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the universe

In the Beginning, the gods created the Universe.

This has subsequently been acknowledged to have been a fundamental error in judgment, and it has not been repeated.

(Some of the more recent cosmological theories argue otherwise, but we’re holding out for proof.)

Every proper organizational web-site has a Statement of Purpose. There, the company or institution puts into a carefully crafted paragraph or two of neat, bland, inoffensive, and antiseptic words, all of them approved by the lawyers and the public relations specialists, the gist of why they exist, what they seek, where they are going, and how they propose to get there.

Ours is simple. The very future of every civilization depends critically upon if and how it educates its people. Despite all that this country spends on education – not including college and university costs, well over two thirds of a trillion dollars a year – it could and should do better. Rather than merely criticize, we are attempting to make a difference, however small, which improves education through the media of radio and television, in whatever form they take.

Public broadcasting needs to do more than merely entertain. That suffices for commercial radio and television, but we should expect more from educational broadcasting. This is why we exist.

As you probably have already begun to suspect, we pursue our objectives with a little more irreverence, whimsy, and cynicism than most public-interest entities care to exhibit. As the scorpion said to the frog, “It’s our nature.”

It’s that simple.

The page that makes no sense actually does make sense.

When creating content for public radio and television, we must choose between the alternatives of, on the one hand, adhering to the normal practice of keeping everything conventional and tightly compartmentalized, and, on the other hand, exercising enough imagination, wit, whimsy, and occasional irreverence to make it more entertaining.

Whimsy is the lubricant that makes life more endurable, and there’s a place in public broadcasting for a carefully measured seasoning of imagination. For examples of what we mean, listen to the stories from Ninety Second Science.

There, you might get a sense of how we propose to be one of Epictetus's purple threads.

By the way, that bit about the Universe came from Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.