#ICYMI: This Week’s Public Media Highlights

By Lauren |


Diane Rehm. Image: National Public Media

Public media prides itself on providing a public service through high quality programming. Whether you are listening to an interview with your favorite comedian, learning about the latest health news or the history of our past presidents, public media has a little of something for everyone. Below are some great things that happened in public media last week, just in case you missed it (#ICYMI):

  •  Check out Ask Me Another’s host Ophira Eisenberg funny interview with comedian Gilbert Gottfried about his career.
  •  NPR staffers are being recognized for their contributions to the media landscape! Congratulations to NPR’s reporter Neda Ulaby and international correspondent Ari Shapiro for being named in the top 50 most influential LGBT in the media!  We’re also excited for NPR blogger Gene Demby being named to The Root Top 100!
  •  The public radio hostess with the mostess Diane Rehm celebrated two major milestones last week. She celebrated a birthday and the 35th anniversary of her radio show, The Diane Rehm Show,broadcast at WAMU in Washington, D.C. Diane started her public radio career as a volunteer producer at WAMU. She was hired as an assistant producer and later became the host and producer of two health-oriented programs. In 1979, she began hosting WAMU’s local morning talk show, Kaleidoscope, which was renamed The Diane Rehm Show in 1984. The rest is history.
  • Did you miss Ken Burns’  latest documentary, ‘The Roosevelts,’ last week? Don’t worry! You can stream it online.
  •  Finally, we’ll be sad to see Bill Moyers leave public television. This will be the fourth time Bill has retired from PBS. His official retirement is set for January 2015. He will be missed.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg! There is always so much happening in public media, so be sure to stay tuned in. What was your favorite program or happening on your local public media station this week? Let us know in the comments below!