The Sound of Exclusion
NPR and the Latinx Public
Chávez analyzes NPR as a historical product that has evolved alongside significant changes in technology, industry practice, and demography. In The Sound of Exclusion, Chávez asks these pressing questions: What kind of news organization was NPR intended to be? What has it become over time? In what ways is it evolving to meet the needs of a nation, in which U.S. Latinxs are becoming an increasingly larger portion of the American public that NPR serves? Informed by more than fifty in-depth interviews conducted with public radio practitioners from all aspects of the business, Chávez addresses how power is enacted in everyday broadcast practices. By interrogating industry practices, we might begin to reimagine NPR as a public good that serves the broad and diverse spectrum of the American public.
“This in-depth examination of National Public Radio as an institution, the programs it produces, and the people who bring them to us. [It] not only shows what is preventing Latinx people and stories being fully included in this forum but also points to the spaces of possibility for greater representation—within, outside, and on the edges of NPR.”—Emily West, author of Buy Now: How Amazon Branded Convenience and Normalized Monopoly