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Blog Site to Launch National Radio Conversation

This from Minnesota Public Radio about the audio weblog The Blogging of the President: 2004:

“The Blogging of the President: 2004,” is a live, two-hour national special hosted by Christopher Lydon. It will be carried by public radio stations on Sunday, January 25th from 9-11pm eastern time, two days before the New Hampshire Primary.

The program will open a national conversation on the Internet transformation of politics and the new rules of “the making of the president.” It’s about bloggers: the influential new class of chatterers and their bottom-up democracy – new voices building new communities on the web.

The rise of Howard Dean, on blog energy and blog fundraising, is the tip of the Internet iceberg, moving like a high-speed glacier across American politics and culture. Mixing live calls, guest interviews, and produced pieces, listeners will hear and interact with the people that are taking the “mass” out of media and putting in individual citizens.

“The Blogging of the President: 2004″ is a program for anybody interested in a rebuilding democracy of American voices — in a conversation that is free, democratic and instantly global. The world of blogging is bigger and broader than the rise of Howard Dean. There are hundreds, thousands, millions of free voices talking about politics, as well as food, technology, popular culture, science, relationships — all the points of the conversational compass.

Is blogging an essential part of our political and cultural future, or just a new talking point for activists and pundits?

“The Blogging of the President: 2004″ is produced by Minnesota Public Radio with Host Christopher Lydon and Producer Mary McGrath, the team that inaugurated “The Connection” on public radio in 1994. Chris and Mary returned to public radio last year with “The Whole Wide World, a dynamic series of specials for PRI. Bill Buzenberg of Minnesota Public Radio serves as Executive Producer of the program.

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