1. ON THE FASTRACK does the same kind of ‘visualization of the abstract’ that ZITS does, which is why I referred to it. I don’t read PMP unless it appears here.

  2. I was delighted by Connie name-checking Doualy Xaykaothao.

    I am a sort of fan of those NPR names (see https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/05/why-do-npr-reporters-have-such-great-names/275493/ ) and have even looked up some people on https://www.npr.org/series/6000/people-at-npr?typeId=1 in part to learn about their careers and appearance, but sometimes initially just to figure out the spelling.

    But apparently I never did check out Doualy Xaykaothao, because when I saw it in this Zits I for a minute I had no idea who was meant. Oh, it’s “Dowally Sigh-kowtow”! At https://www.npr.org/transcripts/739288290 you can hear anchor LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO introduce a report by DOUALY XAYKAOTHAO, saying her name of course. Also then you can hear Xaykaothao’s voice — which is smooth and professional but I don’t know quite why Connie is swooning over it. And at the end of the report, she says her own name.

    It’s not just the NPR female on-air personalities who have interesting names or name issues. (As the Atlantic article sort of implies.) When (male) Eyder Peralta started making reports from Africa, because of his Commonwealth accent related to one of the so-called r-less British prestige dialects, he said his own name in a way that sounds like the American pronunciation of Ada; and the anchors introducing him said it that way for a while, only later reintroducing the -r- from the spelling. https://www.npr.org/people/348764934/eyder-peralta

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