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On Paul Gauguin and National Public Radio


The worst political party in any advanced democracy -- the US Republican Party -- has ginned up its dim-witted followers into thinking that if it defunds National Public Radio (roughly equivalent to BBC Radio 4) they will magically cure the deficit and abolish all that is evil in the culture.

Every second that NPR is on air, it provides evidence that it is the most editorially balanced news service in the USA -- in fact, it is maddeningly even-handed to anyone of real leftist sympathies.

Then it airs pieces that are extremely good even by its own high standards. One such was Susan Stamberg's spot on 'Morning Edition' the other day, about the Paul Gauguin show at the National Gallery in DC. I blogged a little about this when it opened in London last year. Look out for my next video talk, which will be on Gauguin's NoaNoa.

If you didn't hear the NPR piece, the following link will open the page where you can play the podcast, or read a transcript of the entire segment. Well worth your while.

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/15/134537646/gauguins-nude-tahitians-give-the-wrong-impression

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