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John Tynan
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Good morning! I'm glad to finally have a newer version of Android and can use the NPR One App. I know I should search around for other mentions of this, but I need to say it... dead air. dead air. dead air would not be tolerated on the air... and yet, I regularly receive this with both the web-based npr one app and now with the android app. The app just hangs when refreshing stories. If there is any information I can provide which would help you look into this issue, I'd be glad to send it. If there's a workaround or a setting that I can change, I'd be glad to change it.

Also, a feature suggestion. Is there a way to introduce a chime at the beginning of an evergreen story which would show that it was from the archives? Perhaps also change the color of the story as displayed on screen. The other day, I heard a story that I did not realize was from 2013. They mentioned at the end a government shutdown. This had me searching the web / npr to find out if there really was a government shutdown. Then I realized to my surprise and amusement thta the story was fom the archives.

Look forward to helping to improve this app and more of your inititatives.

Best regards.

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Another Saturday, another project...

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This puts some things in perspective.

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Just put the finishing touches on my radio story about Arlington Arts Center exhibitor Timothy Thompson: https://soundcloud.com/johntynan/timothy-thompson-01 with companion slideshow: http://jsfiddle.net/johntynan/Tw2tj/13/embedded/result/

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Why not, just stop, for an hour to listen to the best producers in radio talk about what's best in radio today.

That's what I did, in what my second or third week as a stay at home dad. I know I have to give Sterling some playtime and give him his bottle before his nap and so while I pressed the pause button here and there to change a diaper or to respond to some coos, listening to this was time well spent.

I especially enjoyed Jad Abumrad talking about "putting a little bit of yourself into the story," cultivating "beginners anxiety" and finding yourself in the German forest.

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We made a music video today... crazy!

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We were walking though the Place St. Michele in Paris when Miles’ attention was captured by a man blowing bubbles. He was delighted and dancing and running after each bubble. People were watching, some people were taking photos. I was laughing so hard with joy that I forgot to take a photo… but I saw it in my mind, just like this, like an illustration out of a Madeline childrens’ book. So I went ahead and attempted to draw it.
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My Location@12:03pm,9/25
My Location@12:03pm,9/25
Tapis Vert, 92210 Saint-Cloud
http://m.google.fr/u/m/zD440I
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I love this whole interview! I love the Benjamin Franklin part; where starts and where it winds up taking you:

"For me, possibility, progress, growth, those things are very - - they feel very good. It doesn't usually come with negativity. I don't really mind sucking at something as long as I'm getting a little bit better at it along the way. I don't know if I'll ever be a master at anything, but I think that's a mistake for me personally. I don't know how much it's about the journey, but it's more about the process. I like short jokes, I like puzzles, there's an incrementalism, I say, to that stuff. You get into one little problem, and then you get your way out of it, you find a solution, or maybe you don't, but you can move on to the next one. Over time, maybe the goals, the results, are just the by products of approaching things with a certain process, a certain approach.

You can apply it to anything I think. You can apply it to drawing, you can apply it to dancing, you can apply it to painting; it's kind of limitless. You learn these ways of approaching problems, and then out of that I think you find your style; your voice; your body of work. For me it's great, each day I wake up and think, cool, I could write one of my best jokes today, or I could get better at painting today. I'll think of a color combination that I didn't know worked together and I'll think, oh, that looks great, I love that. Or, I make crap, but because I'm not that worried about each specific thing, it's like playing a little trick on your own mind. It's different than taking tests where you have to get the right answer, and you have to be worried about today’s test, I have to get an A. It's not like that anymore, it's more about process."
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