From NPR’s Weekend Edition, a great tale of a departing US ambassador who left Peruvians with a special gift: a CD of himself singing traditional songs. Not only did he learn the native language of Guarani, he also had never sung publicly until recently.
“I never sang in my life until February,” Cason says. “But my wife kept saying I sang well in the bathtub, and I should get out and sing. And it turned, eventually, into a record.”
One politician tried to denounce his horrible “butchery” but senators in Peru ended up voting unanimously not to file a complaint.
As a final farewell, as he was leaving Peru, he sang one last song from the steps of the airplane to an adoring crowd.
- Link: A U.S. Ambassador’s Parting Gift To Paraguay [make sure to listen to the audio]
Public radio lives to see another day
As a side note, is it just me or is public radio finally relevant again? When I was young, I used to love listening to NPR with my dad in the car. These days, I barely drive and I don’t even own a radio. Trying to catch a show at a certain period of time is nearly impossible, even with Internet radio.
The writing and production values of these shows are so high. It would be a shame for them to just disappear. Podcasts are the perfect way to consume this content.