Category: Listen Now

mediageek 1 October 2009: Environmental Encroachment

Environmental Encroachment is a Chicago-based marching band that bills itself as a magic circus band. The unit is a group of free-thinking musicians who are out there not just talking about reclaiming the streets for art and culture, but doing it. EE is on its way to a gathering of like-minded bands in Somerville, MA called Honk! Fest which starts the band’s East Coast tour. In a change of pace for mediageek we’ll listen to a dozen members of the band play live in the studio, in addition to talking with them about the origins of the band and why they do what they do.

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mediageek 1 October 2009 broadcast quality mp3 (in stereo this week for better music fidelity)

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[mp3]http://www.mediageek.net/sound/2009/mg20091001.mp3[/mp3]

mediageek 24 September 2009: FCC Chair Introduces New Net Neutrality Principles

My pal John Anderson of DIYmedia.net joins this week to talk over FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announcing two new network neutrality principles and the whole Commission endorsing low-power FM.

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mediageek 24 September 2009 broadcast quality mp3

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[mp3]http://www.mediageek.net/sound/2009/mg20090924.mp3[/mp3]

mediageek 18 September 2009: Encore of Jerry Del Colliano

My June 18 interview with radio industry veteran and the man behind InsideMusicMedia.com, Jerry Del Colliano, seems to be a favorite. This is no doubt due to Jerry’s unflinching observations on how the nation’s largest radio groups missed the boat on the internet generation while they were busy playing Monopoly with radio stations. So this week we revisit this interview.

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mediageek 18 September 2009 broadcast quality mp3

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[mp3]http://www.mediageek.net/sound/2009/mg20090918.mp3[/mp3]

mediageek 10 September 2009: Douglas Rushkoff on everyday action and bottom-up media.

This week we listen to part two of my interview with Douglas Rushkoff, author of the new book Life Inc., How the World Became a Corporation and How We Can Take It Back. We discuss the importance and vitality of everyday independent and collective action, and the joy of grassroots, bottom up media.

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mediageek 10 September 2009 broadcast quality mp3

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[mp3]http://www.mediageek.net/sound/2009/mg20090910.mp3[/mp3]

mediageek 3 September 2009: Douglas Rushkoff on Life, Inc

Douglas Rushkoff is an author and grassroots media maker who recently published the new book Life, Inc. In the book Rushkoff explores how our corporate-dominated life came to be, looking to the corporation’s origins in the Renaissance and its path to modern hegemony. All the while Rushkoff contends that this path wasn’t inevitable, but is the result of specific events over time. In this interview Rushkoff discusses this history and how modern corporatism alienates us from our communities and each other.

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mediageek 3 September 2009 broadcast quality mp3

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[mp3]http://www.mediageek.net/sound/2009/mg20090903.mp3[/mp3]

mediageek 27 August 2009: Speed Matters When It Comes to Broadband

Communication Workers of America release a study on broadband speed state-by-state, and CWA vice-president Annie Hill tells us the scores and what they mean. Also, the FCC announces a wide-ranging inquiry into wireless communications technology innovation and competition.

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mediageek 27 August 2009 broadcast quality mp3

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[mp3]http://www.mediageek.net/sound/2009/mg20090827.mp3[/mp3]

mediageek 20 August 2009: Uncertain Futures and the New FCC

Tim Hwang is a researcher with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and he recently co-authored a short research report examining the new FCC commissioners for the Pelican Group. In the report, titled “Uncertain Futures,” Hwang and co-author Erikk Hokenson look focus particularly on the two new commissioners, Republican Meredith Atwell Baker and Democrat Mingon Clyburn, primarily because they were relatively unknown prior to their nominations to the FCC. Tim is our guest on this edition of mediageek to discuss his findings.

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mediageek 20 August 2009 broadcast quality mp3

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[mp3]http://www.mediageek.net/sound/2009/mg20090820.mp3[/mp3]

mediageek 13 August 2009: Citizens Utility Board Protects Consumers’ Rights

The Illinois Citizens Utility Board looks out for consumers’ rights when dealing with utility companies, including both telephone and cell phone companies. CUB’s communications director, Jim Chilsen, joins to explain more about how everyone can save money on land-line and cell phone bills by looking out for unnecessary charges and services.

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mediageek 13 August 2009 broadcast quality mp3

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[mp3]http://www.mediageek.net/sound/2009/mg20090813.mp3[/mp3]

mediageek 6 August 2009: FCC Makes Inquiry into iPhone App Store

Recently Apple’s iPhone app store came under scrutiny again when news surfaced that the new Google Voice application had been blocked. Though no reason has been specified by Apple, there are strong suspicions that the company is attempting to prevent competition from AT&T’s voice service and other businesses that Google Voice might pose a challenge to. Now the FCC has stepped in with letters of inquiry to Apple, AT&T and Google. Free Press’ Tim Karr has been covering the issue of mobile device freedom and fills us in on the details and implications of this situation.

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mediageek 6 August 2009 broadcast quality mp3

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[mp3]http://www.mediageek.net/sound/2009/mg2090806.mp3[/mp3]

mediageek 30 July 2009: Finally a Full FCC, Performance Rights Act & more

This week it’s a big news update as we cover the Senate confirmation of the last two new FCC commissioners, the progress of the Performance Rights Act in the Senate and take a look at NPR’s new website which looks like a bid to become a new web news portal.

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mediageek 30 July 2009 broadcast quality mp3

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[mp3]http://www.mediageek.net/sound/2009/mg20090730.mp3[/mp3]

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