The TEDxPeachtree team spoke with some of the upcoming speakers at TEDxPeachtree on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 at the Rialto Center for the Arts to dig beneath the surface of their biographies. In this edition of Beyond the Bio, we spoke with Rickey Bevington, host for NPR’s nationally syndicated “All Things Considered.” Here’s what we found:
1. What was your breakfast routine like growing up?
Pouring myself a large bowl of Kix cereal with milk and eating it fast enough so as not to miss the bus.
2. It’s 2017. The media is under attack. You’re about to go on air. What’s going through your mind?
I’m focused on informing my audience so they end the day a little more aware and enriched than when they started it. People listen to me because I’m not creating controversy to boost ratings and satisfy media executives and shareholders. Unlike public radio, commercial outlets seem delighted to feed the hysterical anti-media feedback loop because it’s good for business. You can count on people to tune in for the daily train wreck.
3. If you weren’t hosting a radio show, what do you think you’d be doing?
Traveling the world speaking about world affairs and media issues. And hosting an awesome podcast.
4. Who is your alter-ego?
Dolly Parton. She might be the smartest person I’ve ever interviewed. We couldn’t be more different but I would die to be like her.
5. We’re in an era of massive technological innovation. What’s one invention you can’t wait for, and one invention that terrifies you?
The technology that prevents people from texting and driving can’t come soon enough. I am terrified of “innovations” that perpetuate our modern delusion that we can defy or defeat mother nature.

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