Hacking Explained: Jack Rice and Dan Patterson on Progressive AM 950

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Jack and Dan discuss a brief history of hacking, explain how the NSA captured personal user data from major internet providers, and provide a few essential security tips for the web and mobile on Minnesota’s progressive talk station, AM 950.

Learn more about about the NSA from expert James Bamford, and security from host Steve Gibson.

Thanks for listening to Jack and Dan.

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The Gabfest: An Interview with Slate’s Podcast Chief Andy Bowers

In which Andy Bowers reveals the history of Slate podcasting, how he grew a content empire, and the true origin of Slate’s anti-Panda agenda.

The New Oxford American Dictionary deemed ‘podcast’ the word of the year in 2005. During the early, hyped days of podcasting and ‘web 2.0’, tech companies raised money at crazy valuations, and were poised to break semi-famous hosts in to the mainstream, finally replacing a generation of cheeseball radio DJ’s.

And then nothing happened. A medium ahead of it’s time, early podcasting fizzled as quickly as it popped. Consumers were uninspired and confused, and traditional news organizations couldn’t successfully shoehorn old advertising models on to niche and deeply-vertical content. Podcasting was largely abandoned by many of it’s early evangelists and common wisdom stated that video and YouTube had won.

After a career covering politics for NPR, Andy Bowers moved to public radio’s cultural cousin Slate in 2003, and began work podcasting in 2005. Instead of getting lost in the hype, Bowers focused on creating shows that simply reflected Slate’s sparky editorial vibe.

An opinion-driven news magazine, Slate’s contributors follow the same ethical standards of traditional news organizations, but are also encouraged to form and fight for opinions. The initial impetus behind Slate podcasts was to capture this opinion-creation process on tape, and record this behind-the-scenes editorial chatter in a live discussion environment.

The format is simple: commentators from cultural verticals – Sports, Culture, and Politics – gather weekly in a round-table environment to discuss topical news. Slate hosts know the audience well, and programs often emphasize nuanced discussion over shocking clickbait. Success is derived from a balance of consistency, integrated live-read advertising, and informed banter.

Tight focus on smart conversation has helped Slate hosts develop intimate relationships with large audiences. During a recent live episode of the Political Gabfest in New York City  fan and subscriber Stephen Colbert remarked on the personal bond between listeners and content, stating, “I’m so excited to be the fourth person at this little table.”

Andy Bowers’ strategy has worked. Slate programs grew slowly and consistently during podcasting’s post-hype years. Over the past decade, podcasting has matured organically. Like Slate, personalities like Marc Maron, Jesse Thorn, Kevin Smith, and Leo Laporte all leverage the the medium’s inherent intimacy to talk with large audiences. And Slate  has become a cultural proving ground for ambitious personalities, professional athletes, politicos, and fellow podcasters.

In conversation, Andy is as cool and consistent as his content strategy. He’s somehow managed to grow an innovative product by avoiding the hype  and hyperbole of technology. Listen, as we discuss his formula for success.

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Podcast: The Murdoc Jones Show

The Murdoc Jones Show

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Host: Murdoc Jones

About the Show: Murdoc Jones used to be somebody: a morning drive DJ on the biggest rocknroll radio station in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota! Now, he hosts a podcast. 

The Murdoc Jones Show, EP 2 – Why is Travis Tritt Such an Asshole?

The Murdoc Jones Show, EP 2 – Why is Travis Tritt Such an Asshole?

Murdoc Jones used to be somebody: a morning drive DJ on the biggest rocknroll radio station in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota! Now, he hosts a podcast.

This week, Murdoc is joined by radio cohort and X-Rock morning drive co-host Kevin Morgan. The two discuss what it’s like to oil up with rocknroll bands at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and explain exactly why Murdoc hates Travis Tritt.


Notes from MurdocJones.com:

Kevin and Murdoc swap concert industry stories from meeting artists, and record a post Mayan Apocalypse show. Help us figure out why Travis Tritt is the biggest asshole. Ever. And does Sully from Godsmack steal your energy when you’re in the room with him? Wicca or not – follow @murdocj

Thanks for listening.

Editorial Note: This episode – and the entirety of The Murdoc Jones Show – defines NSFW. Everything in this episode is, clearly, satire. Needless to say, however, the views and opinions expressed in this episode – especially those of Kevin (seriously, dude) – are not those of KoPoint, INC. or any of our associates. This program was recorded in South Dakota. Please forgive the accent and ignore the buffalo.

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The Campaign

This Friday I depart to cover the Republican and Democratic political conventions. On Monday from Tampa, Florida KoPoint will launch our first vertical site, American Conversation.

American Conversation is a political blog and podcast co-hosted by myself, Charles Hope, and Marc Lizoain. We’ll use this site to post news, podcasts, photos, and video live from the Republican and Democratic political conventions. We hope to provide a semi-real-time flow of news updates, as well as a behind-the-scenes take on what political conventions are really like. Our reporting is in conjunction with the Talk Radio News Service, a wire service for news radio stations across the country. We’re also inviting listeners to join the campaign conversation by answering quick Urtak questions, and by sharing SoundCloud audio stories.

American Conversation is also the launch program for KoPoint, Season II. In addition to our political reporting, through the fall KoPoint will release programs from new media thought leaders, live coverage from NYC Comic Con, and media from our trip to Southern Sudan.

This is my second general election. I covered the 2008 campaign as a broadcast radio reporter for the Talk Radio News Service. Social media tools like Twitter and Facebook were still niche and I spent a lot of time evangelizing the utility of “Twittering your Flickr.” Today the social web is robust and mature. While our team will work closely with the news and talk radio community, our reporting on American Conversation will be entirely web and social. Today we’ll still use Twitter, but our efforts will be augmented by Iffft and Instagram and Google+. Once again we’re using WordPress, but today the content scales and is hosted in the cloud.

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Most importantly,consumers have matured along with the web. I’m fortunate and excited to create content and carry a dialogue alongside a great team and great audience.

Ping me if you have any questions, and feel free to join in.