That's 15 hours they've got to fill every week. And it must have been a slow news day today because at precisely 1:45 p.m. they called me to talk about Cuba.
I am happy to oblige, of course, but at times like these I think - Hey, I should be interviewing you.
I mean, I try to understand the Cuba story. I read other blogs when I'm not busy with my day job. I watch Cuba videos. I read studies, reports, articles, etc. But trying to understand Cuba can be a daunting task, and there are a lot of people who know more about the country, its politics and its tumultuous history than I do.
I am an outsider looking in. There are Cubaphiles and bloggers out there who live this complicated, many-layered story 24/7. Let them be the "experts."
I'm content to be the interviewer. Nearly three years after starting this blog, I appreciate straightforward, just-the-facts journalism more than ever.
More important than my two cents are what other people think. And I find that I learn something new in every interview that I do.
Over the past year or so, my goal has been to interview a wide range of people who are passionate about the fate of Cuba. I am researching democracy programs in Cuba with help from the Pulitzer Center in Washington. I want to get a range of views, from believers in the revolution to those who'd like to see the Castro brothers take a hike.
Since May 1, I've been posting video interviews on Vimeo. You can see them here.
I've gotten a few scattered complaints about the people I've chosen to interview - Why did you interview him? Why did you talk to her?
The best advice I've gotten came from a Cuban blogger. He said:
Try to do more interviews.So that's what I plan to do.
I haven't achieved the balance or variety I want in the interviews I've done so far. To be sure, this is a work in progress.
I did my best to answer, but all the while I was thinking - Hey, I should be interviewing you.