Redux: Watch That Salsa

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We've all seen it. Some of us have even done it. Double dipping is just plain unacceptable in polite company, or is it? Turns out it's about as germ-ridden as kissing. But do you really want to kiss everyone at your Super Bowl party?

Clemson professor Paul Dawson has made the public radio rounds with the well timed release of his study on double dipping, but Weekend Edition had the best coverage by far. The ubiquitous crunching sound effect, a semi-humorous Seinfeld clip, and a snappy interview with Liane Hansen are the perfect side dishes for his breaking news story of national importance.

Blog: A Radio Commute

When we first started this site (Jen's brilliant idea, by the way), I was trying to figure out when would be the best times for me to listen to radio. I am juggling a couple of jobs right now and don't have a lot of time when I get home in the evenings, so time was definitely an issue. And then I was given an iPod for my birthday and the plan was set in motion. On my first day of work, I break out my shiny new radio-filled iPod when I board the T.

Redux: What Would a Labor/Delivery Soundtrack Include?

This was my first time listening to What Would Rob Do, a weekly NPR podcast that features twentysomething producer Rob Sachs talking about his life. And, um, I'm hooked. Maybe it was his idea of having the song, "Push It" (you know, "ahh, push it, push it real good") on the soundtrack he creates for his wife's labor and delivery, or maybe it was the way he incorporated previous recorded conversations into his back-and-forth with Charlie Mayer. Whatever the reason, good stuff all around.

Redux: Snubster: "People Who Say Cheers"

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So this short report by NPR's Scott Simon doesn't delve deep into the anti-social sites that have cropped up -- take-offs on Friendster (Snubster) and MySpace (Hatespace). But it does raise a couple of interesting questions. A site that starts as a place to rant about politicians you disdain can easily turn into a platform for others to bully. How do you prevent this from happening without limiting free speech?

Redux: From Fork Stabbing to Love

While at the Salt Institute, we were trained to "be there" at all the right moments -- moments of transition, revelation, the mundane. These bits of active tape were to be woven in with our more reflective interview tape to create a moving and complete documentary. What I love about StoryCorps -- and this episode in particular -- is that, as a listener, you still feel like you're there for a moment of revelation or change, even when it's just a conversation between two people. When these sisters say, "I love you" at the end of the piece, you wonder if it's the first time they've said it aloud to one another.

Redux: What's Next, a Nation-Wide Quorum Call?

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How did the word earmark become part of our everyday lexicon? It seems like just yesterday when that word rested comfortably with other obscure legislative terms like cloture and quorum. Now politicians are throwing it around like 'democracy.' On The Media explores the progression of this often misunderstood term with The Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman.

Redux: A Collection of Lists

StoryCorps uses one of my favorite editing techniques brilliantly in this short piece about a semi-compulsive collector.

What do you do when your "expert" is droning on about who-knows-what, giving you a giant list of items you couldn't care less about? Just weave his list in and out of your narration, or in this case his own stories. You highlight the amusing little moments in the list while preventing your listeners from hitting the snooze button. The result is total ear candy.

Redux: Wind Up The Way Back Machine

Fifty years ago you could do something scandalous, be the brunt of small town gossip, and then move on to the next town to start a fresh life. Today, you just need one blabbermouth to blog about that time you danced half naked on the bar to lose your husband and maybe even your job.

World wide mortification is just a click away, a fact DC-area listeners know quite well. Listen in to their tales of woe and hear guest Daniel Solove rationalize their fears away.

Redux: Throw Away The Key?

Okay, so you're 16 years old and your buddies decide it would be fun to steal beer from the local Quick-E-Mart. Things get out of hand and your friend pulls out a gun. He shoots and kills the clerk and you find yourself behind bars for life, no parole.

The California Senate is considering a bill to ban life sentences for juveniles, giving them the right to go before a parole board after serving 25 years. But is that fair to victims and their families? Is it ever okay to give a murderer the chance to live a normal life?

Judy Campbell presents a nuanced look at this highly controversial bill by mixing expert opinions with personal stories from families on both sides of the issue.

Redux: Tick Tock Goes the Clock

Producer Sue Mell delights us with her podcast, Unintended Detours. This sound-rich production layers music, archival tape, interviews, and Sue's own thoughts on different themes (this particular episode focuses on time). If someone were to put a microphone to one's brain right before drifting off to sleep, it might sound something like this...