During a job interview at Vanguard 5 years ago, the interviewer asked me, “How do you keep up with current events?” I was a bit stumped, but responded that I tried to read the New York Times for a few minutes before class every day.
When it was my turn to ask the interviewer questions, I asked her what she did to keep up with current events. She responded, “I listen to NPR during my morning commute.”
Due to a series of events, I ended up not working at Vanguard but, for the past five years, I have listened to NPR as part of my morning routine. I’ve even gotten my husband hooked! I can attest that after five years, listening to NPR has helped make me more well-informed about national and local news and more aware of the world in general. In other words, I really think that listening to NPR for 2 hours a day [I listen to it during both my evening and morning commutes] has helped to improve my quality of life and also let me be extra efficient during my commute.
Here are couple of reasons to trade your morning music for NPR:
No offense to my fellow Millenials, but a majority of the music nowadays is terrible.
Take this song for example:
“This is the last $20 I got
But I’mma have a good time ballin’ or out
Tell the bartender line up some shots”
…..Umm, if that’s the last $20 you have, shouldn’t you be spending that on food? Or a bus pass?
It helps you keep up with what’s going on in the world
This is especially important when people are making small talk with you in the break room about a big story that’s been all over the news. You don’t want to be in an awkward position like Gary Johnson during his presidential campaign and ask “What is Aleppo?” [face palm]
Fantastic Investigative Reporting- You Hear Stories That You Might Not Get Elsewhere
I promise that NPR makes you smarter and more well-informed! Do you listen to NPR? What do you listen to during your morning commute? Let me know in the comments below