Somewhere in Ohio, John Boehner is puffing on a cigarette gleefully enjoying his time away from Washington.
If my non-alternative facts are correct, over the past few years, the House has voted more than 60 times to repeal or alter the ACA. Republicans finally have control of the House, Senate, and the presidency and finally had the chance to follow through but delayed the vote. And now President Trump is saying if they don’t vote yes today, he will move on and blame them for failing to repeal Obamacare, which I think is a political savvy move.
WifeGeeding and I had a “date night” last night and went to Fair Park to watch NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’ record a show. We used a new baby sitter this time, and, well, she locked herself out of the house.
I knew what all these folks looked like, but I was surprised to see the host wear a suit. When I listen to show he seems too relaxed to have a suit and tie on
It was interesting being part of an NPR crowd, most of them are what you’d expect but there were some surprises. I should have counted all the hiking sandals and gloved-shoes as they were everywhere.
They usually record the show on Thursday night and air it on Saturday, which is a 55-minute version. From what we experienced, the show was just under three hours long, so they will have a lot of editing. Because of this, they will sometimes read two sets of jokes depending on how the news will turn out the next day.
At the end of the show, they re-record some lines, mainly questions and introductions, if there were audio problems or they were too tongue-tied.
The humor can be a bit raunchy at times, and I bet that’s the stuff that’s easily edited out.
The contestants on the phone may speak for no more than a minute-and-a-half the entire time to answer three questions, but the host and panel chat so much they don’t get back to the caller for another question for another 15-20 minutes.
Their special guest was no other than 83-year-old Charlie Pride, and it was his lovable ability to ramble and not actually answer a question which made our show the longest one ever recorded, or so we were told.
I think the host and panelists asked him five or six different times how he was able to transition from a baseball career to one in country music, but Pride just really wanted to talk about baseball.
When asked about how did he first get involved with country music, he stated he was listening to the radio and his father’s favorite show, Mr. District Attorney, would play and he’d repeat the opening words, “Mr. District Attorney! Champion of the people! Defender of truth! Guardian of our fundamental rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!”
He said that was the first time he’d been on the Fair Park stage, but he’s been in the audience. But he did state he played on the Bass Hall and Meyerson stages.