Listening To On Point in South Korea

On Point reaches listeners in many countries around the world. And we love to hear from them. We received this charming note today from an American ex-pat listening to the show on her iPod a long way from home:

Dear Mr. Ashbrook and staff,

I started listening to On Point in 2009 around the same time that I started running.  I got an iPod for my birthday and found that I enjoyed listening to talk radio rather than music a lot of the time.  Shortly after I started running, and listening to your show, I moved to South Korea where I worked as an English teacher.  I ran through the mountains, and among the rice paddies, past farmers and old women working in the fields…all the while Mr. Ashbrook kept me entertained and informed about what was going on back home in Boston, in the U.S. and across the world…the miles passed by easily as I listened every morning to your shows.  It helped me feel less homesick…eventually I started running more and training for more than 7 half marathons over the past year and a half… your show kept my mind off the long miles, the pains in my shins, the soreness in my knees, etc… I’ve listened to your shows during all the races I’ve done.  Some of my all time favorites are Emotions and the Human-Dog Connection, The Science of Willpower and A History of Caroling.  I also like your repeat guests, like Hiawatha Bray from the Globe, the show you did on Siri was great!

I am back in Korea teaching until August and I know On Point will be with me through all the miles I’ll log in Busan and beyond.  So I just wanted to thank you, Mr. Ashbrook, and all your hardworking staff for the thoughtful interviews, interesting and educational shows, and for always keeping me company no matter where in the world I am.



Busan, Korea

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