As we cover the world of enlightened podcasts, we inevitably uncover ones that become our personal favorites, and this was the case with Radio Open Source (iTunes Feed Web Site). Hosted by Christopher Lydon, the show had a great knack for making heady issues engaging and accessible to a wider audience, and that was mainly because the show took its lead from the Radio Open Source blog and its active online community. Rather uniquely, Lydon and his crew let the online community help produce the show, which meant letting the audience suggest topics and guests for future programs. It was a novel concept that yielded some very good results.
Anyway, as you can tell, we’re talking about things in the past tense, and that’s because the show announced last week that they’ve run out of funding and gone on a summer hiatus. They’re sorting things out and hoping to return this fall with new money and perhaps a new broadcasting/podcasting approach. We hope to see them back in action soon. In meantime, we’d encourage you look back through their media archive — iTunes Feed Web Site — to get a feel for what the fall may bring.