March 17, 2011 buzz: Preparing for a tsunami; why NPR seems to lean left
Most viewed: California's tsunami threat
Are we ready for a tsunami, should one hit America's West Coast? In Thursday's Opinion pages, Nathan Wood, a research geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey, urges us to prepare for future tsunamis.
--The nation needs a comprehensive assessment of tsunami risk to help prioritize funding for warning and education efforts. We also need better methods to increase community resilience to tsunamis.
--Tsunami preparedness must become part of the mind-set of everyone who lives, works and plays on the coast.
Most commented and shared: NPR needs a backbone
In her weekly column, Meghan Daum takes on NPR. Is it left-leaning or simply left-seeming?
It's the folksy music between segments (never mind that it's often jazzy or electronic or classical; the effect is folksy). It's the warm, earnest quality of the hosts' and reporters' voices. It's their exotic names — Mandalit del Barco, Lakshmi Singh, Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Daniel Zwerdling. Are these tea party names? No, they're soy chai latte names. It's obvious.
Face it, NPR, you could go content-free, relying only on those quirky music snippets and reporters saying their names, and you'd still come across as a granola bar disguised as a radio network.
--Alexandra Le Tellier