Monday, February 9, 2009

what i love about radio

David Greene's piece on Morning Edition today, Kentucky Houseboat Maker Struggles To Stay Afloat, does all the things good radio should do. It tells an important story that touches on painful issues, where peoples' lives and livelihoods are in danger, but manages to infuse humor and a general multi-dimensional realness to show how everyday life tramps on, even during the most difficult times.

Recently, I watched a presentation that Ira Glass gave the GEL Conference where he talks about exactly this idea.

I have a hard time focusing on things that are either too purely serious or too purely funny, too purely abstract or too purely real. Stuff that holds my attention needs to strike a balance. Like Greeen's story.

Maybe, probably, it's a personal defect. Short attention span and all that.

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