The Media Narrative

28 EpisodesProduced by Rob Hochschild

Listen to The Media Narrative to hear from a range of media makers—authors, journalists, producers, artists, and others. They'll talk about their ideas and stories, how they work, and their approaches to making and consuming media.

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Growing Up on Radio | 28

February 11th, 2019

Your host, having just launched a music show on Boston's WUMB-FM, reflects back on a career of stumbles and steps on the way to finding a voice, literal and metaphorical, while working on the broadcast airwaves. It's a …

Duke Levine: Guitar Master | 27

January 25th, 2019

It takes a very specific skill package to be an accomplished sideman, with musicianship and congeniality at the top of the list. Duke Levine brings those qualities in spades, but his versatility, humility, and …

New Orleans Travel Tips | 26

January 18th, 2019

Podcasts providing travel advice can be a great help to first-time travelers. On a trip last week to New Orleans, I relied heavily on an episode of …

José Massó: Latin Music Radio Legend | 25

January 11th, 2019

José Massó is host of the longest-running music show in Boston's radio market, on WBUR. As host of Con Salsa, Massó not only brings a range of Latin music and interviews to listeners all around the world, he works …

New Year, New Plan | 24

January 4th, 2019

Everyone scoffs at New Year's Resolutions these days, but who doesn't think about the year ahead in early January? Your host reflects as such on this …

2018 Year-End Solo Wrap-Up | 23

December 31st, 2018

In this quick end-of-the-year solo show, your host runs down the year and expresses gratitude. You'll also hear some news about the podcast, some …

Chris Faraone: Alternative Press Champion | 22

December 21st, 2018

Journalist Chris Faraone began his career covering the hip-hop scene for local and national publications. By the time he joined the Boston Phoenix in …

Matt Jenson: Roots, Reggae, and Activism | 21

December 8th, 2018

Keyboardist, composer, vocalist, and educator Matt Jenson creates music intended to inform and inspire as much as it entertains. Embedded in …

Hillary Wright: Healthy Eating and Attitudes | 20

November 21st, 2018

Hillary Wright’s skills as a nutrition expert go far beyond understanding the science of healthy diet and exercise. She also writes and communicates about complex ideas in easy-to-understand ways. Her two books provide …

Pre-Midterm Ramblings | 19

November 4th, 2018

Your host goes solo in an episode recorded about two days before the Midterms. It's a quick one, mostly to share several great stories, columns, and …

Gretchen Rubin: Habits and Happiness | 18

October 13th, 2018

Gretchen Rubin is a one-woman media empire. She has published several books, many of which have been New York Times bestsellers. Her award-winning podcast has been downloaded more than 40 million times. She’s also …

Rick Berlin: Music, Memoir, and Building Community | 17

September 29th, 2018

Boston-based pianist and songwriter Rick Berlin recently published The Paragraphs, a revealing and funny memoir of a life's journey that included dropping acid at Yale in the 1960s and encounters with the likes of Meat …

Mu-Chieh Yun and Iliana Panameño: Elevating Women of Color | 16

September 14th, 2018

Mu-Chieh Yun and Iliana Panameño founded We, Ceremony in 2015, years after they met in Boston as elementary school students. As women of color who …

Hal Brooks: Guiding New Plays | 15

August 31st, 2018

Brooklyn-based theater director Hal Brooks has long had a focus on stewarding new plays. In this episode, Brooks talks about working with playwrights …

Nona Hendryx: Music and the Modern Pencil | 14

August 17th, 2018

The songwriter, performer, and multifaceted artist Nona Hendryx refers to herself as a "grazer." She says this because her wide-ranging interests in …

Family Questions, Podcast Movement | 13

July 30th, 2018

In this solo podcast episode, your host, Rob Hochschild, talks about the Podcast Movement conference, his goals for podcasting, and a personal story …

Carolyn Wilkins: Telling an African American Family’s Hidden Story | 12

July 13th, 2018

Musician Carolyn Wilkins has had an impressive career as a jazz pianist and bandleader, but she was compelled to apply her creative talents in a …

Ryan Walsh: Van Morrison and Boston in 1968 | 11

June 29th, 2018

When historians talk about the importance of 1968 in U.S. history, Boston isn't necessarily the first city that they discuss. But thanks to a new book by Ryan H. Walsh, readers have a chance to learn about some of the …

Julio Ricardo Varela | Part 2: Puerto Rico Death Count

June 15th, 2018

In the second part of a conversation with journalist/editor/podcaster Julio Ricardo Varela, he talks about covering the controversy around estimates …

Julio Ricardo Varela: News and Politics from the Latino Perspective

June 8th, 2018

Julio Ricardo Varela began his journalism career working alongside sportswriters like Bob Ryan, Leigh Montville, and Bud Collins but returned to the …

Adam and Arlie Hochschild: Empathy in Nonfiction

June 1st, 2018

After meeting in 1960, Arlie and Adam Hochschild bonded around common ideals and activism, beginning a partnership that led to marriage, family, and, so far, a combined total of nearly 20 books. Their most recent—

Steve Morse: Writing about Rock

May 18th, 2018

Steve Morse has interviewed and written about some of the biggest names in music, including Bob Marley, Bono, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen. In this episode, the Boston Globe rock critic talks about the highlights of …

Beth Schwartzapfel: Covering Criminal Justice

May 11th, 2018

Journalist Beth Schwartzapfel has been covering the criminal justice system for more than a decade, with an emphasis on telling the human stories of prisoners that are often overlooked. She is an award-winning reporter …

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich: The Fact of a Body

May 4th, 2018

In a conversation about her book, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich discusses how writing about the case of a convicted pedophile and murderer compelled her to reexamine her …

Billy Bragg on Skiffle and Music as Resistance

April 27th, 2018

Influenced as much by punk as folk music, England’s great singer/songwriter Billy Bragg has always placed politics and social activism at the center …

Doug Glanville: Sports and Society

April 27th, 2018

Having studied engineering at an Ivy League school before becoming a major league baseball outfielder, Doug Glanville sometimes thought about angles, …

Julie Shapiro: Radiotopia, Podcasting, and the Art of Creative Audio

April 27th, 2018

When Radiotopia executive producer Julie Shapiro talks about podcasting, you leave with the impression that we should all look at listening as a …

A New Podcast: The Media Narrative

April 25th, 2018

In this short introductory episode, you'll learn about the mission of The Media Narrative, a new interview podcast focusing on authors, artists, journalists and others who are shaping the public conversation. You'll …

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