But Headlee still wants to get Middle Ground off the ground without the backing of a larger radio station. “Our whole mission is, I think, best served by an independent production,” she said. “We’re trying to be an alternative rather than part of the same.” If the Kickstarter project does succeed, Headlee points out that it would be “the first national show that was launched through crowdfunding.” That kind of endorsement from the public would be an apt beginning to a public radio program.


Naomi Sharp is a CJR intern