The Culture and Design of Podcasts: Episode of “Where We Live” on WNPR in Conecticut

Radio has a very long and storied history, and is influenced by — some might say ruled by — some long-held, traditional practices.

First, there’s a clock. You do things at a certain time, to a certain length, because things have to happen according to a schedule so that people know when to listen.

But that means a certain kind of rigidity, along with a need to adhere to some basic broadcast principles, like: You probably want to appeal to a large cross-section of people who might listen, instead of closely targeting just those who might be interested. And, of course, you have to adhere to those silly FCC rules that George Carlin outlined 40 years ago. You know, the words you can’t say.

Well, podcasters blow all of that up. They make what kind of sound like radio shows, but are meant specifically to be downloaded and listened to when you want, as much as you want.

This hour, the podcast revolution. We talk with some podcast hosts and producers about the people, places, and things that have inspired them to get involved in the podcasting world.