It’s been raining all weekend, which means spring is almost here and also baseball.
The Yankees have a female radio announcer, Suzyn Waldman. She’s sort of like your Jewish friend’s mother who happens to know a lot about baseball.
A story on NPR about research into motivating teachers got my attention. Researchers experimented with offering Chicago-area teachers different types of bonuses to see how they affected student performance (as measured by test scores).
NPR aired a story today about the Kenyan government promoting circumcision as a way to reduce the transmission of HIV. The story claims that Studies have shown that circumcision can reduce the risk of a man’s contracting the virus by as much as 60 percent. The AIDS epidemic in Africa is apparently nothing a little unnecessary […]
A radio commentator thought that jurors connected with Penn State University might not convict Jerry Sandusky.
I was thinking that I’d like to hear Mike Daisy review local Chinese restaurants.
Mitt Romney speaks to factory workers who make guardrails for public highways, and tells them he will scale back government and create jobs.
I never understood why Garrison Keillor sings the Powder Milk Biscuits song during every single episode of Prairie Home Companion.
So there’s a big kerfuffle here in Iowa about an article in The Atlantic.
Is that Bob Uecker announcing the play by play? Indeed it is.
NPR had a funny piece on the alternating baldness and hairiness of Russia’s leaders, with an accompanying song.
So I haven’t seen an actual playoff game yet, mostly because I don’t have cable. But Friday night we were driving up to McGregor. From a previous trip, I knew we could get a Cleveland station on AM radio, so I tuned in and listened through the static to the eleven-inning heart breaker at the […]
Turns out I’m a musical caveman. I got my previous car, the Ubiquitous Red Plymouth, from my grandfather after he died about 10 years ago. Aside from being red, it was no-frills and didn’t have a tape deck. I don’t have a Walkman or a Discman or an I-Pod or any such thing. I just […]
I wrote this letter about a radio segment I endured every morning in Mississippi. The Mississippi Public Broadcasting official who wrote back actually thought I wanted them to program a segment on aquariums.
I heard a story on NPR about call for a “Code of Conduct” for the World Wide Web. The idea has been floated and debated by some influential tech bloggers. Proponents claim it would restore civility, accountability, and the confidence of bloggers who get heaped with offensive and threatening messages. Critics call it censorship. I […]
Well, Augusto Pinochet is finally dead. Good riddance, but I’m sorry he managed to evade all accountability for his actions. He won the race to brutalize Chile’s citizens before the communists got to brutalize them. But at least he freed up Chile’s market economy so they could export cyanide-laced grapes (in 1989) to the U.S. […]
Well, I’ll be honest. I’m thrilled to death with the election results. I really wanted to stick it to the Republicans, but I thought it would be a very long time before they lost control of Congress. Though George Allen intends to wrap Virginia up in recounts and court battles for the next two months. […]
There’s a Canadian talk show in the evenings on one of the public radio stations. I have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about.
NPR has been running a story about torture and the debate over torture. I can’t believe there is even a debate about torture in this country. The thing that depresses me most is that five years ago, I could look a foreigner in the eye and say that while this country has done some bad […]
The way French Louisianans cook. The way French Louisianans dress.