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Michigan Radio political cartoonist talks past, present and future of medium

Jul 15, 2016

At one time there were plenty of political cartoonists. Just about every newspaper had one, but with the decline of the newspaper industry, it seems the cartoonist was one of the first positions to get the ax when times got hard. In the heyday of newspapers, cartoonists would use their art to get to the heart of a political or social issue in a frame or two. Some would say a frame or two told more than a lengthy op-ed. Now, cartooning has largely been chased from the newspaper to the internet and is more rare. 

But not on Michigan Radio.

John Auchter recently started delivering political and social commentary in cartoon form on the Michigan Radio website. As far as we know, Auchter is the only political cartoonist working for a radio station in the state of Michigan. You can find his work every Friday

Listen to the full interview above to hear about how Auchter came to join Michigan Radio, his personal style, how he got started and the state of political cartooning. 

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John Auchter is a political cartoonist who's currently drawing for Michigan Radio. Auchter's Art is posted Fridays on michiganradio.org.