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Download the inaugural IRE Radio Podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of the IRE Radio Podcast. On these regular audio features you'll find a brief recap of IRE news and upcoming events, interviews with journalists and IRE staff, and audio tips from the best in the biz. We'll try to keep each episode around 15 minutes.

For now the podcast is hosted on our Soundcloud page and, unlike our IRE Radio clips, it's available for download.

Here's what we have in this week's episode:

  • Get caught up on IRE news, including information on the upcoming conference in San Francisco.
  • Database Library Director Liz Lucas talks about her job and explains how NICAR can help journalists.
  • Listen to three reporters discuss how they dealt with difficult data. We've got Will Evans (Center for Investigative Reporting), Ryan McNeill (Reuters) and Fredreka Schouten (USA TODAY).

Give it a listen and let us know what you think. We'd love to hear from you. 

– Sarah Hutchins, IRE web editor,

– George Varney, IRE web student,



Looking for links to the stories, resources and events we discussed on this week's podcast? We've collected them for you.

  • Everything you need to know about the upcoming IRE Conference is available here.
  • To learn about the IRE Board of Directors and upcoming election, click here.
  • Listen to Oklahoman reporter Paul Monies and CBS News Southern Bureau Chief Scott Keenan talked about their experiences covering the Moore, Okla. tornado. You can access the audio playlist on IRE Radio here.
  • Browse the NICAR Database Library.
  • Read "Poisoned Places" on The Center for Public Integrity's website.
  • Learn how to investigate subsidized tutoring with CIR's Will Evans. We have several audio clips here.
  • USA TODAY's Fredreka Schouten offers tips for investigating money in politics on foot and online. Listen here.
  • Learn how the IRE Award-winning Reuters story "The Child Exchange" came together. Click here to listen.
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