I’ll direct your attention to an eight minute interview of NPR reporter John Burnett on his retirment from NPR. The name didn’t register with me but the voice did. He plays a mean harmonica which tied into a favorite piece of his on a man who played a leaf on the streets of Mexico with such facility that after hearing the broadcast a famous quartet found him and featured him on one of the albumns.
I remembered his reporting from New Orleans during Katrina and he himself said it was the work he considered his most important. At the time President Bush’s man in charge said the report was nonsense….until he confirmed it and sent helicopters to drop aid in the Morell Convention Center where a year I had once attended a National School Board Convention.