Tuesday February 21, 2017

How podcasting became the medium for the people

Christopher Lydon and Dave Winer tell explain how podcasts started in the latest q origin story.

Christopher Lydon and Dave Winer tell explain how podcasts started in the latest q origin story. (Getty Images)

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Postcasts are everywhere nowadays, and everyone from celebrities to your best friend probably has one. But where did podcasts get their start?

In a nutshell, they were the product of a chance meeting in Boston between a software developer and a longtime NPR Radio host. Those two people, Christopher Lydon and Dave Winer, respectively, break down the origins of podcasting for us today. 

Tracing it all the way back to 2003, Winer remembers trying to "find new forms of human expression using technology," which led him to approaching Lydon to collaborate on an "MP3 audio file that can be syndicated." 

The results, as Winer explains, is a "medium that's for the people." 

— Produced by Beza Seife