I need a break from the election.
On August 5th, 2010, Bob Edwards spent an hour with The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten – a serious, and seriously funny, guy. There isn’t much here about public policy writ large, but the entire conversation touches you, me, and everyone else in the small ways that make us human.
The obligatory “from the show introduction:”
Gene Weingarten writes what is—more often than not—a humor column for the Washington Post. But no one laughed at the story he wrote about children dying of hypothermia in car seats after being left there by unthinking parents. That story won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. So did another story in which Weingarten had world class violinist Joshua Bell pose as a busking fiddler in a Washington DC Metro station. That episode provided the title of Gene Weingaten’s collection of columns in book form—The Fiddler in the Subway.
We’ll spend the hour talking about his early years doing the traditional journalism of covering fires and city council meetings-leading to what he does now—finding a few laughs in a dreadfully serious town.
So take a break with me from the weirdness of this year’s election, and listen to a conversation with someone who finds people fascinating. And yeah, the show script is here, too…what good is having all this historical awesomeness if I can’t share it?
(And please let me know what guests you’d like to hear again.)