Mar 16th 2017 by 1AJoshua • 7 Questions • 50 Points
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1A airs live from Washington. I moved to D.C. after almost six years at KQED in San Francisco. I also taught podcasting at UC Berkeley. I'm from West Palm Beach, FL and went to The University of Miami.
Update, 4 PM ET: Thanks for all the questions, everyone! I'll check back tomorrow and next week and post a few more answers, too, if you'd like.
What topics are you most excited about covering in the future? Is there anything you'd like to cover but most likely can't/won't?
I kind of like everything. I have very broad tastes and I get bored easily. Nothing's really off the table. I tend not to focus on topics as much as on the stories themselves. Because we're a general interest news show for a national audience, we don't ever want to get too inside baseball. Even the brainy NPR audience is busy and can have a short attention span, even for a topic they find interesting. I fall back on the words of Albert Einstein: If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Any topic that we can make compelling, clear, and concise is fair game.
Did you get any pushback, internally or from listeners, on the recent show on PrEP? It was a great interview, but I could see people hand-wringing because sex was discussed (and a few inside slang terms dropped offhand).
AND: Is it seriously true that 1 in 5 black men in DC is HIV positive? You seemed taken aback too; I was wondering if that was ever supplemented with sources.
Thanks and keep up the great work.
We didn't get any pushback. We got a lot of listeners who said they appreciated us being willing to take on tough subjects like that. Generally when we do controversial topics, listeners either say they appreciate the discussion or they don't think we went far enough.
As for the statistic, I found a link from DC that suggests the actual rate might be lower, but these kinds of stats are inherently difficult to verify, especially on live radio.