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About

Middle Ground will be a one hour weekly podcast and radio program focusing on all the life and vitality and stories in what we call "fly over America". The program will be hosted by Celeste Headlee, former co-host of The Takeaway.

“We’re going to be covering all of the states east of California and west of the Eastern Seaboard,” Headlee said. “I think there is a real hunger for shows focusing on Middle America. After years of hearing about every new martini bar in New York, there are people who want to hear stories about the rest of the country. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for at least a decade. I think a lot of people out there feel the same way I do. Every time I bring the idea up, people say they can’t believe no one has done it yet.”

Middle Ground debuts at the end of September, tying in with a Kickstarter campaign soliciting funds for the first six months of operating costs. 

The end product will be a weekly podcast plus weekly carriage on public radio stations. Each program will feature interviews from Middle Americans covering politics, culture, arts, news and daily life. NPR's former Political Junkie Ken Rudin will join the program every other week for the kind of entertaining and spirited coverage of Middle American politics  that only Rudin can do.  Headlee says " We hope to get pitches and contributions from listeners and reporters all over Middle America.  There are great stories out there and great reporters that haven't been heard on national broadcasts before."

Included in the launch staff are  veteran editor Jacob Conrad, who worked with her onDay to Day, and Sue Goodwin, former executive producer of NPR’sTalk of the Nation, which went off the air in June.  Collectively, the members of the team have more than half a century of experience in public broadcasting at a national network. 

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Risks and challenges

Producing a weekly radio program or podcast is like riding a galloping horse. There's no time to get off. Every week there are ideas to evaluate, interviews to set up, scripts to write, sound to edit and finishing touches that make the final product something our listeners "have to hear." We are ready for this challenge with a team of people who and have spent decades producing daily programs and , if need be, can pull together a great hour in less than a day ... even when it means no sleep.

In addition, all though out our production process we will be building "a shelf." We will produce every week more material we need to fill one hour so we always have great content ready to go when we need it.

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    A thank you/shout out on our FB page + exclusive podcast download.

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    A thank you/shout out on our FB page + "Heartland" temporary tattoo + thank you postcard with the MiddleGround logo and a guide on "how to speak Middle American, signed by Celeste.

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    Above plus + "No Coast" magnet + Celeste and MiddleGround show will follow you on Twitter for a year

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    Above plus CDs of the pilots with extended interviews with Wayne Coyne, Dan Moldea and others special edition poster of the Middle Ground show logo signed by Celeste and Rick Robinson, who designed the graphic.

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    $125 -- Above + Celeste will record the outgoing voice mail greeting on your mobile phone. (limit 40)

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    $250 -- Above + An hour-long webinar session with a nationally known investigative reporter on investigative reporting. + signed copy of "The Midwest: God's Gift to Planet Earth", written by Mike Draper, who is featured on the pilot.

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    Above + hour-long webinar sessions on how to conduct an interview and host radio with Celeste + signed copy of " Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country".. by Jeanne Marie Laskas, who is featured in the pilot

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    Producer credits on show website, a personal thank you from Celeste via phone call or in person, and a signed copy of "Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer: Adventures in the Jungles of Crime, Politics, and Journalism" by Dan E. Moldea, who is featured in the pilot

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    Above, plus an on-air thank you

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    Above plus Executive producer credit on show website or on-air mention of your business, etc. and a 60-minute webinar on how to sound edit with Jacob Conrad or how to produce radio with Sue Goodwin.

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    $3500 - Above plus a basket of foods from the middle of America - Faygo from Detroit, TexMex spices from Austin, pralines from New Orleans, corn boil from Iowa, etc.

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    $5000 - Above, plus dinner with Celeste and Ken Rudin in DC (travel expenses not covered by Middle Ground)

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