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2:41 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

NPR Producer Tells About Iranian Heritage From Bucyrus, Ohio To L.A.'s Persian Square

Davar Ardalan speaking about her grandparents and her Iranian heritage during a book event earlier this month at NPR West.
Melissa Kuypers NPR

A couple of years ago, Tell Me More Senior Producer Davar Ardalan came across a town in north central Ohio with a curious-sounding name: Bucyrus (pronounced byoo-sahy-ruhs).

Intrigued by the name's root word 'Cyrus', as in Cyrus the Great, the founder of ancient Persia's Achaemenid Empire, Ardalan called the Bucyrus Tourism Department and found that the Bratwurst Capital of America really is named after the Persian King.

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News About Public Radio
3:14 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

You're Invited To The Friends of KLRE/KUAR Annual Meeting

Friends Annual Meeting, 2011

Celebrate the culmination of our 40th Anniversary with the Annual Meeting of the Friends of KLRE/KUAR on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. We will meet at the new headquarters of Southwest Power Pool, 201 Worthen Drive in Little Rock. You can enter your current location in the map below for directions on how to get there.

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This Is NPR
9:47 am
Thu October 31, 2013

NPR's 'Axe Me Another' Celebrates Halloween With R.L. Stine

Always bewitching Ask Me Another House Musician Jonathan Coulton.
Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 9:53 am

NPR's Ask Me Another put a special Halloween spell during this week's show taping by bringing in an expert in all things scary for the occasion. R.L Stine, the man who sent 90s children running for their flashlights, joined the show this week as a VIP (Very Important Puzzler) for a night of word games, puzzles, trivia and costumes, of course!

No fake blood or irony was lost on the Ask Me Another team's costumes this year - check out the slideshow to see what they came up with.

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This Is NPR
5:03 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween From NPR

From NPR Transylvania, Happy Halloween
Madeline Valley NPR

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 3:51 pm

NPR wishes all of our listeners a fang-tastic and safe Halloween this year.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit

This Is NPR
4:15 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

News-Inspired Halloween Costumes, Round Two

Bryan Cranston (left) starred as chemistry teacher turned meth dealer Walter White, and Aaron Paul played former student and drug-dealing co-conspirator Jesse Pinkman in AMC's Breaking Bad, which wrapped up its fifth and final season on Sunday.
Ben Leuner AMC

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 9:41 am

It's getting closer and closer to that costume party, and you still have no idea what clothes in your closet to throw together to make you stand out at Halloween. Don't worry. We are making things easy for you with more Halloween costume ideas straight from the headlines.

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This Is NPR
4:40 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

StoryCorps Fan Pictures: Your Sad Faces Make Us Happy

Courtesy of Snapchat user

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate StoryCorps' 10th anniversary last week. We should be all cried out shouldn't we? Yes, yes, we should.

Let's just have a nice laugh about crying instead. We asked StoryCorps fans to share their best 'cry faces' with us last week, and we wanted to share a few of the submissions.

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This Is NPR
4:52 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Curious Listener: The StoryCorps Edition

Katie Burk NPR

As StoryCorps celebrates its 10th anniversary this week, we're joining listeners across the nation to toast their achievement and remember our favorite stories (so far!).

Every week on Morning Edition, you hear remarkable and heartfelt perspectives – from listeners like you. Have you or someone you know listened and been inspired to share your own stories? Check out this exchange with our Curious Listener for ways you can.

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This Is NPR
6:16 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

10 Years and 50,631 Interviews Later: A Snapshot Of StoryCorps' Achievements

Courtesy of StoryCorps

Today the much-loved and notoriously tear-jerking oral history project StoryCorps celebrates its 10th anniversary. You hear StoryCorps each Friday on Morning Edition, when NPR turns over the mic to everyday people to share their stories. The conversations that unfold - heartfelt, intimate, human - help us start our day feeling a little more inspired.

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This Is NPR
11:16 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Announcer ProFile: 'All Things Considered, This Is A Dream Career'

NPR Announcer Sabrina Farhi
Photo by D. Robert Wolcheck Graphic by Claire Mueller

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 1:57 pm

No matter how you take your public radio — a downloaded TED Radio Hour podcast or a Morning Edition show broadcast on your member station — there's one voice familiar to all NPR listeners. That's the NPR announcer, who voices credit to the member stations, corporations and institutions that generously support NPR and public radio.

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This Is NPR
6:14 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Not Another &#@*$! Pledge Drive

WBEZ staffers celebrate the end of their pledge drive, 10 days and 64 hours later. (Not to be overlooked is the whiteboard in the corner that reads 'MEMBERS ARE SO COOL'.)
screenshot from WBEZ video

Oh, pledge season. We hope you, like us, have come to embrace the real gems of public radio membership drives: the very creative, clever and quirky ways the staff at our Member Stations show you they really mean it when they say 'your support is vital to what we do.'

Throughout this fall membership drive season, we've been completely entertained by these special 'thank yous' created by pledge-drive pros showing appreciation for your support. Because, after all, it's you who keep public radio going pledge drive after pledge drive. After pledge drive.

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