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Progressive Talk Show Host To Speak At Alternative Media Conference

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The digital age continues to transform the media landscape. 

This weekend, Goddard College surveys this brave new world with an Alternative Media Conference

The weekend will include TED-style talks, panels and live discussions..

One of the keynote speakers will be progressive commentator  Thom Hartmann, who hosts a top-rated syndicated radio program, as well as a syndicated television program, The Big Picture.

Hartmann has adapted to the digital landscape by offering live streaming, podcasts, smartphone apps and an interactive website. 

Hartmann says he'd like to see a return to the days when Broadcast News was presented as a public service, and not as for-profit entertainment.

He also maintains that having an informed electorate and a vibrant press is vital to maintaining a functioning democratic society. 

VPR's Neal Charnoff speaks with Hartmann about what role Alternative Media can play.