Much of the summer we’ve been digging into the current situation with patents — and proposed changes to make it worse for trolls and more fair to real innovators.

But the news organization that did the best job at translating this wonky topic into something a general audience could understand — and be outraged by — was NPR’s “This American Life.”

“When Patents Attack!” parts one and two are some of the best reporting on this topic, so if you haven’t listened, go download it now. Indeed, the reporters Laura Sydell and Alex Blumberg, were some of the first to get Valley insiders and victims to go on the record to talk about the problem. As we’ve detailed, that’s no mean feat. Typically those who speak become the trolls’ next victim.

Paul reported on the challenges of building a for-profit media company focused on investigative reporting yesterday. NPR’s stellar reporting on this topic is a reminder of why some non-profits show all is not going the way of slideshows and kitten videos.

As we put this special report on patents together, I caught up with Sydell over Skype to talk about her at times eerie reporting of the story, what she really thinks of Nathan Myhrvold, and whether the proposed changes go far enough.

Enjoy!

[Feature image via Cardozo.edu]