Season 1


Cohosted by

Joan Donovan & Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

Control Shift is  a podcast with a purpose

We equip listeners with the knowledge and know how to bring about social and cultural change.


The first season of Control Shift is called “The Future of Journalism is Unwritten,” with a wink and a nod to DIY culture of punks, who never waited for permission to get things done. Given that participatory media is on the rise and anyone with a smart phone has the capacity to broadcast high definition audio and video, everyone is a “journal-ish” now. 

So what does that mean for the practice and sustainability of journalism as a democratic institution?  The future of journalism requires new infrastructures for the production and consumption of real TALK (Timely Accurate Local Knowledge). This season focuses on four futures for journalism: unionization of news organizations,  nonprofit news, indie media, the democratization of journalistic practices.


Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of California Los Angeles. He has published in academic journals ranging from Public Affairs Quarterly, One Earth, Philosophical Papers, and the American Philosophical Association newsletter Philosophy and the Black Experience.

Táíwò’s theoretical work draws liberally from the Black radical tradition, anti-colonial thought, German transcendental philosophy, contemporary philosophy of language, contemporary social science, and histories of activism and activist thinkers.

His public philosophy, including articles exploring intersections of climate justice and colonialism, has been featured in The New Yorker, The Nation, Boston Review, Dissent, The Appeal, Slate, Al Jazeera, The New Republic, Aeon, and Foreign Policy.

He is the author of Elite Capture and Reconsidering Reparations.

Joan Donovan is an assistant professor of journalism and emerging media studies at Boston University. Dr. Donovan's research analyzes internet and technology studies, online extremism, media manipulation, and disinformation campaigns. She is the coauthor of Meme Wars: The Untold Story of the Online Battles Upending Democracy in America with Emily Dreyfuss and Brian Friedberg