Culture

NPR: Gone too far

Predictably, I listen to National Public Radio. Last night, after an interview with an Iranian dissident they plugged The Nina Totin' bag named for Nina Totenberg, their legal affairs correspondent. Selling for $25, the online NPR shop says the knock-off of a Warhol (her mug is reprinted on canvas, splashed with neon) is in "extremely high demand." Apparently, radio listeners also have really bad taste and are unabashed about showing it. Okay, I can understand the $14.95 Car Talk Road Trip Journal. But a tote bag named for a reporter? That's a little much. What's next, a Diane Rehm rug steamer? Stained Ira Glass? A book of Terry Gross-out jokes? This is what happens when radio nerds brainstorm. Maybe I should get cable.

--Janine Zeitlin

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Chuck Strouse is the former editor in chief of Miami New Times. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at newspapers including the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times.
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