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In the studio. Photo by Eric Pearse Chávez

In the studio. Photo by Eric Pearse Chávez

:: Diaz-Cortes, on transforming public media:

"Projects like Sonic Trace have been done everywhere—in the U.S., in Mexico, in films, in small-time media. Where they haven't been done is in public radio. And that's where the transformation really has to happen—on broadcast.

"Sonic Trace sets us up in the minefield of problems with public media. This kind of content isn't covered across the board. We really feel like we're shaking things up. The more we start to get these voices out there, public radio really becomes very public. Localore’s only for a year. What can we do in that amount of time? We can plant a really solid seed for the future."