Co-hosts Alex Cohen and Madeleine Brand are interviewed for a short Web segment from KCET's "Socal Connected" about being laid off. They were among the 64 NPR staffers who lost their jobs because of a budget crunch at the network - a crunch that's also resulting in the cancellation of "Day to Day" as of March 20. Layoffs are obviously a rare occurrence at NPR, which is why there was such surprise at the news. As Brand put it:
NPR was always this bright shining castle on the hill and once the gates opened and you were in, you were in. It was always a joke that no one would ever leave - you're a lifer once you're at NPR. I guess not.
Shereen Meraji, who used to work on the show and is now Web Producer at KCET, was among those preparing the Socal Connected piece.