If you have ever spent time in a car with a JYA roughly between the hours of 5pm and 6pm, you have undoubtedly spent a few moments listening to your local affiliate of National Public Radio. Now, if you are not a JYA then you have probably thought to yourself “What the hell is this crap?” On the other hand, if you are a JYA then you have thought to yourself either “I totally love Brian Lehrer” or “I totally scrolled through the contents of today’s show online three hours ago”.
Yes, JYAs of today are crazy for their National Public Radio, from All Things Considered to Marketplace to Prairie Home Companion. Not only does NPR feed in to their progressive liberal elitism, it also creates a stronger sense of their progressive liberal elitism. NPR and JYAs are in a symbiotic relationship of general equilibrium and Pareto optimality! NPR needs JYAs as much as JYAs need NPR.
Now, JYAs don’t necessarily donate to NPR, but their parents donate, so it’s totally OK. It is also a safe assumption that a disproportionally large amount of JYAs constitute the listeners of NPR as compared to the non-JYA national average. In addition, once a JYA gets exposed to NPR, (usually as a toddler from their JYA-with-child parents), they are hooked for life. Meaning that, when a Jewish Young Adult becomes a Jewish Well-to-do Retiree they will continue to listen to NPR, except they complain that NPR is too progressive, liberal, and elite.