Several years ago, when I lived in the Bay Area and worked at the Head-Royce School, I enjoyed listening to a series called “Perspectives” on KQED, the local public radio station. Listeners were invited to submit short commentaries about any topic they wished, but there was a big catch: the length limit was two minutes of air time, about 375 words of printed text. An interesting exercise, and one that made me very sympathetic to students struggling to comply with the length restrictions of their college application essays!
Click here to listen to a piece of mine that was broadcast in 2006. The theme of the piece is still timely, but the examples of “hot topics” I mentioned aren’t as relevant now as they were then. (Does anyone these days even remember the fuss about the “Brangelina baby?”)