NPR - stuffy or sexy?

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I still will mostly defend Terry Gross -- I think she's good at getting people to open up and at stepping out of the way/not trying to show off how knowledgeable she is (though sometimes to a fault).

Marketplace does irritate me with its superficial, sunny, quick take on everything.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 22:25 (four years ago) link

Worth pointing out that neither of those shows are actually produced by "NPR", but no one seems to make the distinction.

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 22:26 (four years ago) link

That's splitting hairs. They are as inextricable from NPR as, I dunno, This American Life or Prairie Home Companion. Lose those, and Fresh Air, and Marketplace, and NPR is just well-produced news and talk radio.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 2 December 2015 22:38 (four years ago) link

"let's do the numbers! boppity bippity boo boo boop" fuck you

akm, Wednesday, 2 December 2015 22:42 (four years ago) link

lol

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 22:43 (four years ago) link

I will take Terry Gross's ostensibly "dumb questions" over the guy (and yeah, it's usually a guy) whose questions are so overloaded with information and opinion that they hardly leave room for an answer beyond "yeah, you're right"

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Wednesday, 2 December 2015 22:43 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

the MOTH style of storytelling is so fuckin unbearable. samey samey

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 13 February 2016 01:11 (four years ago) link

serves you right for not listening to fmu

mookieproof, Saturday, 13 February 2016 01:15 (four years ago) link

Yeah can't stand moth

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Saturday, 13 February 2016 01:33 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Michael Ian Black interview on Terry Gross was a little weird -- she seemed really way too interested in the fact that people sometimes mistake him for gay and spent like 1/3 of the interview on it.

human life won't become a cat (man alive), Saturday, 26 March 2016 01:12 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

this David Greene on Morning Edition uses formulaic "therapist voice" ALL THE TIME

so fucking annoying

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 June 2016 12:14 (three years ago) link

the MOTH style of storytelling is so fuckin unbearable. samey samey

yeah. they apparently have a structure that they more or less impose on their storytellers in the name of 'developing' them

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Tuesday, 14 June 2016 17:32 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

TAL just replayed the Richard Price episode from 2008 (which I think was also a Moth story, confusingly?). It's a great story but the audience is so awful and reacts so inappropriately to what is actually a horrifying police story.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Thursday, 7 July 2016 14:52 (three years ago) link

let me guess, they chortle knowingly

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 7 July 2016 14:56 (three years ago) link

for a minute I forgot they have occasional live shows and was wondering about your mental health

mh, Thursday, 7 July 2016 14:57 (three years ago) link

They guffaw even, at what seem like really inappropriate moments. The story is very upsetting.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Thursday, 7 July 2016 15:02 (three years ago) link

the way he delivers it though does feel kinda like a stand-up routine. i wasn't entirely sure what he was doing with it either.

circa1916, Thursday, 7 July 2016 15:09 (three years ago) link

yeah that's true, his delivery was a little weird. It didn't start out like it was going to go in that direction.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Thursday, 7 July 2016 15:11 (three years ago) link

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/362/got-you-pegged

Act 1 for those interested

circa1916, Thursday, 7 July 2016 15:16 (three years ago) link

I gotta say I love Code Switch, the new NPR podcast.

banjoboy, Saturday, 9 July 2016 19:08 (three years ago) link

there's a new girl who does the support/benefactor spots and her delivery is so affectedly smooth and precisely enunciated it makes me wanna hurl

skateboard of education (rip van wanko), Saturday, 9 July 2016 19:51 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Cokie Roberts: Commentator Says Supporters of Donald Trump Are 'Morally Tainted'

brass fucking balls

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 17 August 2016 04:29 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

Diane Rhem's last show will air today. (Fear not, she says she wants a podcast!)

I thought her show was a good way to dig under the surface of headlines . . .The show topics were always prescient and she seemed to get good guests.

Beyond the standard NPR liberal bias, she didn't inject much of her personal life into the show. If she had any great auses or passions, I wasn't aware of them.

Her voice never bothered me at all.

Any superfans or h4t3rz?

rip van wanko, Friday, 23 December 2016 11:12 (three years ago) link

"sexy npr" is a rather disappointing GIS.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Bh02IobCbGM/TdCH3WaZ3RI/AAAAAAAAGU4/HEgQmmpX2CM/s1600/cokie.jpg

Least-satisfying overall (Sanpaku), Friday, 23 December 2016 23:02 (three years ago) link

nine months pass...

