“This was his major achievement in Massachusetts as governor. … Now he goes to great lengths to say that he hates Obamacare and President Obama is wrong and it should be repealed. The fact is, there are a lot of similarities in the bills. The Obama plan was modeled in many ways after the Massachusetts plan. It will be interesting to see how [Romney] continues to talk about it.”—Reporter Scott Helman on the health care bill Romney signed as governor of Massachusetts that requires individuals to purchase insurance [complete interview here]
No question, here, just a comment (I'm not much of a Tumblrer and its etiquette eludes me): I really enjoy the blog, your sense of content, and the voice you bring to it. I think it's also a perfect example to The Powers That Be that branded social media makes a bigger impact when administered by a person and with personality rather than holding to the clunky, disembodied abstracted brand voices of yore (ten years ago). Keep up the good work, Melody!
Thanks! I love posting here (and everyone here trusts me so I don’t have to constantly think ‘Should I post that?’ I know what’s appropriate for a blog that has the name of my workplace on it, even though I post a lot of stuff that doesn’t technically have to do with work.) So it’s more of just an amusing outlet and a way to take breaks from writing/producing the website. Anyway, I appreciate the comment a lot and am glad you enjoy it!
My NPR affiliate station recently moved Fresh Air from 7:00 to 3:00. So strange. Fresh Air has always been an evening show for me as long as I can remember. Terry Gross is like a sleepy time relaxing voice, now I hear it at work and want to go cuddle up on a couch. Do you know what time most stations air Fresh Air?
I think in most markets, it airs at 1, 3, 7, or 10. (It really varies.) You can check the list of stations here….(This is a fan website but very accurate, I’ve found, for broadcast times. Though I honestly don’t know how often it is updated.)
“These people are going on mushroom trips in the lab setting and months later, in the follow up studies, they say that the experiences they had under the influence of the mushrooms are among the most profoundly moving experiences of their lives, both positively and negatively. One thing that the researchers are looking for to see if the use of these hallucinogenic compounds can improve the quality of life for patients suffering from terminal diseases, since it really seems to be for the majority of people who actually take these compounds, that it’s actually an uplifting experience. These could be used in a therapeutic setting and perhaps be very powerful in the future.”—Nicholas Money talks about psilocybin, a psychedelic compound found in over 200 species of mushrooms. Psilocybin is currently being used in highly-supervised lab studies to see how people react to the hallucinogen, which mimics the effects of serotonin on brain receptors.
“I had an awful outbreak of jock itch when I was a grad student working in a lab where we were really immersed in fungal spores. They were everywhere. I think everyone in that lab got a skin infection. It was really unpleasant seeing this pinkish circle expanding, ever-expanding over my …”—Botanist Nicholas Money, on the perils of working with fungi
“What’s different about Radiolab (and what I think is changing about the web) is that it *is* a production, just one of a very new kind. Radiolab is actually post-blog and post-livestream. It’s not aping the oratory of old or the raggedness of the new. It’s a hybrid that takes lessons from the past, recent and deep. That’s where I think web journalism is headed, too. “No one wants to read a 9,000-word treatise online,” reads a telling line from Sullivan piece. “On the Web, one-sentence links are as legitimate as thousand-word diatribes—in fact, they are often valued more.””—How ‘Radiolab’ Is Changing the Sound of the Radio - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic (via thisistheverge)
“Religion has been an important part of my understanding, my inquiry into what it means to be human. I feel like that religions generally ask the biggest questions. They may not always have the best answers, but they’re the zone of human activity that regularly asks the biggest questions.”—Playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar. His debut novel, American Dervish, tells the story of Hayat Shah, a Pakistani-American boy in Milwaukee coming to terms with his religion and identity.
I have the NPR music app on my iPhone, but I can't find a way to stream the workout mix through the app. I also can't find the podcast on iTunes. Am I missing something, or can it only be streamed through a computer? I was in a workout song rut so I'm really hoping to listen to it. Thanks!
Edit: Here’s the update from the NPR Music People: "It will be in the app by the end of the day. Just need to update some ugly xml file with the dev team. Users will be able to find it under Radio Streams."
“Numerous historians and political scientists have documented that the war on drugs was part of a grand Republican Party strategy known as the “Southern strategy” of using racially coded ‘get-tough’ appeals on issues of crime and welfare to appeal to poor and working-class whites, particularly in the South, who were resentful of, anxious about and threatened by many of the gains of African-Americans in the civil rights movement.”—Michelle Alexander on President Reagan’s War On Drugs. [complete interview here]
“Today there are more African-Americans under correctional control — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.”—Michelle Alexander, on the number of blacks in the criminal justice system. On Monday’s Fresh Air, Alexander details how President Reagan’s war on drugs led to a mass incarceration of black males and the difficulties these felons face after serving their prison sentences.
“[The young black males are] shuttled into prisons, branded as criminals and felons, and then when they’re released, they’re relegated to a permanent second-class status, stripped of the very rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement — like the right to vote, the right to serve on juries, the right to be free of legal discrimination and employment, and access to education and public benefits. Many of the old forms of discrimination that we supposedly left behind during the Jim Crow era are suddenly legal again, once you’ve been branded a felon.”—In her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, legal scholar Michelle Alexander writes that many of the gains of the civil rights movement have been undermined by the mass incarceration of black Americans in the war on drugs.
I've listened to Fresh Air and Terry Gross since I was a baby (ok, maybe I didn't understand it as a baby, but since I was a little kid), and I've tried to mentally correct myself every time I read it this way, but every single time I see the words "Fresh Air", my brain still processes it as "Fresh Hair", even when the words have a space between them! J'accuse! You are trying to send subliminal messages from hair-based secret societies who you clearly work for!