Thursday roundup: Fass remembers Post; spirit of Big Bird helps Kerger travel

By Dru Sefton

• Tonight on WBAI’s Radio Unnameable, host Bob Fass will pay tribute to Steve Post, the iconoclastic public radio veteran who died this week. Fass, Post’s former colleague, will take calls from listeners and reflect on Post’s broadcast career. Tune in at midnight online or to 99.5 FM in New York.

Kerger

Kerger

• In a column on LinkedIn, PBS President Paula Kerger reveals how working for the network has made her a better traveler: She once channeled her inner Big Bird to help calm a nervous passenger. She’s visited stations in every state but four; two of those are on her itinerary in the next six months.

• CPB Inspector General Mary Mitchelson is one of 47 federal watchdogs — more than half of all IGs — who signed a letter to congressional leaders urging for freer access to records, according to the Washington Post. They accuse the Justice Department, the Peace Corps and the Chemical Safety Board of withholding information. Mitchelson was appointed CPB IG in April 2013.

• NPR’s Jerusalem Correspondent Emily Harris took questions for an Ask Me Anything online chat Wednesday, talking about challenges of reporting from Gaza. “If you talked to people in private, they’d tell you what they knew, or at least had heard,” she said. “Often on the street crowds of men gather to listen in on interviews and sometimes people show up who make interviewees appear nervous.”

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