I have something special to share with all of you—it’s something that has made my life better, and I don’t think it’s right for me to keep it to myself.
It’s listening to National Public Radio (NPR). Heather and I started listening to NPR when we first got married and had no other access to news (and didn’t want to listen to one of the 15 country stations Logan, Utah has). Why should you listen to NPR?
1. They are very circumspect in reporting what in other channels becomes quite salacious. For example, during the Clinton impeachment hearings, we never heard any of the sordid details. During the recent Don Imus brouhaha, the only time he was quoted on NPR was by guests, not by reporters.
2. Although the perception of NPR, as with most of the media, is that it is overly-liberal, according to studies, a large majority of the political guests are Republicans. This may be due to the fact that Republicans have controlled both the executive and legislative branches. I feel that NPR is what used to be “fair and balanced” before the phrase was hijacked.
3. It gives a good view of the world, not just local or national news. In today’s world, we have to understand what those outside our country think in order to understand our country’s position in the world and our international and domestic policies and situation.
I challenge those who don’t listen to it to do so for one week. You’ll never go back.