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Notebook on Cities and Culture S1E18: Historic Détente with Andy Bowers

Colin Marshall sits down at NPR West in Culver City with Andy Bowers, Executive Producer of Slate‘s podcasts and fourth-generation Angeleno. They discuss his status as a “secret Angeleno”; what it takes to introduce microphones into entertaining conversations without things getting tiresome; the difference between podcasts as podcasts and podcasts as imitation radio; discovering the joy of biking in Los Angeles; the city’s troubled downtown bike lanes and what they emblematize about local civic projects; what problems arise when you try to get anything accomplished in a city with 88 distinct municipalities; Roger Rabbit, Chinatown, and the allure of mythical Los Angeles malice; whether or not you can really move into a Woody Allen movie; his youth in Los Angeles and his return which converted the city from an adolescent one into an adult one; the various placements and interpretations of Los Angeles’ great east-west divide; his time at National Public Radio bureaus in London and Moscow, and the accessibility of those cities’ cultural institutions; his time producing Day to Day, and the loss of public radio’s old eclecticism; podcasting as radio’s skunkworks, especially in this podcasting Mecca of southern California; podcast listeners connecting with hosts even more than with content; and why Stephen Metcalf stirs so many people up, anyway.

Download the interview from Notebook on Cities and Culture’s feed here or on iTunes here.

(Photo: Steve McFarland)

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