My first commentary for NPR airs Monday, on FX's reinvention of white working class heroes
As regular blog readers know, I often appear on NPR to help dissect issues involving TV, media and pop culture. Between talking Keith Olbermann, Oprah and political civility, I often felt like I had a part-time position there as media explainer.
The good folks at NPR seemed to like what I was doing enough to let my try something a little more formal -- creating a few commentaries on a freelance basis for their news shows. And the first one airs Monday morning in the program Morning Edition.
I'll be talking about the way FX has redefined TV's portrayal of working class white guys, from Denis Leary's adrenaline junkie of a firefighter on the dramedy Rescue Me to the Kentucky-bred U.S. Marshal taken from an Elmore Leonard novel, Raylan Givens in Justified.
I'm learning a lot about writing and speaking for radio -- amazing how different it is writing something as opposed to just answering questions-- and really enjoying the process of learning how a new media platform works.
The commentary is scheduled to air at 6:50, 8:50 and 10:50 Eastern time on Monday. Check it out and let me know what you think, but be gentle.
The first time is always a little awkward.