Storyline and the multicultural middlebrow: Reading women's culture on national public radio
Journal or Book Title
Critical Studies in Mass Communication
This essay considers how cultural material is connected to political and cultural dialogue in public. It is based on a field study of the making of Storyline, a call‐in radio program for readers of women's literature jointly launched by WHYY‐FM (Philadelphia's NPR affiliate) and state humanities agencies in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. The essay is particularly interested in articulating the multicultural middlebrow as a structure of feeling and in tracking the development of progressive politics in so institutionally bound a project. In the encounter between the genteel tradition of radio book talk, the humanities academy, the depoliticized discourse of media professionalism, and the explicitly multicultural sensibility to which Storyline's developers and producers appealed, how are feminist politics and progressive discourses of socio‐cultural difference articulated?
Henderson, Lisa, "Storyline and the multicultural middlebrow: Reading women's culture on national public radio" (1999). Critical Studies in Mass Communication. 28.