Friday, May 11, 2012
Friday Faces: Meet Cody Fiala
Do you have a favorite public radio voice?
Jane Lindholm, Mitch Wertlieb, and Terry Gross are such exceptional interviewers. They are my favorites because as an introvert, and I appreciate listening to them convert curiosity into questions that get others to do the talking. They also all explore sensitive topics with such compassion, respect, and directness - which is what I savor in so many stories on VPR. But, this question is like asking me my favorite flavor of jelly bean, so I must add that another favorite is Nina Totenberg, because she distills complex and lengthy exchanges into succinct straightforward reporting.
What are your plans for this weekend?
8 AM Bikram yoga on Saturday and Sunday, just like every weekend! It is one of the best ways to stay warm in this state I love. It's really helpful in other ways, too, of course, and my wife and I also treasure the community of folks we see there regularly and would likely not otherwise have made connections. After lunch, Jenny and I will go for a long walk in the woods with our two pups, who will have a blast running until they're all muddy and tired. Afterwards, maybe we'll read on the porch and if I'm feeling energetic, I'll make dough and a pizza, or whip up a simple Mexican dish.
What are you listening to/reading/watching right now?
Well, I have a habit - supported by our fantastic public libraries - of reading several books simultaneously. So, right now I am reading Black Boy by Richard Wright, The Obamas, by Jodi Kantor, Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride by Michael Wallis, and A Singular Woman by Janny Scott.
As far as we know you are the first person at VPR who uses a stability ball as a desk chair. Have you ever fallen off? And did anyone see?
Well, this is something new I am trying to alleviate a nagging injury I think is somehow connected to breaking my tailbone glissading down Mount Mansfield a few winters ago. Since there's not enough time to tell that story, I'll go back to answering the question... no one has seen me fall off my stability ball because I haven't fallen...yet. I know one colleague is watching and waiting (in good humor, of course). And, while it is a comfortable alternative to my typical desk chair, I am definitely ready to upgrade. I need to add wheels so I can swivel and scoot around as quickly as I'm used to doing in my chair. Then have a different answer to the question!