The Media Narrative


The Media Narrative podcast features interviews with media makers and influencers who are leading the public conversation on a range of subjects. You'll learn about how these innovators accomplish their work and how they see the world.

updated: 1 year ago

podcast : 19 | Pre-Midterm Ramblings : November 4, 2018

The host goes solo for a ten-minute monologue on various pre-election topics touching on the ways media and politics are colliding with and influencing each other these days and provides a list of recent media works to read, watch, or listen to.

podcast : 18 | Gretchen Rubin : October 13, 2018

Gretchen Rubin's books, podcasts, online courses, and the rest of her work have built her reputation as an influential observer of human nature. In this interview, she talks about her ideas for living a happier life, her writing career, and her advice for consuming media.

podcast : 17 | Rick Berlin : September 29, 2018

Pianist and songwriter Rick Berlin's new memoir on Cutlass Press tells the story of a man whose near breakthrough to rock stardom led to him to Boston, where he has become not only one of the city's most enduring artists, but a huge connector and supporter of its people.

podcast : 16 | Mu-Chieh Yun and Iliana Panameño : September 14, 2018

Mu-Chieh Yun and Iliana Panameño founded We, Ceremony in 2015, a digital storytelling platform that celebrates and empowers other women of color. Since launching, We Ceremony has featured dozens of women through profiles and interviews, fostered a robust social media presence, published an ebook, and hosted a series of public forums.

podcast : 15 | Hal Brooks : August 31, 2018

Hal Brooks is a theater director with a passion for new plays. He's worked closely with a long list of acclaimed playwrights and actors, and believes strongly in the theater's role in shaping narrative and commentary around what's happening in contemporary society.

podcast : 14 | Nona Hendryx : August 17, 2018

The songwriter, performer, and multifaceted artist Nona Hendryx refers to herself as a "grazer." She says this because her wide-ranging interests in music taste and technology are also characteristic of her approach to art and life in general.

notes : Finding a Voice at Podcast Movement 2018 : August 3, 2018

Before the Podcast Movement 2018, friends, family, and other listeners had urged me to put more of myself into my podcast. Inspired by the Philadelphia conference, that's exactly what I did. Read my tale and the conference summary in this post.

podcast : 13 | Family Questions, Podcast Movement : July 30, 2018

A solo episode with highlights from the Podcast Movement conference, goals for podcasting, and a personal story that led directly to a career path of journalism, communications, and podcasting.

podcast : Carolyn Wilkins : July 13, 2018

When jazz pianist Carolyn Wilkins began researching her family history, she made a series of revelatory discoveries, including the reasons behind her grandfather's departure from a high-ranking government job and the story of an ancestor who was born a slave.

notes : Five Brain-Activating Podcasts : July 13, 2018

Few undergraduate students at Berklee College of Music, where I teach, say they listen to podcasts. I am surprised to relearn this every time I bring it up in the classroom, but I shouldn’t be; Edison’s 2017 podcast consumer study indicates that only 7% of all monthly listeners are 17 years old or younger.

notes : Be Brave and Voice Your Opinion : July 12, 2018

Think you go to a lot of concerts? You don’t. Steve Morse did. When Morse was senior pop critic for the Boston Globe beginning in the 1970s, he went to about 250 concerts per year for 30 years. As a journalist—and fan—Morse witnessed some of rock history’s most transcendent moments...

notes : Thriving in a Media Maelstrom : July 11, 2018

There's both truth and overstatement in Marshall McLuhan's famous "the medium is the message." Clearly, the medium influences the message; witness Twitter, particularly in the hands of our 45th president. But McLuhan's thesis has always troubled me.