[joe-frank-list] TAL

Robert salo99 at verizon.net
Tue Feb 20 15:45:18 PST 2007

The predictable thing about that segment with the kid from Afghanistan was that his father was associated with the US-controlled occupational government. You would never hear such a sympathetic personal story of someone whose family was opposed to US interests, with all the attendant expressions of rage, grief and powerlessness that would entail. On the other hand, Joe's monologue about his experience in dating a Muslim woman (whether real or fictional), their relationship, she and her family and friends' reaction his jewishness, and vice versa, was imo truly edgy and something you wouldn't hear anywhere else in the American mass media.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: billmilosz at aol.com 
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  Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 6:17 PM
  Subject: [joe-frank-list] TAL

  Well, let's not spend too much time bashing TAL.  I agree, there's a hipper-than-thou condescending vibe that comes thru from some of the contributors, but there is also some good stuff, even occasionally some REAL GOOD stuff like the audio journal of the kid from Afghanistan. 

  My own personal bias is that I really dislike any of the segments actually narrated or told by Mr. Glass, his idea of what might be interesting to the world at large shows more self fascination than I can tolerate.

  I also agree that there is an "NPR blandness imprint" to TAL to a degree, and the show doesn't push categorical boundaries like Joe Frank's shows have, and so on. TAL is a story anthology, a decent one, told from the point of the post-modern hipeoisie and isn't an experiment in nonobjective radio the way Joe's work often is.

  So, maybe let's leave discussion and / or bashing of TAL for other fora and get back to Joe....

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