Amidst all the suffering and strife in the world from Uganda to Haiti to California about which I can do so very little, I find myself focused on pet peeves like public radio.
I don't catch your show as often as I would like, but do enjoy it when I do. However, I am often torn between being engrossed in the conversation and being distracted by the obvious (to me) fact that the conversants are oblivious to the realities that many of us live with. You and your guests have such endearing qualities so that even when discussing the ease with which Tuna Noodle Casserole can be prepared, (by making a fresh tuna confit at precisely 160 degrees) or the unique qualities of salt from different seas around the world, I find myself both spellbound and incredulous.
If I could afford fresh tuna, it would go on the grill, not swim with some noodles in a white sauce. My salt is not even Morton's, but the "High Top" store brand from DFO (Discount Food Outlet). 100% salt is 100% salt, well, except for the sodium silicoaluminate, but hey, better living through chemistry.
I would love to hear a conversation with guests who don't take for granted the ability of listeners to share in the world of privileged restaurant hopping, gourmet food store shopping and leisurely book browsing. On an income of $------, I can no longer go out to eat very often, I cook DFO gourmet and read blogs on the net. Needless to say, I can't afford to donate to your salary by contributing to Public Radio. So I guess in the great market analysis, the bottom line is that listeners like me count for little if anything. But we keep listening for free. Thank you for the vicarious experience of your reality.