Studies in Public Choice

The History and Politics of Public Radio

A Comprehensive Analysis of Taxpayer-Financed US Broadcasting

Authors: Bennett, James T.

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  • Presents an informative, highly readable, and even entertaining history of educational and public radio in the US
  • Examines current and often contentious debates about the mission and performance of National Public Radio
  • Discusses the fundamental question of whether the federal government should subsidize media outlets
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This book presents an absorbing study of how educational radio, which originated to broadcast weather forecasts to farmers, has become what the Pew Center calls the most trusted source of news for American liberals and a regular in the rogue's gallery of election-year conservative targets.The Nielsen Company reported in late 2019 that 272 million Americans listen to "traditional radio" each week, a number exceeding those who watch television, use a smartphone, or access the Internet. Yet almost from the start, radio has also been flayed as a noise box of inanity, a transmitter of low-brow entertainment, an instrument of cultural degradation promoting vapid popular music, and a medium whose ultimate purpose is to convince listeners to purchase the goods and services incessantly hawked by the advertisers who underwrite the programs and allegedly dictate content. At the same time, an alternative conception of radio existed as a vehicle for education and for cultural and intellectual (and even political) enlightenment. Most proponents of this perspective disdained advertising revenue and sought subsidies from foundations, wealthy patrons, or varying levels of government.The long, winding road of educational radio led eventually to the creation of National Public Radio (NPR), a fixture on the left of the dial that can be seen as either the consummation or corruption of the educational radio movement. Prized by many liberals, especially affluent whites, and disparaged by many conservatives, NPR has become a potent symbol of the political polarization and cultural chasm that now characterizes the American conversation.

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James T. Bennett holds the William P. Snavely Professorship in Political Economy and Public Policy at George Mason University (USA) and is a prolific author in the fields of public policy and public choice. In addition to numerous articles in academic journals, he has authored more than two dozen books on various topics.

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The History and Politics of Public Radio
Book Subtitle
A Comprehensive Analysis of Taxpayer-Financed US Broadcasting
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Public Choice
Series Volume
41
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-80019-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-80019-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-80018-5
Series ISSN
0924-4700
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 133
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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