Today I am a guest in Michel Martin‘s NPR show, Tell Me More.
It came about last week when I was lying on a beach towel (who was covered with more sunblock, sand, and sea water, the towel or I? We’ll never know) when my friend Josue Sierra called and told me that he had given my name to Michel’s producer. They were looking for a Hispanic conservative.
To make a long story short, yesterday afternoon The Husband and I headed to Norfolk, Virginia, to the local PBS affiliate, WHRO. We arrived early, but luckily right before a big thunderstorm rolled in.
A nice young man led me to the studio room where he’d connect to the Washington, DC studio where the show is recorded. At 2:55PM I was comfortably seated and prepared for the connection.
And then we waited for 20 minutes.
Once the connection problems were ironed out, the show started recording. Michel’s guests were Jan Donaldson of Hot Ghetto Mess.com, who was at the studio with Michel, Ana Marie Cox of Time.com (formerly Wonkette), who was calling from her office in DC, and myself.
The first item of discussion was the upcoming Democrat debate. Michel’s going to be one of the panelists asking the candidates questions.
We had been asked beforehand to provide the question we would ask, and here is mine:
For me personally, it is very important to know,
What would you offer as incentives to entrepreneurs like myself – who hold MBAs and have sponsored foreign programmers – so we can continue to attract the best and brightest workers, and keep them?
How do you propose to reduce the costs and the barriers entrepreneurs like myself face now?
I hope the question makes it to the debate.
The conversation was animated, amusing, and amicable. I had a great time, and hope to be able to do it again soon.
One side note: After living the traffic in the North East, I am amazed at how little traffic there is in the Durham, Raleigh, and Norfolk areas by comparison.
On the way back The Husband and I stopped at a nice restaurant for dinner and enjoyed a very pleasant evening by the sea.
Not a bad way to spend a vacation afternoon, not bad at all.
The show airs today. Check your local NPR station for times. Here’s the live stream for all NPR shows