Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Favorites - NPR

It's time I come clean. I really, really, really love listening to NPR. I don't know why, but I just feel smarter listening, despite the fact that I absorb very little of it. And actually, my favorite NPR show, Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!, is really a comedy quiz show and not informational (necessarily). But still, they talk about politics! And current events! And insane celebrities!

I don't know when it started, sometime between nearly going crazy listening to children's music and falling asleep listening to Christian stations in the car, but one day Adam had it on, and I never went back. I think something snapped in me several months ago, some part of me that used to be intelligent, that had been squelched after years of changing diapers and wiping noses, was screaming to be nourished with something more . . . shall we say, intellectually stimulating . . . than Kidz Bop.

So, when I'm in the car by myself (and sometimes with the kids when they let me, I'll admit), I'll listen to Morning Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, or Fresh Air. And I've been known to be found laughing out loud as I listen to a podcast of Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me! on my iPod while folding laundry or making dinner.

Now you know.


Molly said...

Shane really likes NPR too, and I have to say I have enjoyed myself. Sometimes when I drive his car I don't change the station.

Shane Ellis said...

I don't know why you would feel embarrassed about listening to NPR. It is great. That is almost all I listen to in the car. It took a little work getting past Diane Rehm's speach problem but I really like her show. And the saturday shows are great (click & clack, wait wait, prairie home companion, etc). I do sometimes change the station though when I get tired of the endless debate about the war in afghanistan or the repetitive drone of the "experts" on the future of the economy (who are rarely correct on predicting the future). But overall it is great in my opinion.

Shane Ellis said...

ok, so it looks like I can't spell "speach" correctly, but I can spell "peach" correctly. Why does the written english language have to be so full of variations? I think we should all go to spanish. One letter, one sound. No exceptions. (well none that I can think of)