There Is No Cat

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Wednesday, May 1, 2002

Covering Terror

WNYC AM had a very interesting program at 2 PM today about reporters covering terror. It was a recording of a panel discussion from last month, and included two reporters from the BBC, Stephen Evans, who was in the World Trade Center when it was hit by the first airplane, and Lyse Doucet, who was in Afghanistan after the US invaded (and who, incidentally, interviewed me for the BBC World Service last year). I didn't get to hear the whole program, as I was at the beach and had sadly forgotten to bring my radio since I hadn't planned on going there, but the whole program is available on demand in Real Audio format from their web site. Listen to it tomorrow, when the web radio strike is over. I wish WNYC had a separate page for the program, because the blurb about it on their front page will surely be gone tomorrow.

Posted at 4:48 PM

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"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."

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