Posts Tagged ‘NPR’

Delicate Steve, Beautiful Visuals

Delicate Steve is a lot of things: Imagine a band who creates music. My Bloody Valentine without the guitars. The band’s latest album recalls a number of influences, among them “Yes, Vampire Weekend, The Fall, Ravi Shankur, 10 cc, The Orbital, Jann Hammer, the first half of OK Computer, the second act of The Wizard of Oz, and the final pages of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom.”

So maybe Chuck Klosterman’s faux press release is a little exaggerated, a little made up and a little genius. The video is the genuine article. Unsurprisingly, it features all sorts of good:

Music Video for Delicate Steve – Butterfly from sophia peer on Vimeo.

No Need To Toy With The Title: Coolio Samples Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish

National Public Radio has been catching a lot of flack in the past weeks for firing Juan Williams, over-representing the left, and for an undying allegiance to the National Socialist Party. Just yesterday, the GOP unsuccessfully tried to pull its federal funding. With the incoming Republican majority, future attempts are all but guaranteed.

Everyone has the right to make an argument for or against public radio, but we can all surely agree that any news outlet that pairs Pepto-Bismoly Thanksgiving relishes with Coolio commentary has good things going.

You take some cranberry
A little bit of horseradish
And some onions.
Now I got a relish fetish.
Mama Stamberg
That’s what you heard.

It’s Coolio, not Stamberg
With some cranberries
And a little bit of onion, y’all.
And some horseradish.
Now I got a fetish
For that relish.
And it’s Pinkout.
Better pull your drink out.

It turns out that when not walking through the valley of the shadow of death, Coolio’s cooking. Veteran NPR announcer Susan Stamberg had the foresight to pitch the chef her “Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish.” After some initial color-induced hesitation, Coolio endorsed the recipe and even added some Thai hot sauce for a Blasian (Black-Asian) kick. And people say public radio’s bland…

The luscious recipe and equally delicious audio are up at NPR’s progressive page on the World Wide Web.

A Happy Thanksgiving from all at Goodosphere.
A Happy belated Canadian Thanksgiving to friends north of the 49th.

Danny & Annie

StoryCorps’ mission is to “provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.” The stories people tell are broadcast on public media and posted online before they land in the Library of Congress. Not a bad deal.

The group recently upped its game–turning some of their favorite tales into animations. It’s hard to say whether the stories take on extra poignance or pack a similar punch as the isolated audio, but one thing’s for sure: These folk are doing some good work.

Danny & Annie from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

Buggin' Out

You’ve probably noticed that the lines between different media are being blurred. The New York Times has videos on your pad. The internet sells you moviefilms for your phone. The TV is on your computer. The drugs are coming out of the speakers.

We here at Goodosphere are de jure takers of the good with the bad. While there’s surely equal measures, the floodgates of good have opened at NPR as of late. Not only are they constantly streaming live concerts and full albums pre-release, but they evidently have taken to adapting long-form radio pieces into cartoons. The results are endearing:

Apologies to The Garden State

In keeping with Goodosphere ethos, I must note that this post is in no way a stab at New Jersey. After all, taking a stab at the muchmaligned third signatory of the Constitution wouldn’t exactly make for a compelling read, nor much of a foray into unfamiliar territory. However you may feel about Jersey Shore, the smell, or the pollution, it’s wise to remember that this is the birthplace of The Boss, the boss, and the man The Economist calls a modern day Socrates.

Irrespective of its contributions and many glorifications, there will always be two schools of thought on what moniker best couches all that is Jersey. Wikipedia’s New Jersey entry references “the Garden State” six times, but not once features the word armpit. A google of “Armpit of America” yields some 700,000 results and all of the most frequented ones that don’t refer to a dubious Washington Post article that bestowed the title on Battle Mountain, Nevada refer to New Jersey. The poor man’s Webster’s, Urban Dictionary, features just one definition for the ignominious title:

1. Armpit of America

New Jersey

As Bob approached the border of PA, he could see the sign that always brightened his day up:

“Welcome to Pennsylvania.”

“Ahhh, I feel better already” thought Bob.

NPR’s Peter Sagal — host of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and New Jersey native — tried to make some sense of the dichotomy between Garden State and Armpit of America with mixed results. What seems to be certain is that haters gonna hate and New Jersey is in fact exceptionally trashed and polluted. Thus, we don’t have to feel bad about laughing at Jay’s tattoo of the Armpit of America all up in his armpit:

Setting an example

Welcome to Goodosphere. Come back tomorrow. And the next day, in perpetuity. We’ll make you smile, laugh, cry–but only in that good, warm way.

We’ll kick things off with some good courtesy of StoryCorps. Colbert Williams became a dad and found one around the same time: when he was 16.

Colbert Williams talks with Ralph Catania