Guess The Newsmaker
Saturday, July 5, 2014
A mystery guest whose career is up in smoke.
PETER SAGAL, HOST:
Last year with Paula Poundstone, Maz Jobrani and Faith Salie, we decided to bring back an old game.
BILL KURTIS, BYLINE: Was it rounders, marbles, kick the can, conkers, memblety peg, huckle buckle beanstalk?
SAGAL: No, actually, Bill. Although they all sounds like great fun. Let's let Carl explain.
KURTIS: Guess the News Maker.
SAGAL: So it's time to welcome to our show one Ricardo Baca. Ricardo, welcome to WAIT WAIT ...DON'T TELL ME.
RICARDO BACA: Hey, thanks a lot.
SAGAL: Now, panelists, Mr. Baca here, Ricardo, has a new job. As far as we know he is the first person to hold this job anywhere ever. Your job - guess what that job is. You'll each get a chance to ask a yes or no question. The first panelist to guess who it is wins a point. Paula, ask your question.
PAULA POUNDSTONE: Hi, Mr. Baca. Does it involve computers?
MAZ JOBRANI: Do you have to go to an office every day?
SAGAL: No. So he's out in the field, OK? Faith.
FAITH SALIE: Ricardo, are you dealing with a formerly illegal substance?
BACA: (Laughter) Yes.
SAGAL: Yes, he is dealing with a formerly illegal substance.
SAGAL: What could it be? Now it moves on to Paula
POUNDSTONE: How was that an intuitive guess?
POUNDSTONE: There's absolutely nothing that was said that led to such a guess.
JOBRANI: Are you like an FBI profiler something?
POUNDSTONE: All right, Mr. Baca. Have you had relations with Faith Salie?
POUNDSTONE: All right. So he's out in the field. Are you a pot harvester?
BACA: I am not.
SAGAL: I'm going to throw you guys a hint. Mr. Baca's calling us from his home in Colorado.
POUNDSTONE: Oh, mountains.
JOBRANI: Well, the weed thing was a good place to go.
POUNDSTONE: Yeah - no, mountains were forbidden a while ago.
SAGAL: Paula asked if he was was a pot harvester.
JOBRANI: Oh, a pot reviewer?
SAGAL: Oh, nut you are awfully close. What we're going to do is we're going to say Maz got it because although Mr. Baca is not a pot reviewer, they'll be working for him because Mr. Baca is the first ever pot editor for the Denver Post...
SAGAL: ...as far as we know. So the point goes to Maz. Ricardo, so you are - you're going to be in charge of the new section, I think it's online for the Denver Post, that will cover the new legal marijuana market in Colorado.
BACA: It is, yeah, we're creating a blog out here covering the culture of cannabis.
SAGAL: The culture of cannabis. How did you get this job? How do you apply to be the pot editor?
BACA: Exactly right. Well, I started a music festival for the paper and then I started a music blog. And both of those things have done fairly well. So I think they thought of me when this position came up.
SAGAL: They went down to your music festival, they took a whiff. They're like, this is the guy.
SAGAL: We're assuming pot editors must be constantly paranoid they're going to get fired.
BACA: Well, I do work for a newspaper.
SAGAL: That's true. So you're going to be hiring marijuana critics, right?
BACA: I am, yeah. I'm in the process of getting some reports back from them. I assign them each a strain or an edible or a soda and I'm starting to get those back.
POUNDSTONE: What do you mean, or a soda?
BACA: Oh, the market is huge. You can get pot infused olive oil and sodas. It's crazy, they have everything.
SAGAL: I'm assuming that as the pot editor you're going to have to be, you know, partaking yourself to do your job correctly, right?
BACA: You know, I don't necessarily need to but...
POUNDSTONE: Oh, go ahead.
SAGAL: It's legal.
SALIE: Are you going to have deadlines?
BACA: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah, many, many deadlines.
POUNDSTONE: Yeah, how's that going to work?
SAGAL: Well, Ricardo Baca, we're delighted to talk to you. Good luck in your new job.
SAGAL: Ricardo Baca is the new online pot editor for the Denver Post. Thank you so much for being with us.
SAGAL: Now if after hearing that conversation with the Denver Post's pot editor you are suddenly planning a trip to Colorado, don't forget you can also see WAIT, WAIT next week July 10 at Red Rocks outside Denver.
KURTIS: And, you know what they say, Peter - what happens at Red Rocks can even be seen through the thick clouds of pot smoke.
SAGAL: Bill and I will both be there somewhere down there doing a jam quiz no doubt along with Paula Poundstone, Tom Bodett and Brian Babylon. For tickets and more information, check out our website waitwait.npr.org. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.View this story on npr.org