NPR is sliding rapidly down a slippery slope. Formerly a stellar news source, there is more distasteful dreck all the time! This story is disgusting, and its only news values is an example of why I stopped using television over fifteen years ago. Ever since NPR West started, the quality of NPR in general has slipped disastrously downhill! I may be older, but as a devoted NPR listener since 1980, I am listening less and less, and from now on will just forget about hearing any real news at 5PM on weekends.
First and foremost, the story is completely fictional. Think about it for two seconds: the lady gets in everyone’s face on the airplane EXCEPT the guy who antagonizes her, to whom she writes a perfectly well-thought-out and easily-photographable note? Wouldn’t 7A be a window seat, and in that…
MaxFunCon is our annual retreat to the mountains of Southern California. We host amazing comedy shows, fascinating classes and brilliant lecturers. Plus fancy cocktails and a big old s’mores roast.
Past guests at MaxFunCon have included the Upright Citizens Brigade, Andy Richter, Dick Cavett, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Tig Notaro, Chris Hardwick, Rian Johnson, Lee Unkrich, John Hodgman, Al Madrigal, Jonathan Coulton, Jad Abumrad, Elvis Mitchell and many, many others. Many people, though, tell us that the warm companionship they find in Lake Arrowhead is the real reason they come every year.
I was just thinking that all my friends who are parents, especially those who are care givers to young children, ought to listen to one of my favorite podcasts, One Bad Mother. There are only 14 episodes, so you don’t have to work too hard to catch up. I cannot tell you how often I’ve been listening to one of these eps and said, “YES! That’s it! THANK YOU!”. All the times I’ve felt lonely or lost or like I was losing my mind— these mamas have felt it too and listening to them talk about their experiences has been so… vindicating, so cathartic. Maybe it will be too raw for some of my new mom friends, but in a few weeks or months or years or whenever you should look this show up and listen to Biz and Theresa talk about all the shit you haven’t been able to talk about. Word. Amen.