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NPR stories

I heard several heart-warming stories on NPR yesterday.

My day did not need to be brightened, but it was anyhow!

A Muslim love story:
https://www.npr.org/2020/04/02/818351398/want-to-hear-a-frank-funny-muslim-love-story-that-can-be-arranged

Parable of the Piston:
https://www.npr.org/2020/04/02/825800514/planet-money-the-parable-of-the-piston

Our new bishop:
https://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/first-openly-gay-bishop-lead-episcopal-diocese-missouri-hope-and-vision

Not a border

It’s an epidemic, this talk of borders.

And by borders, I mean state lines.

As a child, I was taught by a well-educated mother that a border is a dividing line separating countries, and a state line is a dividing line between the states in this frail union.  (Except the union wasn’t so frail then.)

When one traveled, as one did on holiday, one passed a sign saying “Illinois State Line” or “Wyoming State Line.”  No state put up a sign saying “Iowa Border.”

Border in history usually means a place where papers are checked, customs duties assessed, and passports are stamped.  We don’t do that (yet) internally in the United States of America.

So this note to NPR in particular: revise your scripts in this election season, and stop talking about being in Iowa and looking over the border to Illinois.  You are looking over the Mississippi River, ding-dongs, and that river happens to be a the state line at that point in the geography of this country.

Here endeth the rant.

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Two NPR stories this morning

Two NPR stories this morning have moved me in different ways.

The first, to joy and delight:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/25/799470740/a-random-pocket-dial-connects-two-grieving-mothers

The second, to anger:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/25/799470712/encore-nprs-full-interview-with-secretary-of-state-mike-pompeo

Pompeo grows more and more intransigent as the interview goes on, but the coda reveals the truth of this oh-so-Christian man.

NPR changes again

Four years after a disastrous (in my view) move to wonky times for newscasts, NPR has returned Morning Edition to newscasts at the top and bottom of the hour.

I’m so delighted!

The jarring switch four years ago never did work, cluttered up the show, and was just dumb.

Here are some details: