Live at On Being on Loring Park: Bill Siemering on Where Ideas Come From
Today, a public radio icon (dare I say legend), Bill Siemering, joins us on Loring Park. At 5:30pm tonight, the MacArthur genius fellow will talk about the role of ideas in public radio and how it can better serve underrepresented groups and build a better democracy.
Part of our aspiration is to convene important and necessary conversations in our local community. As a founding member of National Public Radio, Bill wrote its mission statement in 1970, and his document defines the core values of public radio to this day. He developed All Things Considered and later helped build Fresh Air with Terry Gross from a local to a national broadcast.
Bill carries on this work with Developing Radio Partners (DRP), a social profit organization committed to “bringing the core values of community radio to enrich the programming and expand the journalistic capabilities of local radio stations primarily in Africa.” Through DRP, he enriches the the discussion about the international development — population, climate change, health and governance — to those most in need and in the remotest of reach. And, he extends this reach through using some of the most accessible media of the day: local community radio and text messaging.
Bill will illustrate a few examples of effective community radio stations overseas and bring back some lessons for us as well.
We’ll be taking your questions in the reflections section below and on Twitter (#onbeing).