Friday, July 03, 2020

After the Fact: Carla Hayden on America's Library; Infodemic

An interesting podcast series is the Pew Trust's After the fact. The latest episode (2 July) is The New American Library "Everybody knows what happened on the Fourth of July, but what about the First of July? That’s the anniversary of America’s first free library. Established in 1731 by Ben Franklin, it marked the democratization of information. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden—the first woman and African American in that role—talks about how libraries and librarians continue that mission to this day." Go to

The previous podcast was on The Infodemic "According to the World Health Organization, people are not only living through an epidemic but also an “infodemic”—a surge of information about COVID-19 that has made it hard for people to know which news and guidance about the virus is accurate. In a conversation with Alan Miller, founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project, we discuss how to sort fact from fiction today"

Ones before that included topics such as The Broadband Gap—Who's Not Online in America Today (picking up on Pew's research studies).
The homepage for the podcast is here and you can subscribe through Apple, Spotify etc.

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