Last Call for Odyssey

I am a huge fan of Odyssey on NPR, and was bummed when I found out it was getting cancelled. This is the last week to get your fill of the lovely Gretchen Helfrich. Adding salt to the wound, a large commercial smack in the middle of the Odyssey today reminded me that Worldview is moving to the noon spot starting Monday. Damn dude, give me some time to mourn.

21 Comments so far

  1. CP (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 4:47 pm

    Seriouly, I’m organizing a mob to go over and beat the hell out the dingleberry that is cancelling Odyssey. Honestly, Worldview is okay but Jerome, you ain’t got shit on Gretchen. and why the hell is News & Notes still on the air? worst show on NPR. All they do is have that guy with the lisp yell for half the fucking show. Odyssey is the reason I even started listening to NPR. Bad move NPR, bad, bad, BAD!!! move. I may not be renewing my membership next year.

  2. Lauren (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 4:53 pm

    Excellent use of the word dingleberry. I would be interested in joining this mob; should I bring my brass knuckles or samurai sword?

  3. m2 (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 8:18 pm

    I have a big pet peeve about people not being able to differentiate NPR from WBEZ ( or Chicago Public Radio ). They are not the same thing. Chicago Public Radio airs some NPR programming (Morning Edition, All Things Considered), some Public Radio International (PRI) shows, and some shows which are produced directly by Chicago Public Radio. Odyssey is/was produced by Chicago Public Radio for PRI.

  4. Dave! (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 8:28 pm

    Eh, I’m ambivalent. I’m not gonna burn my NPR card over it or anything.

    The problem with Odyssy is that it was so inconsistent: inconsistent with interesting topics of discussion, inconsistent with interesting guests, etc.

    I would sometime tune in and then out again almost immediately because it was a bad topic with bad guests. Sure, when it was good, it was good… but when it was bad…

  5. Alana (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 8:43 pm

    Dave, what exactly does it take to get you mad and motivated?

    I love Odyssey. It’s my lunchtime thing. Go down the road to get some Greek food and listen to Gretchen in the car before heading back into the grind. Very sad. I always felt it was one of their stronger programs too.

    Grr. Ira! Throw some weight around!

  6. Brian (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 9:30 pm

    Sad news indeed. Does anyone know what Gretchen plans to do next? Hopefully she’ll get some other public forum.

  7. JenniferRoche (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 10:43 pm

    I have to say that I spent more time marvelling at the range and agility of Helfrich’s intellect than I did at the actual conversations. She could talk cogently and spin issues on a dime so quickly it was amazing. However, I think in the end, the conversations were snoozers more often than not or too obscure to keep me tuned in. It’s a loss mainly for academia, insomniacs, and a few good souls who also look benevolently on our humble blog.

    And, while I respect Jerome and World View, there’s something about his voice — is it not resonant enough? too light and nasaly? that makes it very hard for me to listen to him for more than five or ten minutes. My mind just can’t focus on him due to the pitch (or some other such term) of his voice. Anybody else get that? Anybody?

  8. Dave! (unregistered) on September 29th, 2005 @ 11:28 pm

    It takes a lot… :)

    I like World View, and I think it’s more consistently a better show than Odyssey was.

    Now, if This American Life got canned, I’d be way up in arms…

  9. Rick (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2005 @ 6:09 pm

    Hey, I just kind of wandered in here cause i was googling Gretchen to see what she is up to. I’m not even sure this post will be seen, but I’ll risk it anyway because there seem to be some people who actually care on here. Are any of you listening to the pledge drive? Gretchen is actually contributing to the pledge drive! I don’t get it. Is she still serving some function for CPR?

    BTW – I think the reason the show got cancelled is that it is too intelligent for most people to want to digest on their lunch hour. You really have to listen closely and follow along to find whatever topic interesting. Sad, but understandable. Hopefully she’ll pop up somewhere else.

  10. Auto Loans (unregistered) on November 12th, 2005 @ 8:47 pm
  11. John (unregistered) on November 26th, 2005 @ 5:01 pm

    Hey Rick! I read it! Hope someone reads this too!

    Odyssey was the best program on WBEZ, I can’t believe the folks who say the topics and guests were a snooze. Her in-depth looks at the ideas that drive our world were always fascinating, and her guests always had so much to say, so much worth hearing. World View is great, but without Odyssey in the daily roster the whole WBEZ lineup goes flat.

    Seriously, cancel News and Notes, The World (which I love), Fresh Air, turn off the transmitter for 4 hours of jazz from midnight to 4am, heck, blow away Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and Whaddaya Know. All these things would be a loss, but even all together they don’t hold a candle to Odyssey.

  12. SilverCreek (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2005 @ 5:03 pm
  13. DellaSpella (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2005 @ 11:25 pm
  14. JuJuTom (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2005 @ 6:15 pm
  15. voltaire (unregistered) on December 4th, 2005 @ 9:48 am

    Chicago Public Radio replaced an original, locally produced program with a BBC program that reveals the British to be as moronic in their observations (read obsessions) as average Americans. Entertainment Tonight with British accents. Odessey was at times pendantic but overall it provided a rare resource for informed discussion. News and Notes is still on the air but Odessey is not. How about that for a topic of discussion?

  16. Gerder Shroder (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 5:32 pm
  17. Ellen (unregistered) on December 5th, 2005 @ 6:00 pm

    I have just found out that Odyssey is off the air. What a loss! The show was really great- unapoligetically intellectual, far ranging and different than anything else out there. Where or where will I get my mind-fix now!
    Ps-I agree that News and Notes, Wait, Wait Don’t tell me, On the Media and others could certainly have been sacrificed if a an hour needed to be axed open.

  18. Gerder Shroder (unregistered) on December 6th, 2005 @ 3:44 am
  19. Ben (unregistered) on December 6th, 2005 @ 8:33 am

    Both NPR and PBS should have their public funding taken away. There is no need to make taxpayers pay for these networks, whether you like them or not.

    Let a business entrepreneur start up a radio/television station. Let the listeners/viewers decide whether they will stay on the air by their ratings, don’t force citizens to pay for it.

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