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The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at the Harvard Law School is a research program founded in 1997 to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. The Berkman Center serves as the focal point for an international network of teaching and research faculty, students, cyberlaw practitioners, entrepreneurs and technologists engaged in innovative research projects designed to push the boundaries of current thought on law, policy and the Internet. As part of this active research mission, we develop, use, and freely share open software tools for educational use. In addition, we sponsor events--ranging from brown bag lunches to webcast radio programs--that bring together a diverse network of participants for substantive debate.

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Public Radio International (PRI), an independent, not-for-profit corporation, is the nation’s leading developer and supplier of non-commercial audio content. PRI’s programs are broadcast and streamed online by its 717 affiliate stations throughout the U.S. and Guam, are available internationally through World Radio Network and nationwide via Sirius Satellite Radio.
PRI was founded in 1983 to develop distinctive radio programs and to diversify the public radio offerings available to American listeners. Originally known as American Public Radio, the network changed its name to Public Radio International in 1994 after adopting a mission that emphasizes programming with a global perspective, and to mark its growing involvement in international audio publishing. In 1996 PRI launched The World, public radio’s first global news program, and Classical 24, a 24-hour classical music service.

The mission of Public Radio International is to engage listeners with distinctive radio programs that provide information, insights, and cultural experiences essential to understanding a diverse, interdependent world. (Source: PRI Fact Sheet, Winter 2003). For more information visit: is an experiment (conducted by producers, writers and journalists who have an inordinate fondness for public radio) in channeling new work and voices to public radio through the Internet, for discussing that work, and encouraging more. It is designed as a performance space, an open editorial session, an audition stage, a library and a hangout. It aims to create a worthy Internet site and make public radio better by offering to audiences “things that are less heard, different angles, new voices, new ways of telling, and any other good pieces that haven't found another way onto public radio.”

The idea for came from journalist and devoted public radio listener, Bill McKibben, arising from his wish to hear more interesting and diverse stories on the air. Bill's idea was championed by Jay Allison, Executive Director of Atlantic Public Media (APM), who liked it for the way it brings together the worlds of public radio and online community. APM, which administers, is a non-profit organization based in Woods Hole, Massachusetts that has as its mission "to serve public broadcasting through training and mentorship, and through support for creative and experimental approaches to program production and distribution.”

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WGBH Radio Boston engages listeners worldwide through a rich array of regional, national, and international audio services, including such programs as The World, Sound & Spirit with Ellen Kushner, New Year’s Day from Vienna, and Art of the States, which exports American contemporary music to listeners around the globe. WGBH Radio provides a variety of feature-length stories to some of public radio’s most prominent programs through the WGBH Culture Desk and the WGBH Health Desk. An active participant in New England’s vibrant arts community, WGBH Radio brings many of Boston’s world-class musical performances to national audiences through collaborations with National Public Radio and Public Radio International. Regionally, WGBH Radio offers three listener-supported audio services, WGBH 89.7, WCAI 90.1, and WNAN 91.1, serving southern New England and Cape Cod and the Islands, which can be heard online anywhere in the world at



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