Wednesday roundup: Steve Post and the Enema Lady; Ira Glass and Shakespeare

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Steve Post and a furry friend. (Photo: New York Public Radio Archives)

Steve Post and a furry friend. (Photo: New York Public Radio Archives)

• Matthew Lasar at Radio Survivor offers another memory of Steve Post, the WNYC and WBAI host who died Sunday. On his WBAI show The Outside, Post often fielded questions from a caller who came to be referred to as the Enema Lady. According to Post’s account in his memoir, the Enema Lady’s subjects “all were at least vaguely anally oriented, and they culminated in a cross-referenced list of scatological passages from the Bible.”

Post’s memoir of WBAI, Playing in the FM Band: A Personal Account of Free Radio, is available as a PDF courtesy of American Radio History.

• Two weeks ago, Ira Glass criticized the works of Shakespeare as “not relatable” in a tweet, touching off a debate over the merits of “relatable” art. Andrew Sullivan rounds up the sound and fury, touching on responses from the New Yorker‘s Rebecca Mead, The Atlantic‘s Derek Thompson and the Washington Post‘s Alyssa Rosenberg. (Yes, we’re rounding up roundups.)

• Outgoing NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos took part in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit Tuesday. Among the questions he fielded: whether NPR tests new employees for marijuana (no) and whether he believes conservative voices are adequately represented on the network (yes).

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