Andrea Seabrook had a brilliant career at National Public Radio (NPR), and spent the last several years covering Congress in Washington, D.C. If you listen to NPR, you know her voice, and likely perked up when the anchors threw it over to her to give insight into the latest federal nonsense. Seabrook recently walked away from that rare thing, a stable job in public radio doing precisely what she loves, to start a podcast called DecodeDC hosted by the new Mule Radio Syndicate. She has three episodes of truthtelling in the can so far.
Seabrook says that NPR didn't force her to lie, but neither did it let her tell the unvarnished truth that everyone in D.C. politics knows, but nobody speaks. Now, unbound in her own podcast, she's burning my ears off explaining the stuff that has always bothered me without being able to put my finger on it. In episode 2, "Mind Control," for instance, she follows the entry of neuroscience into politics, and, along the way, details why Republicans universally describe those across the aisle as the "Democrat Party" instead of its proper name, the "Democratic Party."
Seabrook plans a season of 30 episodes, and is following the model earlier this year of Roman Mars with his 99% Invisible radio show and podcast, by raising the core money necessary to pay the bills and produce the show. The crowdfunding campaign has a couple of hours left, and she's hit her goal.
Glenn Fleishman, @glennf, is the editor and publisher of The Magazine, a fortnightly electronic periodical for curious people with a technical bent. Glenn hosts The New Disruptors, a podcast about connecting creators and makers to their audiences, and writes as “G.F.” at the Economist's Babbage blog. He is a regular panel member on the geeky media podcast The Incomparable. In October 2012, Glenn won Jeopardy! twice.