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The Redline: EP00 Pre-Pilot Demo: The State of News & Politics

Dan Patterson:

“Tighten the fuck up.” ‘Nuff said.

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The Redline is getting closer to our inaugural season of episodes. We’ll launch with a limited run of 4 – 6 episodes. Each episode will contain news headlines, a topical discussion, and individual link picks. A few weeks ago Doc, Greg, and myself sat down to record a pre-pilot beta episode. While The Redline is an amateur and collaborative project, we’d like the final product to sound prepared and professional. We’re in no rush to launch an sloppy, low-quality show and rehearsal episodes have helped us figure out our content and personality flow.

Doc and I first collaborated on KBHU-FM, our college radio station. We practiced and worked hard, but were young, inexperienced, and far from ideal broadcasters. Even after we got the hang of radio hosting, after a solid talkset my radio mentor, Dave Diamond, used to phone the studio to let us know his thoughts. I have…

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Coverage: Live from #OccupyWallStreet – Updated

About: This post summarizes (social)media reports from the #OccupyWallStreet protests in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. A real-time summary can be found on Storify.

Update; Sept 25th: I spoke with many protesters, police officers, journalists, bloggers, and bystanders. I documented my experience on Twitter and Google+. The quick and dirty takeaway is that the protest as a unit is smaller and less focused than the media hype would have you believe. Yet many protesters, as individuals, are well-educated, articulate, and share a common frustration with the economy, lack of socialized health care, and Wall Street “gambling.”

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The Great American Road Trip from @abcnewsradio and @astoneabcnews

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Today: Lebanon, Missouri

ABC News Radio Correspondent Alex Stone stops in Missouri, where residents are being affected by high food prices and are holding onto their automobiles longer.

ABC News Radio’s Alex Stone explores gas prices, the economy, and culture across the America. Read about yesterday’s stop in Oklahoma City, OK.

ABC News Radio Correspondent Alex Stone is hitting the road. Starting on Sunday, May 8th, Alex will begin a Flagstaff, Arizona, to Chicago, Illinois, road trip along historic Route 66. During the five day, 1600 mile journey, Alex will speak with Americans about gas prices, food prices and how their lives are being touched daily by the economy. Stone will find out how people are changing their day-to-day life to cope with the many challenges they face.

Ride along with ABC News Radio Correspondent Alex Stone on his Great American Road Trip.

Short link to the blog: http://abcn.ws/isWhnE

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(LEBANON, Mo.) — It’s hard to believe there’s only one more travel day left before we arrive in Chicago at the end of Route 66.  This week has flown by.  So far, with about 500 miles left to go we’ve spent a little over $230 on gas.  The most expensive gas we found was along I-40 in New Mexico and Texas.  The cheapest we’ve seen was in Oklahoma City.

Our driving day from Oklahoma City to Lebanon, Missouri on Wednesday was full of interesting stories from folks we stopped and talked to along the way.  Leaving Oklahoma City, we chatted with a car mechanic named Joe Janis.

We’ve seen the reports that say used car prices are at all-time highs right now.  Joe backed that up by saying he’s getting calls constantly from folks who are looking for used Toyota Camrys and Hondas because they know the cars get good gas mileage, and they don’t have the money to buy new cars.  Joe is also seeing a whole lot of older cars in for service where owners are running them longer — sometimes way past when he thinks they should drive them — just to save money and keep from having to buy a new car.

From Oklahoma City, we drove quite a distance to Baxter Springs, Kansas.  Route 66 only dips into the southeastern border of Kansas for a few miles, and that’s where we stopped, interested to see how rising food prices are affecting folks in Baxter Springs.  We found a locally-owned grocery store, Baxter Foods, but it’s only locally owned for a few more days — it’s about to be taken over by a grocery store chain.  While food prices may come down as a result, the employees of the small store are worried they will lose their jobs or lose pay with the new company.

Dave Mitchell, the produce manager at Baxter Foods, told us prices are going up surprising quickly.  He says customers are complaining about it but there is little they can do because it costs more to truck in food because of the gas prices.  Also, produce is hard to grow in Oklahoma because of drought, and in the Mississippi region because of flooding.

Outside the grocery store we met a mom who says food prices are impacting her life greatly.  She and her husband are trying everything they can to cut down on spending at the grocery store.  They are now attempting to raise their own meat — mainly pigs — and grow their own garden full of veggies so they don’t have to buy them at the store.  She called it an experiment but she’s hoping it will work.

Now, we move on from Lebanon.  We have a long day of driving ahead, about 500 miles until we get to our destination.

Talk to you from Chicago! 

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Today: Santa Rosa, New Mexico

ABC News Radio’s Alex Stone explores gas prices, the economy, and culture across the America. Read about yesterday’s stop in Flagstaff, AZ.

 

ABC News Radio Correspondent Alex Stone is hitting the road. Starting on Sunday, May 8th, Alex will begin a Flagstaff, Arizona, to Chicago, Illinois, road trip along historic Route 66. During the five day, 1600 mile journey, Alex will speak with Americans about gas prices, food prices and how their lives are being touched daily by the economy. Stone will find out how people are changing their day-to-day life to cope with the many challenges they face.

Ride along with ABC News Radio Correspondent Alex Stone on his Great American Road Trip.

Short link to the blog: http://abcn.ws/isWhnE

ABC News Radio Correspondent Alex Stone stops at Moriarty, New Mexico, where he finds a local fireworks warehouse struggling to make sales.

Cost of gas: $3.81 per gallon.

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(SANTA ROSA, N.M.) — Welcome to Santa Rosa, New Mexico!  Our hotel is on the old Route 66.  This is a town that grew and developed with what was once “America’s Highway.”  The small diners and motels are straight out of the iconic 50s image of a Route 66 road trip.

On our 430 mile journey from Flagstaff, Arizona to Santa Rosa, New Mexico we heard a real mixture of stories.  First, we were enlightened when we stopped in Albuquerque and small business owner Cathy Kumar, who owns a store that sells “green” earth-friendly products, told us her life is getting better.  Since opening Southwest Green Building Center two years ago, business is beginning to improve and she feels finally she may be able to survive, whereas it was a question not long ago.  Kumar says finally, people are coming in her door and seem to have money to spend on her products.

But then a short way down Route 66 — well, actually down I-40, since big chunks of Route 66 don’t exist any longer — we heard a very different story.  After we filled up the car with gas in Moriarty, New Mexico at $3.81 a gallon, we walked into one of the many fireworks stores that line the freeways here in New Mexico, where high-powered firecrackers are legal.  

William Brandon, the manager of the store, was very candid, telling us how tough life is in a small desert town these days.  He says they aren’t selling a thing.  A decade ago, he says,  they couldn’t order enough fireworks.  Now he goes some days without any seeing customers at all.  Brandon has a warehouse full of fireworks — some costing over $600 that just aren’t selling.  He says life is painful these days in these small towns, where tumbleweeds constantly pass by.

We stopped next at the Flying C Travel Center along the old Route 66.  Manager of Operations Kit Johnson showed us around and explained how their hands are tied with gas prices.  The gas they sell is coming to them expensive and they have to pass that along to customers.  In fact, he told us prices had gone up 16 cents on Monday alone.  That means a big hit for their sales inside their travel center on items like trinkets and food.  Sales are way down because customers are spending money on gas.

It has been a very windy, dusty day here in New Mexico, a day that had us driving through big dust storms.  On Tuesday, we have another 430-mile day stretching across the rest of New Mexico, through Texas and into Oklahoma City, where we’ll spend the night.  We’re rolling right along, and we’ve been talking to some remarkable people along the way!

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