I like Ben's idea of American Studies podcasts to reach a wider public. The recent Atavist podcast, American Hippopotamus has some broadly American Studies themes in it (an early 20th century plan to raise hippos in the U.S. for meat) but ends up not really being about that. I can imagine some of the foodways and sound studies scholarship working as podcasts for listeners beyond other scholars.
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What I think we could really use is not so much podcasts for American Studies scholars, but ones that curate American Studies scholarship for the larger public. There are constant complaints about scholars not making their work more accessible, but this is a job that a podcast could do well. An admirable example of this kind of research intermediary is the BBC Radio 4 show that seeks out emerging social research: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qy05.
As John mentioned above, we're working on doing something that will be of use to students in the American Studies field, providing both some theoretical material and things like book reviews, survey of current projects by grad students, etc. I'm currently working on our inaugural episode, and we're hoping to get it up very soon. Our show was conceived as a way of essentially keeping grad students and interested parties up to date with what's happening in the field, and won't be as much of a "deep exploration" show as some others might be.
I'm host of a new podcast, Past Present, that offers a historical take on current issues in American politics and culture. Three historians tackle three topics each week, ranging from the presidential race to changes in urban demographics to the end of realty TV. It's available at pastpresentpodcast.com and iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/past-present/id1043954557
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Zeynep Tufekci's work on networked activism online might be useful here, as would Adi Kuntsman's on digital militarisms. Alice Marwick's writing might provide a good framework in terms of the language of social media. There's also a lot of useful pieces from the International Journal of Communication--here's one on Facebook mobilization in Gaza (http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/3581). IJOC also recently did a special section on selfies that might be a good entry point for first year students: http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/issue/view/11#more4.
These are good discussion starters, from Washington Post and The Atlantic respectively, on the topic of 'hashtag activism.'