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npr628 karma

Read fiction. Long, immersive novels. Read them as much as you read the news. Trust me on this.

npr544 karma

I think a few things need to happen. NPR needs to be very, very aggressive about finding the NEXT generation of public radio listeners - they are going to be the ones giving us the financial support we need in the future. And that means NPR has to lean into mediums we haven't traditionally been in - like video of all types, or even newish platforms like Tik Tok (Check out the Planet Money TikTok - it's great!) Also, we have to look at the ways in which old bureaucratic systems in public radio are redundant and wasteful. Streamlining to focus on the journalism above all is necessary - and you are seeing more of that in increased partnership between NPR and member stations and member station networks. Thirdly, we have to be more aggressive, and blatant about showing people our worth and asking - VERY DIRECTLY - for their money. In my dream world - we finally figure out a way to have an NPR kickstarter. Or like, have NPR personalities make Cameo videos to raise funds. All the things!

npr525 karma

I always recommend The Indicator and Planet Money from NPR. Those two shows do a wonderful job making sense of our current economic reality while also including personal heartfelt stories that share the human toll. So start there for sure. After that, I mean - where do I stop! CodeSwitch is so timely right now. Hidden Brain ALWAYS makes things make more sense for me. Embedded, Invisibilia and Rough Translation are really at the cutting edge of narrative, immersive storytelling. I could go on!

npr461 karma

I was an occasional smoker in the past. I don't currently smoke!

npr419 karma

Hi! So yeah - it's hard. I am always trying to figure out where to draw the line with artists I support. For Kanye - I still love him. I think his first view albums are just hip hop canon. And I think he can be a jackass but like, things he's done haven't risen to the point of me leaving him alone completely. I've stopped listening to R. Kelly, but like - I haven't stopped listening to Michael Jackson! And, I don't have a coherent explanation as to why. I am interested tho, in the ways scrutiny on these kinds of things is applied. I think we are much more inclined to ask these questions of black singers, especially black men, than of white musicians. All this to say - I haven't answered all the questions I have for myself on this - which means there will probably be an interview on the show soon where I ask a smart person some of these things!