I’ve always worried that my English professor licence would be yanked if I admitted that I do not listen to NPR. On my long drives to and from work, I like to crank up the local alternative station and rock out. (I’m positive my students would never believe this, and many of my colleagues no doubt expect that I’m either a classical-music type or an NPRer, like them. I know a fair amount about classical, and I used to listen to it more, but no, it’s not my driving-drug of choice.)
But that station is changing formats. I’m going to have to figure out something else to do about music. I don’t want to listen to books on tape. Tried that. For me, it’s tiring to be read to; besides, there’s not a lot available that I actually want to hear, and sometimes I take against a reader. I listened to a lot of Teaching Co’s lectures, but there’s a limit to how much of that I can take, as well. Basically, I’d rather have my time in the car be down time, not an effort to learn or keep up with something serious.
Because, you know, I’m lazy. I like radio because it’s right there, no need to download anything, and because it’s a good way to find out about music I wouldn’t necessarily pick for myself. So I’m bummed.
Even if it means there’s one less way in which I might be revealed as a fraud.