Love + Radio: The Superchat
“I loved this recent Love + Radio piece, which did all sorts of things that I think people assume public radio can’t do. It’s about a hotline in San Francisco that people can call to anonymously flirt with strangers. It walks a line between truth and fiction that I usually don’t like but totally like here. Dirty and honest and surprising. “
—PJ Vogt, Co-creator, TLDR & Producer, On The Media
WBEZ says Love + Radio is one of their “edgiest enterprises.” We’d say that’s putting it mildly.
This American Life: Dr. Phil
"Starlee Kine’s break-up piece for This American Life is one of my all-time favorites. It’s funny and moving and amazingly honest and raw and it takes all kinds of surprising twists and turns. I remember the first time I heard it. I was driving and when I realized that she was actually talking TO PHIL COLLINS I nearly ran a red light. Also, the writing is amazing. I still find myself thinking of lines from that piece."
—Stacey Vanek Smith, Reporter, Marketplace
Radio gold! With a bonus track from the fantastic Magnetic Fields album, 69 Love Songs.
For the list below, we turned to the people behind the headphones—some of whom you’ve probably heard of—and what follows are the stories public radio reporters, hosts, and producers think are so good, so compelling, so likely to make you laugh or cry or both at once, that even your uncle who would rather hear an hour of static than a three-minute news update won’t be able to stop listening. Send this link to the non-listeners in your life, and when they start asking if you caught All Things Considered yesterday, don’t say “I told you so,” just nod and smile and be glad for great radio.
This my new job. Pretty good gig for a public radio dork.
While you’ve spent the summer of 2013 eating heirloom tomatoes from the farmer’s market while simultaneously kite-boarding, reading US Weekly on the beach, and packing for Fire Island, I’ve spent the summer selling my valuables on eBay to pay my rent because I gave up my full-time job (with benefits!) to be an unpaid intern. As of this week, my savings are gone, the only furniture I haven’t auctioned off is an old laundry hamper, and I’ve reached a level of poverty that I last knew as a teenager (or, the appropriate age to be an intern) but I’m more content than I have been in ages. Giving up my steady, responsible, totally fine job to be an intern was the best move I’ve made since losing the spray tan in tenth grade, and this is because I’ve spent the summer learning how to make public radio. Read more….
Today marks the end of an era: after 21 years, Talk of the Nation is going off the air. Host Neal Conan, who has been with NPR for 36 years, plans to spend more time writing and horse-wrangling in Wyoming. We will miss your dulcet tones, Mr. Conan, and hope your retirement is HOT!
The Story with Dick Gordon producer/fill-in host Phoebe Judge has been heard on many public radio shows, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday. She’s won Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards for her reporting and has reported from all over the world. Plus she’s a babe. Follow her Twitter. HOT!
There’s not a lot we love about North Florida, but dang, if we wouldn’t go to an above-ground pool party to see WFSU’s Jessica Palombo in short jorts and a tankini. HOT!
"United Colors of Benetton — er, Public Radio"
Left to right: Lindsay Foster Thomas (producer, Marketplace Money), Mary Dooe (producer, Marketplace), Vanessa Romo (reporter, KPCC), Chau Tu (Web producer, Marketplace), Daryl Paranada (Web producer, Marketplace Money).
Ed. note: BRB moving to Southern California
Tough-guy/Morning Edition fill-in David Greene shows off his public radio tattoo. HOT!
This is why you love public radio.
GROSS: What did you write today?
SEDARIS: I was on tour a few weeks ago, and I wrote this thing in this woman’s book, and I don’t know, apparently, she got upset about it. But I meant it in a good way. I must have just misunderstood. We must have misunderstood one another. And I hate the thought of anybody being angry at me like that, but… I mean, really, what I wrote in her book, it’s the filthiest thing. It’s unbelievable. Really, you cannot get any filthier than this. And that’s what I kind of liked about it, you know, as a book inscription.