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Tune into "All Things Considered" on 90.7 KWMU tomorrow (Wednesday, April 14) between 4 and 6 p.m. National NPR reporter John Ydstie was in town to hear about the issues that are on people's minds in the Heartland. The interview took place at The Commonspace. On the distinguished panel convened by Arch City Chronicle publisher Dave Drebes were Kraig Schnitzmeier, Butler Miller, Mary Lisa Penilla, Dave, Amanda and me. We talked about a whole lot of things, from local issues to the Bush administration's foreign policy. As a follow-up, we'll meet at Dave and Mary Lisa's house tonight to give our reactions to President Bush's press conference while munching on Black Thorn Pizza.

I don't know how they're going to edit down 4+ hours of conversation to a 7-minute package by tomorrow. Hooray for producers! I'm still amazed that this came together. When Dave told me about it a couple of days ago, I thought there must be some misunderstanding. On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog.

Update: NPR ran the story about the local reaction to Bush's press conference as a separate piece on "Morning Edition." On hand for that interview were David Stokes, Dave Drebes, Kate, Tom Reitenbach, and Amanda. The important thing is that they captured our pizza order on tape.

Americans React to Bush's Speech

NPR's Jeff Brady, NPR's John Ydstie and Brian Mann of North Country Public Radio get reactions from around the country to President Bush's press conference Tuesday night.

And here's the story that ran on "All Things Considered":

American Pulse: St. Louis

In the first of three stories about the national mood, NPR's John Ydstie meets with a group of 30-somethings from St. Louis. The most important issues for them are local revitalization -- and Iraq. While most of the group did not vote for President Bush, there is division about the war in Iraq. There is also concern that the Sept. 11 commission hearings are becoming more about finger pointing than finding answers about what happened and how to prevent attacks.

Posted under STL in the News , The Commonspace by Brian Marston on Tue., Apr 13, 2004 at 6:43 PM


You voted for Nader? Thanks. Thanks a lot.

[Posted by ArchPundit on Wed., Apr 14, 2004 at 5:44 PM]

According to my poll of South City yard signs, Nader was a shoe in. I thought I was voting for a winner. Imagine my surprise.

[Posted by Brian on Wed., Apr 14, 2004 at 6:33 PM]

So how good a job did they do of editing "4+ hours of conversation down to a 7-minute package"?

I heard it. Sounded good, impressionistic in the best possible sense.

And "John Ydstie" - that is the craziest spelling of a name I have ever seen!

[Posted by Tim Woodcock on Thu., Apr 15, 2004 at 9:58 AM]

I think they did a good job of editing. Still, it's funny which snippets made the cut. I thought there was some other material that might have been stronger/better, but the way things sound after being filtered through the gauze of memory and the way they sound on tape are sometimes two different things.

[Posted by Brian on Sat., Apr 24, 2004 at 1:08 PM]

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