How public media changed society’s narratives

This episode of From The Archives to the Air features an interview with Josh Shepperd, the author of Shadow of the New Deal: The Victory of Public Broadcasting.

The book traces the emergence of public broadcasting in the United States: from its humble origins at small, underfunded university radio stations, to the establishment of National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System. It’s a story of innovation and perseverance against great obstacles.

Dr. Shepperd is also the Director of the Radio Preservation Task Force, created by the Library of Congress in 2014. The RPTF preserves radio history by identifying and collecting endangered radio and sound archives.

Josh Shepperd, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Media Studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder.


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    How public media changed society’s narratives John Kelin

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This episode of From The Archive to the Air was produced by John Kelin and Alexis Kenyon, and presented by Benita Lee. Interview with Josh Shepperd recorded July 27, 2023. Additional audio from KGNU Archives.


Utah Phillips audio excerpted from an appearance at KGNU on Oct. 23, 1992. “Sitting By the Old Corral,” from El Capitan, Philo Records Inc., 1975.

“My Colorado Home,” performed by the Flying W Wranglers, recorded live at the Colorado Cowboy Poets Gathering at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Arvada CO, in January 1990. Produced by the KGNU Cowboy Poetry Committee.

Circus by Portron Portron Lopez is licensed under an attribution-noncommercial-share-alike license.

Cantina Rag by Jackson F. Smith is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) 3.0 International License.


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