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Weekly Pulse: Don't Snort Bath Salts, Kids

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger According to Robin Marty of, today's young whippersnappers are snorting bath salts and pl...

Ira Glass, Religion And The Empathetic Power Of Storytelling

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

According to the host of This American Life, "There is a kind of structure for a story that is peculiarly compelling for the radio -- the structure of a sermon."

Traces: Cirque of the Street

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Charles Karel Bouley

Traces has the acrobatics of a Cirque production, the raw excitement and street feel of any current dance movie or So You Think You Can Dance.

Tucson: In the Blame Game, We All Lose

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charles Karel Bouley

A mentally unbalanced person took a gun and opened fire on a "town hall" gathering in Tucson, AZ one sunny January weekend at the beginning of 2011. H...

Hair Is Still Groovy After All These Years

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Perhaps the new era doesn't need a new musical to explain the frustrations, the fears, the hopes of the youth of today; perhaps it already has it in Hair.

WATCH: East Village Radio Show 'Chances With Wolves'

The Huffington Post | Grace Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

DJs and childhood friends, Kenan Juska, Kray and Mikey Palms, AKA Chances With Wolves, have a show on East Village Radio with cool premise. Their sho...

Bristol Palin Offered Radio Job

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

A Phoenix radio station has offered Bristol Palin an on-air job, the Phoenix New Times reports. Mix 96.9, a Clear Channel music station, offered Pali...

How to Fix Capitalism, But Not the Media

Charles Warner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charles Warner

Even though it will be a while before greedy media moguls follow the lead of business and try to create shared value along with acceptable shareholder returns, eventually they will have to.

Lady T and Me: Marie's Music Influenced Generations

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

I first found Teena in 1981, when I was a year out of high school. She was a little white girl from Venice Beach making all kinds of R&B, the first little red headed white girl to be signed by Motown Records in 1976 -- the woman that would become the Ivory Queen of Soul.

Michael Savage Sues Own Radio Network: 'Indentured Servitude'

The Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Controversial radio personality Michael Savage has sued his syndicator, Talk Radio Networks, claiming his contract with the network amounts to "indent...

Economist Mark Blyth: 2011 Will Be Worse... and Life Will Go On (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

Mark Blyth is in the pub tonight, played by Sean Connery, as usual, and demonstrating again how far a man can go in political economy just by talking ...

Roadmaps to New Power: WMMT Radio Brings Together Coal Miners and Tree Huggers on the Airways

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Appalshop's WMMT-FM, from Pine Mountain in eastern Kentucky, is the voice of the central Appalachian coalfields, offering views on coal mining and politics, and the growing recognition for a just transition toward sustainable energy development in the region.

PHOTOS: RADIO: Daft Punk's TRON Soundtrack, Russell Brand's New Book, And Colin Firth DJs On Air

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Catch a preview of Daft Punk's TRON: Legacy soundtrack, Russell Brand on My Booky Wook 2, Colin Firth steps in as a guest DJ, a discussion of logos go...

The Theatre of the Absurd Starring the Richest And Poorest Among Us

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

It appears the haves and the have nots are now at battle on Capitol Hill. Right now, the haves are winning. But I'd be a little afraid, if I were them. Americans always get up when knocked down.

10 Things Bob Pittman Can Do To Help Reshape The Radio Business

Jeff Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Pollack

I have high hopes for what Bob's re-entry in radio can mean to the business. But it's not just about one person; we all have to do our part to nurture these ideas.

Censorship? You Can't Be Sirius

Rashad Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rashad Robinson

Being on SiriusXM doesn't Laura Schlessinger can resume using her platform to demean entire communities of people with hateful and harmful language and expect to not be criticized.

HIV Prevention Drug: Thanks, But No Thanks

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Charles Karel Bouley

We need a cure for HIV and AIDS. We've always had a way to prevent it, it's called common sense and responsibility.

Dr. Laura Getting New Radio Show

The Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Dr. Laura Schlessinger will debut a new, three-hour daily radio show on Sirius XM in January, according to an Associated Press report. In the wake of...

Choice and the Changing Face of Media

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Helfenbein

Could you sit through an hour-long radio news program today? I could. But only if it came with either (a) a DVR or (b) an online summary.

Thanksgiving 2010 on the Island of Misfit Toys

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charles Karel Bouley

Happy Holidays to all families, blessed by God or not, approved by Man or no. Cherish the ties that bind, honor those that love, and hold those that are dear. These days more than ever, it truly is all we've got.

LISTEN: Dennis Rodman Received Oral Sex During Radio Interview

Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

Dennis Rodman phoned into a Miami radio station Tuesday morning while apparently receiving oral sex. Rodman, who called into Jorge Sedano's radio sho...

Media Should Set 'Rules' for 2012: No Interviews, No Coverage

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Paul Abrams

For 2012, how about the media actually doing something honest, and show a tincture of integrity? That is, state that it will no longer cover anyone or their activities if they do not sit down for interviews.

Radiolab Finds an Awaiting Audience

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

If a radio show taping doesn't sound intriguing, you've never listened to Radiolab. What surprised me most was how scripted and thought-out the hosts' material was, yet they still coming across on the air as spontaneous and natural.

Chris Wallace Says He Knows How To 'Satisfy A Woman,' Tells Radio Host To Hire An Escort

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace had an unexpectedly salty conversation with radio host Mike Gallagher on Friday, telling Gallagher that he knows how to ...

Happy 90th Birthday...Radio

Sheila Shayon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sheila Shayon

Ninety years ago last week, 100 people heard that first KDKA broadcast that Warren G. Harding defeated James M. Cox. Happy 90th birthday Radio, the original Wi-Fi, and thanks for the roots, the memories, and the lessons learned.