If you’re on Twitter, track the hashtags #pubjobs #pubmedia #nprjobs — I keep seeing a ton of positions mentioned with these hashtags — and then you don’t have to wade through all of the job sites yourself.
“The Muppets don’t get laughs at other people’s expense. It’s part of what I really loved about the Muppets. They don’t even want to destroy their villains. They want to reform their villains.”—Jason Segel, on what makes the Muppets special
“I love the simplicity of Sesame Street characters. I love that [Elmo is] just an orange nose and two eyes and no tongue — just a black mouth — and you just find that by just the tilt of the head or looking up, it says something. There’s an emotion there.”—Kevin Clash: Making Elmo Come To Life
“This book, being about work, is, by its very nature, about violence — to the spirit as well as to the body. It is about ulcers as well as accidents, about shouting matches as well as fistfights, about nervous breakdowns as well as kicking the dog around. It is, above all (or beneath all), about daily humiliations. To survive the day is triumph enough for the walking wounded among the great many of us.”—Studs Terkel, from the introduction to Working, his oral history, where “people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do.” Hear audio of some of the 130 interviews Terkel conducted for the book. It was published in 1974, during another time of great economic upheaval in America. (via theamericannow)
“I’m interested in the theater because I’m interested in communication with audiences. Otherwise I would be in concert music. I’d be in another kind of profession. I love the theater as much as music, and the whole idea of getting across to an audience and making them laugh, making them cry — just making them feel — is paramount to me.”—Happy Birthday Stephen Sondheim! [Sondheim on Fresh Air]
“They began to show pictures of him in his underwear — any pictures they could find of him being somewhat compromising — talking about him being a member of Parliament, being gay, etc. And leaning on him, and, he thought for a while, endangering his political career.”—
Labour MP Chris Bryant was publicly outed in The Sun, soon after he questioned an editor at The Sun about bribing police officers.
On today’s Fresh Air, investigative reporter Lowell Bergman talks about the ongoing scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s tabloids in the UK. His new Frontline documentary profiles the people who uncovered information about the scandal — and the price they paid for bringing information to light.
“It’s our understanding, both from the public record and testimony that’s taken place in a public inquiry, that bribery by the Murdoch tabloids was endemic for decades. This was not a practice that emerged in the early 1990s, especially as it relates to the police.”—On today’s Fresh Air: Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman’s new documentary details how the Murdoch story broke — and profiles the people who uncovered information about the scandal.
“The decline of creativity is what psychologists refer to as ‘inculturation.’ That as we get older, as we get tenure in a field, we become invested in the status quo. We develop habitual ways of thinking, routines, we develop customs in terms of how we solve problems. Those make our lives a little bit easier, they make it easier to apply for grants. They make our days a little more efficient but they also make it harder to think outside the box.”—Jonah Lehrer on aging and creativity.
“It’s tough to associate creativity with mental illness because obviously if you’re very ill, it gets in the way. … But one of the theories now is that the terrible swings of the mental illness – of bipolar depression – you get these manic highs, these euphorias, where the ideas just pour out of you. And you need to write them down. That’s followed by this dismal low period when maybe you’re a better editor. Maybe it’s easier for you to focus and refine those epiphanies into a perfect form. … The thinking is maybe the correlation exists because the swings of mental illness echo the natural swings of the creative process.”—Jonah Lehrer, on the link between depression and creativity. [complete interview here]
“If you’re an engineer working on a problem and you’re stumped by your technical problem, chugging caffeine at your desk and chaining yourself to your computer, you’re going to be really frustrated. You’re going to waste lots of time. You may look productive, but you’re actually wasting time. Instead, at that moment, you should go for a walk. You should play some ping-pong. You should find a way to relax.”—Dear TG: Today’s show with Jonah Lehrer explains why we should have a ping-pong table in the Fresh Air office. (Pretty please?)
My dream is to become a journalist onc I get out of high school and go on to college. What are the requirements for working for this station?
I would focus on reading everything you can and writing for as many places you can. There’s no set requirement for working here or any other station, I’d imagine. My coworkers had all sorts of jobs before winding up here: movie theater employee, paralegal, public school teacher, bar bouncer, filmmaker, etc. But they’re all good writers and good readers and think of interesting topics/questions/thoughts.
If I were in college now, I’d have a Tumblr, a Facebook page, a Twitter account — and I’d be pumping out content AND reaching out to people online who I liked — corresponding with them, following them and seeing what and how they post. There are tons of audio producers from NPR/local stations online. I’d follow the people who live close to you and ask how best to pitch ideas…
Public radio is like any other journalism job: writing a lot, reading a lot, being aware of potential story ideas, knowing web stuff to make yourself versatile, etc.
“This war has gone on far too long. This is the longest war the U.S. has ever fought in its history. It’s been over 10 years now. I think the U.S. military is tired and perhaps a demoralization has set in – the lack of purpose and aim. And we’ve seen that in these recent incidents. We’ve had three major incidents involving the U.S. military – this sniper who killed 16 Afghan civilians, the burning of the Korans and the U.S. soldiers urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban – there hasn’t been really, at the moment, any disciplinary action taken by the U.S. military against any of these perpetrators. And that has angered the Afghans enormously.”—Ahmed Rashid on the length of the war in Afghanistan.
“I’m on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and they consider Pakistan as the most dangerous place in the world for journalists. Seven journalists were killed last year. Countless others have been arrested, tortured, kidnapped, beaten, harassed, whatever. Journalism has become a very dangerous profession, from both the extremists and the authorities. That has become a big burden on affecting people’s ability to write.”—Today on Fresh Air, Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid discusses the challenges facing Pakistan and Afghanistan in the post-Osama bin Laden era, as well as the complicated relationship the two countries have with the United States.
“Once you’ve put yourself on record in an interview, and you’re sort of thinking fast and saying the first thing that pops into your mind, basically, anything to fill up the air time or the reporter’s time, it’s a little disconcerting, when you’re younger than I, to realize that these remarks which you toss off, once they’re in print, have an equal weight with all the words that you’ve labored to polish and make come out exactly right.”—John Updike telling Terry Gross why he once called interviews ‘a form to be loathed.’ [complete interview here]
Yesterday’s show looked at ethical issues involved in organ donation:
Dick Teresi, is the author of a new book about how medicine is blurring the line between life and death. For example, if you have opted to be an organ donor, if you are declared brain-dead after that declaration, you may be placed back on a ventilator to keep your lungs working and heart beating until after the organ removal process.
Last week in a Wall Street Journal article adapted from his book, Teresi said that when we choose to be organ donors, we are not really giving our informed consent, and he laid out some facts about organ donation that you may not know.
But doctors and others who work with organ donation programs say that Teresi is unnecessarily frightening people and could discourage people from becoming organ donors. We’re going to hear from Teresi and then from transplant surgeon Dr. Richard Freeman, chair of the Department of Surgery at Dartmouth Medical School.
“[Acting] really plays on your ego, and I had a really tough time with battling that and trying to balance that out. Beyond that, my main drive in life has always been to discover my purpose for being here, for living. … And I knew it had something to do with helping people. … And the entire time I was acting, I couldn’t figure out what this had to do with my purpose.”—Sonja Sohn, who after leaving The Wire created a program for young people called ReWired For Change.