Podcasts To Ponder: Principles From ‘On The Media’

By Richie Hobin
The Daily Call (4/29/15)

This week’s podcast spotlight focuses on the radio/podcast show called On The Media — http://www.onthemedia.org/

Other than a few comedy shows on cable, like the Daily Show or Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO, not many shows do a real journalistic job of looking into or criticizing media. It is fun to watch the afore mentioned comedy shows because they point out the obvious contradictions and hypocrisy of our public figures, inept cable news networks, their anchors, their viewers and the craziness of what is measured as news these days in America. Not many shows go deep and surround a particular media issue with the gumshoe stick-to-it-ive-ness of a “real” news story. Luckily for the discernable listener, National Public Radio has a great show called “On The Media” which frames each of its excellent weekly programs with old time values of journalism.

Those of us older than forty can remember before PR-driven infotainment the values of journalism and, although I enjoy the Daily Show and those like it, I also like listening to news stories that actually have principles other than to get a laugh. Truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability are things media stories use to hold dear. On The Media sticks to these journalistic principles in their programs and refreshing isn’t the proper word for it. It’s more like much needed oxygen in the current media realm that finds itself drowning in distortion and brazen manipulation of facts and context.

Hosts Bob Garfield and managing editor Brooke Gladstone and their top shelf staff bring you complete stories of the media issues that other news programs won’t touch. OMT (On The Media) turns the mainstream noise down and presents the listener with stories that would make Edward R. Murrow happy for their facts, frankness, and fairness to the issues they are investigating.

Re-launched in 2001, OTM has been one of NPR’s fastest growing programs, heard on more than 300 public radio stations. It has won Edward R. Murrow Awards for feature reporting and investigative reporting, the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism and a Peabody Award for its body of work. With over 14 years of weekly podcasts to choose from, there is tons of content here and it’s all free. Hard to beat this price for great journalism these days when most of us still pay a monthly cable or satellite bill and the cable networks keep letting us down for their stipend. When you need an injection of truth in media and stories you can bring home to your mother of integrity explore On The Media, your brain and values will be glad you did.

This week’s podcast episode spotlight is from London Real entitled Peter Joseph - The Zeitgeist Movement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-bdr68jHe8

The Zeitgeist is the intellectual fashion or dominant school of thought that typifies and influences the culture of a particular period in time. A man made a spoken piece movie in 2007 that sparked a global revolution. The movie’s title was “Zeitgeist: The Movie” and the creator of the movie was a part time day trader and classically trained musician Peter Joseph. Mr. Joseph has created two other follow up documentary movies called “Zeitgeist: Addendum” and “Zeitgeist: Moving Forward”. The first of these movies has been viewed conservatively over 40 million times. It is one of the most watched internet movies in the world. In this interview, Brian Rose goes into the why Peter made the first Zeitgeist movie, how this global movement started and what will happen in the future.

Peter Joseph breaks down all the problems with global market capitalism, intertwined global corporate power, and the ineptitude of governments to cope with the major issues confronting the human race and our planet. This isn’t just a “complaint” interview. Peter Joseph offers the issues as well as possible solutions for the problems that face us now. I recommend watching the Zeitgeist movies which can be viewed on Youtube.com and also watching his funny series called “Culture In Decline” which can also be seen on Youtube.com.

Although most mainstream information including Wikipedia have panned his movies as “pseudo” and “conspiracy” stuff, everything in these movies are fact-based and has truth framing the problem. And the problem for Peter Joseph is the destructive force called “Capitalism” fueled by fractional banking establishment. Give this podcast a listen and try to remember that the Zeitgeist Movements is now a global phenomenon involving millions of people around the world in countries everywhere that want to change the current system and it is nice to hear and chew on solutions instead of focusing just on the problems.

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