Saturday, July 04, 2009

The Declaration of Independence - NPR

"Twenty-one years ago, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence." It's not the 4th of July for me unless I have the chance to listen to this reading. And, this year, I didn't get the chance to listen to it live. For some strange reason, they broadcast this reading on July 3, which doesn't seem right. I had to hunt to find the reading since I expected it today. If you'd like to listen, see the pictures of those reading, and read along, here is the link to NPR. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106168024

(I do agree with some of the comments made this year, though. They took Bob Edwards and Red Barber out of the reading this year. I understand going with the current hosts and reporters. I don't understand dropping the history of NPR.)

Happy 4th of July!

4 comments:

Maria said...

My guess is that with the 4th on a Saturday, they wanted the day off--travel for the 4th typically starts a day early and with a weekend thrown in there, I would imagine some of the "readers" had places they needed to be early Saturday!

Lesa said...

But, I don't think the "readers" actually read it live yesterday anyways, Maria. Especially, since in other years, they repeated the one with Bob Edwards and Red Barber. I just think they could have at least played it on Weekend Edition this morning, even if they did play it yesterday. Today was the 4th, not yesterday. Just my opinion, though!

Maria said...

You're probably right then, if it isn't live. Of course, my library was closed yesterday, but opened today...

Lesa said...

Hmm. Open on the 4th. That was an unusual decision. Oh, well.