I'm such a NPR geek. When I get in the car, I always tune to our local NPR affiliate, WFYI. So how excited was I today when Bil and I went for our first interview with WFYI? (I think if the tech stuff didn't classify me as a geek, being giddy over an interview with public radio firmly entrenches me in geekdom forever.)
Our interview was, of course, over the presidential race. The story angle was how each campaign is courting the LGBT vote and what it's like living in a house divided. We're told the story will air locally on the Indiana NPR affiliates this evening during local news segments. There is also a possibility of bits of the interview getting sent up to NPR national for a story since Indiana is the center of the universe right now.
It was a good interview. Short, but good questions. Afterward, we were laughing with the reporter about how the national media is portraying Indiana. She was telling us how some of her NPR coworkers on the East Coast view Indiana. She told us jokingly that one of her national NPR producers responded to her story idea by saying, "There are gays in Indiana?" It was clear they were kidding each other, but seeing as how the New York Times recently portrayed Indiana as a bunch of overall-wearing, corn farming, rednecks suspicious of anything that hints of change, I'm sure finding capital D Democrats - especially gay Democrats - here could be a bit shocking.
Maybe we are easily amused here in the "Boring Belt", but I'm having a blast with seeing Indiana all over the national news and having big names like the Clintons, the Obamas and all of their surrogates around every corner. Our usual national story involves a moronic criminal or some kind of natural disaster where they find the person with the fewest teeth and worst English to interview. So, yeah, it's been nice to have some good press attention, even if it's fleeting.
But ask me again in a week when it's all over.