For the March issue’s special coverage of the future of journalism, The News in Crisis, we examined an industry battered by plummeting ad revenue and public trust, coupled with the rise in fake news and filter bubbles. In the face of this grim situation, media organizations are struggling to survive: The New York Times is copping some moves from Netflix, Spotify, and HBO; the Washington Post is deploying newsbots; Americas most-wanted whistleblower, Edward Snowden, is teaching reporters how to outsmart government snoops; and a startup called Blavity wants to give voice to the concerns of black millennials. As part of this project, we checked out some podcasts that explore the nexus of news, tech, and culture, analyzing the forces at work in the media business. Here are six of the best.
Tagline: Examining how the media sausage is made.
WNYCs show takes a dishy dive into the stories behind the news, from the Trump dossier leak to the unspoken rivalry between the FBI and the CIA. Subscribe.
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Tagline: The access and authority The New York Times does best.
Times reporter Michael Barbaro, who also just launched an audio briefing called The Daily, provides insider commentary for political junkies. Subscribe.
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Tagline: The tech show about being human.
Whether analyzing the debate over Apples security or assessing a new device used by cops to see if motorists have been texting, this WNYC series offers a timely look at the tech industry. Subscribe.
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Tagline: Race and identity, remixed.
Five minority journalists confront thorny, occasionally uncomfortable issues of race and identity in NPRs weekly show. Subscribe.
Tagline: Hidden stories, uncovered.
Poet and playwright Al Letson exposes abuses of power in the political and legal systems in this hard-hitting weekly series produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Subscribe.
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Tagline: Understand the real Donald Trump.
Psychiatrists, historians, and business experts weigh in on our unpredictable tweeter-in-chief in Slates quasi-daily, somewhat snarky series. Subscribe.