Listening: Public Radio Remix

Much of our entertainment is consumed passively, as a secondary resource.

The average American household watches eight hours of television a day. My household is bringing that average up a lot of days. But "watching" is not necessarily true. Really, a television is on for eight hours a day in the average American household.

Largely, though, the people are doing something else actively. Cooking or cleaning or (in my case) working. The TV is merely on in the background.

The same is often true of music as well. People will turn on music and do something like exercise or work in the garden or read.

I've been listening to a lot of Public Radio Remix lately. A lot. Sometimes it's eight or ten hours a day. And it's so interesting that often it's a primary activity. Sure, I'll do some cleaning or shave or write this blog post while listening to it, but if I'm going to sit outside with a book, I always wind up putting the book down if I have it on.

What they do is replay stories from some of my favorite public radio shows (most of them provided through PRX) – shows like 99% Invisible, Snap Judgment and The Moth – as well as the occasional TED talk.

I've been listening on the WRVO app, which also gives you mobile access to the station proper, as well as a BBC Radio stream, along with recent episodes of some of the shows WRVO syndicates, like Prairie Home Companion, but you can listen on PRX or the Public Radio Remix website or probably a bunch of other places.

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