Driving home from the cabin yesterday, Courtney and I had the pleasure to hear the latest winner on NPR Weekend’s 3-Minute Fiction contest, “Rainy Wedding.” It’s a heart-rending story of grief deferred, read beautifully by Susan Stamberg.
If you’re like me, you’d like to listen to radio when the kids are in the house that’s somewhere between the cotton candy of Radio Disney and the occasional F-Bomb on The Current (or your favorite alt music station). Minnesota Public Radio fills in that gap with an excellent station called Wonderground Radio. He had it on last night and heard everything from the Jayhawks, to bluegrass, to DeVotchka, to Coldplay, to “Conjunction Junction, What’s Your Function?”
Seriously, check it out.
And if you’re more of a folky, try MPR’s Radio Heartland.
So, I wrote last week about being called a (borderline) racist at Fuller Seminary because I questioned the sophistication of burgeoning Pentecostalism in the Global South. Well, I was happy to discover yesterday, via NPR, that saying “That’s Racist!” has gone from a serious accusation to a commonplace quip.
Check out Neta Ulaby’s report:
Fourteen-year-old Gus Rachels and his friends use it to call out people overly sensitive to race issues. Regina N. Bradley, who teaches classes in African American literature at Florida State University, says she thinks kids are using “that’s racist,” to establish that they’re not — but even the college students she teaches get confused about the difference between race and race issues. Saying “that’s racist” is sometimes a way to get out of difficult discussions about race, she says — which is still a sensitive topic.