Life In Radioland Proves Less Stressful
By Laura Billings
St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press Columnist

A big bald guy we all know, but whose name we probably shouldn't mention lest he become a target of terror, has recently suggested that Minnesotans give up their daily newspapers and evening news broadcasts and get all of their information from talk radio.

"I'll tell you, it's more accurate on there,'' the bald guy has been heard to say. "I have stopped reading the local papers. I've stopped watching the evening news. And I've found it very enlightening and very less stressful in my life and I recommend that people ought to try it for a while and see how they feel.''

This was such a novel idea, I thought I'd take him up on it after consulting with my doctor, of course. Since people who are used to starting the day with three to five newspapers have been known to starve on a steady diet of talk radio, she advised me to start slowly, with 20-minute doses several times a day, working up to a full hour of Rush Limbaugh.

I've done this over the course of the week and have now logged approximately nine hours and 15 minutes of listening time on several talk-radio shows, some of them nationally syndicated and some of them homegrown.

Here's a tally of every enlightening thing I learned:

In the end, I can't say my brief experiment with talk radio was particularly enlightening, but it was a lot less stressful than I thought it would be. One possible explanation?