"If I dress like a schlump, I think like a schlump and I work like a schlump." - Nina Totenberg in the Wall Street Journal’s slideshow of how people dress for the office at NPR.
I’ve worked in public radio for twelve years now, though never in an office other than the one where I’m the boss, and this is a pretty representative sampling. Some people look great (Audie Cornish), some look a mess. It’s a funny world, defined in large part by an audience that can’t see you.
(Incidentally, for the twelve million people who’ve emailed me to ask: no picture of me in this feature because while my show is distributed by NPR, I work out of my own office in Los Angeles, not NPR HQ in DC.)

"If I dress like a schlump, I think like a schlump and I work like a schlump." - Nina Totenberg in the Wall Street Journal’s slideshow of how people dress for the office at NPR.

I’ve worked in public radio for twelve years now, though never in an office other than the one where I’m the boss, and this is a pretty representative sampling. Some people look great (Audie Cornish), some look a mess. It’s a funny world, defined in large part by an audience that can’t see you.

(Incidentally, for the twelve million people who’ve emailed me to ask: no picture of me in this feature because while my show is distributed by NPR, I work out of my own office in Los Angeles, not NPR HQ in DC.)

When I’m not hosting my public radio show, The Sound of Young America, or my comedy show, Jordan, Jesse, Go!, my TV show, The Grid, or Put This On, I produce and serve as the bailiff on the Judge John Hodgman podcast. In the show, John (who you may know from the Daily Show or as the PC in the Mac/PC commercials) judges personal disputes, People’s Court-style. 

This week’s case was style related: a woman who was embarassed that her fiance went to work wearing torn jeans or cargo shorts and ratty t-shirts. His argument was that he was a programmer, and at least he wasn’t wearing a shirt with a unicorn on it. She countered that it was embarrassing to be seen with him.

You’ll have to listen to the show to find out what Judge Hodgman ruled. You can also download it for free in iTunes.