In the Loop

Last Tune: You Had a Good Run

Posted at 3:24 PM on March 22, 2010 by Jeff Horwich (0 Comments)

Built our last In The Loop song from that phrase Sanden and I heard many, many times over the past two weeks. As I said on the podcast, you can feel patronized...or you can embrace it and feel better. This song embraces it.

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The. Last. Show.

Posted at 7:02 PM on March 19, 2010 by Jeff Horwich (1 Comments)

Time to call it, Doctor.

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Featuring an interview with a South Pole blogger, a chat with the famous "Marc in Paris," podcasting wisdom from Sanden, a final song from Jeff, plus lots of Loop-love and a listener-guided tour through the crazy five years of ITL.

Adios, everybody, and thank you. It's been a good run.

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In The Loop is ending. (There, I said it.)

Posted at 1:27 PM on March 9, 2010 by Jeff Horwich (7 Comments)

Could I ramble unproductively about this? You bet! So here's a handy FAQ to keep things under control:

Q:'re really ending? When?

A: We'll do one more show, probably coming out around March 19.

Q: What??? WHY???

A: There's no simple answer to this, and accounts would surely vary. But basically MPR looked at all of its many priorities going forward, and In The Loop is not one of them. A year ago, as most of you know, we left the radio and reemerged as a podcast/Facebook thing. While we grew steadily in Digi-Land, we did not build the size audience we needed to make an airtight case for our continued existence.

Q: Will you emerge again in some other form?

A: Unlikely this time, though we are thinking about how to continue relating to the strong community around the show, including here on Facebook.

Q: Weren't you just asking people to support you through some kind of membership thing in the latest drive?

A: Yes...that's unfortunate timing. We didn't know.

Q: What's happening to you and Sanden? Did you lose your jobs?

A: No. We're remaining with MPR, working for Public Insight Journalism (the department where our show was based). We'll be working on various projects going forward, most of which are still undetermined right now. We're both on Twitter: @jeffhorwich and @sandentotten.

Q: If I don't have you guys, how else can fill the void?

A: MPRNewsQ is here on Facebook, as are The Current and a page for Public Insight Journalism. Other APM/MPR programs are moving into the social media space all the time. Fans of ITL might like a podcast from our colleagues in California called Dinner Party Download.

Q: I'm completely confused/infuriated/overjoyed by this news. Aside from sharing my feelings with you guys, where can I communicate my thoughts?

A: Here is MPR's contact page. Be aware that comments about In The Loop are generally just sent to me - maybe not what you have in mind. If you would like it to reach someone else, please specify that in your message.

Q: What's up with your cold-hearted "FAQ"? Good God, man, have you no emotions?!?

A: We feel very strongly about the show, of course. I've been doing it for five years, Sanden for four, and we can't help but mourn for it -- and celebrate it. We're very proud of In The Loop. And we'll be on to bigger and better things.

I'll try to address any other questions you post on the page or tack on as a comment here. Thanks, everybody, for the wonderful thoughts that have already appeared on our page.

I'm grateful, more than I could ever say, for each and every listener we've ever had, and to the humbling number of people who have given something of themselves to help In The Loop succeed.

- Jeff

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The Chilean Priest, the Stubborn Senator, and the Secret Shopper in the Back Pew

Posted at 5:11 PM on March 5, 2010 by Jeff Horwich (1 Comments)

* A talk with the creator of
* Father Maurice Alvarado on the Chilean national character
* Faron Williams with details of the revenge-fantasy also called the "Securities Transaction Tax"
* Sanden stops by with odd things correlated with the recession
* A song for Sen. Jim Bunning (video)
* Folksinger Heatherlyn rounds out our "Starving Artist" series.

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One Pastor describes the "moral quake" in Chile

Posted at 2:52 PM on March 5, 2010 by Sanden Totten (1 Comments)

When the earthquake struck last week, it shocked the people of Chile. The looting that followed was also terribly shocking according to Pastor Maurice Alvarado. He described it as a "moral quake."

Father Alvarado is a Catholic priest in Valparaiso, a city north of the earthquake's epicenter. He told In The Loop that while some of the behavior seen after the catastrophe disturbed him, all in all Chileans are acting fast to heal from the devastation.

(This interview will be part of our upcoming podcast)

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NewsTune: Jim Bunning's Placed a Hold on My Heart

Posted at 12:19 PM on March 4, 2010 by Jeff Horwich (0 Comments)

A tune for the man of the week. Turned into kind of a gospel-y thing. Catchy, eh?

( Missed what this is about? )

Browse the NewsTune motherlode on our YouTube channel.

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Rate your Church

Posted at 10:25 AM on March 4, 2010 by Sanden Totten (0 Comments)

In these days of Yelp and Angie's List, it seems like the quality of every business and service is up for debate. But there are certain things that you just can't objectively rate, right? Like art or affection. Well, how about church?

One new website is doing just that. Church Rater is a place where people can review and discuss Christian churches. It's only a few weeks old, but already it's had it's share of controversy.

Se we decided to chat with one of the site's founders, Tyler Mahoney to hear what the project was really all about.

(This interview will be part of our upcoming podcast)

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Playing your heart out (and hoping to make money at it)

Posted at 3:51 PM on February 24, 2010 by Sanden Totten (1 Comments)

We just wrapped up our latest Starving Artist Interview. This time we spoke with singer / songwriter Heatherlyn. She graced our studio and even played us a couple of songs. Here's how it went down.

Say, you want to hear those songs again? Here they are:

And . . .

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A Singing Tiger, a Dancing Frenchman, a Snowboarder and Bill Nye walk into a podcast...

Posted at 5:42 PM on February 23, 2010 by Jeff Horwich (0 Comments)

It's a big ol' episode, featuring Olympic snowboard racer (and first Eskimo Olympian -- we think) Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, an attempt to interview people using, Sanden's Week In Geek, Congressional power expert Scott Adler, and our latest "starving artist," poet and photographer Cole Sarar.

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Surviving Snowboard Cross

Posted at 11:46 AM on February 22, 2010 by Sanden Totten (0 Comments)

Some Winter Olympic Sports are calming to watch, like the graceful figure skating competitions or curling.

Snowboard cross isn't one of them.

It's an intense sport with fast action and quite often, a good deal of spills. So it makes sense that to take part in a competition so amped up, you'd have to be a pretty laid back person the rest of the time. That's the case with Callan Chythlook-Sifsof. She's 21 and goes by the nickname Alaska, the state she hails from. She's also the first Alaskan Inuit to participate in the Winter Olympics.

In The Loop chatted with her about the big competition (she didn't qualify) and life in the Olympic Village (not as crazy as we thought), among other things.

This interview will be part of our latest podcast.

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