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Live Radio Again: Listen In! Call In!

     The more things change… 

     So here I am at Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul, the home of Garrison Keillor and the parent of “Marketplace. ”  Starting on Monday morning, February 9 (9 a.m. Central, 10 a.m. Eastern) I will be hosting MPR’s live call-in “Midmorning” show. 

     In the first hour on Monday, we will be second-guessing President Bush’s inquiry into the intelligence gap around Iraq’s WMDs, with the Melvin Goodman, formerly CIA, and Walter Pincus of the Washington Post.

     In the second hour, we’ll be visiting Mars with Ken Croswell, the lyrical astronomer who puts the Hubble telescope on your coffee table.  He blew us away five years ago with his “Magnificent Universe,” and he’s done it again with “Magnificent Mars.”

     This is an experimental gig for the next month or so.  Part of the experiment for me is to see whether you’ll listen on MPR’s live stream and call to the conversation. 

     Go to the Midmorning page here and follow your nose to the listening instructions.  Then call toll-free: 1-800-0242-2828 and give us your best shot.

     For a lot of us, it should feel like old times with a new Internet dimension.  I’ll do my damndest to make it sing.  See you on the radio!



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  1. Anonymous | February 8, 2004 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Welcome to Saint Paul, Chris. I have the good fortune to be friends with both Jon Cahill (we worked on some book ideas together) and Katherine Lanpher. I even appeared on Midmorning years ago when Paula Schaeffer/Schroeder? was host.

    Jon suggested we have a cup of coffee sometime, and that sounds good to me. I know where all the bodies are buried at MPR — a trunkful of dirt! If this has appeal — give me a call at 651-644-4540 … or

  2. Anonymous | February 9, 2004 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Round and round and round the web spins: I found myself curious to see if there was any news about Spaulding Gray out there. I Google his name, come across a link that takes me to a lamenting essay on John Perry Barlow’s site I scroll down the page and do a double take at a familar name. I click the link and find out my favorite old Pub-Rad cowboy is back in the saddle, just 6 hours before he mounts up!

    Well, I’ll join the experiment by pulling down the webcast as often as I can. And I’ll spread the word with folks back in hubworld.

  3. Anonymous | February 9, 2004 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Listened to most of the first hour. It was refreshing to hear from callers who weren’t buying some of the things that seem obvious to you and I. Minnesota’s not a “red” state is it? I look forward to listening to you talk with the midwest, and I think you can do it. I wish you could have spent more time drawing out the caller who thought that if the leader hates us it’s enough for us to invade.

  4. Anonymous | February 9, 2004 at 10:30 am | Permalink


    I listened to the first hour on my way to work, and I have to say, fantastic job so far!

    The caller who said that we haven’t had the show be this good in about a year was correct. The way you handled the caller who just wanted to read his talking points was great; other recent hosts would’ve just let him ramble on and on.

  5. Anonymous | February 11, 2004 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    What a bonus! I was just listening to The Connection a few days ago and lamenting how it had gone downhill since you left. I even posted on WBUR’s boards that they need to bring you back. And you’re on the air again! Radio hasn’t been the same since you left. Can’t wait to check out Midmorning. Might be tough to listen while working, but I may have to find a way to record it over the net.

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  27. Morgan | September 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    It seems that “what goes around, comes around” in life, and your post is a good example of that axiom. Talk about the good ‘ole days of radio, conjures up visions of families sitting around the living room, listening to their favorite show on the radio. But that was a time when radio was about the only option for entertainment. Sometimes I think it might be nice to go back to those times. Unfortunately life doesn’t work that way, so we need to just take the good from it and move forward. Your post shows that shows of that type would still be popular in today’s society.

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    The caller who said that we haven’t had the show be this good in about a year was correct. The way you handled the caller who just wanted to read his talking points was great; other recent hosts would’ve just let him ramble on and on. Tks so much!

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    Can’t believe I missed this interview, I have followed Christopher Lydon for a while. I hope I can catch the next one.

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