News About Public Radio

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?

NPR launches a new audio player today that works smoothly across platforms and deepens listeners' connections with member stations.

Whatever your digital screen, the new experience plays NPR programs, stories, podcasts, member station streams, latest newscasts, NPR Music's First Listen albums and live events, and much more. Opportunities to begin listening are now available on more pages than ever.

Refreshing Audio Sponsorship

Mar 29, 2016

With each major release of new functionality and improvements throughout's responsive redesign project, NPR also launches innovative new digital formats for its corporate sponsorship partners, including Center Stage, Main Stage and Interactive Halo Units.

From Mike Oreskes: Commentators And Politics

Mar 14, 2016

The message below was sent by NPR's Senior Vice President of News and Editorial Director Michael Oreskes to the NPR News staff.

From: Michael Oreskes
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Subject: Commentators and Politics