negatives collection, DN-0003451. Courtesy of Chicago History Museum.

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It's been said that we are living in a new Golden Age of radio. With the recent success of public radio shows like This American Life and Radiolab, as well as the proliferation of podcasts on the internet, it's hard to imagine a time when high quality radio storytelling and journalism was as available as it is now. But, given its status as one of the oldest and simplest forms of mass media, the fact that radio continues to thrive in our rapidly changing, novelty-obsessed world is something of a feat. In this episode of Off Topic, we ask why it is that radio has proven so durable, and we explore the past, present, and future of this beloved medium.

In this episode...

Ira Wagman is a communications scholar and professor at Carleton University in Ottowa. He is currently the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Public Diplomacy at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School.

Jonathan Goldstein is the host of the CBC's Wiretap, a  former producer of and regular contributor to This American Life, and the author of several books.

Ryan Banagale is a musicologist and music professor at Colorado College.

Ira Glass is the host and creator of This American Life.