Summer science: What’s a meteor shower?
While we’re talking about space, head on over to NPR.com to hear from NPR Science correspondant Joe Palca on what a meteor shower is. (And for other summer science fun, like how to toast the perfect marshmallow!)
Letter to Emily White at NPR All Songs Considered.
For those of you who missed it, a recent college grad, who happens to be interning at NPR’s All Songs Considered wrote a guest blog post about not paying for music. [NPR argues it’s about not paying for albums/physical objects, but I remain unconvinced.] My dad is in the music industry - so to pay or not to pay has a pretty straightforward answer in my book: Pay. Always, always pay. If musicians sell their songs, pay for them. And if they are giving them away, pay anyway. Pay in tweets, in praise, in an email to a friend. But the answer wasn’t always clear to me, especially when Napster first came out- And I, too, am guilty of downloading music without paying for it. Not much, but I’m not proud of it. David Lowery tackles the generational divide while showing Emily why her story just doesn’t add up.
Before this week’s links, I wanted to make sure to share this Wired article on This American Life’s retraction of their Foxconn report, which I shared on a previous Tuesday Ten. While NPR did their best to fact check, Mr. Daisey (the man who was interviewed) said:
I stand by my work. My show is a theatrical piece whose goal is to create a human connection between our gorgeous devices and the brutal circumstances from which they emerge. It uses a combination of fact, memoir, and dramatic license to tell its story, and I believe it does so with integrity. Certainly, the comprehensive investigations undertaken by The New York Timesand a number of labor rights groups to document conditions in electronics manufacturing would seem to bear this out.
What I do is not journalism. The tools of the theater are not the same as the tools of journalism. For this reason, I regret that I allowed THIS AMERICAN LIFE to air an excerpt from my monologue. THIS AMERICAN LIFE is essentially a journalistic — not a theatrical — enterprise, and as such it operates under a different set of rules and expectations. But this is my only regret. I am proud that my work seems to have sparked a growing storm of attention and concern over the often appalling conditions under which many of the high-tech products we love so much are assembled in China.
Quite a few critics are appalled while others are saying that a few lies shouldn’t distort the broader picture of what’s happening in China. What do you think?