NPR’s ‘Whad’Ya Know?’ Brings Out The Laughs

Michael Feldman of "Whad'Ya Know?" (in red) interviews some Creighton medical students while recording a show at the Holland Center in Omaha Aug. 13.

I don’t measure LPMs (that’s laughs per minute, of course). But yesterday, I wish I had.

I’ve spent many years listening to Michael Feldman’s “Whad’Ya Know?” on National Public Radio, usually while working in the field on the family farm. It was always good company when trying to keep my eyes open on a Saturday morning.

Often, I’ve wondered what exactly the crew of the show look like.

On Saturday, all was revealed. I had been planning for some time to be in Omaha for the Maha Festival. But several weeks ago, I noticed that “Whad’Ya Know?” was recording an episode at the Holland Center that morning. Perfect timing. My brother and another good friend could hit the show and then head over to the festival.

It was the first time “Whad’Ya Know?”  had recorded in Omaha since the Clinton administration — 1993.

I’m happy to report it was no disappointment.

In the first hour, especially, I think I had the highest LPM rate I’ve had in recent memory. The jokes were fast and furious. And my hands were getting quite a workout from all the deserved applause.

If you’ve never listened to “Whad’Ya Know?,” you should definitely check the schedule of your local NPR affiliate and give it a try.

One of the bands I went to see at Maha was Cursive, an Omaha rock outfit that has made quite a mark on the world. It is fronted by Tim Kasher, who also releases music as The Good Life and, most recently, under his own name.

I got a pleasant surprise when Michael Feldman announced that Tim Kasher would be performing during the show.

I’ve been a huge fan of Kasher’s work for the last decade. Not only do I enjoy the music, but he is a fantastic lyricist. I will admit the material on his latest album, “The Game of Monogamy,” wasn’t my favorite of his oeuvre, but it is quite good.

I managed to capture the two songs he performed in primitive fashion. I can’t (or can’t figure out how to) zoom when shooting video on my phone, so I apologize for all the heads. However, the sound is perfectly fine. Enjoy!

P.S. It turns out that friend and former Press & Dakotan staffer (and did I mention she is a GREAT reporter?) Emily Nohr wrote a story about Saturday’s show for the Omaha World-Herald.

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