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The Broadcast Clock

There’s a term that epitomizes what we radio producers aspire to create: the “driveway moment.” It’s when a story is so good that you literally can’t get out of your car. Inside of a driveway moment, time becomes elastic--you could be staring straight at a clock for the entire duration of the story, but for that length of time, the clock has no power over you. But ironically, inside the machinery of public radio--the industry that creates driveway moments--the clock rules all. Reporter/producer Julia Barton explores the design of the broadcast clock, the pie diagram that determines what you listen to when.

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