Producer Returns, Bloggers Chime in on Sexism

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Web Producer Lee Hill returns from multimedia training and gives a play-by-play of what listeners are saying about the program. This week: sexism in the race for the White House.


And now it's time for Backtalk where we lift the curtain on conversations happening on Tell Me More blog and get a chance to hear from you. Lee Hill our web producer is back. He joins me here in the studio. Hey Lee, why don't you tell people what you've been up to?

LEE HILL: Hey Michel, well let me just say it is good to be back, and there is no place like home.

MARTIN: Just what we want to hear.

(Soundbite of laughter)

HILL: Well, just an update for those of you who might have been wondering where I've been camping out. The past two months I was not on vacation for the record. I was engrossed in multi-media training. A group of us within the NPR News Division were away thinking big about NPR's future in multi-media story telling.

What I will say, is that we have some exciting new elements coming to our website, so be on the lookout.


HILL: But Michel I guess there's no better way to welcomed back than with a bit of constructive tension, shall I say, from our listeners. Now if you happened to catch last week's Barbershop conversation - I was tempted to say episode.

(Soundbite of laughter)

HILL: The comment by Jimi Izrael about Hillary Clinton is raising a few eyebrows.

JIMI ISRAEL: You can't have it both ways. You can't want to fight like a girl and cry and whine and some point - then like you'll go ahead and get the bat with the nail in, and start swinging and the next minute - I mean you really have to - you've got to be every woman. You know what I'm saying. You've just got to take that hit.

HILL: Well, Linda had to let us know that she wasn't feeling it. She writes of that broadcast. "Listening to the Barbershop guys today was agony. I didn't know whether to cry or scream. They can't even see how sexist they are." And she continues writing, "I'm a white woman, and I'm frankly surprised by how strongly I feel about the Clinton campaign. I'm not a huge supporter but I've been flabbergasted by the level of hateful, sexist coverage the campaign has been subjected to."

MARTIN: Thank you Linda. In fairness to the Barbershop guys we also received this comment from Kevin, in the Detroit area.

KEVIN (Caller): I'm a 20-year-old college grad whose job entails a lot of time in the car. Let me tell you the Barbershop guys seem to have more clarity about what's going on in the world than most would ever suspect. It's so refreshing to have people hash out political issues in politically incorrect language. They echoed the feeling that I've had about Hillary Clinton during this campaign quite poignantly.

HILL: We should also point out that Jimi Izrael took to the TMM blog to respond listeners criticism of his comments. And to see for yourself go to our website.

MARTIN: Thank you Lee.

HILL: Thank you Michel.

MARTIN: Good to have you back.

HILL: Good to be here.

MARTIN: Well here to tell us more about what you think and to learn more about Lee's been up to you can go to our website at and blog it out.

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