npr:

Saturday Night Live and Portlandia personality Fred Armisen co-hosts This American Life with Ira Glass. This week theme: doppelgangers. Armisen imitates Glass through the hour-long show, something Armisen worked on for SNL, “but the public radio personality isn’t quite famous enough to be mocked on network TV,” according to TAL’s website. -L 
Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz

Oh yes, I like this.

npr:

Saturday Night Live and Portlandia personality Fred Armisen co-hosts This American Life with Ira Glass. This week theme: doppelgangers. Armisen imitates Glass through the hour-long show, something Armisen worked on for SNL, “but the public radio personality isn’t quite famous enough to be mocked on network TV,” according to TAL’s website. -L

Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz

Oh yes, I like this.

jcstearns:


“For all of public radio’s successes, the part of our mission we’ve always neglected the most is innovation. Our biggest shows —All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, Fresh Air, A Prairie Home Companion — are decades old. The average age of our listeners keeps creeping upward. At 53, I am one of the younger public radio stars. My show has been on the air 17 years.
We need to make space for new shows, new talent, new ideas. That’s our mission, and ultimately, it’ll be good business, too, to have exciting new shows bring in new audiences.”
SOURCE: http://current.org/radio/radio1212glass-on-cartalk-reruns.html


See, on the one hand I kind of agree with Ira’s argument. Making space for new shows allows great new ones (like Wait Wait, which Ira references and, yeah, I still think of it as “new” even though it’s been on air for 14 years now) to join the party.

On the other hand, though… a world without Car Talk on Saturday and Sunday mornings is a terrifying thing to contemplate. As I believe I’ve banged on about before, growing up in a house where the radio is always on means that all those shows and sounds and voices become a nigh inextricable part of existence. I can barely function when I hear of a beloved host’s retirement, and when one passes on it’s even worse. To lose a whole show is terrifying. But, you know… we’ll carry on.

I’ll love to hear Car Talk on the radio as long as it airs– even once Tom and Ray have gone into their mostly-retirement. Maybe sometime I’ll even get a car (or, at the very least, a driver’s license). I imagine it won’t be on the schedule forever, and when that last show plays? It’ll be the end of an era, but I guess I’ll figure it out.

Thank god for archives, though, amirite? Future family, thou shalt not escape the glory!

jcstearns:

For all of public radio’s successes, the part of our mission we’ve always neglected the most is innovation. Our biggest shows —All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, Fresh Air, A Prairie Home Companion — are decades old. The average age of our listeners keeps creeping upward. At 53, I am one of the younger public radio stars. My show has been on the air 17 years.

We need to make space for new shows, new talent, new ideas. That’s our mission, and ultimately, it’ll be good business, too, to have exciting new shows bring in new audiences.”

SOURCE: http://current.org/radio/radio1212glass-on-cartalk-reruns.html

See, on the one hand I kind of agree with Ira’s argument. Making space for new shows allows great new ones (like Wait Wait, which Ira references and, yeah, I still think of it as “new” even though it’s been on air for 14 years now) to join the party.

On the other hand, though… a world without Car Talk on Saturday and Sunday mornings is a terrifying thing to contemplate. As I believe I’ve banged on about before, growing up in a house where the radio is always on means that all those shows and sounds and voices become a nigh inextricable part of existence. I can barely function when I hear of a beloved host’s retirement, and when one passes on it’s even worse. To lose a whole show is terrifying. But, you know… we’ll carry on.

I’ll love to hear Car Talk on the radio as long as it airs– even once Tom and Ray have gone into their mostly-retirement. Maybe sometime I’ll even get a car (or, at the very least, a driver’s license). I imagine it won’t be on the schedule forever, and when that last show plays? It’ll be the end of an era, but I guess I’ll figure it out.

Thank god for archives, though, amirite? Future family, thou shalt not escape the glory!

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nprfreshair:

Ira Glass stocking up before watching a Tuesday night encore screening of the This American Life live show (which will air as a radio episode this weekend).
(@sethlind of @ThisAmerLife is babysitting this Tumblr for Melody)

Dream movie date.

nprfreshair:

Ira Glass stocking up before watching a Tuesday night encore screening of the This American Life live show (which will air as a radio episode this weekend).

(@sethlind of @ThisAmerLife is babysitting this Tumblr for Melody)

Dream movie date.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I listen to the Christmas and Commerce episode of This American Life almost every night as I go to sleep. Specifically the Santaland Diaries excerpt. This being my habit, I’m fairly well familiar with it, particularly the first five or so minutes, which is as far as I generally get before completely passing out.

