The Professor as Student

NPR’s Morning Edition aired a terrific interview with Robert Plant this morning. Perhaps best known for his time with Led Zeppelin, Plant spoke to NPR about his continuing musical evolution and trying things that he might not be particularly good at. “You know,” he said, “I’m a student.” That sentiment is particularly relevant to me. At […]

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Dearth of International News (with links!)

This blog post isn’t going to get many readers. The headline is enough for folks to take a pass. Why? Americans don’t give a hoot about international news, so our news media don’t bother to cover much of it for us. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Either way, it’s a pathetic situation. The […]

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Public Media Journalists Should Speak Against Funding Cuts

This is a sticky topic, and I hope I don’t raise the ire of too many of my colleagues on this one. I saw a question posed recently about whether public radio journalists should be actively involved in the public broadcasting defunding debate, particularly with any activity that would involve publicly expressing displeasure about the […]

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Defunding Public Broadcasting is a Ludicrous Idea

The argument that public broadcasting should not be publicly supported and should adopt a commercial-style funding model is straight up stupid. Let’s start with America’s public television system. It’s too fragmented to survive this idea. Programming decisions don’t come from a centralized location; each station is essentially its own island. That allows programmers to schedule […]

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