Listened: Boston Children’s Chorus #MLK Concert On From The Top@NPR

I like to listen to Internet radio stations and sometimes stumble across some gems; this youth choir was outstanding. Their version of “Alleluia” was crisp and pure, and the young people the hosts interviewed had such inspiring stories.

I’ve sung that piece recently, this performance totally rocks.

This week, from the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, From the Top celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the eyes of today’s teenagers. You’ll hear the superb Boston Children’s Chorus sing several inspiring pieces and meet a 17-year-old bassoonist whose path parallels Coretta Scott King’s early years in music.

Performers and repertoire:

Boston Children’s Chorus, ages 13–18, from Boston, MA performs “Allelulia” by Randall Thompson. Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director.

Link: Show 243 | Jamaica Plain, MA | From the Top: Celebrating the energy of America’s kids & the power of classical music.

Sen. Durbin Takes On James OKeefe | @RepJoeWalsh needs schooling

NPR may be in a defensive crouch, but at least one Democratic lawmaker is publicly pushing back against James OKeefes war on public broadcasting: Sen. Dick Durbin D-IL.Durbin took to the Senate floor on Monday to mount a defense of NPR and PBS and attack OKeefes credibility. Noting that previous OKeefe tapes have been found to be misleadingly edited, including his footage of ACORN in which he posed as a pimp, Durbin said that the same tactics were being used to go after NPR. He cited a widely circulated analysis by Glenn Becks website, The Blaze, as evidence.”Mr. OKeefe appears to be engaged in creative editing again, and this time his target is National Public Radio,” he said. “Thats not just my opinion. The website of none other than Fox News own Glenn Beck — thats right, Glenn Beck — compares the edited and unedited versions of Mr. OKeefes latest video and concludes that the edited version appears to be deceptively edited in order to portray statements by one of the secretely recorded NPR execs out of context.”

GOOD JOB Sen. Durbin, now sit my Congressman, Joe Walsh, down and tell him how he’s made a fool of himself by voting to defund NPR. Also, please get on Twitter.

via Sen. Durbin Takes On James OKeefe | TPMDC.

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Taking One For The Team

@NPR ‘s Linda Holmes watcthed the Super Bowl so I didn’t have to, and snarks bettter than I ever could.

Notable and Dubious Achievements From Super Bowl XLIV – Monkey See Blog : NPR.

It’s all over, and the New Orleans Saints — a team whose bags-over-the-head years I am not too old to remember — are the Super Bowl champions. Now that the big trophy has been handed out, let’s distribute some of the smaller ones.

Shared Links November 13th

Lipstick on a Pig, Take 2

First, NPR did an audio story direct from a pig farm in Virginia. Yes, they put Ruby Red lipstick on a black-and-white pig. It was a piece that left much to the imagination, and perhaps it’s better that way.

Because apparently now it’s a trend: news organizations are falling all over themselves putting lipstick on pigs. Here’s the link to the Chicago Tribune video (yeah, they do video on their website. And they prove, unequivocally, that there’s really no amount of artful makeup techniques or products that can improve the appearance of a porker.

With the possible exception of a particular shade called “Honey Glaze,” that is.

Video from the Chicago Tribune —