The Sound of Young America: My letter to Weekend Edition

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Independent producer Jesse Thorn criticizes the tone of two recent NPR stories that touched on hip-hop: “It is unacceptable to me that after fifteen years at the top of the charts and thirty years on the cultural scene, hip-hop should continue to be marginalized not only by the so-called mainstream media, but also by public media.” Jon Kalish, who filed one of the stories Thorn discusses, responds in a comment: “Maybe you had to be there but I think the scene certainly warranted a ‘gee whiz’ approach to this story.”