Sound Opinions, Freakonomics and Irish Documentaries

July 8th, 2011 → 1:35 pm @ // Comments Off

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Freakonomics Radio from WNYC

“Just like the books, Freakonomics Radio will explore ‘the hidden side of everything.’ It will tell you things you always thought you knew but didn’t, and things you never thought you wanted to know, but do.”

Sound Opinions from PRX

“Each week, hosts and nationally respected rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis talk about pop culture and music industry news, interview artists and bands, review new record releases, and highlight their all-time favorite rock and roll.”

Documentary on One from RTE

“Award Winning Radio documentaries from Ireland’s national public service broadcaster, RTÉ.”

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Gimme that podcast now. On Demand!

February 22nd, 2011 → 3:49 pm @ // Comments Off

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Newly featured in the Player this week, from London and New York City:

Science Weekly from The Guardian

“We’re not in the business of trying to bamboozle our audience with statistics or complex theories. We cover every corner of science. From interviews with Nobel Prize winners, through the science behind incest, to revealing the dialling code for the international space station (000-000).”

The Hackney Podcast from Francesca Panetta

“Award-winning highly crafted programmes taking the everyday stories of the London borough of Hackney to tell universal stories.”

Radio Diaries from NPR

“Radio Diaries works with people to document their own lives for public radio: teenagers, seniors, prison inmates and others whose voices are rarely heard. We help people share their stories—and their lives—in their own words, creating documentaries that are powerful, surprising, intimate and timeless.”

Radio Rookies from WNYC

“Since 1999, Radio Rookies has been conducting workshops across New York, in predominantly under-resourced neighborhoods, training young people to use words and sounds to tell true stories.”

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A Kick in the Pants For Your iTunes Library

June 24th, 2010 → 1:49 pm @ // Comments Off

WHRV’s Out of the Box CD of the Week has been the perfect remedy for my severe case of Music Fatigue Syndrome.

You know what I’m talking about!

I used to be up on new artists and their records. Friends’ tastes mixed with mine, and my music collection was a constantly transforming catalog reflecting who I was, where I was going and where I had been.

But then I graduated from college. Somehow in the years since then, my iTunes library has remained pretty much unchanged. I’m listening to the same songs from the same artists over, and over and over again. And I’m tired of them.

That was, until I navigated my way to the On Demand section of the Public Radio Player and found these weekly CD reviews hosted by Paul Shugrue. In four quick minutes, Shugrue gets to the heart of one new album every week, with musical excerpts and excellent commentary. Tune in!

Is “Music Fatigue Syndrome” evidence that your brain is getting old? Hear Robert Krulwich (RadioLab) speak with a neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky about this very phenomenon on All Things Considered.

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New! Hot! Fresh!

May 4th, 2010 → 4:31 pm @ // Comments Off

And On Demand! Check out these three newly featured programs in the Public Radio Player.


snapjudgmentSnap Judgment hosted by Glynn Washington
“Snap Judgment’s Glynn Washington hosts an hour-long thrill ride of great stories involving danger, danger and some more danger. ” Glynn Washington is a winner of the Public Radio Talent Quest.

Hear a recent episode: “Magic Doors.”

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Picture 8the memory palace from Nate DiMeo

“Each episode tells the story of a forgotten moment or figure from the past or asks us to remember the reality behind history’s more familiar facts and faces.”

Hear a recent episode: “OMG!!! JKP!!!”

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Picture 7Backstory with the American History Guys from VFH Radio

“On each episode, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths. Over the course of the hour, they are joined by fellow historians, people in the news, and callers interested in exploring the roots of today’s news.”

Hear a recent episode: “Paying Up: A History of Taxation.”

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More Sweet Shows At Your Fingertips

February 11th, 2010 → 3:07 pm @ // Comments Off

A couple of months ago, we let you know that PRX would be rotating fresh shows into the Featured On Demand list.  We’re pleased to announce that the next set of hot picks are in!

Newly featured this week:

SALTcast from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies

“Saltcast is the bi-weekly podcast on radio storytelling produced by the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.”  Salt trains “aspiring writers, radio producers, and photographers in the art of documentary storytelling — creating thought-provoking, richly worded stories.”

Hear SALTcast’s recent episode, “Hot Lunch.”

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Hearing Voices from NPR

Hearing voices is “Radio for people who love radio.”  It is “a weekly hour series of ‘driveway moments’ culled from broadcasts, podcasts, sound-portraits, slam poets, features, found-sound, audio archives, audio art and docs.”

Hear Hearing Voice’s recent episode, “Snow and Ice.”

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Youth Radio from NPR

“Youth Radio’s media education, broadcast journalism, technical training and production activities provide unique opportunities in social, professional, and leadership development for youth, ages 14-24. ”

Hear Youth Radio’s recent episode of continuing coverage of hazing in the Navy.

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Find a new favorite on the Public Radio Player

November 20th, 2009 → 4:47 pm @ // 2 Comments

We live in a world of choices: whether you’re browsing grocery store aisles, or deciding what to listen to on your commute home. Sometimes it’s fun to pick out what you like, and sometimes it’s exhausting. We’re here to help. The Public Radio Player has tons of live station streams and on-demand programs for you to choose from. But when you want something new — you just aren’t sure what — we’ve got a list of featured content waiting in the wings. Choose the “Featured” tab from either the Live or the On Demand screens.

Here at Public Radio Exchange, which leads the Player app development, we listen to public radio all day long. And we hear everything: from beloved talk shows like Fresh Air to award-winning documentaries from the Third Coast International Audio Festival, not to mention tons of creative programs from independent producers all across the country. We’ll be rotating fresh finds into the Featured On Demand list, so you can find your new favorite radio show, in a snap.

Newly featured this week:

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Hidden Kitchens from The Kitchen Sisters

“Hidden Kitchens, the duPont Award-winning radio series on NPR’s Morning Edition, explores the world of unexpected, below the radar cooking, legendary meals and eating traditions how communities come together through food.”

American RadioWorks from American Public Media

“ARW is public radio’s largest documentary production unit; it creates documentaries, series projects, and investigative reports for public radio and the Internet.”

StoryCorps from Sound Portraits

“StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.”

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