Now, the last couple nights, the wording seems to be significantly different than it had been previously. To the point that it jerks me out of my half asleep daze to wonder if they’ve gone and replaced the audio (the “first aired” date is still 12/20/1996) or if I am losing my goddamned mind. Considering I can’t think of a reason why they would go back and edit a 16 year old story and the fact that I just spelled “mind” as “mined,” I’m inclined to go with the latter option. Which, frankly, is terrifying.

Give it to me straight, Ira. Are you tryin’ to play me for a fool or should I see a doctor?

Edited to add: I swear on my life that it is different, but I’m comparing it to a version I downloaded three months ago and they’re the same. My whole world is being torn asunder and I don’t understand what is happening. I just want the old version back. Even if it’s just a delusion that I’ve been lulling myself to sleep with for months.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I listen to the Christmas and Commerce episode of This American Life almost every night as I go to sleep. Specifically the Santaland Diaries excerpt. This being my habit, I’m fairly well familiar with it, particularly the first five or so minutes, which is as far as I generally get before completely passing out.

Now, the last couple nights, the wording seems to be significantly different than it had been previously. To the point that it jerks me out of my half asleep daze to wonder if they’ve gone and replaced the audio (the “first aired” date is still 12/20/1996) or if I am losing my goddamned mind. Considering I can’t think of a reason why they would go back and edit a 16 year old story and the fact that I just spelled “mind” as “mined,” I’m inclined to go with the latter option. Which, frankly, is terrifying.

Give it to me straight, Ira. Are you tryin’ to play me for a fool or should I see a doctor?

Edited to add: I swear on my life that it is different, but I’m comparing it to a version I downloaded three months ago and they’re the same. My whole world is being torn asunder and I don’t understand what is happening. I just want the old version back. Even if it’s just a delusion that I’ve been lulling myself to sleep with for months.

PLEDGE DILEMMA ALERTZ!

So, Wait Wait’s pledge gifts were a bust (no Carl Kassel pillow. Weak) but This American Life is on now and their gift is this USB flash drive, which is awesome. My dilemma is this: do I donate now and guarantee an awesome gift, or gamble on Prairie Home Companion having an even greater gift later tonight?

(There’s a rebroadcast of TAL later tonight but I don’t know if I can count on the flash drive being available again. I tweeted @KQED, hopefully they will respond. In the next half hour.)

Edit: OK. I decided to wait it out and see what PHC has to offer. The flash drive is available from the TAL store if I have a “OMG I SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN IT” panic moment, and there’s a chance that PHC’s gift will be (a) awesome and (b) not available in their store.

PLEDGE DILEMMA ALERTZ!

So, Wait Wait’s pledge gifts were a bust (no Carl Kassel pillow. Weak) but This American Life is on now and their gift is this USB flash drive, which is awesome. My dilemma is this: do I donate now and guarantee an awesome gift, or gamble on Prairie Home Companion having an even greater gift later tonight?

(There’s a rebroadcast of TAL later tonight but I don’t know if I can count on the flash drive being available again. I tweeted @KQED, hopefully they will respond. In the next half hour.)

Edit: OK. I decided to wait it out and see what PHC has to offer. The flash drive is available from the TAL store if I have a “OMG I SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN IT” panic moment, and there’s a chance that PHC’s gift will be (a) awesome and (b) not available in their store.

HEY Y’ALL LOOK WHAT MY MOM JUST EMAILED ME! Way to be awesome, Mom.

Kinda want to fast-track it to the top of my tattoo list, just gotta figure out the placement…

HEY Y’ALL LOOK WHAT MY MOM JUST EMAILED ME! Way to be awesome, Mom.

Kinda want to fast-track it to the top of my tattoo list, just gotta figure out the placement…

Things I Am Still Mad About:

I had this really, really cool TAL temporary tattoo and I lost it. (There’s a slight chance it’s somewhere at my parents’ but considering I haven’t seen it in years, I probably won’t ever find it.)

From the Public Radio Blood Feud 2012.
Public Radio Blood Feud 2012

nprfreshair:

featuring This American Life, Jesse Thorn, RadioLab, The Moth, Peter Sagal, the CBC, us, On the Media, Roman Mars….

You must go read this.

I love public radio so much.

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