a renewed love affair with the news

June 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today I enjoyed one of my favorite aspects of keeping up with the news: lying around reading the Sunday New York Times. I still think to a large extent I could go without following the news the rest of the week and just catch up through the Times. This week I took a walk over in the 95 degree heat to check out their building designed by Renzo Piano. It’s pretty impressive and I enjoyed the installation in the lobby, Movable Type by Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin. Through hundreds of digital boards it tracks the words captured through the Times.

Besides getting back into the habit of reading the Sunday paper, I’ve also gotten back into other news sources I used to enjoy. I’m not sure why I gave up the Daily Show and the Colbert Report. Let’s be honest, following the news can be a depressing affair and these shows help you stay up on the world while providing a laugh. I can still fall right asleep after watching.

I’ve also found other news sources that expose me to things I should be aware of, pleasant or not. I found Anderson Cooper 360 to be a well curated source of info. This week he was covering various organizations who try to convert children who may be gay into becoming heterosexual. He also does a good job of covering the progress with potential political candidates.

In addition to more traditional news sources, I found a few other gems:

The Daily on the iPad. It’s a good way to stay up on headlines, although I’m still not sure I see it as the best regular news source. It reads a little like USA Today + US Weekly.

Planet Money podcasts through NPR. Twice a week these podcasts breakdown various aspects of the global economy in a relatable way.

From a political perspective, through Twitter I’m now following @BarackObama, @President & @andersoncooper to stay up on issues relating to White House policy, general politics and what’s shaping up in terms of candidates.

Beyond what’s happening with the world I’m now checking in every now and then on the Daily Camera to see what’s happening in Boulder. I definitely could check in once a week and be more than happy.

All in all, I think I’m more of a weekly news reader than a daily news hound. I do have a few new sources to add to my repertoire that will keep me a bit more up on the world around me and I’ll take that.




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