This morning, Riptide was all set to go on Spanish-language Radio Caracol (1260 AM) to finally reveal how our Castro Death Meter really works. How do our high-priced scientists determine, with such accuracy and consistency, the precise level of Fidel Castro's death, time and time again?
Then the Colombian radio station got bombed.
We're blaming Fidel for this one -- which means, to pull it off, he might be at a shockingly low 27 percent dead.
Our interview was scheduled for between 9:15 and 10 this morning. A car bomb went off outside Caracol Radio's Bogota station a few hours earlier, the suspected work of leftist guerrillas. Nine people were injured, but fortunately none was killed.
Colombians are some hardy people: The station decided to go through with the Castro Death Meter interview anyway -- if we would just wait for them to finish up some breaking interviews about the explosion.
We were a little uncertain as to how they would pull of that segue.
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At 9:45 this morning, producer Sabina Covo called to get us on-air. It sounded like chaos on the other line, and after a few minutes of waiting, Covo politely asked, "Mr. Roberts, there was a really big explosion in our building in Colombia; we're going to do an update, and it will take five minutes. Can we call you back after that?"
Like we said: Colombians = cojones.
So they called us back in five, just like they said. But then a male producer got on the line to tell us that they were still covering the terrorist attack news and Riptide's time slot had been replaced with an exclusive interview with the minister of [illegible], who sounds important.
We tentatively rescheduled for Monday. We shall not be silenced.