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We are a collective of amazing storytelling radio shows. Let's remake public radio together.
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Stretch goal #4- New blood

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We’re so excited to add Criminal, The Heart, The Allusionist (Helen Zaltzman's new show), and now Mortified (!) to the collective. For Radiotopia - and all of radio - to be the best it can be, we need to find even more people who are not currently on our radar. 

So we have a big idea. At $600,000, Radiotopia will create a pilot development fund to find new, talented producers and hosts. We will specifically seek out new voices to pilot programs that tackle subjects not well covered in traditional public media. 

Quality will always be our first criteria. I believe diversity of people and perspectives is the key component to quality that’s too often neglected in media. 

We are interested in producers who pilot their own program, as well as contribute stories to existing Radiotopia shows. 

Bringing in new voices and broadening the audience are critical steps in remaking public radio. Our collective of shows is already proving that incredible talent exists in unexpected places, and that we have a knack for finding it. 

If you believe in this mission, kick in another buck or two, or just spread the word. With our backers now over 18,000 strong, we can hit this goal in no time.

Thanks!

roman

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    1. Dominick Brady on November 12, 2014

      $600,000 soon come.

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      iain m on November 12, 2014

      Yay! So happy for you guys!

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      Susan lewis on November 12, 2014

      I have the kickstart app on my iPhone

      I do not see where I can contribute money?

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      Vadim Ogievetsky on November 12, 2014

      Congrats on the 20k!!

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      Tarek on November 11, 2014

      Absolutely over the moon to see you guys achieve the 20,000 backers goal. I love the Radiotopia podcasts and tell everyone I know about them. Thank you for making me excited to listen and learn about the world around me.

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      Diego Mejia on November 11, 2014

      Congratulations! I would love to hear a podcast about mindfulness, positivity, happiness, gratitude, and all the things that scientists tell us can really improve our lives.

    7. Richard Farr on November 11, 2014

      Count me in: it's well-deserved. You had me at '99% Invisible', and I'm looking forward to trying some of the new shows. As I write this there are 19,366 backers... and rising. Excellent.

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      Robert Curry on November 10, 2014

      These shows have given me so much sanity in my new post-grad world. I'm so happy to give back to them.

    9. Eliot Landrum on November 10, 2014

      Cool idea! If I may be so bold is to recommend a subject area that I think public radio is pretty poor in.... The stories behind technology. There's so many rich stories and interesting modern things going on and public radio barely even mentions any of it. There's a lot of great podcasts out there by tech guys, but they are chat podcasts without good storytelling (and a lot without good editing). People like Dan Benjamin at 5by5 network are doing a great job at producing high quality discussion podcasts with people who are involved in the tech entrepreneural world, but that's not the same as storytelling that y'all do so well.

    10. Aaron Straus on November 9, 2014

      WOOOOOOOOOOOO i mean. Nice show good sire i will be happy to help fund your good and creative work. Pushes glasses up on nose and swigs brandy. MUSTACHE

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      Terry rolon on November 9, 2014

      Vocabulary word: Jinx.
      Well known karmic phenomenon: If you say it and it's bad it happens, if it's good it doesn't.
      Not sure how "Break a leg fits." Must be a New York thing.

    12. Marijn van der Waa on November 9, 2014

      My goodness. You are actually going to reach 20.000. I almost feel giddy with excitement. And I'm the one who is *giving* you money. I can only imagine what it's like to be at the receiving end :-)

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      phph on November 9, 2014

      Oh no! This is awful! There are seven shows on Radiotopia already, they will increase their output, three new shows will be added, and another one … and now you are suggesting to add even more!?

      When, my friend, am I supposed to listen to all this radio goodness? I will have to change jobs for a longer commute.

      ---8<---

      Thank you for your unspeakably great work, Radiotopia! It’s nice to be part of something BIG like this. You’ll make 20,000 backers, I’m sure!

    14. Ken Gagne
      Superbacker
      on November 9, 2014

      You're going to hit 20,000 backers! Wow! ^_^