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Of Politicians. And Bats.

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Laura Conaway is here…


Thank you. I'm a professional.

BURBANK: …our Web editor. Laura, there's, I think, a lot of - it's a tremendously good week to be in THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT online game. What all is on there right now? Oh, Jacob is saying something to me from the control room.

STEWART: Laura has her own theme song, don't forget.

BURBANK: Oh, I always forget the theme music.

STEWART: All right. Come on.

BURBANK: Can we have a (unintelligible)?

LAURA CONAWAY: I'm not talking to you until you start it. I…

(Soundbite of laughter)

(Soundbite of music)

STEWART: All right. What do you have there, Laura?

CONAWAY: Well, we do have Good for the Jews. We're going to have that. We'll put that up in video form.

And if Santa is able to commandeer his sleigh and pilot it through the streets of Manhattan, we're going to have some video…


CONAWAY: …of Santa. We'll…

STEWART: America's Next Top Santa.

CONAWAY: America's Next Top Santa. That's right. Only the best for us.

We have a new thing that listeners should clue in to. I think it's - Win Rosenfeld has started picking out some sucker from the staff each day to sit down and do what we call The Rundown. He basically - he videotapes them talking about radio and, believe it or not, it works.

STEWART: It's so funny. I have - even if I didn't work here, I would think this was…

BURBANK: I'm going to start my…

STEWART: …really charming.

BURBANK: …new production, which is going to be the video I make of the person being videoed to do The Rundown, because none of these people are really comfortable talking on camera. There's a lot of stops and starts, and hilarity ensues.

CONAWAY: Well, I think they're all stars. But…

BURBANK: Absolutely.

CONAWAY: …anyway, they're on our blog, and it usually goes up around 2 o'clock, so it's a good chance just to, well, see our pretty faces, there's that, and also see what we're up to.

Angela Ellis, who's a fairly new producer here and a rather intimidating force, has - all I do is I get e-mail from her all day that says, Angela Ellis -booked.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BURBANK: I mean, she's like - because she's sleek. She's like a cyborg producer.

CONAWAY: Yeah, I don't think she's sleek. Anyway, she has this blog item up about a new Web site called Personality Zone, and there, among other things, you're supposed to find out what personality type you are and hangout with others. But they're blogging the candidate's personality types, which I find pretty interesting, and it's worth having a look at. And you can sort of see who's an artisan and who's a guardian and so on like that. So that's something fun.

The next thing we have, actually, this is something that I'm incredibly proud of because I managed to do it.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CONAWAY: Is - we have this bat. We - a guy in D.C., Bill Chappell, blogged about a bat who's been living in the side of a wall. And this being NPR, someone in the science desk figured out someone who could figure out what kind of bat it is. And the person who identified it is named Hill Henry. He works as a biologist for the Tennessee Valley Authority, and I called him up. And this is the view from his window when I called him.

Mr. HILL HENRY: There is a Cooper's Hawk right outside the window right now being mobbed by pigeons here in Knoxville. I'm in downtown Knoxville.

CONAWAY: So Henry Hill, in addition - Hill Henry, excuse me - in addition to being able to identify hawks and pigeons, tells us that what we have is a silver-haired bat. It's not endangered. It's not lost. It's probably not sick. We should all leave it alone. And believe it or not, Hill Henry identified the bat by a pink spot on its ear. We'll have some more pictures on the blog and some more tape from Hill Henry.

BURBANK: Laura Conaway…

STEWART: Hill Henry…

BURBANK: …never ceases amaze.

STEWART: …I'm a new fan.

BURBANK: You always impress on the blogs.

Do check us out: npr.org/bryantpark.

Coming up: possibly an appearance by Santa.

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