With carriage on more than 224 stations, The Takeaway led the American conversation on foreign and domestic issues covering everything from the crisis in Crimea to the debate over whether corporations have the right to religious freedom. In November, The Takeaway commemorated the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death. John Hockenberry hosted the show live from the KERA studios in the days leading up to the anniversary and collaborated with the Dallas station on a series of segments looking at JFK’s life and legacy. Its coverage was recognized with a National Edward R. Murrow Award. Listen here.
Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen launched the third series of “American Icons” specials in Fiscal Year 2014. This series explored Richard Wright’s Native Son; Disneyland and Disney World; Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In Fiscal Year 2014, podcast subscribers to Studio 360 grew by 35%. Listen here.
The Brian Lehrer Show Calls Family Meetings
Never shying away from the tough questions and the big conversations, The Brian Lehrer Show hosted a variety of “Family Meetings” throughout the year. Devoting the entire two-hour show to the exploration of a single topic with different guests, lots of calls and various viewpoints, “Family Meetings” this year looked at navigating the city’s rental market; being a part of a mixed-race family; and the influence of sleep, noise, coaching and humor on our lives. Listen here.
The Leonard Lopate Show Takes on Poverty
According to UNICEF in 2012, Romania has the highest rate of child poverty among developed countries. The U.S. is second. Why is that? Ask Leonard. In March, The Leonard Lopate Show launched an extended series, “Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America,” beginning with an analysis of “what poverty means and how it’s changed since the War on Poverty launched 50 years ago.” Listen here.
Soundcheck, Spinning On Air & New Sounds: All You Need Is Music
Soundcheck, Spinning On Air and New Sounds explored music in new and unique ways. In May, Soundcheck produced a lively, funny and sold-out Beatles vs. Stones Smackdown at the New York Public Library featuring comedian Mike Meyers and his rock-critic brother, Paul. Featured musical guests this fiscal year included Weird Al Yankovic, Boy George, Joan Jett, Moby and Tori Amos. Listen here.