LISTEN TO CONFERENCE AUDIO HERE ON SOUNDCLOUD A series of unprecedented freedoms – on demand software, discrete audiences, portable devices, cheap production costs, the bypassing of broadcast infrastructure and with it content restrictions – liberates the podcast from mass media's customary limitations, and podcasters are now making the most of their new territory. This conference ranges wide in its exploration of what amounts to a burgeoning new art form captivating listeners worldwide: the "impact bar" has never been higher in a culture brimming with content, but podcasters and producers have latched on to ancient verities of storytelling and the new mores of disclosure to win us over – to unplug the hyperconnected soul.
Friday, April 14:
5:00-7:00pm: Keynote Discussion
Chris Lydon & Dave Winer
Saturday, April 15
10:00-11:45: In Microphones Begin Responsibilities
Hillary Frank (The Longest Shortest Time), “Podcasts Can Change the World (At Least a Little)”
Devon Taylor (Millennial), “New Ears”
Rachel Zucker (Commonplace), “Less and Less and Less Alone”
1:30-3:15: Disrupting Story
Jeff Emtman (Here Be Monsters), “The Cult of the Story”
Bethany Jo Denton (Here Be Monsters), “A Case for the Minimalist Narrator”
Jonathan Hirsch (ARRVLS), “Storytelling vs Stenography: Truth and Narrative in the Age of Alternative Facts”
3:30-5:15: The Future of Listening
Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson (The Kitchen Sisters), “Get Close. Now Get Closer… Creating Audio Movies for the Mind"
Benjamen Walker (Theory of Everything), “Visions Come True”