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Daydreaming FAQ

Everything you ever wanted to know about Daydreaming, but were afraid to ask.

What is Daydreaming?

Daydreaming is the blog companion to NPR's Day to Day, a daily news magazine radio show. Day to Day offers a fresh approach to the day's top stories and the people involved.

What is the purpose of the blog?

Daydreaming is an ongoing, interactive conversation. It extends the discussion being held on air, allowing listeners to find out more about Day to Day, offer feedback on the day's stories, and talk to one another.

Daydreaming is also an opportunity to let readers in on the process of producing Day to Day. We can share information and types of media here that just don't work on air—from photographs to primary source documents—and we can also share our behind-the-scenes thinking about the stories we air.

Who can comment?

Anyone. If you are reading these words, you can post a comment.

Can I only comment about Day to Day stories and segments?

Pretty much. Comments should be on topic for each particular blog posting.

Do you have rules about what can or cannot be said in the comments?

Absolutely. Please see our Discussion Guidelines for comments.

I've posted a comment and it was removed?

Uh-oh! Maybe you should take a look at those discussion guidelines again.

What if I have a question or comment for the show that's on the air right now, or that's unrelated to any topic now on the blog?

You have a number of options: You can leave us a voicemail at 1-800-989-TALK (8255), or you can use the Contact Us form to send us an email. Trying to shoehorn an unrelated comment into a thread here is probably not a great idea.

Who writes the blog?

Like its radio companion, Daydreaming is a team effort. All Day to Day participate in thinking about and writing the blog. We will also have guest bloggers from time to time.

How do I know which posts are written by the Day to Day hosts?

Many of the posts will be written by the hosts. The name written in italics at the top the post indicates who authored it.

How often do you post new entries to the blog?

We post at least once a day, Monday through Friday.

What if I want to email the show privately?

The best way to e-mail the show is to use the Contact Us Privately form. You can use it to give us general input, ask us questions that don't pertain to specific posts, and offer comments that you'd rather keep off the blog itself.

Will blog comments be read on the air?

Usually not. NPR's policy about the use of letters on the radio requires that we have cite the letter-writer's real name and a location, and we don't have that information for blog comments. That said, though, if we ran across a comment that would make great radio, we would try to reach the person who wrote it via email to get the necessary information. (Another reason to use your real email when commenting! We promise not to spam you.)

But if you'd like to make a completely private comment, send it to us via the Contact Us Privately form and specify it's not for air.

Can I link to your blog?


Will you link to my blog?

Probably not, unless your blog is directly related to something we're doing on the show. It's not you, really; it's us.

Will you add me to the Daydreaming blogroll?

Our love is not for sale nor is it given away easily. Like any blogroll, Daydreaming's list of favorite blogs will grow in fits and starts in accordance with a top secret and highly complex selection process.

Do I need to sign up to be eligible to post comments?

Not at the moment, but that may change someday as we add new community features to the website.



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I'm an East Coast kind of guy and a Southerner to boot. I've got dear buds in L.A. and visit at least once a year. He's an AFI grad [he beat me out] and has tried to enter the business with his writing ever since graduating three years ago. I, on the other hand have approached the Movie Biz via writing contests [quarter-finalist so far] and make it a point to keep in touch with whomever I meet out there. I have to admit that L.A. takes some getting used to but I've come to love the place for what it is. Besides, I can't get any decent Korean BBQ here in central FL.

Sent by J.C. Collier | 2:01 PM | 6-26-2008

Some questions about California Dreaming:
If it were a country, today would it be in a depression or merely a recession?
Would 500 fires qualify it for U.S. aide, and would the citizens accept it??
What would the national language be?
Where would it rank among polluting nations?

Sent by Joseph De Marie | 1:02 PM | 6-27-2008

I had a California Dream. I once lived in Fullerton and worked in L.A., left and now live east. Recently a former boyfriend who lives in North Hollywood wanted me to move back so we could finally live our own sun soaked Cali dream. Problems and obstacles were: his daily use of drugs&alcohol, extreme danger and random violence in his neighborhood, costs of living....reality of the situation I guess. So, I took off the rose coloured glasses to face facts and realize that what was a beautiful place, has its hideous underside as well. My move to North Hollywood could have been a lesson in survival. My California Dream could have been a nightmare....I remain east....

Sent by Maz | 2:54 PM | 7-8-2008