Today we launch the Local Global Mashup Show—a launch made possible by our generous backers on Kickstarter.
Every week we’re going to be taking a hot button issue here in the U.S. (from gun control to bullying in schools to plastic bag pollution) and ask what people in other countries do to tackle the same problem. You’ll get both cautionary tales and best practice. Either way, they’re stories that illuminate our American experience in useful and sometimes surprising ways. And since it’s radio you’ll hear straight from the people at the heart of those stories—whether it’s a former deputy prime minister of Australia or a Swedish teenager who took her school to court over bullying charges. The show is hosted by our founder Maria Balinska who herself is a mashup of local and global. Maria isn’t afraid of opinions, although she does believe in the virtue of facts.
The key to the show’s success is its ability to relate to you and your life. We want your reactions to the stories and opinions you hear. We want to know what hot button American debates you want to get a global handle on. Send us your ideas and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. And keep an eye on our blog where we’ll be talking about stories coming up as well as the highs and lows of the production process.
A word about our business model. Quality audio journalism isn’t cheap, especially when some of that reporting is being done abroad. That’s why we’re going to be charging a subscription fee for the Local Global Mashup Show. It’s not a big sum and we always offer some stories free of charge, as well as a short preview of every show. We do believe, however, that it’s time to experiment with paid models to keep quality journalism alive and to make sure there are more than a handful of independent sources for news.
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to sign up to our Twitter feed — that’s where you’ll get our day-in, day-out curation of how the world’s media is covering the U.S. and Americans. Informative and eclectic, from policy to popular culture—it’s a news service you won’t want to miss.