Ted Koppel is guest-hosting NPR's Talk of the Nation today. Wednesdays means TOTN is in the Newseum in front of a live audience.
Generally speaking I really like Koppel. He brings the gravitas, which can make him all the funnier when he wants to be. He can do really silly stuff with an amazingly "heavy" deadpan voice.
But today, he's sometimes taking it one notch too far...I suspect that the audience is seeing a knowing wink and a grin, but us radio listeners don't have that visual cue and his words are definitely on the stinging side. Not all that much, and not all that often, but just enough that I think it's throwing your average public radio listener a bit off-stride.
(Here's a link to today's show page with audio archives and transcripts)