Thursday, April 27, 2006

War News Radio.

Recently, I've been listening to a podcast from Swarthmore College called War News Radio. No matter what you think about the war, it's worth listening to this intelligent bit of podcasting – well-produced and, most of the time, offering more insight into life in Iraq than any network news, superbly coiffed correspondent can accomplish in ninety seconds. Check it out in the iTunes podcast directory or go to War News Radio.

If I was a parent of one of those kids who has the grades to make it into just about any college, this podcast would make me feel especially positive about Swarthmore. Certainly a lot more than one of those brochures with pictures of fresh, smiling – never hung over – students on some leafy campus. Why does every college insist on churning those out? I've always been amazed by the way these expensive brochures can make every institute of higher learning seem exactly the same. Harvard melds into West Hobart Technical College. Hey, is that Northwestern? No, wait, it's East Oklahoma Valley. I guess it might have something to do with the fact that some design firms do almost nothing but these brochures. One in every conference and you've got yourself a business.

But I digress. Check out the podcast.


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