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Interview With A 'Bronie'

After last week's controversial segment on guys who like My Little Pony, we talk to one of the guys who likes My Little Pony.

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CARL KASELL, Host:

From NPR and WBEZ-Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME!, the NPR News quiz. I'm Carl Kasell. We're playing this week with Maz Jobrani, Jessi Klein and Tom Bodett. And here again is your host, at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.

PETER SAGAL, Host:

Thank you, Carl.

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SAGAL: Thank you so much. In just a minute, Carl will fly up to the rhymosphere in our Listener Limerick Challenge. If you'd like to play give us a call at 1- 888-Wait-Wait, that's 1-888-924-8924.

Right now, though, we have some business to attend to. Last week on our show, we told you about the popularity of the "My Little Pony" cartoons, among a certain set of 20 and 30 something men who called themselves bronies. We implied that perhaps these people might be unemployed and they might be found in their parent's basement.

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SAGAL: And the bronie community reacted with righteous fury. So to help explain their point of view, we have invited on a former WAIT WAIT intern and self- professed bronie, Ted Anderson. Ted, great to talk to you again. How are you?

TED ANDERSON: I'm good, hello.

SAGAL: Now Ted, you are a bronie?

ANDERSON: I am, I'm a bronie. I'll admit it.

SAGAL: And people say that we mischaracterized bronies. Are you in fact unemployed and living in your mother's basement?

ANDERSON: Yeah, but don't blame that on the ponies.

SAGAL: Okay.

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ANDERSON: Let me just say I was an English major and I worked for you guys, so I kind of had the deck stacked against me anyway in the job market.

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SAGAL: I see. What is the appeal of this show to grown men like yourself?

ANDERSON: You know, I was thinking about this. It's authentic. It's sincere. It is exactly what it appears to be.

SAGAL: What it appears to be is a child's cartoon about big-eyed unicorns, Ted.

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ANDERSON: Well, not all of them are unicorns, some of them are pegasuses.

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TOM BODETT: Pegasi.

ANDERSON: But no, this is a show where, really, they want to teach us good lessons about friendship and how to treat each other right and, you know, how to help every pony get along.

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SAGAL: Ted, we had President Clinton on a little while ago. We asked him three questions about "My Little Pony."

ANDERSON: Oh did you?

SAGAL: He got all three right.

ANDERSON: Well.

SAGAL: Are you willing, as a representative of the bronie community, to call President Clinton an honorary bronie?

ANDERSON: Well, that's pretty high accolades, I suppose, for him and for us.

SAGAL: I think so.

ANDERSON: Thank you for that.

SAGAL: You're very welcome. We did it for you. Ted Anderson, a former intern and a self-professed bronie. Thank you, Ted.

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ANDERSON: Thank you.

SAGAL: Take care.

ANDERSON: Bye.

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