Journalism History
Episode 54: The Most Trusted Man in America

Episode 54: The Most Trusted Man in America

July 19, 2020

The Journalism History podcast marks the anniversary of the death of legendary CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite with interviews with television historian Mike Conway and Amanda Morrow, curator of the Walter Cronkite Memorial in Missouri. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

Episode 53: The Problems with Polls

Episode 53: The Problems with Polls

July 6, 2020

American University associate professor Wendy Melillo explains how political polls have been used—and misused—and the election prediction mishaps in American journalism history that followed. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

Episode 52: Court Held at Midnight

Episode 52: Court Held at Midnight

June 22, 2020

Researcher Claire Rounkles discusses newspaper complicity in the 1894 lynching of Roscoe Parker in Ohio. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

Episode 51: The Father of Public Relations

Episode 51: The Father of Public Relations

June 8, 2020

Shelley Spector of the Museum of Public Relations describes interviewing opinion-making pioneer Edward Bernays about his landmark campaigns to sell bacon as a breakfast food and cigarettes as “torches of freedom” for women. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

Episode 50.5: Why Does Journalism History Matter?

Episode 50.5: Why Does Journalism History Matter?

June 1, 2020

To celebrate our first 50 episodes, we reflect with prior guests on the central mission of our show: Why does journalism history matter?

Episode 50: A Pioneer in AIDS Coverage

Episode 50: A Pioneer in AIDS Coverage

May 25, 2020

Author Andrew Stoner discusses his new book about the complex life of Randy Shilts, a journalist who dedicated much of his career to providing coverage of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

BONUS: The History of American Epidemics

BONUS: The History of American Epidemics

May 18, 2020

Author Katie Foss discusses her upcoming book, Constructing the Outbreak, which analyzes seven epidemics spanning more than 200 years. She covers how shifts in journalism and medicine influenced the coverage, preservation, and fictionalization of different disease outbreaks. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

Episode 49: The Made-for-Television Tunnel Escape

Episode 49: The Made-for-Television Tunnel Escape

May 11, 2020

Historian Mike Conway describes the controversial production of a 1962 NBC documentary that captured the digging of a tunnel beneath the Berlin Wall to sneak East Germans to the West. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

Episode 48: The Wonderful Wizard of Community Radio

Episode 48: The Wonderful Wizard of Community Radio

April 27, 2020

Scholar Vanessa Murphree reviews the rocky and trailblazing history of one of the first community radio stations to offer online streaming, WWOZ 90.7 FM in New Orleans. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/

Episode 47: The ‘Silent Partner’ of the Country Press

Episode 47: The ‘Silent Partner’ of the Country Press

April 13, 2020

Professor Beth Garfrerick discusses the partnership between community weekly newspapers and national newspaper syndication services in the first half of the 20th century and the resulting influence on thousands of rural newspaper readers. Show transcripts are available at https://journalism-history.org/podcast/