I love NPR, in case you hadn't noticed. I mean that I love it to the point that I get probably 80+% of my news from its dulcet radio tones.
I love turning on WVXU at any time and catching a show that is going to teach me something about my world, something that I probably didn't know. It might be Morning Edition on the way to school or Fresh Air on the way home, Talk of the Nation a little later in the evening or Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me on a Sunday afternoon, This American Life on a Saturday or Diane Rehm's less than dulcet tones in the middle of the day. I am going to end that hour smarter than I began it.
And this past weekend was no different.
I was out of town, catching my NPR fix on WFPL. There I got a dose of Living on Earth, a weekly environmentally-themed program. I learned about the phasing out of metal coat hangers, an environmental challenge that I had never before considered; home wind farms, something that The Girl and I have considered a few times; and the EPA's embarassing heal dragging on testing pesticides for possible hormone disruption in humans.
And so much of the programming on NPR is available in full streaming or downloadable audio - or in transcript form. Their job is to inform us, so they're thrilled to give their content away free. After all, if they get you to their website from a simple web story, you're hooked and interested in something new.
If you haven't tuned in to NPR, please give it a try.
If you love NPR already, remember to give them a donation.
If you already donate, buy something.
This radio resource is too valuable to squander.