Apr 29 • 16M

Theory of Change #069: Elisa Shearer on why people listen to podcasts

Pew Research Center researcher breaks down new study on how podcasts fit into the personal and political landscapes


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Matthew Sheffield
Lots of people want to change the world. But how does change happen? History is filled with stories of people and institutions that spent big and devoted many resources to effect change but have little to show for it. By contrast, many societal developments have happened without forethought from anyone. And of course, change can be negative as well as positive. In each episode of this weekly program, Theory of Change host Matthew Sheffield delves deep with guests to discuss larger trends in politics, religion, media, and technology.
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Everyone seems to have a podcast nowadays, actors, athletes, comedians, and even politicians. You clearly like them since you’re here right now, and thank you for that. But what do other people think about podcasts? Well, the Pew Research Center just came out with new report about podcasts and how people are listening and watching them.

So joining us to talk about that today is Elisa Shearer. She is a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center, and she’s worked there for eight years and she’s the lead author of this new study that they’ve come out with.

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