Welcome to the
“Pod & market” PodcasT
presented by Newark.fm
The “Pod & Market” podcast grew out of several conversations amongst Newarkers, lamenting the decline of traditional forms of media and journalism in Newark (like newspapers) and the lack of a central forum for discussion of issues facing the City of Newark. While not the first or only discussion podcast in Newark, the topics of the podcast can be as general as gentrification and as narrow as the construction of a single building. The only connection between episodes will be their connection to Newark.
So, what is the “Pod & Market” podcast? The podcast is meant to be a true discussion, a place where people who have a stake in the City of Newark can come and discuss what’s affecting the city; new developments occurring within it; and the history and culture of this little corner of the world. Guests will hash out points of conflict and disagreement. They will attempt to exorcize the old ghosts that haunt this place, confront its new demons, and celebrate the things that enrich the lives of the people who work, live, and play here. Issues will be fleshed out. That means not everyone on the pod will agree with what is said. We want disagreement. It’s through disagreement that we can suss out the truth and see all sides of an issue.
So, why the name? Broad and Market is a shibboleth. It’s something that makes a lot of sense to those in Newark but not much sense to those outside of it. Those three words mean a whole world to Newarkers beyond just that intersection. Broad and Market is the spiritual center of Newark, its solar plexus and its beating heart. There isn’t a person alive in this city who hasn’t visited the intersection at some point in their life. Just saying those words conjure up a specific image of controlled chaos, free expression, and metaphorical interchange. More important, that intersection lives and breathes the history of the city. Broad, which runs north to south and which you could technically ride all the way to Trenton, stands for the entire state of New Jersey, its history and its diversity. Market, which runs east to west, represents the old and the new world, new hopes and new beginnings. The podcast will be your aural Broad and Market.
So, why should I listen to the pod? Actually, there is no particular reason why you should listen to the pod. Instead, over the episodes, we hope to build some trust with our listeners. We hope the direction and discussion of this podcast will show you the earnestness we all bring to this mission and the seriousness to which bring the issues and the discussion.
We want participation from all types of Newarkers. If you have ideas for the pod or a future episode or would like to be a guest on one of the episodes, please contact us! We will always be looking new ideas.