Another Round: Listening to the past

A few months ago, I interviewed Benjamen Walker about podcasting in the age of fake news. He used to work in radio, and we talked a bit about the way his work had changed since moving into podcasting full time. One of the things he mentioned was the pressure from radio schedulers and executives to make audio that is “evergreen”, and avoid details that pin your piece too specifically to any one moment (so that it can be repackaged and repeated subsequently as the station desires). Now, Walker said, he reacts against that by making work that is deliberately “of the moment”, so that no matter when someone listens to one of his episodes, it gives them the flavour of what it was like to have that experience at that time.

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