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Curriculum Changes for NYC Public Schools...

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All Things Considered: Chris Colfer

This interview with Chris Colfer discusses his experiences both on “Glee” and his recent movie “Struck By Lightning”. I think this interview is good in several ways, including the questioning and the way the arrangement of the audio. Although the interviewer (Guy Roz) does lead with info before the questions, the context is relevant since the audience may not be familiar with Colfer. The context also helps to transition between topics and keep the listener moving along. Most of the questions are open-ended, and even the ones which are not evoke good answers. Roz allows Colfer to answer, doesn’t interject or talk over him. Roz includes clips from Colfer’s work during the interview, and also conveys a strong understanding of his work and his experiences both professionally and personally. Unlike another NPR interview I listened to with Sasha Baron Cohen, Roz doesn’t interject too much of what he thinks the answer to Colfer’s questions will be; instead, he allows him to give the insight himself and answer the questions. In other words, he keeps Colfer as the focus of the interview at all times. It’s also very conversational in nature, it sounds natural and flows well. The interview followed an arc, although we don’t hear all of the questions it seems. It began with a light-heardted anecdote about Colfer in high school, then goes into details of his movie “Struck by lightning”. Next he transitions from “Struck by Lightning” to “Glee”, and then ends by asking questions about Colfer’s future. Roz mixes topical and deep questions covering issues from bulling to coming out and even the death of a classmate, all intertwined with conversation about Colfer’s work but evoking answers from Colfer’s personal life.  ...
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Cappuccino Commotion

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Listening: NPR’s reporting on Ryan’s Speech at the RNC...

I listened to the NPR report on Morning Edition by Mara Liasson on the 2nd day Republican National Convention, specifically Paul Ryan’s speech. The report was long, over 8 minutes, but included many different soundbites from Ryan’s speech and others, in order to give the listener a complete recap. The reporter also provided insight on controversy regarding a false implication made by Ryan regarding a GM plant in his home state.  The soundbites were very strong in my opinion; they brought the convention to the ears of the listener, not only through the speech itself but because of the nat sound of the crowd cheering. The intro effectively explained the story, and the body gave specific details and critique on the speech itself. At the end, Liasson encouraged the listener to look forward to tonight, where Mitt Romney will formally accept the nomination. Here’s the audio below.    ...
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Shooting Near Empire State Building

An upset former employee killed his coworker before being shot and killed by police in midtown this morning. Jeffrey johnson fired on his former coworker steve ercolino five times after an ongoing dispute. Johnson then fled the scene where he was chased and shot by police near the empire state building. Nine others were shot in the exchange with police. The rash of gun violence in the city and many parts of the country makes people like Phil Lorre examine the need for more gun laws. The investigation of the incident is still underway.  ...