I'm a finance reporter.
What was your first job?
What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?
In radio, you get a lot of people making pledge drive jokes, or jokes about Ira Glass, or “Prairie Home Companion.” People don’t realize that there are plenty of other jokes to make about public radio. Like making fun of bumper music, or the fact that we still use landlines, or the phrase “sustaining member.” Lot of serious comedic potential right there. It’s very hard dealing with this — I have to tell people this stuff all the time.
In your next life, what would your career be?
I’d stay in radio, probably. Best not to second-guess these things. Who knows what would happen if I became, like, a real estate agent or something. Might be happier, might not be.
What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?
You can’t trick me with questions like these, questions that reveal your fat-cat lifestyle. Some of my colleagues might answer “TSA PreCheck” or “noise-canceling headphones.” Wow, we got a world traveler over here, a real Mr. Monopoly. Guy like me, I rely on the small stuff. My choice? The Acme Kastmaster fishing lure. If you’re out on the water during trout season or if you’re fishing streams, the Kastmaster is your best friend. Pick up a few Kastmasters at Cabela’s before your next trip or order a bunch on the Walmart website — one-fourth ounce, one-eighth ounce, whatever works for what you’re targeting. The weight helps them cast well, and the metal spoon shape flows well while you’re reeling them in. Gold or silver’s your best bet — don’t have much luck with the silver and blue combo lures. Pay whatever they’re going for. Then catch your own meal, cook it with some lentils and turn on Netflix or whatever.