Another day, another pilot, friends. But we're not even done for the week, as we'll have the video of our interview with The Hold Steady up shortly. We caught up with them backstage last night before they played a packed free show in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Here's a brief rundown of what you'll find in today's pilot...
- The Dow dropped 387 points yesterday. If you're like us, you know you should care, but you still don't. That's why we asked Terri Cullen, who writes the "Fiscally Fit" column for The Wall Street Journal Online, to play Make Me Care.
- Is America's infrastructure crumbling? President Bush says no, but Popular Mechanics Magazine isn't so sanguine. Check out the op-ed they ran a few weeks ago. We talked to Deputy Editor Jerry Beilinson about the state of the States.
- If your birth certificate says you're 34, your clothes say you're 16, and your CD collection says you're 12, you just might be a kidult. We'll talk to Rob Walker, who writes the "Consumed" column for the New York Times Magazine, about the phenomenon.
- As we said, we'll be posting the full video of our interview with Craig Finn and Tad Kubler from The Hold Steady, but this pilot includes a small taste. We also talk paternity tests with the founder of one of the nation's biggest paternity testing companies. Someone has to do Maury Povich's dirty work.
- We'll do The Week in Iraq with Anthony Shadid, and we'll talk to NPR's own Nancy Solomon about the latest in those Newark schoolyard shootings. Nancy lives just a few blocks from where the murders took place.
- In The Ramble we'll tell you about the guy who smuggled a monkey onto a plane, the amazing story of baseball player Rick Ankiel, the American Idol contestant who did her performance while in labor, and the New Zealand couple who are naming their son "Superman," because the government wouldn't let them name him "4Real."