I did not enjoy the second hour of today's show. As The Common Ills pointed out this evening, this was the tenth Friday in a row that the program ignored the Iraq War. I find that very disappointing and, honestly, shameful.
I also don't enjoy the fact that the program can't manage to provide an equal number of men and women as guests.
I did a study with two other women of Fresh Air in 2010. For all of 2010, women made up only 18.2% of Terry Gross' guests.
I will now be tracking The Diane Rehm Show at my blog. I find gender bias in all of NPR's programming and find it amazing since if the same gender bias were applied to hosts of shows, there would be a Don Rhem Show and Tommy Gross would be hosting Fresh Air. It's past time the female hosts of NPR made a real effort to book women.
And for anyone who has forgotten, 18.2% is a lower percentage than what Alicia Shephard found in her study of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
So let's get started. Friday on hour one of her show, Diane's guests were John Dickerson, Major Garrett and Sheryl Gay Stolberg. On hour two, David Ignatius, James Kitfield and David Sanger. That's six guests. Only one was a woman.
Sexists don't have to be male. Diane's proving that.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"