Posted by Maya Rajamani
on Aug 30, 2012 in Thoughts on Radio
| Comments Off on All Things Considered
For my radio listening assignment, I ended up listening to a story on NPR’s All Things Considered about Paul Ryan, an interview he did in which he said that he once had a black girlfriend, and whether or not that fact matters in the current political climate or the upcoming election. It was strange to me that this was even a story in this day and age, but the story definitely grabbed my attention anyway because I’m interested in stories that deal with social and race relations. I thought it was the story was compelling because it included sound bites from people weighing in on what it meant about Paul Ryan’s attitudes toward race were that he said this, and it also included a soundbite by performer Chris Rock relating to the issue, which added humor but also provoked further questions. I thought it was good radio because it didn’t just present the fact but rather allowed people to weigh in on different aspects of the story and built a dialogue around something that was at one point just a passing comment in an interview....