I did not like this broadcast at all. Ira Flatlow does not need to be sub host in my opinion. He's lousy and he thinks he's funny.
I've been following Rebecca and Betty's blogging all week as they write about the Mars mission and Curiosity which is the name of the land rover that NASA has sent to Mars. And I was bothered by how Ira talked about the mission and Curiosity. And that this major science event got two crappy segments on the show. Friday is science Friday and all week long I looked forward to a full show on Mars. Instead, I got crap like a book discussion or how Tom Swift adventure books influenced America.
Stop the s**t. If you're doing science on NPR right now, your focus needs to be on Mars barring any cure for cancer. Oh, and cancer! They were even playing clips from Hannah & Her Sister where Woody thinks he has cancer. They had time for that crap but they couldn't make time to seriously address Mars.
Here's Grotzinger talking to sub host Ira Flatow about Curiosity:
FLATOW: And how soon does it make its first move off its spot?
GROTZINGER: Well, that's still a ways to come. In contrast to previous Rover missions, Curiosity is just so much more complex as a result of the design to integrate these 10 science instruments that we have to wait and we check each one of them out. In fact, yesterday we got the final bit of news that every instrument is alive.
We've done health checks and checked out some capability, but there's still a lot more to do until we're sort of firing on all cylinders and ready to start roving.
Ira's such a little priss-pot, I can't stand him. He really gets on my nerves. Especially Friday with his 'it' for Curiosity over and over. What if kids were listening -- and parents often make a point to listen with kids on science Fridays? Does the idiot Ira not know that kids are taken with Curiosity and have invested human qualities into the rover? Did they really need "it" over and over? Was it impossible for Ira to substitute "the rover" for "it" even once?
I hate Ira.
He had time to be (he thought) funny, talking about if Curiosity fell apart in some manner (yeah, the kids will love hearing that, Ira!), he declared, "That's a long house call."
Ira doesn't need to be on the show. And he needs to worry a lot less about trying to be funny -- he's not funny -- and work harder on providing science. This show was an embarrassment.
And for those wondering and e-mailing, you're weeks away from the article I'm working on with Ava and C.I. about the sexism of Talk of the Nation. Mere weeks away.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"