KPR2 Spotlight: On the Media
What is our connection to the internet in regards to consuming information about current events? Does the first amendment protect even those who use it as a platform for hate speech? What exactly is fake news and who gets to decide what is and isn’t real? These are just a few of the questions examined by On the Media, a WYNC show now available on KPR’s news and talk station, KPR2.
When the show was recommended to me, I wasn’t quite sure what to think of it. A news show about how the news is received? It all seemed a bit Meta to me, and, wonderfully, it is. One of the first episodes I listened to was challenging. It dealt with the question of whether or not free speech should extend to people who will use it as a platform to further a racially-charged agenda that could qualify as hate speech. Should we allow people to express such views on the news and at our universities?
My first response was absolutely not. But as the show went on, I started to question my own assumptions. The hosts and guests presented a variety of ideas on the first amendment, which extends to all people, but also took a look at the rights of protesters and universities. On the Media did what it does best by presenting all angles of a story and then stepping away from the matter. Such is also the case in their episodes on ethical journalism, libel, and media leaks. Like any great radio show, On the Media makes you think, but ultimately leaves it up to you. With thoughtful subject matter presented by intelligent people, On the Media takes a 360 degree look at “anything that reaches a large audience, either electronically or otherwise…” Tune into On the Media on Mondays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays at 10 a.m. on KPR2.
KPR2 is Kansas Public Radio's all news-talk station. Listen to KPR2 in Lawrence at 96.1 FM and in Manhattan at 97.9 FM. It may be accessed using an HD radio via towers in Lawrence (91.5 HD2), Emporia (89.7 HD2) and Junction City (91.3 HD2). KPR2 is also available online.
Kalie McAlexander is a University of Kansas film student and public radio fan. She's been interning at KPR since the tail end of the fall 2017 semester, helping out with fund drives, the odd film project and the KPR e-newsletter. Kalie is graduating this spring, and we wish her the best of luck!