On public radio popularity

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I was listening to NPR this morning and caught an interview that made me think about the hierarchy of importance of appearances in public radio. Obviously, being on the radio is good, but some appearances are better than others. In ascending order of importance in the public radio universe, the list goes something like this.
  • Appearing on This American Life
  • Appearing on a "specialty" show like Latino USA or News and Notes.
  • Being mentioned in a news segment.
  • Being interviewed briefly in a news segment.
  • Appearing on a local show, like Forum
  • Appearing on a national show, like All Things Considered
  • Appearing on Fresh Air.
  • Appearing repeatedly.
  • Appearing repeatedly on Fresh Air.
  • Getting mentioned when you die.
  • Having Fresh Air rerun your interview when you die.
  • Getting mentioned on the anniversary of your death.
  • Having Fresh Air rerun your interview on the anniversary of your death.
  • Having your relatives interviewed on the anniversary of your death.
  • Having your relatives interviewed on their birthday.

I'm not kidding about the last one, by the way. I heard an interview today with Ernest Hemingway's son, on his 80th birthday—the son's not Ernest's.

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I disagree about "This American Life".

Where would David Sedaris be without the Santaland Diaries?

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