Sunday, April 08, 2007

Deval and Ira: Separated at Birth?

Maybe it's just me, but have you ever noticed how much Gov. Deval Patrick and NPR's Ira Glass (host of This American Life) sound alike on radio? Once you realize what they're talking about--Glass rarely, if ever, discusses state-wide healthcare for Massachusetts; Patrick rarely, if ever, talks about the allure of the mean friend (one of my favorite TAL eps)--you can tell them apart.

But for those first few seconds, I'm always caught off-guard. Must be the Chicago connection. (Yes, I know Glass wasn't born there--he's from Baltimore--but I also know from living out West for several years how you can adopt the native accent with little effort.) Maybe Glass should have the governor on his show and see if listeners have trouble telling them apart. They could call the episode "The Allure of the Vocal Doppelganger."

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Blogger karrie said...

I'll have to listen more closely.

Love that episode of TAL too!

2:43 PM  

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