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Every semester, NPR's interns are encouraged to learn about journalism in and around the headquarters office in Washington, D.C. So we thought: What better way to learn than by interviewing some of the network's most seasoned voices?

NPR Is Now Live On Video, Too

May 3, 2016

If you "like" an NPR page on Facebook, chances are, you may have noticed something new in your feed recently: live videos. It's the latest effort from NPR to connect with our online audience where they're at. For decades, NPR has innovated with audio and used the intimacy of the platform to connect with audiences and tell compelling stories. Now, we want to connect with you using video.

What do public radio, pizza, and beer have in common? You! Yes, you!

Show off your smarts and show your love for public radio at the return of KUAR's Pub Quiz, where all answers will be considered but only the correct ones will be accepted! Sponsored by Challenge Entertainment, American Pie Pizza, and Bear State Bank, this team trivia fundraiser for UALR Public Radio is sure to be a good time.

Sunday, May 22 at 6pm

New Statewide News Network Announces Managing Editor

Apr 29, 2016

KUAR 89.1, UALR’s public radio station, along with its content partners in a regional journalism collaboration (RJC), is pleased to announce that Bobby Ampezzan will lead the newly created Natural State News as the project’s managing editor.

In his new role, Ampezzan will oversee three reporters focusing on long form reporting about education, health and energy, with a focus on rural Arkansas.

NPR's Hidden Brain premiered in September 2015 and a couple of months later, the team continues to uncover fascinating stories revealing the patterns that drive human behavior. NPR Extra caught up with Maggie Penman and Max Nesterak from the podcast's production team to talk shop, hear about their experience putting the program together, and share advice for aspiring audio storytellers.

The Making of NPR's Hit Podcast 'Embedded'

Apr 22, 2016

Listeners and the iTunes charts have been gripped by the stark, raw and deep reporting coming out of NPR's latest podcast, Embedded. The first season follows host Kelly McEvers, of NPR's All Things Considered, and other NPR reporters as they embed with a range of people and places, like a rural Indiana town where HIV is rampant. For Kelly, coming up with the episode topics for Embedded was a natural process: "Each story happens organically.

At NPR, we make podcasts and shows for all of your moods and for all different people. From the fearless and gritty Embedded with Kelly McEvers to the thoughtful conversation about life's unseen patterns that is Hidden Brain, and from the economic explainers of Planet Money to current events quiz with comedy, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

What song changed your life? That was the question behind an intimate gathering at NPR HQ where All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen was interviewed by All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro about his new book—Your Song Changed My Life.

Ben Fry
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

To honor Ben Fry, the long-time manager of KUAR 89.1 and KLRE Classical 90.5 who passed away suddenly last month, the Fry Education Fund has been established.

The purpose of this fund is to support the education of Fry's two children, Sarah and Sam. Sarah attends Penn State and is currently working on a PhD in Sociology after obtaining a Master's of Arts in Criminology. Sam attends UALR and studies Information Science.

We've been seeing a lot of NPR lately; not just around the office, but on some of our favorite shows. Check out the public radio faces, totes and mugs that ended up in a few interesting places.

Laura ditches her R&B girl group to perform a solo set at a fictionalized Tiny Desk. Did you catch Cookie's fierce glare behind the studio glass?