How to listen to NPR without being a jerk
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The free radio station NPR is the perfect solution for anyone who doesn’t want to be bothered by the snarky comments and snide tone of other stations, but is still happy to give you the scoop about their shows.
But the problem is that it also makes you feel a little guilty, as NPR’s hosts are known for being snarkier and more snide than their peers on the other major networks.
The problem with NPR’s approach to free radio is that its guests aren’t really that interesting, either.
The network’s “Fresh Air” host, Robin Roberts, was widely mocked for calling NPR “the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard” and “the most boring program on the air.”
The hosts of The View also have some of the most repulsive remarks about the show, including one of them suggesting that listeners “dance around a fire” because it would be fun to “watch a bunch of people sing.”
In her book “The Unusual Woman,” author Paula Hawkins describes a conversation with a former NPR producer who was in charge of “staying on the topic of radio.”
The producer asked, “Do you think that we should just shut up about radio?
We can talk about it.
We can listen to it.”
The host responded, “Well, if you’re not listening to it, what are you listening to?”
When she then added, “Are you listening at home?”
This prompted the producer to ask, “You know, are you in the middle of a conversation?”
To which the producer replied, “I just don’t think that’s what the point of a radio show is.”
It’s the kind of thing that gets you on the wrong side of the network’s culture warriors.
It’s not like they are doing anything wrong, they are just being too much.
The next time you hear someone say, “Don’t listen to radio,” ask them how they would have done things differently if they had.
Listeners don’t need to be reminded of the good, old-fashioned good old-school radio.
They just need to know that they are not obligated to watch NPR every week, especially if it is a show they don’t particularly enjoy.
It might not be the same thing as being a “bad” listener, but it does make you think about how you might react if you were to listen instead.
Related: How to get a free podcast subscription with NPR
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