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Selwynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-04 01:06 PM
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14. I said TOTN, Science Friday, and I don't listen to Terry Gross
She come on at a time when I'm never in my car. :

TOTN is sometimes great sometimes not. As with so many thigns in life, it is really not "TOTALLY" anything.

"those two minute opinion/story pieces. That Russian professor form Lousiana is OK, but he's the excpetion. The typical story is from a middle class woman complaining about the struggles of being middle class -- and the solution to her problem is so often, "don't feel guilty about being middle class -- go out and buy something!"

I'm calling bullshit on that. I listen to the same pieces, and I can't think of the last time the "conclusion" was anything remotely close to that. A lot of those pieces are very moving for me, precisely becuase they often end with no utlimate solutions or answers, which leaves me stuck there to think about all I've just listened too. I challenge you to provide some specific examples where the final analysis of a human interest piece was "hey don't feel so bad, just go out an buy something!"

This to me just goes to show how much human beings basically hear what the want to hear, unless they critically train themselves to do otherwise. If you come to NPR with the pre-bias that says, "I think NPR is slanted towards the left, then that's exactly what you'll hear, as evidenced by the tons of concservative rants against "liberal" NPR. And if you come to NPR with the pre-biase that says, "I think NPR is slanted towards the right, or corporations, or whatever," then that's exactly what you will hear as well.

Basically, after listening for several years, because its better than music radio stantions on my long drives in my car, I can't say either the extreme that NPR is the most progressive radio station in america or the extreme that NPR is a right wing station. NPR basically has political programming that is pretty much center-left, and social programming and commentary that is firmly left.
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