A part time position for an individual with three or more years of digital editing, interview logging, and other radio production experience to join the staff of the very popular, Philadelphia-based Fresh Air. Strong research and writing skills are necessary, as well as an awareness of a wide-range of issues, including arts, popular culture and literature. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, the ability to write broadcast and edit broadcast copy and the ability to concentrate and perform digital editing functions for extended periods of time are all necessary skills/requirements to succeed in this position. Interested individuals should include two relevant writing samples with their resume and cover letter. 7/25/11
“A grilled cheese sandwich. It’s been that way my whole life. It’s a grilled cheese sandwich with some great sharp cheese and it’s on a whole wheat loaf of bread … and I always serve it with pickled vegetables. I love my grilled cheese sandwich and I probably eat it with a glass of wine.”—Alice Waters’ favorite comfort food: grilled cheese.
“There are times where a team or a player on a particular opponent breaks the baseball code. Whether it’s trying to steal a base later in the game when the opponent had a big lead and didn’t need to be stealing bases and scoring more runs — trying to stick it to us — or if an opponent slides into our second basemen with cleats high and looks like he’s trying to injure him, there are times where you take law into your own hands.”—Brad Ausmus, on when catchers tell pitchers to plunk a batter.
The Justice Department is investigating whether the nation’s largest credit ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s, improperly rated dozens of mortgage securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis, according to two people interviewed by the government and another briefed on such interviews.
Today's Show: Rating The Wall Street Ratings Agencies
When Standard & Poor’s recently lowered the U.S. government debt rating for the first time in history, it set off a firestorm of criticism, from the Obama administration to Wall Street. The downgrade raised questions about the influence of S&P and other agencies, which also faced blame in the financial crisis of 2007-2008.
For the past few months, I’ve been working with an old college buddy who’s a Google engineer to create an extensive Fresh Air archive that will be searchable and browe-able by guest name, topic, date, birth date of guest, and all sorts of other neat variables.
It’s a little open source side project for both of us (i.e. it’s not part of our official jobs. We’re just playing around as nerdy folks who appreciate archives and public radio and API code.) We’re planning to release the code and the archive this weekend (v 1.0) so that other stations/shows can also use the code, if they’d like, and for anyone who would like to help us improve/refine the archive.
Here’s my question: A lot of the Fresh Air archive isn’t on the NPR website and thus isn’t available through the API that we’re using to populate this website. (The daily show goes back to the 1980s and the web stuff we have goes back to 2001ish and even most of that needs some TLC to look pretty.) I’d like to flesh out this information with the guest/topic information that we have available internally in word/excel documents. There are roughly 5000-6000 shows to parse, some with multiple guests/reviews/interviews. What’s the best way to do this? Set it up like a wiki? Crowdsource? If you have any ideas, please let me know. We’ll be releasing it at some point this weekend and I’d love for you to give us feedback on how we can improve it and/or help out some other radio shows with their archives.
“American cyber technology is so advanced that they can have a near perfect re-creation of an al-Qaida message — and what they’re doing from time to time is going on jihadi websites and posting conflicting and contradictory orders, statements that raise doubt about who the jihadis should follow and who is really in charge … and the goal is to really disrupt the entire network by sowing dissent and confusion. We’ve been told they’ve had some great success at that.”—On today’s Fresh Air, the innovative techniques the military/intelligence communities have used to fight al-Qaida.