Whew! I gotta tell ya, it's been a hand wringing couple of weeks here at BPP World Headquarters. (Okay, most of the hand wringing was mine, which was only calmed by many glasses of shiraz.)
So, here it is. The first full, one hour pilot of our new show. As you're listening, keep the following in mind:
— The BPP will be two hours everyday, instead of one.
— We will be piloting one and two hours sporadically until our launch this Fall. So, don't expect a pilot from us everyday. (Though we will continue to pilot segments regularly.)
— The most important thing: This is our FIRST pilot. The very beginning of a months long process to create a new show.
Here's the show rundown:
SHOW OPEN — Luke and Alison say hello.
NEWSCAST 1 — Read by me, Matt Martinez. I am not going to be the newsreader on the show, but I can play one in a pinch. (Dammit Jim, I'm a producer, not a newscaster...)
WHITE HOUSE SUBPOENAS — Luke and Alison talk with NPR's White House Correspondent David Greene about the subpoenas issued by the Senate Judiciary Committee over documents relating to the Administration's warrantless wiretapping program.
iPHONE FRENZY — We talk with Ben Steele, iPhone fanatic, about the phone's release tomorrow. And we chat with USA Today technology correspondent, Ed Baig.
PARIS SPEAKS — Alison and Luke talk about last night's Paris Hilton interview on Larry King.
CONEY ISLAND — Luke talks about his trip to ride The Cyclone at Coney Island. The roller coaster turned 80 this week.
MAKE ME CARE — Alison and Luke talk with London bureau chief for Newsweek, Stryker McGuire, about why we should care about Gordon Brown becoming Britain's newest prime minister.
BENOIT — We talk with Bryan Alvarez about Chris Benoit, a former pro-wrestler who killed his wife and son and then himself last weekend. Alvarez is the editor of Figure Four Weekly, a newsletter that covers pro-wrestling.
CROATIA — The big holiday destination this summer? Yup, Croatia. We find out why with a chat with Jeanne Oliver. She is the author of Lonely Planet's popular Croatia guidebook. Check out Jeanne's website, www.croatiatraveller.com
THE RAMBLE — Luke and Alison ramble on about gaydar, M&M honeymooners and New Jersey's state song predicament (they don't have one.)
We hope you enjoy it. We want you to tell us what worked, what didn't. What did you love or hate? What do you want more of? Less of? We are making a news program for you — so we want to know what you think. Happy listening. Talk with you tomorrow.