What if the biggest challenges we have facing American democracy are found in the ways we communicate with one another —that is, our media? KGNU Public Radio’s Maeve Conran and audio archivist and journalist David Barsamian give their take on the state of our various media, and what we can do about making it more about people and less about profit.
About Maeve Conran
Maeve is the News Director at KGNU, a community radio station in Boulder and Denver. Conran is originally from Ireland and her news stories have been broadcast on Radio France, RTE (Ireland’s national broadcaster) as well as NPR and many radio stations in the United States. Her work has been recognized regionally by the Colorado Broadcasters Association and nationally by the Public Radio News Directors Inc.
About David Barsmian
David was born in New York to refugees who had fled the Turkish genocide of Armenians. He grew up with a strong interest in international issues, which developed further during an extended period in India in the 1960s. In the mid-1980s, he founded Alternative Radio, an archive of lectures and speeches by radical thinkers throughout the world. He is particularly well known for his interview series with Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, and Tariq Ali, which have been collected into books.
This Is What Democracy Looks Like Speaker Series
Revealing how democracy rises and falls in our communities, this series aims to cut through the tumult and focus our attention on the fundamental questions of government for all.