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Ira Glass Live
9:45 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Ira Glass Is Coming To Memphis

Ira Glass, host of Public Radio International's This American Life, will be in Memphis October 5 for an event at the Orpheum Theatre.

Congratulations to the lucky listeners and members who won tickets. If you still want tickets, you can purchase them at the Orpheum's website.

The event is presented by Memphis public radio station WKNO. 

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This Is NPR
7:44 am
Wed September 11, 2013

You've Tracked Down Hundreds Of Accessible Playgrounds. Help Us Find More!

NPR designer Alyson Hurt's early sketch of the interface for editing accessible playgrounds.
Alyson Hurt NPR

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 8:05 am

When NPR launched a national guide to accessible playgrounds two weeks ago, we knew it wasn't perfect.

It's not perfect because there isn't an official, comprehensive database of playgrounds with components designed for kids with special needs available to use as a source.

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Obama On Syria
2:34 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

KUAR To Carry Live Coverage Of Obama's Speech Tuesday Night

President Obama during a news conference last week.

KUAR will offer live, anchored coverage of President Obama’s address to the nation Tuesday night when he will make his case for military action against Syria.

Coverage will begin at 8 p.m.

Saying he will continue to "make the best case" in the coming days for taking military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, President Obama has announced that he will speak to the American people Tuesday about why he's come to that conclusion.

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Programing Changes
4:42 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

KUAR Adds All Songs Considered. What's Your Opinion?

All Songs Considered joins the KUAR lineup Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10, KUAR will add NPR's All Songs Considered to its Tuesday evening schedule.

All Songs Considered is hosted by Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton. Along with occasional guests, they curate the best of what's new in popular music for the public radio audience.

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This Is NPR
4:07 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Host ProFile: 'I Look At The World With Awe And Wonder And Feel Re-Invigorated'

Latino USA Host Maria Hinojosa.

This week, NPR reported that "nearly a quarter of all elementary students in the country are now Latino." This is just one more reflection of the changes contributed by this growing population in countless industries across the United States.

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This Is NPR
4:38 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

NPR Listeners Love Their Communities

Claire Mueller NPR

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 4:09 pm

It's a common notion here at NPR that the best part of us is you, our audience. You are 27 million individuals with one important thing in common: you listen to NPR. So, we got to thinking, if NPR brings us together what else do we have in common?

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This Is NPR
5:05 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

2014 Wall Calendar: July

Leigh Guldig's illustration for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar.
Leigh Guldig NPR

We often catch people saying (or typing), "I heard it on NPR." This is pretty edifying feedback for an organization who's mission is to create a more informed public.

Artist and listener Leigh Guldig took this familiar saying, added her own creative expression and turned it into a piece of art for the newest NPR Wall Calendar. She said NPR "serves as an 'idea-generator,' an inspiration and visionary force for the entire country."

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This Is NPR
4:15 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Don't 'Tees' Me, Bro. Vote Now!

Claire Mueller NPR

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 8:36 am

Submissions are in, and now it's time to choose a winner. We're in the last week of NPR & Threadless t-shirt design challenge, which means we need your help rating the designs. Between now and Monday, Sept. 9, head over to the Threadless site and use the five-point scale ("UGH." to "$!!!") to let us know what you think of each shirt.

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This Is NPR
10:27 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Love And Logos: 'Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!' Gets A New Look

Compare the old logo (l) with the show's new icon (r), which we've been calling the the 'newsclamation point.'

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 7:47 am

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, NPR's oddly-informative news quiz, had a question that couldn't be answered through witty wordplay. The show needed a visual makeover. Until now, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! was still using its original branding, a typeface and speech-bubble logo developed shortly after the show's debut more than 15 years ago.

(You know, being a radio show allows one to get away with keeping its visual look a bit longer than average.)

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This Is NPR
6:03 am
Mon September 2, 2013

On Labor Day, Your Photos Tell the Story of 'Hard Work'

Courtesy of Instagram

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:12 am

On this Labor Day, let's celebrate those who do the hardest work in the only way we know how: telling their stories.

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