Radio Lab’s Seven-Episode Podcast Series About the Supreme Court is Beyond Perfect

More Perfect bypasses the wonkiness and tells stories behind some of the court’s biggest rulings


I’ve just listened to a couple of episodes about the workings of the Supreme Court in the seven-part podcast series, More Perfect. The series is the first spin-off from the Radio Lab folks at WNYC Studios. The host is Jad Abumrad, the founder and co-host of Radio Lab.  (Did I mention Abumrad, a MacArthur Fellow, is a Nashville native?)

More_Perfect___NPRIf you are familiar with the production approach of Radio Lab, you’ll recognize how the podcast episodes are edited with layering approaches that are like those you’d hear in recorded music, not spoken word reporting. This is a signature of Abumrad, who majored in music at Oberlin College and, well, have I mentioned he’s a native of a place that has the nickname, Music City?

The episodes are also filled with parenthetical conversations that allow Abumrad to interject questions to the reporter right at a point where the listener may be getting a bit confused. “I can’t believe I’m hearing you say that,” Abumrad says at one point when the show’s lawyer explains a way in which the legal system works.

According to the show’s website, “More Perfect, dives into the rarefied world of the Supreme Court to explain how cases deliberated inside hallowed halls affect lives far away from the bench….More Perfect bypasses the wonkiness and tells stories behind some of the court’s biggest rulings.”

I agree.

Another thing to check out are the episode pages for the way in which they provide and organize links related to all aspects of the podcast. Well done. Here’s the page for one of the episodes I heard.

Employment Trends in Newspaper Publishing and Other Media, 1990–2016

From the U.S. Labor Department, Bureau of Labor Statistics

458,000 | 1990 | People employed in newspaper publishing industry
183,000 | 2016 | People employed in newspaper publishing industry

30,000 | 1990 | People employed in internet publishing and broadcasting
198,000 | 2016 | People employed in internet publishing and broadcasting

Quote from Bureau of Labor Statistics

“Two other industries similarly affected by the Internet are radio broadcasting, where employment declined from January 1990 to March 2016 by about 27 percent, and motion picture and video production, where employment rose from about 92,000 to 239,000 over the same period, an increase of nearly 162 percent.”

Via | BLS Economics Daily
HT | CB Insights @CBinsights

“No country can possibly move ahead…”



“No country can possibly move ahead, no free society can possibly be sustained, unless it has an educated citizenry whose qualities of mind and heart permit it to take part in the complicated and increasingly sophisticated decisions that pour not only upon the President and upon the Congress, but upon all the citizens who exercise the ultimate power.”

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John F. Kennedy
Commencement Address
San Diego State College
June 6, 1963

What Brexit Means for Assignment Editors

There is a term among those who study journalism called Afghanistanism that means, roughly, the practice of concentrating on problems in distant parts of the world while ignoring controversial local issues. There also is a term among those who study news websites that focus on writing recency-rich made-for-Google headlines  called, “What time is the Superbowl?” 

“What Brexit means” and its variant, “What does Brexit mean?” is a mix of these two “news value” factors: Attempts to take something remote to most of the world (Brexit} and localize its impact in order to show up in a Google news search.

A small sampling of hundreds of articles appearing in news sources indexed during the past 32 hours by Google News

What Brexit means for savings

What Brexit means for your pensions, mortgages and money

What Brexit means for the Bank of England

What Brexit means for the economy, markets, and business

What Brexit means for U.S, investors

What Brexit means for British tourists travelling to Europe?

What Brexit means for immigration

What Brexit Means for the City of London

What Brexit means for UK nationals living in Europe

What Brexit Means For Tech

What Brexit means for sport

What Brexit means for the Premier League

What Brexit means for Australia

What Brexit means for Northern Ireland

What Brexit means for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

What Brexit means for the 2016 election

What Brexit means for shopping, petrol prices, pensions, house prices, the NHS and crime


Ralph Stanley, RIP

Ralph Stanley, RIP

Ralph Stanley died yesterday at the age of 89.

Already a legend in bluegrass for creating the “high lonesome sound,”  it was not until his haunting version of O Death in the film O Brother Where Art Thou in 2000 at age 73 that Stanley became known to a wider audience.

The first time Ralph Stanley’s name appeared on this blog was January 15, 2002, 14 years ago.

May he rest in peace.