Thursday, April 6, 2017


Neal Conan
Recently I have bemoaned the lack of new programming for the radio platform in the pipelines at APM, NPR and PRI. Today we are featuring an excellent new program that doesn’t come from any network: Truth, Politics & Power. This is a DIY independent show that is in the best tradition of public media.

Truth, Politics & Power [link], hosted by Neal Conan, brings together folks from the team that produced Talk of the Nation

Each week host Conan interviews historians, journalists, scholars, poets and even comedians who explore the context and meaning of the Trump era.

Truth, Politics & Power is available to stations via PRX.  Podcasts are available via iTunes and on the program’s website.

Guests on the first five shows include Scott McClellan, Ted Koppel, David Livingstone Smith, Robert Kaplan and Toshi Yoshihara. 

The most recent edition in the series is The Politics of Fear [link]. The program analyzes the meaning and purpose of hateful language and the failure of imagination., that’s left so many Americans without meaningful employment and the failures of leadership.

According to carriage information on the PRX website, Truth, Politics and Power is being heard on WNYC, KQED, WGBH, WKAR and WFAE. Community stations such as KPTZ, Port Townsend, Washington; KVNF, Paonia, Colorado and KFCF, Fresno are on board.

Of course, host Neal Conan is an important part of the appeal of Truth, Politics and Power. NPR listeners have heard Conan for over 30 years. He was the long time host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation, served as NPR Bureau Chief in New York and London and has covered the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House. He now lives on the Big Island of Hawaii where he farms macadamia nuts, works as a news analyst for Hawaii Public Radio in addition to hosting Truth, Politics & Power.

Sue Goodwin
Program producer Sue Goodwin worked at NPR for over 25 years. She was the Executive Producer of Talk of the Nation, the Senior Producer of Weekly Edition, and Editor at NPR’s Science Desk. Goodwin was also a producer for PBS and Al Jazeera America.

Conan puts the new administrations policies and practices in historical perspective. Topics of future editions of Truth, Politics and Power include:

• What’s the purpose of an “ongoing war” with the media?

• Why would a new president choose to undermine his own intelligence services?

• What is the origin of the “America First” movement and how does it fit into Trump World?

• How will the president respond to dissent and the checks and balances of the American system?

• How does Trumpism fit with the rise of right wing movements in Europe?

• How will the Administration’s pattern of deception, exaggeration and lies affect public trust in basic institutions of government?

KEN SAYS: I’ve listened to two editions of Truth, Politics & Power and I highly recommend it. Conan sounds totally comfortable. This is programming that matters and will resonate with listeners.


College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI), the organization that represents the leading college stations in the nation [link], is looking for entries for their annual National Student Production Awards. Winners will be honored at the upcoming National Student Electronic Media Convention, November 2 - 4 in San Antonio. 

The National Student Production Awards provide a great opportunity for college students to showcase their work in a nationally recognized competition. There are 25 categories in audio, video and multimedia - including promos, news reporting, comedy, entertainment, sports, best DJ, station imaging, website design and more.

New or revised categories this year include Best Podcast, Best Vodcast (video podcast) and Best Live Production. The deadline to enter is May 12, 2017.

Submission information is available here. If you have questions please contact Awards Coordinator Steven Hames at

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