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Pope Benedict XVI is a people magnet.

As I type this entry, I’m sitting in the media center in downtown DC… in this room alone I can hear at least 8 different languages being spoken. In front of me, there are three journalists having a conversation in French. To my right, there’s a whole row of Spanish television and radio organizations; there’s a photographer in the back who is from Brazil, but now lives in NYC; and scattered about the room there are journalists from Germany, France and several other European countries; not to mention the languages that I don’t recognize. (Remember- I’m not a linguist…)

Of course, this diversity pours out onto the streets of DC- some speaking their native African tongue, others fluent in Chinese and Japanese (not that I can tell them apart…). A stop in Chinatown reveals not only Chinese cuisine, but Mexican, American, Thai, Lebanese, and even a few Irish pubs. It’s amazing the transformation that takes place when you step inside the door to escape the hustle and bustle that is DC. But I digress…

In our previous blogs and the stories we’ve cut, you’ve met some of the people we’ve met throughout Papal Visit 2008: the Hispanic Catholics from Cali, the Nebraskan family who lived in Rome, the tried and true DC residents themselves, etc. It is amazing to me that so many different people are all in the same place…. many of them for the same reason- to get a glimpse of the Holy See.

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The Bob and Tom Show…the POPEMOBILE!

Hi!

So…sometime’s when you’re a journalist, walking around with a press pass around your neck, people ask you things. Today was that kind of day, except everyone we met had a story to tell us…and all their names were BOB (okay they’re were only 2 but still).  Oh and then…okay sorry too much to tell.

After becoming famous over the radio last night, we stayed in this lovely media center editing our PAK for this week’s show…you can check it out on YouTube, and our fabulously good looking new website.  

Okay…so now.  Let’s talk about today.  After getting home last night and writing webstories and scripts for today’s show…we finally went to bed at like 2:00 (well that’s what time i attempted to go to bed).  Woke up this morning at 7:20…we were supposed to leave at 7:30. 

Running late, we couldn’t find our bus stop, so we just took the damn metro to the Russell building where we met Senator Harkin (for like 2 seconds).  We took a picture and then he had to leave to go party with the pope, or i guess i shouldn’t call it that.  But Kate and Lauren ventured over towards the Whitehouse…in hopes to get a glimpse of their time on the lawn…BUT we didn’t.  So I a phone call to our friend at CBS, Mary Walsh…she gave us a tip as to where the Pope was supposed to be later and that he might get out and walk around.  

So we headed straight there…and let’s just say KATE AND LAUREN GOT TO SEE THE PIMPED OUT POPEMOBILE…LIVE!  I think maybe it’s an oxymoron to call it pimped out, but seriously that guy has an awesome ride, and he doesn’t even get to drive it.  Lauren stood on a light pole to get the footage while kate was standing on quote “a pile of dirt surrounded by hospital employees” None the less, Kate had the handy camera and Lauren had the panasonic and we came up with some decent footage.  We’re troopers…and I now we look like lobsters.  Lauren’s sunburnt…and so is KAte…not that you care.

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles…

Not quite as funny as the movie of course… but nevertheless, the title seems fitting for our trip so far. We took my car to Gurnee, Leslie’s SUV to O’Hare, American Airlines (despite the threat of cancellations lol) from O’Hare to Ronald Reagan, Metro around DC, the Marc to Penn Station, the Light Rail to the outskirts of Baltimore… haha, I think we’ve covered everything but boats— and maybe those motorized scooters.

Anyway, it’s been an adventure and I just wanted to jot a quick note about my love of public transportation— at least in DC. The metro might be my new favorite toy haha. Who knows where it will take us tomorrow? Maybe we’ll jump on the blue line and the Pope will just be on there, waiting for us to interview him! haha, sometimes its fun to think the unthinkable…

until tomorrow!

Kate

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Here Today…D.C. Tomorrow

Hello there!

Just finished packing. We’re headed to Chicago for the evening, then if all goes well we’ll be taking our plane tomorrow to D.C….that is if all goes well. I’ll keep you posted on that.

But I wanted to comment briefly about how Kate and I spent the last 18 hours. Last night was Dance Marathon at Loras College. Its a 12 hour even where Loras students stay up all night to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network and the Iowa City Hospitals. So Kate and I were the official videographers last night. And I tell you it was a treat. First off, one of the families, Katie Metz, whom I did a story about last fall (before their daughter pass away) was there. That touched me like no other, to see the impact this has had on them. Then you add to that all the “miracle kids” that were there and smiles on their faces. As a journalist I think its such a gift when you get to tell these peoples stories. It inspires other and inspires me. And although we stayed up all night, spent several hours editing a video for the closing ceremonies, and didn’t sleep much for today…it was worth it!! It was for the kids! And I feel like it was an honor to be a part of something so great.

On that note: its time to head to Chicago. WISH US LUCK!!! prayers would be nice too!

Peace.

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Preparations: Then there were complications… Now we have to be “real” Journalists

Pope travels America for the first time.

 

Hey there!

So we’re preparing for our D.C. trip to catch the Pope. At the moment its kind of going to be a game…to see if we get lucky enough to find him. Why? Well it’s because we were only pre-approved to cover the Pope, we just received word today from all three requests that we will NOT be given press credentials into these events, but instead we have access to the feeds in the media center. Now I don’t know about you but that’s not exactly what we were going for. NOT AT ALL.

But this brings forth a good challenge, in my eyes. The way I see it, we’re now forced to be “real” journalists and go out and find a story. Maybe something that you woudn’t expect from you average pope coverage story. We’ll be walking around D.C. looking everywhere for stories about everything to do with his visit. Talking with people preparing for the event, spending time around the events and trying to get and insiders view into it all.

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