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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.
NPR

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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This Is NPR
5:52 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Brian McKnight Hearts NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

R&B musician Brian McKnight says even though he's been around awhile, he's not yet old enough to be a legend, despite his 16 Grammy Awards and multi-platinum album sales. And though it's been 21 years since his first album came out, his latest work, More Than Words, is precisely what brought McKnight into our studios to talk with Tell Me More host Michel Martin about his career and songwriting.

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Arkansas Literary Festival
10:29 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Public Radio Invites You To The 2013 Arkansas Literary Festival

10th Annual Arkansas Literary Festival

KUAR FM89 and KLRE Classical 90.5 invite you to join the stations of UALR Public Radio for the 10th annual Arkansas Literary Festival, Arkansas's premier gathering of readers and writers. The festival features more than 80 authors from Arkansas and around the world.

The Arkansas Literary Festival has expanded to more than 80 authors in locations on both sides of the river from Thursday, April 18 to Sunday, April 21.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

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This Is NPR
5:32 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

The Curious Listener: Debating Guns On Air, At Home & On The Range

Katie Burk NPR

NPR listener Paul Gwaltney contacted All Things Considered earlier this year with a challenge - go to a shooting range. He'd heard an interview with National Rifle Association President David Keene on our air, and thought the trip might allow a better understanding of the culture there.

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This Is NPR
4:43 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Brews and Tattoos: How Public Radio Stations Get Creative With Pledge Drive Premiums

WUNC 70's Beer: North Carolina Public Radio brewed their thanks in the late 70's with WUNC brew. It was brewed by a former program director, guaranteed to be "fun-raising" and labeled at 91.5% pure (the station frequency).
Keith Weston WUNC

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 7:41 am

Ok, so pledge drive season might not be your most favorite time of the year. But if you are like many of us, it's the thank you gift that really gets you opening your wallet (oh, and all that great programming).

From donations befitting local organizations, to tiny underpants (not that kind), NPR Member Stations are coming up with distinctive and regionally-inspired ways to thank the listeners and fans who support them. Check out the slideshow below to see the pledge gifts, and in some cases gaffs, public radio stations use to share their appreciation.

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