Since Floyd has copped to listening to NPR I suppose it’s safe for me to come out of the closet. Ira Glass has one of the most annoying voices to ever earn a living on radio. He can pack more condescension and superiority into a simple, “Good Morning” than Shakespearean trained Lionel Barrymore’s, “You’re worth more dead than alive” line to Jimmy Stewart. Yet, in spite of his narration (and the fact that it’s his creation), Glass’ “This American Life” is often one hell of a radio show. O.K., you also have to get around the absurdly maudlin musical segues he chooses as segment interludes. Yet, in spite of Glass a lot of great stuff comes through on these programs.
For any of you interested in Economics or Conservatism, and especially for you homeschoolers and those who want to educate your children in the principles of Macro Economics this segment is an unintentional wonder of education, http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/408/island-time
It’s about Haiti. For most of the past century well intentioned folks have been pouring money, time and education into Haiti and the end result has been to take the country slightly backwards. Those of you familiar with P.J. O’Rourke’s “All the Trouble in the World” will understand the reasons, even though Glass does not. Now a new group of people is about to pour a whole lot more money, time and education into Haiti. I pray they have learned the lessons of their predecessors and this time the people of Haiti will have real progress.