Monday, December 29, 2008

Ouroboros: The Layoff Narrative

In September, Ketzel Levine, a senior correspondent for National Public Radio, came up with an idea for a series about how Americans were handling economic pressure....

Ms. Levine and her editor didn’t want a series of unconnected stories. “We came up with the idea that each person should be connected with the next somehow, and that was the best part for me,” she said....

But there was an unexpected ending. Midway through her reporting, Ms. Levine found out that she had been laid off as part of a 64-employee cut at NPR.

Ms. Levine, who has worked at NPR since 1977, said she decided the final episode, and her final piece for NPR, should be about her own situation.


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Blogger Kaela said...

Maybe 64 is the new magic evil layoff number... Macmillan cut 64 people, too.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I heard her installment. When she said "bartender, pour me shot of... Moxie! and...make it a grrrrrrrrrr dubbbble!!" with so much relish, I felt like I'd just... eaten a meal-sized portion of relish.

5:27 PM  

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