I started doing this before Christmas, but maybe now that it’s the new year, I can count it as a resolution: I want to be more informed about news events.
I used to get my news from the radio. In Baltimore, there was a station that did a rotating news cycle, so if I listened for fifteen minutes, I would have heard everything (including sports!).
Here, I can’t seem to find a talk radio station that isn’t just DJs bantering back and forth, or some 30 minute news story about sheep herders in New Zealand.
Then I realized I already knew of a solution: Every Wednesday, I play CNN10 for my students as a Current Events lesson. We watch… we discuss… It’s nice. CNN prepares a program every day. It’s ten minutes long, and is surprisingly not very editorial.
I am playing it on my phone on my drive to work. I miss some things because I don’t watch it – sometimes they do segments that are captioned instead of narrated – but I’m definitely more informed than if I just listen to the radio.