Twitter recently put me in my place for an insensitive tweet I wrote about an NPR podcast: "Has there ever been anything half as awkward as a white, middle-aged male analyzing rap lyrics on NPR? #bullseye," it read. Initially, I didn't think anything of it until a few days after I'd written it, when my Twitter randomly blew up (well, by my humble standards). One guy accused me of being a racist (how?), and the "Bullseye" host himself, Jesse Thorn, told me to "check [my] assumptions before [I] get glib." Woops. And if getting called out by the host himself weren't enough, an apparent "Bullseye" enthusiast next visited my website before tweeting at me, saying, among other things, that my "list of best podcasts pulled directly from the iTunes Top Charts" (not true) and that my blog was a Buzzfeed clone (thanks, man. I'll take it.) And since I've clearly learned my lesson, I decided to write another listicle.
But I'm being transparent when I say that this particular list is directly influenced by a larger one produced by NPR Music. The list I speak of is the Austin 100, a 100-track playlist that NPR staffer Stephen Thompson put together to help listeners pre-game for the Austin music festival South by Southwest (or SXSW).Read More