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NPR has saved my morning commute.
Ever since I started at my current job, I’ve had to endure an hour long commute. Luckily, its against traffic, but still — an hour is an hour. I’ve more or less been content with listening to my iPod during these drives, but after a while I feel like I’ve listened to all my favorite songs way too many times. I don’t have the income to constantly buy new music to freshen up my drive.
This past week I started listening to NPR on my way to work. Specifically, I’ve been listening to 88.5 WAMU, American University’s NPR broadcast. During my morning trek I get to listen to Morning Edition and The Writer’s Almanac (hosted by A Prarie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor). In the afternoon, I catch All Things Considered.
NPR’s news stories feel more in depth than any of the news bites I hear on television or elsewhere on the radio. I almost feel like I know absolutely nothing when I hear NPR go deep into the Middle East conflicts or critically analyze the current economic plight of our country. But NPR has a way to educate while it reports, which makes me feel more in tune with what’s going on in the world.
Now I want to get a radio to keep in the house to listen their other great shows like Car Talk, This American Life, and A Prarie Home Companion on the weekends (I could just download the podcasts, but I rarely sync my iPod anymore). I feel like I’m stepping backwards into a time when people listened and digested the news rather than just tasted news bites.