(A Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know…)
NPR struggles to define ‘humorist’— Author David Sedaris writes short stories and anecdotes about growing up that are so absurd that anyone with half a brain (you know who you are) should be able to tell at least some parts aren’t completely reality based. He even admits to fudging history for dramatic effect here and there. Yet NPR and Public Radio International news program “This American Life,” both of which regularly feature Sedaris as a humorist, find themselves facing an ethical dilemma: How do they best disclose to listeners that Sedaris’ off-the-wall stories may not be 100 percent true? The issue presented itself after “This American Life” retracted an on-air monologue in March regarding harsh factory conditions in China; it was found to contain numerous factual errors. But Sedaris writes and talks about working as an elf to a Macy’s Santa Clause. He probably deserves some wiggle room.
WTOP wants help from you and your trombone— Ever wonder what a band of 500-plus trombonists might sound like? Yeah, neither have we. But WTOP is partnering with Arena Stage and The Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education to give you the chance you never wanted. In celebration of Arena Stage’s production of “The Music Man,” more than 500 trombonists will gather at Washington National Park to play “76 Trombones.” They’re going for a world record of biggest trombone ensemble and you can help them. Bring your trombone (no rusty ones, please) and join in. Learn more here.
There’s still time to register for NPC’s annual 5k— Tony Horton, the guy largely responsible for Rep. Aaron Schock‘s (R-Ill.) ripped bod and creator of the “P90X” workout program, is once again leading the NPC’s “Beat the Deadline” 5K run. The run takes place on June 9 and proceeds from registrants goes to NPC’s Journalism Institute, a scholarship program. ABC7’s Cynné Simpson is listed as an “honorary marshal” for the event. Register here.
Howie takes on MSNBC’s Tamron Hall over Carnie cutoff— MSNBC’s Tamron Hall started a stink Friday when she cut the mic of her guest, the Washington Examiner‘s Tim Carney. On his media-watch program “Reliable Sources” Sunday, CNN’s Howard Kurtz advanced the stink. “I’m sorry, it was Tamron Hall who was being insulting by silencing him,” Kurtz said. “Carney was perfectly entitled to say that, in his opinion, the story [they were discussing] was being hyped.”
Correction: An earlier version of this post said “The American Life” is a show produced by NPR. It is not. This post has been updated to reflect that change.