App Labor of Love
Eeeeeee . . . oohhhh! Out comes a wee baby App. Its name is “Know What,” and it’s Ben Adair’s personal first. What inspired this senior program editor and family man to birth an App business? Our Spotlight features his audacious conception story. Read on, and you too might be inspired to . . . well, procreate.
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Cool Tool: A Cure to Information Overload?
Are you inundated with online articles you keep meaning to read, but never get to? Read It Later changed my life and it could change yours too. Use this app to bookmark any online article — whether it's background research for a story, how-to resources on craft, or narrative journalism you want to emulate. Pluses: It keeps an archive of your reading list, downloads articles to be read offline, synchs across all devices (phone, tablet, computer), and lets you tag items to keep things organized. Give it a spin by bookmarking our Spotlight for easy retrieval.
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Wanna "Know What"? Ask the App-Master
By Ben Adair
"Why can't there be an app that has only the good stuff — recommended by people who actually know what they're talking about?"
Ben Adair started out as a tape cutter for the Pacifica affiliate KPFK. He's traveled the world for The Savvy Traveler; hosted his own arts and culture show in Los Angeles, called Pacific Drift; helped lead Weekend America until its cancellation in 2009; and shaped American Public Media's national coverage of environmental issues and sustainability. He's currently a senior editor at Marketplace, heading up the Sustainability Desk and the show's Economy 4.0 Initiative. He's also a dad. So why did he feel the need to take on a "side project" that's turned into a whole lot more?
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New Member Spotlight:
Who? Mujahid Suliman is a recent Salt grad and the creator of Oraltale, a site for "leftover stories." He's currently interning at Live from the New York Public Library and UnionDocs.
Joined AIR: December 2011, upon graduating from Salt.
Bit by the radio bug when . . . He was 19 years old. To get over his shyness, he began interviewing his friends. He says that making radio offers him an opportunity to partake in his favorite activity: listening. Says Mujahid: "Radio offers me a chance to talk to complete strangers and enter their world. When holding a mic, no question is too intimate. And I love that!"
Beyond radio: Mujahid once rode his bicycle throughout Eastern Europe
and now, because of it, is in love with the name Ljubljana. Email him if you need any bike touring tips.
What does he want from AIR? Mooj wants to collaborate with other producers on radio and multimedia pieces. Interested? Get in touch with him at email@example.com. Listen to his Salt piece, "Ink and M16s."