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Podcasting refreshes the parts that radio cannot reach – but for how much longer? | John Naughton

Fifteen years after its invention, the medium with ‘higher cognitive bandwidth’ is falling prey to corporate interests
David Runciman, Cambridge academic and host of the Talking Politics podcast. Photograph: Antonio Olmos/The Observer

I’ve just been listening to what I think of as the first real podcast. The speaker is Dave Winer, the software genius whom I wrote about in October. He pioneered blogging and played a key role in the evolution of the RSS site-syndication technology that enabled users and applications to access updates to websites in a standardised, computer-readable format.

And the date of this podcast? 11 June, 2004 – 15 years ago; which rather puts into context the contemporary excitement about this supposedly new medium that is now – if you believe the hype – taking

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