The Power Division simply began its personal podcast

The Energy Department just started its own podcast

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You usually do not consider authorities businesses embracing podcasts — even when tight budgets aren’t an issue, creativity is not often their prime precedence. The US Division of Power needs to buck that development, although. It simply began up a podcast, Direct Present, that delves into power know-how, authorities initiatives and power historical past. The primary episode touches on the issues surrounding the “smooth prices” of solar energy, photo voltaic know-how’s milestones and the historical past of the Power Division itself.

The podcast flatters the Division and its objectives, in fact, however there is a good shock: you may truly take pleasure in it. It is slickly produced (there’s even an NPR spoof), touts succesful hosts and strikes a cautious stability between info and telling an accessible, partaking story. This can be a actual, concerted effort to create one thing entertaining, not only a dry try and show that the federal government is related within the Serial period. Whether or not or not you prefer it, the podcast means that officers can do extra to unfold their messages than ship out the occasional press launch or social replace.