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The Legend Of #Lakshmeme (LIVE)


(ht Stephanie Black)

Since mid-December, I have been taking photos of public radio personalities, producers and strangers on the street wearing a hat that that makes an obviously false claim: “I AM LAKSHMI SINGH.” At a live event two weeks ago, NPR newscaster and personal hero Lakshmi Singh finally wore the hat, admitting the meme was exactly her kind of crazy. By the end of the event, audience members departed with their own Lakshmi Singh hats, doubling the meme’s half-life.

The so-called “#lakshmeme,” a tribute to the newscaster who inspired me to pursue a career in public radio, has amassed hundreds of portraits, posted and shared on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr. It even landed on the front page of Current, public media’s trade publication.

The meme drew to its satisfying, crazy conclusion – a public radio spelling bee and piñatas were involved – live in The Greene Space on May 26 when Lakshmi talked about her career in public radio and discussed the importance of diverse voices, names, and faces in media. We were joined by current This American Life and former Snap Judgment producer Stephanie Foo and “The Whiteness Of Public Radio Voice” author and Clemson University communications professor Chenjerai Kumanyika.

WATCH THE ENTIRE EVENT/LISTEN TO THE PODCAST:

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shows are too long

you hate the theme song

the jokes mostly bomb

the whole thing is wrong

why can’t we be like click and clack?

you don’t want to listen

but everybody listens

you try to understand

why everybody listens

this is enough to drive you mad

if you think podcasts are getting old

find a radio and scan the dial

turn on npr and learn something

if you think podcasts are getting old

find a radio and scan that dial

your local member station wants you back