Small Bat Hides in Big City A man makes friends, sort of, with a bat living in our nation's capital.
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And now, the sharpest lady in the online production…


I would agree with that.

BURBANK: …steps into the BPP studios.

Our own Laura Conaway. You may know her as fill-in newscaster, sometimes presenter of the greatest song in the world today, and always our online editor.

What have you got on the fabulous blog for us? Oh, do we have music for this segment? This is the week in blog - or whatever we're calling it.

STEWART: Yeah, that's better.

BURBANK: This week on the blog.

STEWART: I like that you have your own soundtrack.

BURBANK: Yeah. Sorry I stepped on it.


LAURA CONAWAY: That's all right. We have what you don't have, actually. We have the Dirty Projectors…

BURBANK: Class? Oh.

CONAWAY: Yes. Style, too. We have the Dirty Projectors, who came to see us out of their Bedford-Stuyvesant roost. And they did a little song called "Rise Above." And because we can, we're going to go ahead and post the video, and if you check it out today, you can see what you'll be hearing tomorrow. Jacob?

(Soundbite of song, "Rise Above")

Mr. DAVID LONGSTRETH (Vocals, Dirty Projects): (Singing) We are tired of your abuse.

Unidentified Group: (Singing) Tired of your abuse.

Mr. LONGSTRETH: (Singing) Try to stop us, but it's no use.

Unidentified Group: (Singing) Stop us, but it's no use.

Mr. LONGSTRETH: (Singing) Society's arms think they're smart, I find satisfaction in what they're lacking. That poor world.

BURBANK: There's a great story behind this record, which is the lead singer of this band found an empty tape. He was moving out of his parents' house, and there was this Black Flag tape damaged…

CONAWAY: Mm-hmm.

BURBANK: …and he said, I love that tape, or at least I remember that tape kind of. So he decided to redo the whole tape from memory. So that's Black Flag, being reimagined…

CONAWAY: All of it very…

BURBANK: …in a very not Black Flag, kind of way.

CONAWAY: Yeah, they don't really sound like you anybody else when they do it, either. It's pretty amazing.

BURBANK: Yeah. What else is jumping off on the blog?

CONAWAY: Well, the Dennis Kucinich fans came in and picked up where the Ron Paul ones left off.

STEWART: Oh, my God. I wish we could just have like a smackdown between those two. We just like - we get inundated whenever we do these political stories by the fan bases of these two candidates who have fans who are really, really invested.

CONAWAY: Well, one of the things that's interesting is the NPR commentator we had come on about the NPR's big Democratic debate said, well, all the Democratic candidates sound like Dennis Kucinich now. So it prompted much soul searching, including one from Jason H. who says that every time he takes an Internet quiz, it tells him he should vote for Dennis Kucinich. He says…

BURBANK: Is that the same quiz you take, like, to find out if you're an alcoholic or you have a gambling problem or something? If you answered yes to seven out of these nine questions…

CONAWAY: Right. There you are. And he says but I can't get over the notion that I don't think he could win the general election. Is this the problem that everyone has with him? Which brought in Anne, who said Kucinich will win. So there you have it. We can stop covering now.

STEWART: As I say, Anne is very definitive.

BURBANK: He does have a hang glider that he's going to sail over Washington come - no, not really.

CONAWAY: Don't argue with Anne.

BURBANK: Ron Paul does have a blimp, though. It's hard to compete with.

CONAWAY: Last thing we have, actually, is something that I really would like to get a lot more of. America, BPP crowd, I want more of this.

See, I have a friend, a show friend named Bill Chappell, who actually works for NPR Digital down in D.C. who has made friends, sort of - anyway, he thinks of himself as a friend to a bat who is living in the crevice of a building he passes by. And he took a couple of pictures of it.

If anybody knows what this critter is, that's great. If anybody else is encountering just cool things you see out there in the world, send them. We really like that kind of stuff.

STEWART: Do you know there is a rat that runs across the street every day at the same time I come to work in the morning? It's like I get out of the taxi, and it's like, cue the rat. So I think we're actually on the same schedule. He runs in the same place from one store, which I won't say where it is, to another store, which I won't say it is.

CONAWAY: Get a picture.

BURBANK: Let's make…


BURBANK: …friends with nature, BPP listeners, and send us the photographic evidence.

Laura Conaway, BPP online editor, thank you very much.

Bill Chappell, by the way, world expert on Lee Marvin movies. I'm not kidding you.


BURBANK: E-mail him and ask him about it sometime.

STEWART: And bats, possibly.

BURBANK: That does it for this Monday's edition of THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT. Thanks for listening. We're digital FM satellite and online at

I'm Luke Burbank.

STEWART: And I'm Alison Stewart.

This has been THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. Please come back y'all.

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