A follow up on my NPR + Podcasts post, it seems that NPR is indeed investing in podcasting of its programs. They’ve launched a Podcast Directory, but it is interesting to note that they are not yet providing full-length programs:
This service is our first step in podcasting and we are experimenting with a number of program formats… Podcasting full-length programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered could be extremely expensive. Over the next several months, NPR and its public radio partners will be experimenting with a number of formats and offerings, and we invite your feedback.
And, a lot of the more worthwhile Public Radio content is actually produced at local stations, and syndicated nationally. For instance, WBUR in Boston produces excellent programming, such as On Point, Only a Game, and Here and Now. But, they haven’t yet joined the bandwagon, again because of cost:
Legally we are not allowed to make available for download via mp3 ANY broadcast which contains un-licensed copyrighted material (e.g. music heard throughout shows)… We are currently working on a podcast solution for all of our programming content. Please bear with us.
Still, it’s a step in the right direction, and interesting to note that we likely have Apple iTunes to thank for pushing podcasting into the mainstream.