Dave Winer is talking about wanting more transparency from NPR regarding the distribution of pledge drive money, and it’s a very reasonable request. I like giving money to my local NPR station–it’s an oasis of quality and sanity in the radio landscape–but would really like to know how the pledge money is distributed.
Not that I think there’s some fat cat siphoning off funds from the pledge drives, or that NPR executives are snorting coke off of strippers’ breasts or anything, but when you derive the vast majority of your funding from your audience, shouldn’t you be more open regarding where the money actually goes?
Music: “Sleeping In Blood City” by Gun Club [Opens in iTunes]
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.