New year, new president, new … new media intern at WBUR. No, I’m not as exciting as the passage of time or President Obama, but I love a good portmanteau, so I’m joining the converstation. My name’s Lexy, and I’m a senior at Boston University, an avid consumer of public media, and one of the recent additions to the team of bright young whippersnappers learning the public radio ropes. So far I’ve been busy tweeting, uttering, flickring (flicking?), doing miscellaneous clean-up for wbur.org and publicradiokitchen.org, and saying “Ken? I broke it.” My main task, though ,has been helping with the transition to the new Here & Now website, which we unveiled last week. If you ask this whippersnapper, the most important improvement on the old here-now.org is the new comments feature. It gives listener input a much-needed dose of here and now, if you’ll pardon the pun. Since the show’s summary is posted online right at noon, listeners can share their reactions the moment they have them. We’ve gotten some great comments this past week. On January 22, the piece on “Slumdog Millionaire” and the rebroadcast of Robin Young’s interview with abortion doctor Susan Wicklund provoked a slew of passionate and thoughtful responses. Definitely check it out. Folks were outraged by the corporate tax evasion they heard about on Tuesday. For instance:
Will Mike Moore make a documentary about this please!? Anyone got his number?? I’m commenting to Netflix to make one about it now. This enrages me right off the scale! Posted by Lance, on January 27th, 2009 at 9:29 pm
And some did not agree with guest Penelope Leach’s views on parenting, and took both her and Robin to task.
Gone are the days of man as bread-winner and woman as barefoot and pregnant. I was disappointed that both the host and the guest of this segment apparently only saw men as a sperm donor rather than an important part of a child’s upbringing. Posted by Rob Killian, on January 26th, 2009 at 12:32 pm
But many listeners used the new comments feature to praise and thank Robin. On “The Oxford Project
It was a great piece and your sensitive and thoughtful questions, Robin, gave it a richness and relevance it would not have had otherwise. Thanks for a wonderful story. Cindy Posted by Cindy van Laar, on January 24th, 2009 at 2:07 pm
And of course, a comments feature invites the occasional unexplained, out of context, delightful tidbit. Below the summary of a show that discussed Guantanamo Bay, an abortion doctor, the White House redecoration, first kids, and “Slumdog Millionaire”:
Wasn’t the Boss at the Pre-Inaugural Concert kinda neat?! Posted by Richard Ling, on January 23rd, 2009 at 11:39 am
Keep ’em comin’, everybody. You keep things interesting.