Monday, May 21, 2012

Maxine and the Radio

Hello. Because you are a friend I've just not met yet, I'm writing this so that we might be a little closer. In this email I will:

1. Tell you a little about what work's been like for me lately.
2. Choose and present to you some rad radio. I love NPR. I am a walking pledge drive. I am not paid by National Public Radio. They don't know who I am. So great is my love for it, though, that I'm sending the love along to all y'all. In some ways the segments I mention below are like the beginners version of radio-- Radiolab and TAL are classic NPR staples--but in other ways I feel that they represent the absolute finest in radio listening pleasure.
3. Say a couple things that need to be said.

Ready? Ronward!

1. A day of work
I just got home a little while ago. A lot of my work consists of getting on the phone and talk to people. Sometimes, on these calls, I get pissed off and the forked vein in my forehead bulges (I know this because yesterday I was on a Skype conference call, and the vein popped out when I was trying to make a point that seemed really important at the time. I should probably get my blood pressure checked.) The window in my office looks right onto a lawn; a small woods starts at the edge of it, and beyond, there's a river. Every so often, when I'm sitting at my desk, two or three deer leap out of the foliage and nibble at leaves. I take pictures of them with my camera phone. Generally, the pictures do not turn out.

2. This is NPR
Listen to THIS WHOLE SHOW: Radiolab, Season 6, Episode 2 'After Life'
Be obsessive about THESE 14 SECONDS: Radiolab's original open, particularly the part where the lady says "and this is NPR".
Experience the WEIGHT-LIFTING SNOWMAN: "We did it!", This American Life, Episode 323, Act 2, 'Super Duper'
Regularly make yourself an actual good American by listening to THIS SHOW ALL THE TIME: American Roots

3. The truth of the matter is:
Compassion and forgiveness are the most important things.
The Hunger Games trilogy had engrossing, even great stories... but they were not actually that good as books.

Listen for the win,


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