All signs point to the fact that next week will be an important one for public radio. NPR is holding a meeting as a culmination of its "New Realities" process of talking about podcasting, the public radio system and the future. Mark Fuerst and the IMA are talking about it. Robert Preston gives a preview:
The great choice before the group is can they commit to working together as a system. I am confident that they can.
The stakes are high. For many who will attend, the issue is much more than the survival and health of public radio but the survival of the last large media space in America that can be trusted. Some see the stakes as higher yet. They see the opportunity that public radio can expand its role from trusted news source to a space where the citizens of the nation can come together safely and solve the pressing problems that confront their communities.