I heart National Public Radio

nprA year ago, we changed our station to National Public Radio. We haven’t heard from Ryan Seacrest or Big Boy since…

We’re just going to come right out and say it. We love NPR (National Public Radio)! We really do. Our station pretty much never changes. The local southern CA NPR station is 89.9 KCRW. (What’s your local NPR station?)

This week, the talented individuals at KCRW have been hosting their summer giving drive where they promote “premium” packages on their station which include awesome dinners and trips and even awesomer (I know, not a word) gifts like the opportunity to donate a number of meals to the LA Food Bank.

We are proud to say that, after listening to the station religiously for a while, the Water Cooler Couple is officially a part of the NPR giving community. Why does this warrant a blog post?  For several reasons actually.

1. We are in our twenties. Everyone that we do know who listens to NPR is older than us. Where are all the Generation Y’ers? What is so alluring about pop right now anyway? No one sings well and most rap/pop artists lack general substance i.e. Nicki Minaj. Not to bag on popular music but why isn’t culture cool anymore? Knowing something is unpopular? Really?

2. None of our friends or family listens to NPR. We literally have no one to talk to about our love for the station. Not just the political stuff but the food programs, film and book reviews, and international news is really engaging. They don’t just review the artistic, independent stuff. They did a Total Recall – Film Reviews on KCRW a few weeks ago.

3. National Public Radio will go away if more people don’t start valuing it. With all the recent moves to decrease funding to public programs, we have to start standing with the companies, programs, and services that actually make strides to educate us and enhance our lives. We may be a little biased but, our favorite show on KCRW is To the Point with Warren Olney. He deals with current events and politics every day. This isn’t like MSNBC or Fox News (these warrant an entirely separate post). This. Is. Actual. News. Like what they used to sit and watch in the movie theaters, all dressed up while eating popcorn.

What happens when the news goes away? When there is no more Reading Rainbow? What then? Can we really survive, as a culture, when we glean our social meaning from Kim Kardashian and Dancing with the Stars? What will we leave to our posterity when all we know is 2Chainz’s and Trey Songz’s, umm, songs?

We listen to NPR like one watches an elderly loved one slowly pass away. We’ve spent so much time ignoring it, letting it just fade in the distance. And now, that it seems we might only have a few more moments, we hope to ask every question, see every expression, experience every chuckle, and hold onto every word for fear it might be gone tomorrow.

Do you listen to NPR? Why or why not?

What say you Water Cooler Community?

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Jenn M. Jackson

Jenn M. Jackson, PhD is a co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Water Cooler Convos. She is a native of Oakland, CA. Jenn is a radical Black feminist scholar who believes none of us are free until all of us are free.