As any habitual listener of NPR will tell you, the most depressing regular segment of Morning Edition is “Story Corps”. Basically they go around the country taping people talking tearfully about their loved ones dying. That’s not their mission statement, it’s just what ends up happening waaaaay too much of the time. Or maybe those are just the ones some death-obsessed producer at NPR always ends up choosing. As a result of this ghoulish proclivity on their part we generally dive for the off button as soon as we hear the opening notes of the deceptively treacly Story Corps theme song.
Today no one was close enough to shut down the radio, and as a result we listened to the whole thing. It was about a mortician, natch. But I will say it was one of the least depressing I’ve ever heard. Go figure.