Kara McGuirk-Allison: A Not-So-Hidden Brain

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Kara McGuirk-Allison: A Not-So-Hidden Brain

September 15, 2020

Kara McGuirk-Allison: A Not-So-Hidden Brain

Today on the show, what happens when a legacy, award-winning NPR radio producer/young adult cancer survivor is interviewed by a gracefully aging, semi-legacy, non-award-winning, non-NPR producer/young adult cancer survivor? Does a media event horizon manifest in the clouds along with the token interdimensional SKY BEAM from comic book movies? Kara McGuirk-Allison is an award-winning public radio and podcast producer with 25 years of experience in storytelling, production, and journalism. Among a ton of other insanely incredible things she’s done in her career to date, she produced and launched the critically acclaimed show Hidden Brain for NPR. Listen in as we swap war stories and compare notes about the nostalgic virtues of audio, how the golden age of fireside chats now resides on-demand in our pockets. We also opine on how, while there are currently WAY TOO MANY PODCASTS for anyone comfort that are potentially diluting the medium, the concepts of “niche media” and “appointment listening” (as she puts it) are redefining where consumers seek personalized verbal conversation. Also, a dip into the waters of “survivor guilt, being your own advocate (if, when, and where that is possible) AND a dire message to the public —ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT PODCAST FIRES.

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