Alzheimer's. Just hearing the word makes my heart lurch and my body tense up. It's a disease that has hit very close to home for me. Both my grandmother and now my sweet Daddy are victims of Alzheimer's disease. Yet I'm a believer that the more we talk about it, the closer we get to effective treatments and a cure. The more stories we share with one another, the more hopeful we become - and the less alone we feel. A recent AARP radio series helps to do just that. "Beyond the Face of Alzheimer's," from Barbara Kline and Kathy Bernard, cohosts of the 2 Boomer Babes Radio Hour, gives voice to those with Alzheimer's as well as their caregivers. The series won a Gracie Award for best lifestyle/health coverage.
British Beatles fans were lucky. Here, we got carefully measured doses of John, Paul, George and Ringo: fleeting TV appearances; tightly choreographed press conferences; surgically timed record releases.
At public radio stations across the country, the biggest draws are decades-old shows like "A Prairie Home Companion" (started in 1974), "Fresh Air" (1987) and "This American Life" (1995). This has some producers trying to 'youthanize' NPR, if you will, with new programs designed to attract younger listeners. But could these appeals seriously change the tone of U.S. public radio?
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