Monday, October 27, 2008

National Public What?

   Saturday morning, Mr. ------ turned on the radio in his Suburban Assault Vehicle on our way to pin-shooting and with a wicked grin, tuned it to NPR, expecting left-slanted news or classical music.  What we heard instead was...  Well, they were in the middle of a highly subjective and personal discussion about boy's underpants.  He, Tam and I sat there aghast for several minutes; I don't know what they were thinking but the pie chart above sprang fully-formed in my mind's eye.  The proportions are estimates but I'd bet a cookie they're close. 

19 comments:

CounterClckWise said...

Swap the defense and welfare tags and you're about right on...

Turk Turon said...

Your point being?

Karl Keller said...

Now that's funny, Roberta!

In public radio's defense, I must say that there is still some good programing, and that if you subscribe to it by podcast, you can skip the icky stuff. If I weren't already funding it with my taxes, I might even be tempted to make a donation, as I occasionally do to other podcasts that I find interesting.

Tam said...

I have yet to hear anything redeeming other than Click & Clack, the Tappet brothers.

D.W. Drang said...

While in Korea Keeping The World Safe For democracy for the last time, I discovered that the gratis 8th Army Morale, Welfare & Recreation cable TV in the barracks rooms (your tax dollars at work!) received NPR on channel... something or other. Shamrock and Thistle. Several interesting game shows (Wait, Wait!) Some good classical and jazz music shows.
All depends on what programming they pick up.

D.W. Drang said...

And Click and Clack are Brady-ite gun grabbers, BTW.

phlegmfatale said...

You are superb! Love the pie chart.

Karl Keller said...

Yep. Car Talk and sometimes Science Friday.

But you're right--that's about it. Digging through my podcast list I find a lot less public radio content than I remembered, and a lot more of the following sort:

http://www.dancarlin.com/
http://radio.nationalreview.com/radioderb/
http://tuatara.blogmatrix.com/
http://twit.tv/sn
http://twit.tv/FLOSS
http://twit.tv/FIB

Timmeehh said...

This is OT, but thought you would like this:

http://lipsticklacebrassknuckles.
wordpress.com/2008/05/20/yay-or-
nay-chanel-gun-heel/

Laughingdog said...

You know, some of that federal payroll is technically defense spending.

The only reason I don't have any qualms about living off the efforts of the taxpayers is that I work in one of the few areas of the government that's actually listed as a role in the Constitution.

Well, there's also the fact that my job description makes me sound a lot smarter than I think I am.
"Nuclear Test Engineer: repair and retest aircraft carrier and submarine nuclear reactors".

the pawnbroker said...

"And Click and Clack are Brady-ite gun grabbers, BTW"

not their fault...they are captives in ouah faiah city, ma. plus they are f'n hilarious, and that buys some slack from me on their orientation as long as it's not in my face.

and the soundtracks on "all things considered" are awesome...

word ver: zinkn...yeah sometimes i think we are sinkin'.

jtc

BobG said...

I assume that the part that says "Dope and whores" is talking about politician's diversions; otherwise it should read "Dopes and whores" if it's talking about the politicians themselves.

Brigid said...

Love the chart - I think I may fall in more than one category though.

:-)

Somerled said...

I haven't listened much the past eight years or so since tuning in the "All Things Considered" program regarding the lifestyle of homosexuals in Kinshasa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The most shocking fact was the Congolese government didn't act to improve their plight because, officially, homosexuality doesn't exist there. Bono and Sir Bob Geldof have probably fixed it by now.

Roberta X said...

Oh, I'm sure they have -- one way or another.

Matt G said...

"I have yet to hear anything redeeming other than Click & Clack, the Tappet brothers."

Give "This American Life" a listen. The writing, production, and music accompanying the essays are often superb. They occasionally have a clunker, but usually I learn about or think about something new. And that ain't a bad thing.

Stingray said...

Conga-rats. You've been plagia-- er, "misattributed."

http://www.theospark.net/2008/10/so-thats-how-budget-works.html

Ted said...

You should post this to Fun With Charts:

http://graphjam.com/

Roberta X said...

I have to second Matt G in re "This American Life." The video edition (on Showtime) is just as good, too.

He could probably pull off the underpants thing, even. Er, wait, that's not sounding right...!