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Kitchen Sounds

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Mindy Kaling on Diets, High School, and other American Pastimes...

The interview I chose to share was one that Renee Montagne from NPR’s Morning Edition conducted with Mindy Kaling, a writer and actress on The Office who now has her own show, The Mindy Project, on Fox. The interview aired last year when Mindy’s book – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns – came out. It’s a collection of essays about Mindy’s life and her work in TV so far, and it’s really funny. I think the interview is great because Renee lets Mindy talk more about her book – which gives a listener who has already read and enjoyed her book more insight into it – but the anecdotes Renee prompts her to talk about are also funny and interesting on their own. I thought the way that Renee sort of bantered and just had a conversation with Mindy was also great because it made the interview funnier; the sound bites they chose to play also fit in really well with the light but funny and insightful tone of the interview. When she wasn’t talking conversationally with Mindy, Renee asked open ended questions, which we talked about as an important interview technique; no “yes” or “no” answers....
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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....
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Empire State Building Shooting

On Friday morning, a disgruntled former employee shot and killed the man who fired him outside the Empire State Building. Police killed the shooter, but nine bystanders were hurt, several by police bullets. It isn’t the first shooting this summer to spark a debate about gun control laws in the United States. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has been vocal about the need for gun control, and many seem to share his view. That was Fred, a 70 year old New Yorker originally from Alabama. He spoke from a busy street in Times Square, not far from today’s shooting on 34th...
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Joy, Climate Change, Frustration, Immigration...