WaPo on NPR’s ‘throwback’ quake coverage

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The Washington Post approvingly surveys NPR’s earthquake coverage from China, which it describes as “a kind of throwback to an era when radio carried the first audio accounts of major events, before television crews could move bulky equipment to the scene.” All Things Considered hosts Melissa Block and Robert Siegel and seven staffers were stationed 50 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter in the Sichuan province when it happened. “Oddly, without anticipating a crisis, [the disaster] did what we were trying to do here — to put a human face on another place and its issues,” Siegel said.