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11:28 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Adventures In Commenting: How We're Improving The Community On

Here at NPR, we want to encourage discussion around all of our coverage - from the latest news on U.S. troops in Afghanistan to a review of the new Tom Hanks film. We know that discussion takes place organically on many different platforms (like Facebook and Twitter and Reddit). However, we also believe that it is important to host that discussion on our site as well.

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This Is NPR
4:47 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

2014 Wall Calendar: January (Round Two)

Ellen Weinstein's art for the NPR Wall Calendar.
Ellen Weinstein NPR

With so many great designs for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar, we went ahead and added an extra month. Ok, so this illustration is for January 2015.

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

A New NPR T-Shirt Designed By Listener Jessica Roush

NPR Threadless design challenge winner Jessica Roush.
Emily Davidson courtesy of Jessica Roush

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 1:33 pm

This week NPR is debuting its newest t-shirt, and it's unlike any other we've had before. NPR teamed up with Threadless earlier this year and challenged designers all around the world to create the ultimate NPR t-shirt. More than 80,000 votes later, we have a winner, a new shirt and a new way for people to support public radio.

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This Is NPR
10:43 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Halloween Costume Ideas Straight From The Week's Headlines

Radcliffe plays Allen Ginsberg in the new film Kill Your Darlings, about Ginsberg's friendship with Jack Kerouac — and his entanglement with literary provocateur Lucien Carr.
Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 9:36 am

Two weeks into October, and the pressure really starts getting to your head. What am I going to be for Halloween?

Did you set the bar too high last year with your Binders Full Of Women costume? Or maybe you're determined to NOT have the same getup as five other people... again. Whatever the hangup may be, take some cues from your news-minded friends at NPR for creating a unique and timely costume out of the headlines:

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This Is NPR
1:41 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

2014 Wall Calendar: December

Rich Tu's art for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar.
Rich Tu NPR

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 3:26 pm

This isn't the first NPR-inspired art we've seen from Rich Tu. The award-winning designer, who "spends his time getting ink on his 'good shirt,'" created both the cover and the December artwork for our latest calendar.

You can see more from this WBGO listener by following him on Twitter, @Rich_Tu.

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This Is NPR
3:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

NPR In The News and Beyond: Pop Culture Takeover

Actor Danny McBride (a.k.a. Kenny Powers) from the fourth season opening scene of HBO's Eastbound & Down.
screenshot from

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 11:53 am

Perhaps great minds do think alike, because over the last few weeks, NPR was on the brain (and lips) of an internationally acclaimed rock star, a pro baseball pitcher-turned-substitute P.E. teacher, a favorite Saturday Night Live alum a hip hop artist and a late night talk show host.

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This Is NPR
3:07 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Dressing Like Carl Kasell: Official Judge & Scorekeeper, Unofficial Team Manager

NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Official Judge and Scorekeeper Carl Kasell
Katie Burk NPR

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 3:41 pm

In August, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! traveled from Chicago to western Massachusetts to perform LIVE in... a shed. Now, this particular shed was named in a playful nod to one audacious architect's poorly-timed slight more than 50 years ago, making it perhaps a perfect venue for the news quiz show to put on a night of outrageous trivia and timely jabs at the news.

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This Is NPR
5:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Scariest Hashtag Ever? Enter #NPRHalloweenNames At Your Own Risk


Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 9:37 am

Here at NPR, we're always game for a good public radio spoof. And yesterday, the terrifyingly funny folks from Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! (@waitwait) started their own public radio, shall we say, spook.

It all started with this tweet (which was clearly dying for a response):

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This Is NPR
9:58 am
Mon October 7, 2013

White House Correspondent ProFile: 'I Listen Best When I'm Wearing Giant Headphones.'

NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 10:29 am

My name... Tamara Keith

NPR employee since... December 2009 (preceded by a couple of temp stints).

Public radio listener since... The early '80s. I was your typical back-seat listener. My parents listened as we sat in terrible LA traffic. Later on, as a teenager, I sent letters to all of my NPR heroes (spelling many of their names terribly wrong, sorry 'Karl Castle') and, somehow, magically became an essayist for Weekend Edition Sunday.

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4:38 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

KUAR Adds TED Radio Hour, Brings On Full Hour Of Latino USA. What's Your Opinion?

This weekend, KUAR is bringing two new programs from NPR to its airwaves with the TED Radio Hour and Latino USA.

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