Posted on December 03, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Old time radio at its best. The sound effects and acting brought out the images into my mind like old time radio shows. Characters as real as they come. Fabulous.
Posted on December 01, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Really beautiful piece! Made me remember when I was about 4 and cut a neighbor friend's hair. I think your daughter's right; it's something that happens in everyone's life about twice, or once. Love it!
Thank you for the wonderful story! I'm still smiling and giggling!
Posted on November 30, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Pre-elected Obama, never to be seen again, cites Mark Twain: "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."
In light of his relentless pursuit of whistle blowers as criminals, as threats to national security, these words are particularly nauseating:
"[W]hen our laws, our leaders or our government are out of alignment with our ideals, then the dissent of ordinary Americans may prove to be one of the truest expression of patriotism."
Posted on November 29, 2013 at 06:26 PM
The only technology used in the classroom by Mr. Mason is PowerPoint. It is laughable that the narrator considers presentation software representative of teacher tech-savvy and student exposure to technology. Rejecting the textbook, Mr. Mason doles out "packets" with Web site URLs for students to use for research, which cannot be done in the classroom for lack of computers.
This is not a case study on the application of technology to facilitate and enrich classroom learning, which is a very important, controversial, complicated subject that has to be examined in a myriad of sociological, economic, and demographic contexts.
What would have made this piece compelling would have been to hear Mr. Mason's interactions with his students, his thoughts on how to engage their interest and how to apply discipline, and his perspective on the state of technology in schools. Unfortunately, the narrator talks over almost everything, offering no value.
Posted on November 24, 2013 at 01:27 AM
JFK. He was intelligent, knew what made people remember him. The little things..
Posted on November 24, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Posted on November 17, 2013 at 01:36 PM
I left my faith officially a year ago after struggling with it for around 8 years. Coming from a very conservative back ground I have felt a loss of community but also liberated in many ways. I am still learning how to trust myself and not feel guilt or shame about realizing my thoughts and ideas and not trying to make faith biased connections that didn't exists. I feel more genuine in recognizing my thoughts and feel much less broken then I did as a Christian. I also feel a new sense of freedom. Thanks for sharing your story. It is very hard to leave your "tribe" and start over.
Posted on November 17, 2013 at 09:37 AM
Completely captivating! I thought I was turning on background listening and instead found myself transfixed. Great job, and keep it coming!
Posted on November 16, 2013 at 09:58 PM
My world is empty without you Neal. Thank heavens for Ken.
Posted on November 16, 2013 at 08:07 PM
It has been tough making it through the last four months without a weekly dose of the Political Junkie. I am so glad you are back, Ken, and bring Neal on as much as you can! (macadamia nuts permitting).
Posted on November 16, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Posted on November 15, 2013 at 09:12 AM
Thanks for getting started doing this again. It was great to hear Neal Conan again!
Posted on November 14, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Hi. I'm wondering if we may have permission to post at least the five companion pieces to our website at WEKU.FM. I'd love to also make the entire program available for online listening but understand if you would not allow that.
If you prefer that we not post the pieces ourselves, is there a site that I could link to so visitors to our site could access them?
Thanks for great work. We're airing the show at 7:00 this Sunday evening and the pieces each day Mon-Fri at 1:33 pm during Here and Now. I'm thinking of at least one other spot, perhaps in ATC but not sure yet.
Posted on November 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM
It was great to hear Ken and Neal together again! It almost seemed like Wednesdays were back to normal. But when I heard the TOTN theme song come on at the end, it brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad we have Ken and Political Junkie back, but I will always miss TOTN.
Posted on November 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Gotta say though, this Paul Mulshine comes off sounding a lot like a partisan hack... nobody likes Cory Booker, he's a big ego, he's done nothing for Newark... while Chris Christie has done a great job, has an "executive temperament" (his not infrequent public fits of temper not withstanding, apparently), has "streamlined government" while getting "lots of money out of Barack Obama" (the miserly uncle, I guess), and fought the high-tax, unfriendly-to-business attitude in the state. Those are all conservative buzzwords, and none of it (critiques of Booker or praise for Christie) was based in fact, just abstraction and anecdotes.
Really, not a great guest. I'm totally fine with partisan guests if they bill themselves that way, but this guy... well, I don't know. Maybe he's just frustrated by his mere 584 followers on Twitter.
Posted on November 13, 2013 at 04:10 AM
I enjoyed very much this episode on Leroy Anderson. They were actually music of my childhood
Posted on November 02, 2013 at 10:58 PM
This I Believe In: First Look is a poem by Maya McHugh, a producer of WTIP’s Youth Radio Project. Maya eloquently reads and illustrates to her audience about the importance of “moving past first impressions” and the need to be more mindful of some things. Maya tells us about her family trip to Alaska. She sketches many visual images of Alaska. After her trip from Alaska, she transitions to telling us the tragic story about Shaun, their host who killed himself and died. Based on this tragic story, Maya strives to share her experience with her audience about the importance of life. She said, “Life should be a two way mirror” and it is important to not overlook small things. She urges her audience to live life being more mindful and aware of their surroundings. This piece is a very insightful piece since it tells a story that teaches people a lesson. If the producer or poet reads it a bit slower, the producer will be able to get their point across better since stuttering prevents a smooth flow of emotions. All in all, Maya produced an inspiring, thoughtful audio piece that is imaginative and educational.
Rating 3.5 stars
Posted on November 02, 2013 at 03:39 PM
I couldn't relate to this story any more than I did! As a high school senior, I know exactly what you are going through. All the pressure, expectations, focus, drive, competition, etc. I can relate to it all. I enjoyed all the different perspectives, it shows the real diversity of a high school. You had some great information. All the interviews provided good insight and very relative advice. This piece can relate to any high school student across the nation. In the end, I have felt all the frustrations, joys and stresses that you spoke about. All of your comments were spot on. "Focus on the journey, not the destination" is the quote I got from listening to this piece. I would recommend listening to this piece to anyone that is in high school or preparing for college. Finally, the music carried the piece in a very engaging way. Great job!!
Posted on November 02, 2013 at 03:25 PM
What an personal story! This piece really made me think about my relationships. In my opinion, a good audio piece engages the listener, this piece couldn't have done that any better. I appreciate your courage in sharing this piece. This piece really does show the true generational effect. I personally have trouble telling a personal story without being shy, you did an awesome job! The best part of listening to this feature was being able to picture how the story rolls out, you put me in your mindset. Your interviews were great, I really enjoyed the different perspectives.
Posted on November 02, 2013 at 03:01 PM
It's great to hear a different side of pop culture. Very relevant topic! I really liked how all the people involved gave a different perspective. The part that stood out to me the most was the wide variety of somewhat professional clips. I am guilty of falling for the song and singing along with all my friends, which is what made this piece so fun to listen to. This piece makes me think about the song as more than just a top 40 song, but instead a meaningful piece that can relate to many people, especially teens. All in all, this piece brought to my attention a new perspective which will make me think twice about doing something that will make me fit in versus something that I actually want to do.