On the Victory Train: Balla Tounkara
MIKE PESCA, host:
And that music can only mean one thing...
RACHEL MARTIN, host:
What is it?
PESCA: Blog. It's Monday, let's see what's going on with the Bryant Park Project blog, www...?
LAURA CONAWAY: Want me to help you with that, Mike?
PESCA: Our web editor, Laura Conaway is here.
CONAWAY: Yeah, you guys are doing great with that URL.
CONAWAY: One day I couldn't say it in here.
MARTIN: We're new to the World Wide Web. H-T-T-P.
PESCA: I just wanted to sing the "w" part.
CONAWAY: Sorry, you guys. Look, we have a winner in our subway busker poll. It's...
MARTIN: We have a winner?
CONAWAY: We have a winner, it's Balla Tounkara. He's a cora player from Mali.
MARTIN: I liked Balla.
CONAWAY: Did you vote?
PESCA: That would be wrong, that would be improper, I think.
CONAWAY: I voted - look, I voted my one time.
PESCA: I'm not going to count dispersions, but you're tainted.
MARTIN: How many people voted again?
CONAWAY: I told you for who I voted, full disclosure. Well, we had 6,141 ballots cast.
MARTIN: Wow, good job, BPP universe!
CONAWAY: It was amazing for me, because when we left for the weekend it was somewhere in the low hundreds.
MARTIN: Democracy, alive and well here at the Bryant Park Project.
CONAWAY: I think what happened was the second-place finisher, the Baby Soda Jazz Band, this sort of Dixieland group, got together, and I think maybe they had a little get-out-the-vote campaign. I think.
PESCA: But still not enough to overtake the cora player. Let's hear a little of Balla Tounkara. My blood pressure just falls every note he plays.
(Soundbite of music)
Mr. BALLA TOUNKARA (Winner, Subway Busker Contest): (Singing)
CONAWAY: Yeah, I voted for the cello player that sounded like her hair was on fire. But the BPP crowd wants this one.
MARTIN: I like it.
CONAWAY: I think it's good. I think it's good. We're going to see if we can have him come in and play for us a little bit.
PESCA: What he's too busy playing the F line?
CONAWAY: You know...
MARTIN: What else is going on?
CONAWAY: I opened a thread on that gay therapy and religion segment with Dr. David Scasta. It's there, it's such a complicated issue I really - I usually try to make the open-thread text pretty short so that leaves a lot of room for comments.
MARTIN: That's tough, huh?
CONAWAY: I really couldn't get out of that thing less than three or four graphs. Good luck.
MARTIN: I know. Yeah, but I'd be interested to hear what people think about.
CONAWAY: Yeah, they'll tell us. I'm thinking about opening one on that potty rights segment. You guys think that's a good idea or not?
MARTIN: Yeah, I'm into the subject.
PESCA: Well, who's the anti?
CONAWAY: Well, that's the question. I guess we'd find out.
CONAWAY: And then I could ask a cheesy question, like, how long have you ever waited?
PESCA: Oh, yeah, that would be good.
MARTIN: I'm going to vent on that took.
PESCA: Or horror stories.
PESCA: Horror stories. People will definitely post on that.
CONAWAY: Do we want that?
MARTIN: I want that.
PESCA: It's a blog, just do it...
MARTIN: Just put it up.
PESCA: It's all about openness.
CONAWAY: That's what I do - openness.
PESCA: Laura Conaway edits our blog, our website. She does it openly. And you can find - she discloses when she votes. It's all open. And you can find us online at npr.org/bryantpark and twitter.com/bpp. Thanks, Laura.
CONAWAY: Thank you.
MARTIN: And you know what? That does it for this hour, yet another hour from the Bryant Park Project from NPR News. Join us again. We're online all the time, npr.org/bryantpark. I'm Rachel Martin.
PESCA: And I'm Mike Pesca. This is the Bryant Park Project from NPR News.