Blog: Someone at the BBC Has a Dirty, Dirty Mind

Or maybe those Brits are so squeaky clean that they didn't realize how obscene this headline really is.

Redux: Oh, Spam

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Imagine my joy and surprise when I discovered dozens of new comments on Public Radio Redux this morning. I put my coffee down and thought, "This is way too good to be true."

Yes, spam has struck again. As soon as I'm done with the piece I'm editing today, I'll go through and delete them one by one. Until then, enjoy this delightful look back on spam's early years (cue the baby pics).

Blog: Blogs I Love That Blog Too Much

Just like love, it is possible to blog too much. Sometimes I find myself honestly overwhelmed by blog culture. Not with the rather enjoyable task of writing for this blog, but with the utter chore of reading blogs that post 30 or 40 times a day.

Blogs I love like Jezebel, brooklynvegan, Apartment Therapy, and Pitchfork have so many people writing for them that my RSS reader is never empty. Of course, my Jewish guilt kicks in and I feel bad about how behind I am, but I also feel too guilty to delete them all. That's how I found myself in the predicament of having nearly 1,000 unread posts in my RSS reader this morning. And my NewsFire icon just sprang into action, reminding me how many more blogs I have to read today.

Am I the only one who feels the burden of their blogs? Or does everyone have this idyllic, dizzying love affair with their RSS reader?

I suppose it's time to turn off my reader and get some work done. Those deadlines aren't going to meet themselves.

Blog: Thanks Uncle Sam!

How will you spend the pretty little "economic stimulus check" that the government is sending your way? Mine is going directly to my first mortgage payment (perfect timing - thanks Congress).

If you're curious what your neighbors are buying, check out HowISpentMyStimulus.com

Redux: (Platonic) Radio Romance

Public radio's favorite odd couple, Radio Lab's Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich have that perfect chemistry that can draw even the most jaded listener. On the surface, they don't have that much in common. Robert is an optimist and Jad's a realist. Jad believes strictly in science and Robert hopes that maybe there's a larger force at work. And there's the fact that Robert is old enough to be Jad's father.

So how did they meet? You won't want to miss their first audio production (which I found hilarious) plus proof once and for all that Ira Glass was pompous long before his face appeared on subway billboards.

Blog: Be Your Own Radio Star

If you've always wanted to hear yourself on the air (or over the internet), here's your chance. Minnesota Public Radio's hip and snazzy music channel The Current wants YOU to be its next voice. Just record yourself saying something short and witty about The Current and send them a digital file. Not quite sure how to do that? Chances are, your Mac will do it for you. If you don't have a Mac, I'm not quite sure how to help you.

Blog: Bye, Bye NPR News Blog

It's been a good year, NPR blog, but I suppose you've got better things to do with your time - like make radio. Yep, after nearly 1 whole year, the NPR blog is making its final post today.

I guess that interweb thing wasn't the wave of future after all. What will be next to go, Dippin' Dots?

Blog: More Radio Geeks!

I was thrilled to stumble upon another website devoted to the love of public radio. Radio Sweethearts has all the biting wit and sarcasm that we just can't get away with on Public Radio Redux. (As freelancers, Erin and I never know who our next radio boss might be, so we abide by "if you don't have anything nice to say...")

The site is run by two radio sweethearts who play Dr. Jekyll to the other's Mr. Hyde. Some posts are sweet, others are snarky, but if you like reading about radio, add Radio Sweethearts to your R.S.S. reader.

Blog: Never Too Early To Hit The Trail

Election coverage can be tiring, and not just for the listeners. It's no easy task to follow around a candidate, jockey for time with the other reporters, and find something interesting to say about it all by the end of the day.

But Y-Press, an Indianapolis youth media non-profit nurtures the kind of zeal for reporting that can disappear after a year or two on the campaign trail. And the best part is, these kids sound great. Since they start reporting at age 10 and editing at 14, by the time they hit high school, they have more collective experience than many live, local, late breaking TV newsrooms. Yep, these kids will definitely take over the world one day.

Redux: I Choose You, I Choose You Not.

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The superdelegates must feel like the prettiest girls at the prom right about now. Everyone wants to be their date and all they can do is stand around batting their eyelashes at all their suitors.

Former Democratic National Committee chairman Joe Andrew has turned his eyes from Clinton towards Obama without even a phone call to dump poor Hilary. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad he's switched sides, but it does remind me of a Sweet Valley High book. WWJD (What would Jessica Do?)