FBLA’s Q&A With NPR’s Guy Raz

This weekend NPR’s All Things Considered goes bi-coastal and is coming to LA. We hear they’ll be a cameo from Jonathon Gold (swoon) and who cares who else. Native Angeleno, host Guy Raz was nice enough to give us a second of his hectic non-profit news time:

FBLA: Does being from the capitol of the car and the one city who will always need its radio give you a perspective on working for NPR?

GR:Me? As a native Angeleno? Yes! In fact, we in public radio are all in deep @#$! if people STOP driving. We need traffic jams and cars on the road to keep public radio alive! Seriously, though, I left the LA area when I was 17 and I come back two or three times a year to see my family. I am amazed at how patient and accepting folks are about traffic. People talk about the traffic here like they talk about the weather elsewhere. And traffic jams seem to be a phenomenon rather than a proscribed, predictable event. For example, I drove to downtown at 10:30 AM the other day. My dad asked me “how was the traffic?” In DC, you can be pretty certain that at 10:30 AM, the traffic on the beltway will be pretty light. That said, that time in the car creates an intimate space where you can really LISTEN to radio. When I’m in Washington, I don’t drive. In fact, we don’t own a car. My SUV is my son’s Bugaboo stroller that manages to hold all of our groceries in the handy basket underneath. It also means that when I listen to the radio, it’s when I’m doing other things like cooking dinner or getting ready for work or trying to prevent my son from climbing the stairs. So one of the nice things about SoCal and radio is that you really have a chance to listen properly.

FBLA:Any plans to move back to LA do a spin off of Market Place called Kai and Guy?

GR: I will meet Kai for the first time this weekend. I’ll bring it up.

FBLA:Pinks hot dogs: horrible or over rated?

GR: Delicious but I must admit, the first things I do (within minutes) of landing at LAX is stopping at In N Out for two Double-Doubles with grilled onions.

FBLA: Whats your favorite story you’ve worked on the the past year?

GR: Probably a profile of the guys who produced the first computer to computer communication back in 1969. It was over the ARPANET (a precursor to the internet) and the message was supposed to be L-O-G-I-N but the computer crashed after the first two letters were transmitted. So the first internet communication was L-O

FBLA:What can we look forward to hearing this weekend?

GR: A profile of the couple who produce the mythbusting website Snopes.com. They get 7 million hits a month and it all comes out of a mobile home in hidden little community deep inside Agoura Hills.

FBLA: Thanks for your time, Guy!

Previously on FBLA: Your NPR Name, Like Your Drag Queen Name Only Unpronounceable