How do you fit hours of testimony into minutes of reporting, the bracket game and the search for perfection, the 68-year-old roller derby queen of Grand Forks, the dog with the bucket list, and is stress a real thing?
It's no secret that public radio audiences tend to be older folk. Not every market has a Current to bring the demographics back toward the middle.
Now, the New York Times reports, NPR chose South By Southwest to unveil a new initiative to make public radio... cool.
Curiously, it took two years for its champion to sell it to the bosses, the newspaper reports.
After about two years of pitching -- "I had to 'sell' it inside NPR," she said -- Ms. Deabler won the financial and logistical backing of the chief executive of the organization, Gary Knell, and his colleagues. Ms. Deabler calls it "a conscious movement to connect NPR with younger audiences and connect these fans to one another."
By "younger," she means listeners under 30, though she is happy to sign up people closer to her own age as well. (She gave her age as "Generation X.") The age of the typical NPR listener falls somewhere between that of the network personalities Peter Sagal, 48, and Carl Kassel, 78; a 2009 study of public radio found that the median age for an NPR News listener was 52, up from 47 in 1999. The median age for a classical radio listener was 65, up from 58. For NPR's Web site, the median age is lower. And for podcasts, it's lower still -- about 36.
Did someone say "same-sex marriage study?"
We've got a new one.
Danish researchers report today that men in same-sex marriages are living longer. But it also says mortality rates among married lesbians have begun to rise after a long period of decline.
The Los Angeles Times has it:
"Our study expands on century-old knowledge that married people generally have lower mortality than unmarried and divorced persons," wrote the lead author, Dr. Morten Frisch, a professor of epidemiology at Aalborg University. "From a public health viewpoint it is important to try and identify those underlying factors and mechanisms."
Researchers found that marriage in and of itself did not ensure low mortality during the period studied. For instance, opposite-sex married couples who lived apart faced a two-fold increase in their mortality rate.
Also, heterosexual men and women saw a steep jump in their mortality rate during the study period if they were married two or more times. The rate increased 27% for women with each successive marriage, and it increased 16% for men.
Same-sex unions have been legal in Denmark since 1989. Since that time, however, mortality rates have changed greatly among homosexual men and women.
There's a fair amount of guesswork in the study. The authors say the decline in longevity for married lesbians, for example, may be due to some unseen greater risk of breast cancer.
They also note that homosexual couples were less than 1 percent of the study sample.(3 Comments)
In two days, the average U.S. senator raises enough money to equal the poverty level for a family of four.
That statistic is contained in a new breakdown by MapLight, which analyzes the influence of money in politics.
House members, it said, raised about $2,315 a day. Senate members raised $14,351 every day during the last election cycle.
Faced with light opposition, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised "only" about $10,000 a day.
Elizabeth Warren, who won the Massachusetts Senate seat, raised more per day (including Sundays/holidays) than any other winning candidate: $58,227.88 per day.
Who's #2? Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who raised the daily equivalent of $35,472.22.
Last on the list was Rep. Eni Faleomavaega, who needed $151 a day to win his 13th term representing American Samoa.
Colorado's legislature yesterday approved civil unions for same-sex couples and the cover of the Denver Post carried a picture that might've been shocking a few years ago.
But of the 247 comments attached to the online article, only two brought up a gay couple kissing on the front page.
But there must have been more phone calls because the director of newsroom operations at the newspaper this afternoon posted an explanation to readers:
One of the missions as journalists is to take our readers where they can't go, and the speaker's office is definitely one of those places. Ferrandino, who is gay, has been fighting to get this bill passed for at least the last three years, and he spoke eloquently on the subject while the bill was being debated. So it made sense to get his perspective.
Walker captured what photographers and photo editors will describe as a "moment," when a picture shows in a single image the essence of the story. As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
From left, Reps. Paul Rosenthal, D-Denver, Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, and Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City, hold hands Tuesday while listening to comments before a vote on a civil unions bill, which passed. The three lawmakers are gay.
"Ferrandino has been a central part of the entire civil unions debate, for years," Lyons said. "His inclusion feels like the ending to this story, and it would have been remiss to not have him as part of the report."
At least online, more people seemed interested in knowing the story behind the baby bottle. It belongs to the couple's foster child.
(h/t: Romenesko)(3 Comments)
I was growing somewhat concerned earlier today when I noted that one year ago on this date, Republican lawmakers filed a bill to raise the speed limit on I-35E in Saint Paul from its current 45 mph.
No need to go into much background here. You just have to read the post I filed last year.
Instead, I was concerned the bill hadn't made its annual appearance at the Capitol. There are traditions and history here: The crocuses bloom, the smoke turns white when a pope is elected, and the I-35E speed limit bill is filed at the Capitol.
Be concerned no more! The bill was filed today.
Subd. 5g. Interstate Highway 35E. The commissioner shall designate the maximum speed limit on marked Interstate Highway 35E in the city of St. Paul, from its intersection with West Seventh Street to its intersection with marked Interstate Highway 94, as 50 miles per hour. Any speed in excess of the speed designated in this subdivision is unlawful.
EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective on the date the commissioner erects appropriate signs designating the speed limit, which must occur on or before August
As history and tradition also dictates, it is doomed.(11 Comments)
Another effort to derail the same-sex marriage bill fails, efforts to increase the graduation rate, and the new pope and the non-Catholics who are intrigued by it all.
Here's today's news discussion with Mary Lucia on The Current.