August 4, 2014


Do you listen to NPR?

I’ll be honest: I spent years feeling like I should be listening to NPR but never actually doing so. Instead, I’d listen to my CDs or terrible morning talk shows or the pop songs du jour. And then I’d listen to my colleagues say things like, “On NPR this morning, I heard this fun fact…” or “I was listening to this great story on NPR…” and feel inadequate and uninformed.

Of course, those are all completely self-inflicted feelings, and there’s nothing at all wrong with CDs, terrible morning talk shows or pop songs. And I tried listening to NPR a few times, I did. But it was just too, like, quietly talky for me. I’ve always been the kind of girl who prefers to sing at the top of her lungs in her car as opposed to just sitting there listening to the news.

Then, a few months ago, I noticed myself driving to work in the mornings in silence, or getting off a phone call and not turning to the radio back on. It threw me for a loop a little–I used to get so mad when my dad wouldn’t let me listen to the radio first thing in the morning when he drove me to school–but I figured it was my brain’s way of telling me it needed a little break from other stimuli (like, you know, Katy Perry’s belting). Within a few weeks, I’d started to embrace the silence.

And then one day I was driving around and I turned to NPR. I was picking up doughnuts for a work project–seriously–and all of the sudden I realized how much I was enjoying listening to the news in the background. I spent a good hour with it on, and ever since that day, I’ve been turning to NPR when I get in my car in the morning, as opposed to other stations.

Do you listen to NPR, or other talk radio programs or podcasts? Have you always or is it a new thing for you, too? And what do you listen to? I’d love to know.

  • Reply
    August 5, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I now start Sunday morning with “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” (seriously hilarious AND informative–at 10 a.m.) followed by “RadioLab.” Terry Gross at noon on weekdays also interviews a lot of interesting people. And you have to catch StoryCorps around 8:30 on Friday mornings. 🙂

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