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Poll: What's your opinion of NPR's "This American Life"?
  • 23.8% - Love it! 392
  • 8.2% - I like it, but Ira's voice grates on my soul 135
  • 5.3% - Despise it. 88
  • 60.8% - I don't know what that is. 1001
  • 1.9% - Another opinion I'll express in the comments in the style of John Hodgman 31
1647 votes

Well, how do you fare compared to the Zeitgeist? Chat up your fellow wooters and let us know how lame this poll was or what obvious choices we missed. For example: Was this poll a) STUPID, b) DUMB, c) POINTLESS or d) ALL OF THE ABOVE?

crude


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just another propaganda mouth piece

hurricanechelsea


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If I remember correctly, it's not from NPR, it's from PRI. So... trick question?

I love Ira Glass and I love the show. I don't listen often, but when I do, it tends to be in binges. Some episodes are better than others, but the good ones really stick with me.

conculcate


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crude wrote:just another propaganda mouth piece



If you actually believe that, then I pity you.

procop


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conculcate wrote:If you actually believe that, then I pity you.


If you actually don't believe that, then we all pity you.

DrHardcrab


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Does anyone really listen to NPR anymore?

CatCK


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DrHardcrab wrote:Does anyone really listen to NPR anymore?



I do.

CatCK


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I won't say that I love the show, but I do like it a lot when I come across it. The stories are often interesting.

DivineAna


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DrHardcrab wrote:Does anyone really listen to NPR anymore?



What a weird thing to say. I'm pretty sure they have more listeners than ever, though it depends on your local station. I used to live in Chicago, home of basically all the great shows, and when I go on road trips I always find it strange when I come across local NPR stations that play nothing but the news and classical music.

cebii


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CatCK wrote:I do.



I do, too.

evierjoy


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cebii wrote:I do, too.



Ditto.

ClaudeCat


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evierjoy wrote:Ditto.



It's pretty much the only radio station I tune in to.

cappomutato


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crude wrote:just another propaganda mouth piece



Propaganda for what? Reality? Maybe you just don't understand what "propaganda" means.

yay taco

Moueska


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Love it as much as "Snap Judgement". And since I adore "Snap Judgement", then I think you get a pretty good idea how much I love "This American Life".

Ira Glass' voice amuses me greatly.

cycokiller


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I listen to NPR on the way to work in the mornings.. mostly just news that time of day. It's usually better than our local news. I do listen to the local news on the way home for the traffic reports.

I do catch some of the weekend shows while driving back and forth between home and the hardware store. There are a few I like.

I've heard of "This American Life", but never had a chance to hear it.

In case anyone needs it, propaganda is:

information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. -- from the Google

I really doubt this radio show falls under that definition. What could babysitters possibly have to do with politics?

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triplebud


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I make my 15 year old nephew listen to NPR every day now because he got caught smoking weed.

fuzzypeaches


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As I've gotten older, my hearing has gotten worst. I have the type of hearing loss that no matter how loud I turn up the radio (etc.) I can't understand. That being said....I miss NPR radio more than anything else. If only it was sub-titled. LOL

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magnoliasouth


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I'd be willing to try listening to it. Problem is, we don't have NPR (or PRI, but NPR has it listed on their website) anywhere in our area.

Does anyone know if a channel on iheartradio carries it? A search revealed nothing.

What I'd really LOVE to hear, are the old fashioned entertainment radio shows like Suspense, Jack Benny or learning things like languages.

Stations should bring back those goodies. Not everyone wants to listen to music all the time. The older I get, the less I like it. lol!

Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't mean that they hate you, or anyone else.

magnoliasouth


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crude wrote:just another propaganda mouth piece

Propaganda in which direction?

Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't mean that they hate you, or anyone else.

moles1138


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magnoliasouth wrote:I'd be willing to try listening to it. Problem is, we don't have NPR (or PRI, but NPR has it listed on their website) anywhere in our area.

Does anyone know if a channel on iheartradio carries it? A search revealed nothing.

What I'd really LOVE to hear, are the old fashioned entertainment radio shows like Suspense, Jack Benny or learning things like languages.

Stations should bring back those goodies. Not everyone wants to listen to music all the time. The older I get, the less I like it. lol!



You can listen to WKSU online. I assume other stations are available too.

magnoliasouth


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moles1138 wrote:You can listen to WKSU online. I assume other stations are available too.

Aha! Perfect, thank you. :O)

Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't mean that they hate you, or anyone else.

ashleyashley


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I am happy to report that I am reading everyone's comments in the mellifluous voice of John Hodgman in my head. Quite pleasing, indeed.

pedrogammos


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This American Life has been recommended to me as one that I would enjoy, but I haven't had the time to listen to it.

WillyMF1


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Is this supposed to be a punishment or are you just trying to show him what good stoners grow up to be?

triplebud wrote:I make my 15 year old nephew listen to NPR every day now because he got caught smoking weed.



bchiesa


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DrHardcrab wrote:Does anyone really listen to NPR anymore?



Only reason I have a radio. If I want music, I have an iPod.

christinue


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ashleyashley wrote:I am happy to report that I am reading everyone's comments in the mellifluous voice of John Hodgman in my head. Quite pleasing, indeed.




All too often, the staff of all sorts of NPR shows narrate my articles and text books. When I'm sleepy, its Diane Reem.

But yes, I listen to This American Life and all sorts of others all the time (I spend a great deal of time in the car). I envy places like chicago.

clarkbhm


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I've discovered TAL several years ago and listen to it in podcast form. I enjoy the show and decided to try to "catch up" by downloading older shows.

It's actually a little disconcerting as I've worked my way back to the early 2000s so they're talking about President Bush in a pre-9/11 environment. So much has changed--it's a great capsule of our national mindset.

gideonfrost


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crude wrote:just another propaganda mouth piece



Their last evil propaganda piece was about the super liberal biased topic of Babysitting!

jaferson


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DrHardcrab wrote:Does anyone really listen to NPR anymore?



I do and am right now...

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jmbunkin


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crude wrote:just another propaganda mouth piece



So I will take this as no you have never listened to the show

shelleyh


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I listen to NPR. Science Friday is my favorite show.

ohnoitsthefuzz


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I started a new job about 5-6 months ago that has an hour-plus commute. WNYC, the NPR station in north NJ, has BBC news until 10, then Brian Lehrer. On my way home at 7 PM, I think the programming varies between TAL, Radiolab, I think Freakanomics if I listen late enough. It's awesome. The shows and topics are intelligent and very thought provoking, but they manage this without being pedantic or pretentious. The only other show/station that has hooked me like WNYC has is Free Beer & Hot Wings. FBHW provides the farty, wang joke-y counterbalance to all that smart talk on NPR.

CatCK


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moles1138 wrote:You can listen to WKSU online. I assume other stations are available too.



All of the NPR stations around me have online streaming. Try this link to find stations, then check their websites:
http://www.npr.org/stations/

Podcasts of This American Life can be accessed here: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/podcast

"Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" is my favorite NPR program.