One of my youtube habits is to go through random "Tiny Desk Concerts" videos, and I'm shocked at how awful the vast majority of them are. I don't think the people selecting these bands have any taste at all, they just want stuff that superficially has that cloying "Tiny Desk" aesthetic, and occasionally this formula accidentally results in a great performance by a great band. Or maybe it's just that most bands suck, in general.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 15:58 (two years ago) link

that aesthetic makes my skin crawl but the christian scott and gucci mane tiny desk concerts are so good i can try to overlook the national playing ukeleles or whatever

adam, Monday, 9 October 2017 16:41 (two years ago) link

The NPR music people seem to sincerely like/love most of the music they highlight.

sacral intercourse conducive to vegetal luxuriance (askance johnson), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:04 (two years ago) link

Steve Innskeep is a straight up dealbreaker when it comes to me listening to npr for morning news

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:13 (two years ago) link

pinegrove tiny desk is also incredible

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:14 (two years ago) link

I used to think KEXP Live was kinda corny and twee. Then Tiny Desk comes around

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:21 (two years ago) link

I guess I'm just surprised at how many corny, mediocre, old-man-hat style bands there are in the world.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:30 (two years ago) link

Steve Innskeep is a straight up dealbreaker when it comes to me listening to npr for morning news

you mean that if it's no inskeep, it's not a must-listen, or that if it is inskeep, you'd rather listen to nothing at all?

i didn't binge-listen to NPR until i had a temp job in data entry for about a year. i'd spend the entire day mindlessly QCing spreadsheet data with headphones on, and really began to rely on NPR and other talk radio to get me through the day. morning edition was an important part of the routine. i'd listen to it all the way across the workbridge from morning arrival to lunch. i started to like this steve inskeep character, or just the reliable tenor of his voice, really.

then i took a few years off from morning edition, and whenever i heard snippets of it i subconsciously associated it with entering and reviewing spreadsheet data for hours on end, so i'd turn it off. now when i listen to morning edition, steve inskeep often actively pisses me off, and i'm not sure why. i think it has something to do with the way he blankly describes everything with the same tone, his weak interview questions, and even weaker follow-up questions. i haven't heard him do a segment on antifa, but listening to steve inskeep talk about antifa and both-sides it to death sounds like torture.

the twist at the end of all of this? i am steve inskeep

Karl Malone, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:36 (two years ago) link

I did a quick search and this came up:

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A is for (Aimless), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:38 (two years ago) link

steve inskeep is death

marcos, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:38 (two years ago) link

i have literally no idea how i missed the christian scott tiny desk concert when it came out but holy shit

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:39 (two years ago) link

@Karl yeah I just can't stomach him. He seems to be actively trying to change the tone of NPR to something a little looser, hipper, more irreverent; which mayyy not be a bad idea -- he's just not the guy to do it

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:42 (two years ago) link

this party is officially started

https://i.imgur.com/2CJvcqz.jpg

Karl Malone, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:45 (two years ago) link

that is not how I imagined his appearance

I was ok with him but now I'm having second thoughts

mh, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:47 (two years ago) link

there's gotta be a bitchin' rat tail back there

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:48 (two years ago) link

steve inskeep shows up at your party at 5:30 pm before you even get home from work, talks to you non-stop for the next two hours as you scramble with preparations, and then leaves the party at 8:45pm because he has to get up super early the next morning

Karl Malone, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:51 (two years ago) link

oh shit i'm steve

mh, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:52 (two years ago) link

NPR HR graciously covers the Jaws Of Life rental fee required for all Steve's dental visits

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 October 2017 17:54 (two years ago) link

One of my youtube habits is to go through random "Tiny Desk Concerts" videos, and I'm shocked at how awful the vast majority of them are. I don't think the people selecting these bands have any taste at all, they just want stuff that superficially has that cloying "Tiny Desk" aesthetic, and occasionally this formula accidentally results in a great performance by a great band. Or maybe it's just that most bands suck, in general.

― IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, October 9, 2017 11:58 AM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i feel like i once argued this to you on here, to a rebuttal of 'theyre just high qual live recordings bruv'. i feel vindicated now thank u

flopson, Monday, 9 October 2017 18:03 (two years ago) link

ha! that sounds very plausible. I mean the sound quality of the recording is very nice imo, just the curation is terrible.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 18:39 (two years ago) link

But then again it looks like they do at least one per week, so I guess I can't totally fault them for not having 50+ good artists per year.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 18:41 (two years ago) link

lol there was a recent one by a band called The Oh Hellos. Perfect.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 18:42 (two years ago) link

Blind Pilot
October 21, 2016 • The band's shimmery folk-pop sound, with its vibraphone and overarching vibrancy, is perfectly suited to the space behind Bob Boilen's desk.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 18:42 (two years ago) link

The Secret Sisters
September 12, 2016 • The Alabama sibling duo's music can be hymn-like: plain but powerful, heartsick and hopeful. Watch The Secret Sisters perform a river ballad, a hymn and a song capturing some old-fashioned loneliness.

Oh god please no

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 18:45 (two years ago) link

car talk is actually good though

global tetrahedron, Monday, 9 October 2017 21:06 (two years ago) link

i kinda don't mind steve inskeep. when he was temporarily replaced by mary whatever i really hated that bc her voice is so annoying like really bad annoying and i don't like how she says the letter S

assawoman bay (harbl), Monday, 9 October 2017 23:57 (two years ago) link


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