ALISON STEWART, host:
Okay, we have a special guest in the studio.
(Soundbite of music)
RACHEL MARTIN, host:
Oh, we get music for the special guest?
STEWART: Yeah, Laura has her own theme song.
MARTIN: You have your own theme song? This is just great. Great.
STEWART: This is super cool. It's time to check in with the BPP blog, which you can always find at npr.org/bryantpark.
And, as we have said, our Web producer Laura Conaway is with us to tell us what's going on in that universe. Hi, Laura.
LAURA CONAWAY: Hi, good morning.
STEWART: So what is going on in that universe - some weird metaphors about Fred Thompson?
CONAWAY: Well, the guest host yesterday Mike Pesca got us into this Fred Thompson natural phenomenon metaphor contest, as he's wont to do.
CONAWAY: Yeah. And he got this bright idea, I think, about 4:30 in the morning and it came from a couple of pundits comparing Republican candidate Fred Thomson's campaigns. One said he was running like a dry creak, and another one said that watching him try to campaign was like watching a big bear try to dance on ice, so we threw it open to the readers to try to construct a better metaphor.
STEWART: What did they come up with?
CONAWAY: Well, the honorable mention I'm going to give to Will G(ph) who, despite completely failing to construct a metaphor, delivered this, when dolphins hear Fred Thompson talk, both sides of their brain fall asleep.
(Soundbite of laughter)
CONAWAY: And Heidi, I'm going to give you the winner's prize even though what you have here is a simile and not a metaphor.
CONAWAY: It is, Fred Thompson is like a sleeping volcano, currently still sleeping.
STEWART: I like that.
CONAWAY: Now, you should know that there's always listen named Sandy(ph) who took exception to the…
STEWART: Yes, yes.
CONAWAY: …whole enterprise - writing in, Fred Thompson is the only candidate with some concrete workable plans, unlike all others - both Republican and Democratic - You wish you had his resume. You may think twice before dismissing this great, true conservative. For the record, we're not trying to dismiss Fred Thompson.
STEWART: No, we're not just because we have some metaphors doesn't mean they can't be positive.
CONAWAY: Yeah, it's just form or figures of speech. Yeah, fun with words.
Okay, and what about video? Lots of it - lots of different types of sight and sound. One of the things that I'm pretty excited about - it's from the studio session that keeps on getting - Win Rosenfeld, our video producer, is putting up video from a performance by Peter Moren of Peter Bjorn and John, the whistling Swedes.
CONAWAY: And I think we have a little chunk of it for you here. It's called "Objects of My Affection."
(Soundbite of song, "Objects of My Affection")
Mr. PETER MOREN (Singer): (Singing) I laugh more often now; I cry more often now; I am more me.
STEWART: He was great when he was in the studio.
CONAWAY: And what a cutie.
STEWART: Yeah. Yeah. Sweet voice.
(Soundbite of laughter)
STEWART: So that video is going to be up about four minutes?
CONAWAY: Definitely. It's going up.
STEWART: Oh, good. Cool.
And the Marine story - is this, this is one of the…
CONAWAY: This one?
STEWART: …radio with Lieutenant Colonel Maxwell…
CONAWAY: It's a great story.
STEWART: …who has started these Wounded Warriors Barracks or lobbied the marines to start them because he had this traumatic brain injury and he realized that there were all these people with traumatic brain injuries were being sequestered, but when they were able to be together, they were able to help each other and understand each other's injuries in a way that other people couldn't.
MARTIN: So what have we going on in the blog?
CONAWAY: Well, we've got more of him. It's absolutely, you know, it's a fascinating interview, I mean, you really just get right up in there - what it's like to lose part of your brain and then attempt to recover a life.
And we also have a little piece from "Wired" where this guy, Noah Shackman, who's their defense correspondent - he uncovered a thing where the marines are asking for a self-powered controllable, wearable, exoskeletal machine system called a MIAC(ph) that would eventually become a computationally self-aware machine.
And we're going to try to have a little fun with that on the blog today and let people think what it's about.
Noah Shackman says that he's not too convinced about this sort of robo-warrior.
Okay, finally we have to get this in, the tube lady, Emma Clarke
STEWART: Emma Clarke.
CONAWAY: Mind the Gap. She sent us some spoofs of herself, she'd been fired, but she clearly got a second career in not taking herself too seriously.
STEWART: She's the voiceover artist for the London subway system.
CONAWAY: That's right. Mind the Gap lady has sent us a couple of spoofs and we're going to put themon our Web site. And here's one of them right now.
(Soundbite of Emma Clarke's spoof of the London tube system)
Ms. EMMA CLARKE (Former Employee, Transport for London): Warning, this is an emergency. I've chipped a nail.
(Soundbite of laughter)
STEWART: I don't think she should have lost her job because those are funny.
MARTIN: It's hilarious.
STEWART: Laura Conaway, our web producer, thank you so much.
Much going on at npr.org/bryantpark.
CONAWAY: Thank you for having me. Check it out.
MARTIN: Laura. So, Alison. That's it.
STEWART: That's it.
MARTIN: That was fun. That's it for THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT this Tuesday morning, November 27. Thank you for listening.
I am Rachel Martin. Luke Burbank will be back tomorrow.
STEWART: I'm Alison Stewart.
Do visit us at the blog, npr.org.bryantpark. Send us an e-mail, too. Listen in again tomorrow…
MARTIN: Be sure to come back.
STEWART: …all that. This is THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News.
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