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Public radio tells listeners it depends on them, not corporate advertising.  Now Ira Glass, of This America Life, says "public radio is ready for capitalism." Newspapers are running ads that look just like their stories. In the age of podcasting and native advertising, important lines are beginning to blur.

Also, Ireland makes history with the first gay marriage referendum. On today's Talking Point, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is about to be tried for espionage in Iran -- although no evidence has been revealed, and the proceedings may be secret. We talk with his very worried brother.

Photo: Ira Glass, seen here hosting the 2014 Peabody Awards, has stirred  up a proverbial hornet’s nest with his comments about public radio and capitalism. (Peabody Awards)

Producers:
Christine Detz
Jenny Hamel
Evan George

Ireland Makes History with First Gay Marriage Referendum 5 MIN, 59 SEC

In Ireland, how influential is the Roman Catholic Church? In the 1980's, voters soundly rejected both divorce and abortion. But today's referendum on legalizing same-sex marriage may tell a different story, as we hear from Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent for the Guardian and the Observer.

Guests:
Henry McDonald, Guardian and Observer (@henry_mcdonald)

'Native Advertising' and Audience Trust 32 MIN, 34 SEC

Newspapers, magazines and websites are making big money from advertisements that look just like their news stories. NPR, which has always relied on underwriters as well as listener support,  is supposedly an alternative to commercial broadcasting, but Ira Glass of This American Life says, "Public radio is ready for capitalism."  Critics say the "wall between church and state" that separates news from the business of news is disappearing.  Maybe it's out of date.  But, how long can sources of information be trusted if their credibility is up for sale?

Guests:
Conor Gillies, Radio Open Source (@radioopensource)
Ann Friedman, 'Call Your Girlfriend' podcast (@annfriedman)
Jim Naureckas, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (@JNaureckas)
Michael Sebastian, Advertising Age (@msebastian)

More:
Glass clarifying his "capitalism" remark
Gilles on podcasting and the selling of public radio
Friedman on the economics of the podcast boom

Detained American Journalist on Trial in Iran 10 MIN, 44 SEC

Iran is about to put an American reporter on trial for espionage — without telling him what the evidence is. There’s real concern that the proceedings may be held in secret. Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been in prison for ten months and is scheduled to go on trial next week in Tehran. The Washington Post has been very supportive of him. Jason Rezaian was born in the United States and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His brother is Ali Rezaian.

Guests:
Ali Rezaian, brother of Jason Rezaian
Douglas Jehl, Washington Post (@jehld)

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