BOB GARFIELD: We're back with On the Media. I'm Bob Garfield.
BROOKE GLADSTONE: And I'm Brooke Gladstone with a few of your letters. John Solomon's piece about the role of editing on public radio sparked the greatest response to last week's show. Libby Meehan of Wall, New Jersey said the segment really, quote, "opened her ears." "I hadn't realized the assumptions I make when I listen to radio programs, and how much I idealize NPR and their reporters and announcers. Listening to their smooth, seamless delivery, I assumed naively that they must be above us mortals with our occasional brain-and-tongue-freeze. It's no wonder that they've never received complaints from interviews. I'd love to sound so smooth when I speak too!"
BOB GARFIELD:David Bell of Taipei, Taiwan writes: "One question I have now that I've had my peek is about the mistakes on NPR that remain after editing. Such as this week's Weekend Edition Saturday when host Scott Simon stuttered on the word 'simultaneously.' My fear now that I'm more informed is that some mistakes could be purposefully left in the final take, in a truly sinister attempt to trick the listener into thinking that the entire show is unedited. Uckk."
BROOKE GLADSTONE:Which leads us to some misimpressions left by that piece. Just because some programs, or some parts of programs, are pre-recorded doesn't mean that everything is pre-recorded all the time. For instance, Scott Simon's show may have a great deal of pre-recorded material, but his intro's are mostly read live, on the air. So no flub is ever intended to deceive a listener. You can rest assured that every mistake is genuine. And another point of information, our show is produced by WNYC, not by NPR, and it is entirely pre-recorded. In fact, I'm probably taking a bath right now.
BOB GARFIELD:So whiles she's luxuriating, it's an ideal time to send your comments to email@example.com. And please don't forget to tell us where you live and how to pronounce your name. [MUSIC TAG]