From Mike, with love
As was always the plan, I'm going back to reporting for NPR — all sports all the time, which I'm very excited about.
For the past couple of days, we've all been remembering the BPP as a great media experiment. Let's not forget that it was, at times, a great radio show to listen to, and at all times, a truly fun radio show to work on. The writer Chris Hedges, who covered many wars for the New York Times, pointed out that combatants don't fight for the policymakers, or the generals, or God, or country or the flag. For the most part, they fight for the guy to the left of them and the guy to the right of them.
In some businesses, like Wall Street trading, "going to war" metaphors abound, but you don't hear them so much at NPR. Still, Hedges' point holds here. What drives you to wake up at 3:30 a.m., and be a somewhat absentee dad, and put in 12-hour days, and really, really care that the people of Vincennes aren't bored in the morning — you can chalk that up to professionalism and commitment, sure, but it's mostly due to the people you work with.
With the BPP folks in mind, I put together an audio valentine of some of my favorite moments on and off the air. It does go on a little too long, and at times the references and connections are obscure, which makes it a good reflection of me. Also, if you get really bored in the middle, you can start listening for the brief Terry Gross cameo. Thanks, BPP. There was so much joy in what we did.