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September 10th, 2001

Warming Up to NPR

For years in my mind, NPR was relegated to the same status as PBS: largely boring stuff with an occasional gem. Locally, that meant our PBS station would air the excellent and thoroughly interesting tours of Chicago’s architecture and history.

However, not one but two NPR stations have earned presets in my car (and of course, in my mind.) I’m just starting to like NPR. I had heard a few episodes of This American Life featuring David Sedaris’s comedy before meeting him in person at a book signing. This weekend I got to hear a segment of a live concert by Jill Sobule. I’d long written her off as a one-hit wonder, but her performance and songs were quite good.

And then I got to hear an interview with Fatboy Slim on the weekend edition of All Things Considered, after learning of the conditions surrounding the upcoming Russian elections. Goodness gracious, can radio be this good?

It’s no secret that I’ve been increasingly disgusted with more and more of the commercial radio out there. NPR offers a solid, interesting, and good alternative. -pm

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