Explaining the World in Four Minutes
David Kestenbaum


Third Coast Conference, USA, 2005
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When David Kestenbaum tells people he covers science for NPR, they often say something like "it must be hard explaining such complicated ideas in such a short amount of time!" Well, it is.

Learn how to get great tape from people who use phrases like "renormalization group theory," how to tell tangled stories in a compact way, how to find unusual narratives in usual stories, and how to find a scene when the backdrop appears as dull as your own cubicle.


NPR science correspondent David Kestenbaum comes to radio through the traditional route of a PhD in particle physics. He believes that radio is way better than print, that anybody can be made to say something interesting if you poke them enough times, and that when there is no scene in a story you should make one. He also believes that radio should make you cry and think and be narrative where possible but the best way to heroically save a boring story is to really come up with a better idea. Kestenbaum has been at NPR since 1999. 


David Kestenbaum is a founding contributor to NPR's Planet Money.