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Paul F. Tompkins Loves NPR

May 27, 2013

New York might be the city that never sleeps, but here in Los Angeles, we're a little more laid back, though some of us need a little help getting there. Comedian Paul F. Tompkins came by NPR West for an All Things Considered review an app called Sleep Machine, that helps users fall asleep with relaxing sounds.

My name is... Maria Godoy

NPR employee since... 2003

Public radio listener since... 1999. I started listening to KQED when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it was a revelation. I thought: NPR — that's the kind of journalism I want to practice.

My name... David Gilkey
NPR employee since... 2007
Public radio listener since... I was a kid and my dad drove me to school.

Radio in color? This was said by Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep as he wrapped a radio story on one of the earliest color photographers. That story was part of an interactive documentary that is earning acclaim across the multimedia industry. Radio in color, indeed.

Christopher Guest Hearts NPR

May 22, 2013

Christopher Guest, known as a leader in the mockumentary style after his 1984 film This is Spinal Tap, has a new show on HBO. It's called Family Tree, and stars Chris O'Dowd as a man tracking down his family lineage after receiving a mysterious box from an aunt he didn't know existed. Guest came in to talk to Weekend Edition Host Scott Simon about his career, inspiration for the show and working on a funny set.

Ask Me Another is one of NPR's exciting new shows, and its audience is growing with each weekly episode. That's why today we're featuring a listener letter that will solve a puzzle many an Ask Me Another fan has ruminated on since the show's inception: How can I be a contestant?

The note is from Katy, a Curious Listener who recently discovered the show, can't get enough of puzzles, word games and trivia, and wants to be a contender on the Ask Me Another stage.

Who says people in public radio can't make some noise? On Wednesday, some members of the NPR staff showed their vocal chops by cheering on fellow teammates at the ACLI Capital Challenge, a three-mile run for charity held in Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia Park.

The NPR Creative Services and Branding team is making headlines again.

In March, the visionary trio of in-house designers – composed of Kathie Miller, Betsy Martin and Katie Burk (and bolstered by NPR Shop dynamo, Barbara Sopato) – was honored by the American Advertising Federation for the fourth consecutive year.

As part of NPR's series The Changing Lives Of Women, our fearless female journalists are answering tough questions about their careers and offering insight into what it means to "have it all." Nina Totenberg, Audie Cornish and others responded in online essays and some took their best mantras to social media as well.