Is It Public Radio or Pubic Radio?


Digital photograph taken of singer/songwriter ...

Digital photograph taken of singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb.       (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Double Ugh.

I am a regular listener and financial supporter, along with the Boyfriend, of public radio on which I have heard some really great stuff, like Terry Gross’s engrossing interview with Maurice Sendak before his passing.  Even now It makes me cry when I think about how lovely and thoughtful he was.

But to every Beavis a Butthead must pass.  Which just means I have heard some crap, too.  Like a recent smug interview with Lisa Loeb.  Blech.  Not because I have any beef with Lisa Loeb.  She is probably a nice person.  Maybe the interviewer was just doing too good a job portraying her as self-important.  Certainly, there’s a time and place to toot our own horn, but not on public radio.  How about we keep our self-important tendencies to the privacy of our homes and our blogs (isn’t that why God invented them!) Let’s leave the air clear for humanitarians like Messieurs Sendak and Mandela.  Or the courageous personnel of Doctors without Borders.  Or the great Radio Rookies who talk about real-life teen issues.  So many guests to choose from, no need to pick from the “Pat-me-on-the-back” pack.

I tell you what though, if I ever hear Elton John interviewed on public radio, I will cancel my membership faster than you can say “Bennie and the…”  Bugger off!

elton john schmuck

Apparently, he played a concert at Rush Limbaugh’s recent wedding for which he was paid one million buckeroos.   It seemed to cause a kerfuffle that Elton John would whore himself out for cash.  But why?  Is it because people think Elton John is not a schmuck who loves money?  But he is Blanche, he is.  And if he wants to be friends with a radio host who loves to harangue gays by making offensive remarks at their expense, that is his prerogative.

Rush Limbaugh Cartoon by Ian D. Marsden of mar...

Rush Limbaugh Cartoon by Ian D. Marsden of (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But I digress…

Public Radio, if I want to hear unenlightened and self-aggrandizing content I’ll just tune into Rush Limbaugh’s show.  Por favor, that’s not what I come to you for!

This pie is based on a great peanut butter pie that I made during Hurricane Sandy (see post here).  All you have to do is forego the ganache topping and add the F/X extras for the desired fly and maggot effect:

Rush Limbaugh’s Pie (Hole)

The ingredients


1 1/2 cups chocolate wafer cookies or graham cracker crumbs

5 tbls unsalted butter, melted


1 cup smooth peanut butter

6 ozs cream cheese, cut in chunks

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 cup heavy cream

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

F/X extras*:

about 1 cup raisins (use more if you want more coverage)

about 1/2-1 cup puffed rice

*This is to create a fly and maggot effect on top of the pie.  If you’d rather not, follow the recipe and go for the ganache topping.

The steps:

1. Combine crumbs and melted butter.  Press into a pie pan.  Use a glass to push it in. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. With an electric mixer whip peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar and cream until smooth and creamy.  In another bowl whip heavy cream and vanilla extract until soft peaks form.

3. Pour filling into the pie crust.  Refrigerate for at least one hour.

4. Top the pie with raisins and puffed rice, alternating for a fly and maggot effect.

The inspiration for this pie is Rush Limbaugh’s pie hole.


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