AirTalk for July 23, 2013

Announcing, Prince....?

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A Town Crier reads an announcement about the birth of a baby boy to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, on July 22, 2013.

The future prince of England and potential heir to the throne still remains nameless. Britain eagerly anticipated the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate’s first child by wagering on the gender. Those bets ended yesterday when Kate gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Now, the country is once again at odds about the name of the baby. Right now, the odds are in favor of George.

How important is a royal baby name? How have royal names been used as historical reference points? Which name would you put your money on?

Also, if you think you’re tired of hearing about the royal baby, imagine if you were in Britain. The Guardian decided to allow their website users turn off all the royal baby news. Just click, “Not a royalist.” Should U.S. press take note and also allow users to opt-out of celebrity news? Would you opt-out?

Guest:
Autumn Brewington, Editor of The Washington Post’s Op-Ed page; she has written about the royal family for the Washington Post and anchored the Post’s Royal Wedding Watch blog.


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