The following is a list of podcasts that take a look behind the scenes of our converging media landscape. "Mediageek" and "Media Minutes" provide important updates in the world of U.S. communications policy. "Counterspin" and "Media Matters" offer interviews with guests to discuss current issues and debates involving our media, culture, and society.
Listen to Mediageek's "End of the Year at the FCC and the Importance of Spectrum" from 12-23-05.
"Spectrum is the policy word for the frequencies used in wireless communications. As we close out the year, Paul takes look at the issue of spectrum, including two new reports from the Goverment Accounting Office and the FCC. Paul also wraps up the year at the FCC discussing a last-minute battle in the Senate to approve two nominations to the FCC."
Listen to this week's Media Minutes from 01-06-06, which takes a look at :
"Soldiers on leave from Iraq are ordered to talk up the occupation to local media, in apparent violation of anti-propaganda laws. FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein wants official scrutiny of TV station charity-promotions. Sony BMG proposes a settlement for hacking PCs with anti-piracy software. The FCC leaves indecency be in 2005. NPR favors conservative pundits over liberals. And a Fast Fact: the dangers of practicing journalism in 2005."
"CounterSpin provides a critical examination of the major stories every week, and exposes what the mainstream media might have missed in their own coverage. Combining lively discussion and a thoughtful media critique, CounterSpin is unlike any other show on the dial.
CounterSpin exposes and highlights biased and inaccurate news; censored stories; sexism, racism and homophobia in the news; the power of corporate influence; gaffes and goofs by leading TV pundits; TV news' narrow political spectrum; attacks on free speech; and more."
"Media Matters features host Bob McChesney in conversation with a variety of guests. Listeners may call with comments or questions.
Bob McChesney is a research professor in the Institute of Communications Research and the Graduate School of Information and Library Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
'The media are central to all our lives,'he says. 'Yet the media are the most frequently misunderstood parts of our lives. We want to help people understand the role of media in society.'"