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TTBOOK began as an audio magazine of ideas - two hours of
smart, entertaining radio for people with curious minds. It's
sort of journalistic (because some of us are, or used to be,
journalists), but it's never about the President's speech
to the U.N., weapons inspections in Iraq, or yesterday's stock
market disaster. It's the kind of show that would spend an
hour on the future of capitalism, or on the roots of Islamic
fundamentalism. It might also spend an hour on hair. Or salt.
Or pirates, road trips, psychic phenomena, house cleaning,
animal intelligence, high energy physics, or how to say you're
sorry. (You'll find all those shows in our archives.) It's
the kind of show where someone might mention Charlotte Bronte
or Anthony Trollope in one segment, U2 or They Might Be Giants
Sure. TTBOOK produces two hours of radio every week. Each
hour has a theme. We mentioned some above, but the best way
to get a sense of the scope of the show is to browse our recent
show listings. While we do air commentaries and performance
pieces and occasional reporter pieces, the majority of the
program is interviews. We have a host -- Jim Fleming -- who
does some of the interviews and who anchors the show, shepherding
guests and other interviewers in and out of radio space. The
two other interviewers on the show are Steve Paulson and Anne
Strainchamps. Why do we have multiple interviewers? We don't
really know -- we just like it. We think it's more interesting
than having one host who asks all the questions.
Because it lets us produce the show as a radio salon. Inviting
a diverse group of people with really different backgrounds
to approach one subject can (in our dreams) create a kind
of depth and richness that seems beautiful to us. Our goal
is to leave you at the end of each hour with a few thoughts
or impressions to mull over. The way a poem can kind of reverberate,
leaving you to connect the images and find your own meaning
ˆ that's how the theme format works, when we get it right.
We got a call from a listener once, who said something we
still bring up in staff meetings from time to time: "I
don't need more information; what I need is some wisdom."
The idea behind the theme format is to allow a subject to
develop some depth, while at the same time not boring the
pants off those of us with really short attention spans.
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