I will be on KUOW's Weekday (http://www.kuow.org/program.php?current=WK1) program today, 9am-10am PDT, talking with Steve Scher (http://www.kuow.org/about/staff.php?staff=1270) about (guess!) China. I was supposed to do this one week ago, but had such a paralyzing case of laryngitis, based on having yelled over the noise of jet engines at the Oshkosh air show earlier that week, that I couldn't say a word and had to bail out.
Update: audio of show is available here (http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=18099). It was a lot of fun. Got to talk about my visit (http://jamesfallows.theatlantic.com/archives/2007/06/my_visit_to_the_shanghai_skin.php) to the Shanghai Skin Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Diseases clinic, as a patient.
Side note: again I notice as a recent arrival on American shores the value that NPR public-affairs talk shows around the country bring. When I lived in Seattle, I often listened to Scher's show -- or to Michael Krasny's Forum (http://www.kqed.org/radio/programs/forum/) on KQED when I was living in Berkeley, or Larry Mantle's AirTalk (http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/) on KPCC when I was visiting my parents in southern California, or Kathleen Dunn (http://www.wpr.org/kathleendunn/) on Wisconsin Public Radio when I'm in that part of the country. And of course in many cities you can hear Tom Ashbrook's On Point (http://www.onpointradio.org/) from WBUR in Boston and Diane Rehm (http://wamu.org/programs/dr/) on WAMU in DC. I'll stop with the list before getting into the risk of "offense by omission"; the point, again, is that at a moment of justified concern about the chaos and deterioration of the media, it's worth noting that this particular kind of program -- locally-run NPR talk shows -- is an area of increasing quality and strength.
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