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It's Our Spring Fund Drive!
8:21 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Why Does Hot Dog Mike Love Public Radio?

Mike Juliano

Michael Juiliano – aka Hot Dog Mike – has returned to Little Rock and will be helping raise money for public radio on Tuesday, April 23, during our spring fund drive.

We hope you will make a donation online or by calling 501-569-8485 or 1-800-952-2528!

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This Is NPR
5:33 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

A Creative Goodbye To NPR's Old Headquarters

Marie McGrory NPR

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 2:27 pm

As children, we are frequently told to never, ever write on the walls at home or at school. And we dream of an adulthood filled with extra recess, as many cookies as you can eat and Crayola masterpieces adorning every surface.

Unfortunately, these dreams don't usually pan out quite as we had wished (NPR has way less scheduled recess time than I had hoped...), and there are few occasions to scribble with abandon. But as an adult, if you wait for the perfect moment, you might just get a bit more flexibility in the rules.

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This Is NPR
4:55 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Public Displays Of Affection: Artists & Fans Celebrate Local Music Stations

Maxine Frost Classical KING FM

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This Is NPR
5:48 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Blogger ProFile: 'Man Improbably Lands Dream Job, Spends Entire Salary on Ice Cream'

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NPR's Code Switch blog host, Gene Demby.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 7:35 am

There's a new team of journalists at NPR. You'll see their work online at the Code Switch blog and hear their voices on air, exploring "the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting." Today, the team launched its first multimedia project, which examines cultural ownership, visits U.S.

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This Is NPR
4:11 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Forty Years Of Oops: A Look Back At Some Of NPR's Greatest Goofs

Reel-to-reel NPR audio tapes from the mid-1990s.

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 1:41 pm

When you listen to NPR on your local Member Station, the audio always sounds so pleasant and calm. The programming floats along, bouncing seamlessly from one topic to another, from one program to another, going off without a hitch.

Except when it doesn't.

Over the last 42 years, there have been plenty of glitches, snags, slip-ups and utter meltdowns when it comes to using the technical tools for recording and playing audio. A few employees agreed to tell us about some of these less-than-perfect moments.

An Entire Show, Cut to Bits

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Spring Fund Drive
4:55 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Don't Monkey Around: Make An Early Pledge For Fund Drive

Don't monkey around! Make an early pledge to keep public radio alive and well! (We know this is an ape and not a monkey, but he's just so cute!)

Our spring on-air fund drive will be Monday, April 22, until Friday, April 26.

We hope you will make an early pledge to help us meet our goal of $140,000.

Forty percent of our annual operating budget comes from listeners like you!

Phone Volunteers Still Needed

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Putting the “Pub” In Public Radio
3:10 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Beers to 40 Years: An Anniversary Celebration

The Friends of KLRE/KUAR Board of Directors invite you to a special fundraising party to celebrate 40 years of public radio in central Arkansas. “Beers to 40 Years” is Thursday, May 30 at 6 p.m. at Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. in Little Rock’s River Market District. Reserve your tickets now!

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This Is NPR
4:15 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

An Open Letter To Backseat Babies Everywhere

Masks created for NPR's Friday Night Spin party, featuring journalists (l-r) Melissa Block, Ken Rudin, Carl Kasell and Ari Shapiro.
Jess Schreibstein

Dear Backseat Baby,

Hey. Yeah you, in the backseat! I know you're trying to pretend like you're not listening to whatever it is Mom or Dad have droning on through the car speakers, but you should listen up. It might not seem terribly important at the moment, but there are a lot of us working on the other side of that radio, and some day, you might too.

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This Is NPR
5:06 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Collaboration Is Key For Dallas Member Station's Mental Health Project

The televised public forum featured a panel of experts and leaders. (l-r) Dr. Preston Wiles, Medical Director of the UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Autism Center; Texas State Rep. Garnet Coleman; Lee Cullum, KERA host and panel moderator; Vanita Halliburton, President and CEO of the Grant Halliburton Foundation; and Matt Roberts, President of Mental Health America of Dallas.
Courtesy of The Dallas Morning News

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 2:59 pm

During and after national tragedies like the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., journalists in newsrooms across the country search for new ways to cover national issues at a local level. Prompted by a challenge from the Dallas mayor, NPR Member Station KERA found a new area of the debate untouched by the majority of the media in their area.

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This Is NPR
5:26 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Chadwick Boseman Loves NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Jackie Robinson was the first African-American Major League Baseball player. He wore "42" on his uniform for the Brooklyn Dodgers, a number that has since been retired by every MLB team in his honor. Chadwick Boseman plays Robinson in the new biopic, 42, and he came in to talk with Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon about the playing such a legend.

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