This Memorial Day, we remember our fallen soldiers. Many have died in combat, but increasingly, for off-duty members of the National Guard and Army Reserves, soldiers are dying by their own hands. Nationally, the number of those who’ve committed suicide has nearly doubled from 80 in 2009 to 145 last year.
“Before Francis Crick died, in 2004, he gave Eagleman some advice. “Look,” he said. “The dangerous man is the one who has only one idea, because then he’ll fight and die for it. The way real science goes is that you come up with lots of ideas, and most of them will be wrong.””—
“Everyone’s sex life is funny except your own. Every person’s is, and yours never is. The lengths people go to — and the extremes and the conditions and the mental exercises and guilt and shame and happiness that everybody goes through — and what they’ll do for sex is never-ending and mind-boggling and very interesting to me. And I don’t think a lot of times people choose any of it.”—John Waters on the essential absurdity of sex
“On airplanes, strangers confide in me the most deepest, darkest secrets. And I think they think I’ll understand. And I generally do understand. I’ve taught in prison; I’ve counseled people. … I’ve been arrested; I’ve been to the psychiatrist. So I think you have to participate in whatever business you’re trying to be involved in.”—John Waters, on secrets. [full Fresh Air interview here]
I enjoyed the interview last week with Trey Parker and Matt Stone on the subject of The Book of Mormon, but is there a reason that Bobby Lopez wasn't included? His contribution to the book, music, and lyrics is equal to theirs.
We asked for him and he wasn’t available at the time the interview took place. It wasn’t intentional — we were told sometimes the three of them interview together and sometimes not.
Question: On a scale of 1-10, how awesome is it working for a big NPR show? I’m imagining it’s a solid 10.
It’s about a 9…there are stressful days, but I’m grateful that I get to read and write a lot, and learn about a lot of different topics. There’s absolutely no breaks on a daily show though. When I worked on a weekly (Wait Wait) the pace was different.
Question: What is 1 thing you think NPR should do differently?
Standing desks would be nice. We’re trying to figure out a way to make our own at the moment.
Question: I am visiting Philly in June, can I hang out with you?
Um. Um. I’m either at work or trying to sleep around a schedule that currently involves every-third-night-residency-call-shifts-at-the-hospital. But…you should definitely eat a decent cheesesteak or pretzel during your time here. They’re very good.
I am a college student interested in going into radio someday, and I am planning on starting my own show at my university this fall. What books or resources would you recommend I check out to help get me started?
Transom.org has a lot of really good advice about equipment and doing interviews. There’s a whole bunch of great audio docs and stories at Third Coast and PRX.
I think the beauty of a college show is that you can experiment with a lot of different ideas and sounds and learn what works and doesn’t for you. You can check out oral histories or just listen to a lot of radio and figure out what you like and don’t like — and go from there.
“When I meet a dog, I hold my hand out. I don’t stick my fingers right out, just in case but I just make a loose fist and put my hand out to the dog. If it’s a small dog, I’ll squat down. And that dog will want to come and sniff my hand and lick it if necessary. That’s a greeting and I think if we don’t do that, I think it’s as upsetting to the dog as if we were talking to somebody that we never met before and covered our faces at that point in time, as if we were trying to disguise who we were.”—John Bradshaw, on how to greet a dog.
Well, I’m not planning on leaving any time soon…but I got into NPR through the Kroc Fellowship in 2006. That and/or interning at an NPR station are the best ways to get public radio gigs, I think. At least, that’s how most of my friends who are currently working got their jobs.
“His 23 goats reputedly bore the names of foreign dignitaries he despised, such as Madeleine Albright, the former U.S. secretary of state.”—One of the world’s most wanted war crimes suspects, Ratko Mladic, was apprehended early Thursday in Serbia after 16 years on the lam.
I’m Mel. I’m an associate producer here at Fresh Air in Philly. I’ve worked here for about 1.5 years and write everything on our website and produce/write stuff for the daily radio show….If you have any questions about guests, the show or public radio in general, ask away and I’ll try to answer. If you’d rather email, it’s mkramer AT whyy DOT org.
How to: protect the President, keep bees from stinging you, and pronounce the liquor “Cynar” (something we haven’t been doing correctly). And round 3 of our World’s Worst Liquor tournament pits Becherovka against Chartreuse.
“[My character] was a composite of three or four guys that I went to high school with. The thing about these types of guys, I was completely infatuated with them in the sense of how they go about living their life so seemingly carefree. And they’re so despicable yet people gravitate towards them. And women like them, yet they’re so demeaning towards women. And I find myself fascinated by them. There’s a weird quandary about this type of man. So I studied them in high school. So then when I played this guy … having observed these guys in high school, and wanting to be them in many ways, it was very easy to inhabit that role — and very therapeutic.”—Bradley Cooper, on his role in Wedding Crashers.