As if there wasn’t enough excitement going on around here — it’s time for today’s Antarctican! And let me just say, discovering that there actually IS a pole at the South Pole is pretty much the greatest thing ever (apart from our new Book Concierge, that is).
This is Elaine Hood, who does communications and education outreach from McMurdo Station and South Pole Station.
Favorite NPR show: “Impossible to choose! I listen to NPR from 5:30 AM until 9 PM exclusively. At South Pole Station, the weak internet signal prevents streaming it online, but NPR podcasts get downloaded and put on the shared network drive every week. So while I was at the South Pole last week I listened to the last four week’s of Prairie Home Companion, Car Talk and other shows like Fresh Air, Morning Edition, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and Puzzle Master.”
Book recommendation: Robert Caro’s LBJ series (what an epically perfect choice for long Antarctic days! You can here Caro talking about the most recent installment here)
Image courtesy of Jynne Dilling Martin
Today’s NPR listening Antarctican at the South Pole!
There is a pole at the South Pole!!! Mystery solved, I can go home now. Good night.
“On the plane back to Washington, in her pink Chanel suit, caked with her husband’s blood, Jackie Kennedy resisted all suggestions from aides that she clean herself up. Instead, she just said, “Let them see what they’ve done.”
But for the half century since John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, the most famous artifact from that day, one of the most recognizable articles of clothing ever worn, has been seen by almost no one. Now preserved by the National Archives in a climate-controlled vault outside of Washington, it is subject to Kennedy family restrictions that it not be seen for almost a century more .
If there is a single item that captures both the shame and the violence that erupted that day, and the glamour and artifice that preceded it, it is Jackie Kennedy’s bloodstained pink suit, a tantalizing window on fame and fashion, her allure and her steely resolve, the things we know about her and the things we never quite will.”