A weekly podcast has riveted millions with its exploration of a true crime story and its questions about whether the man at its center is guilty or innocent. “Serial” probes the 1999 conviction of a high school senior who was charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Slate’s David Haglund about the runaway success of the show, now the most popular podcast in history. Continue reading
San Francisco radio stations KOIT-FM and KFOG-FM have pledged to remove the signature chart-topping song “Royals” from their airwaves until the end of Major League Baseball’s World Series.
Casey Kasem, the radio legend known for counting down the nation’s greatest hits on the “American Top 40″ broadcast died on Sunday. He was 82. Continue reading
Before the Beatles took America by storm, Paul, John, Ringo and George were featured on BBC radio programs 53 times. Those Beatles performances, recorded between 1962 and 1965, have now been released. Jeffrey Brown talks to Kevin Howlett of BBC about his laborious search for many of these live, early, pre-Beatlemania recordings. Continue reading
A selection letters sent to Radio Free Afghanistan — complaints of corruption, suggestions for rural development, song requests, poetry, tips for the president — as well as photos and artifacts are at the Library of Congress in “Voices from Afghanistan.”
Jeffrey Brown examines the impact of television and radio talk show hosts and how they affect the way Americans think about politics. Continue reading