NPR Radio Show

Tomorrow (May 26) I'm going to be a guest on an NPR show, Odyssey, which is broadcast out of Chicago. Not that I'm going all the way to Chicago for the show. I'll be in the NPR studios in San Diego. The topic of the show will be "Falling for Hoaxes": From Piltdown Man to crop circles, history is littered with hoaxes that have grabbed headlines and fooled the public. So why do we keep falling for them? (my answer: because we're idiots!)

The other guest will be a historian from UC Davis, Michael Saler. The two of us will be having a discussion with the host, Gretchen Helfrich, and we'll take questions from callers at the end of the show (from what I understand). I've been getting quite a lot of media attention lately, what with being on the Paula Zahn show a week or two ago. I have the Runaway Bride to thank for it all. Anyway, the show will be on at noon Chicago time, if you want to listen. But not all NPR affiliates carry the show.


Posted on Wed May 25, 2005


Move over Bad Astronomer and James Randi. There's a new kid on the block. It's Alex B...(however you pronounce your name) from MOH. Can I have your autograph before it gets too expensive?
Posted by Captain Al  on  Thu May 26, 2005  at  12:52 AM
I don't really want to start the "What constitutes a hoax?" debate again (remember THAT train wreck?) but does the "Runaway Bride" incident really qualify as one?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu May 26, 2005  at  01:57 AM
She tricked people into thinking one things, when another thing was actually happening. I'd say it was a hoax.
Posted by Maegan  on  Thu May 26, 2005  at  05:53 AM
Awesome. That's one of my favorite radio shows. Gretchen will treat you well.
Posted by Matt  on  Thu May 26, 2005  at  07:48 AM
Cool, looks like I'll be able to stream it from home either tonight or tomorrow night. Works for me.

And Cappy Al, are you telling me you didn't purchase an autographed copy of Alex's book? You'll just have to make it up by purchasing his new one then. Speaking of which, he'd better offer to sell us autographed ones or there'll be rioting.
Posted by Charybdis  on  Thu May 26, 2005  at  07:49 AM
Looking at the web site pics, does she occasionally do her show topless?

Then again, she looks awfully "Stern".
Posted by Chadds Ford Prefect  on  Thu May 26, 2005  at  08:24 AM
My NPR affiliate doesn't carry that program, but you can listen yo it later on the WMFE website. Just sharing
Posted by Jeremy  on  Thu May 26, 2005  at  10:20 AM
Where are the topless pix, Chadds?
Gretchen looks shirted to me.
But then again, I guess doing radio topless wouldn't make much difference, would it?
Posted by Big "Great Face for Radio" Gary  on  Thu May 26, 2005  at  04:48 PM
Gary said:

"I guess doing radio topless wouldn't make much difference, would it?"

Back in 1984, I was working at my first radio station, WCRV, in Washington, NJ (it is long since gone.) I was just starting out in the business and wanted to make a stir. I rented one of those small billboard-type signs you see in front of strip malls sometimes.

I set it up outside the station, next to Highway 51 and put a sign on it: "Nude Radio Week."

The studio had a big window, allowing people driving by to see the DJ on the air, so I sat in the studio with my shirt off (they couldn't see me below the waist.) The looks on the faces of the drivers who slowed down to check to see if I was really nude were priceless.

Later, when I worked at the-then Q-106 in York, PA, I actually DID do my show nude for a week, along with listeners who were allowed in if they promised to take all their clothing off (I checked ID to make sure they were over 18.)

Yeah, it's pretty stupid, but radio is supposed to be "theater of the mind" so I guess it makes the listeners wonder what's really going on.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri May 27, 2005  at  12:46 AM
Gary said: "Where are the topless pix, Chadds?"

The first and third, going from top to bottom, "could" almost, sorta, in a sophomoric way, aw then again maybe they don't look topless.
Posted by Chadds Ford Prefect  on  Fri May 27, 2005  at  07:02 AM
Well, I finally heard the show on the Internet today.
It was good.
Too bad we don't get "Odyssey" on public radio here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Posted by Big Gary in Dallas  on  Sun May 29, 2005  at  02:43 PM
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