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10:43 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Halloween Costume Ideas Straight From The Week's Headlines

Radcliffe plays Allen Ginsberg in the new film Kill Your Darlings, about Ginsberg's friendship with Jack Kerouac — and his entanglement with literary provocateur Lucien Carr.
Sony Pictures Classics

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 9:36 am

Two weeks into October, and the pressure really starts getting to your head. What am I going to be for Halloween?

Did you set the bar too high last year with your Binders Full Of Women costume? Or maybe you're determined to NOT have the same getup as five other people... again. Whatever the hangup may be, take some cues from your news-minded friends at NPR for creating a unique and timely costume out of the headlines:

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This Is NPR
1:41 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

2014 Wall Calendar: December

Rich Tu's art for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar.
Rich Tu NPR

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 3:26 pm

This isn't the first NPR-inspired art we've seen from Rich Tu. The award-winning designer, who "spends his time getting ink on his 'good shirt,'" created both the cover and the December artwork for our latest calendar.

You can see more from this WBGO listener by following him on Twitter, @Rich_Tu.

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This Is NPR
3:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

NPR In The News and Beyond: Pop Culture Takeover

Actor Danny McBride (a.k.a. Kenny Powers) from the fourth season opening scene of HBO's Eastbound & Down.
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Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 11:53 am

Perhaps great minds do think alike, because over the last few weeks, NPR was on the brain (and lips) of an internationally acclaimed rock star, a pro baseball pitcher-turned-substitute P.E. teacher, a favorite Saturday Night Live alum a hip hop artist and a late night talk show host.

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This Is NPR
3:07 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Dressing Like Carl Kasell: Official Judge & Scorekeeper, Unofficial Team Manager

NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Official Judge and Scorekeeper Carl Kasell
Katie Burk NPR

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 3:41 pm

In August, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! traveled from Chicago to western Massachusetts to perform LIVE in... a shed. Now, this particular shed was named in a playful nod to one audacious architect's poorly-timed slight more than 50 years ago, making it perhaps a perfect venue for the news quiz show to put on a night of outrageous trivia and timely jabs at the news.

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This Is NPR
5:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

The Scariest Hashtag Ever? Enter #NPRHalloweenNames At Your Own Risk


Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 9:37 am

Here at NPR, we're always game for a good public radio spoof. And yesterday, the terrifyingly funny folks from Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! (@waitwait) started their own public radio, shall we say, spook.

It all started with this tweet (which was clearly dying for a response):

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This Is NPR
9:58 am
Mon October 7, 2013

White House Correspondent ProFile: 'I Listen Best When I'm Wearing Giant Headphones.'

NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 10:29 am

My name... Tamara Keith

NPR employee since... December 2009 (preceded by a couple of temp stints).

Public radio listener since... The early '80s. I was your typical back-seat listener. My parents listened as we sat in terrible LA traffic. Later on, as a teenager, I sent letters to all of my NPR heroes (spelling many of their names terribly wrong, sorry 'Karl Castle') and, somehow, magically became an essayist for Weekend Edition Sunday.

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4:38 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

KUAR Adds TED Radio Hour, Brings On Full Hour Of Latino USA. What's Your Opinion?

This weekend, KUAR is bringing two new programs from NPR to its airwaves with the TED Radio Hour and Latino USA.

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This Is NPR
3:40 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Join 'Teenage Diaries Revisited' For A Live Event @ D.C.'s 6th & I Historic Synagogue

NPR and Radio Diaries present 'Teenage Diaries Revisited' LIVE on November 12, in Washington, D.C.
Radio Diaries

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 4:42 pm

A lot of life happens in 16 years.

In 1996, a group of teenagers around the country were given tape recorders and asked to document their lives. The footage they collected for the groundbreaking Radio Diaries series 'Teenage Diaries' was so personal that it helped to pioneer a movement of first person narratives in the media.

In the 16 years since the series aired on NPR, many listeners have asked: where are those teenagers now?

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This Is NPR
3:16 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Curious Listener: 'So,' Is This A Fad?

Katie Burk NPR

At NPR, our work is all about listening and inspiring others to listen. Reporters and editors wage a daily battle with distracting interjections - pesky 'umms,' 'likes' and 'wells' - so NPR listeners can focus instead on the content of our stories.

However, everyone talks their own talk. Sometimes guests (and even our own journalists) throw in verbal pauses that some listeners find distracting. One curious (and self-proclaimed faithful) listener wrote to tell us about a certain word they find soooooo irritating:

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This Is NPR
4:05 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

2014 Wall Calendar: November

Keith Negley's art for the 2014 NPR Wall Calendar.
Keith Negley NPR

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 3:26 pm

Thanksgiving may still be a couple holidays away according to the 2013 clock, but its spirit is the centerpiece behind this illustration for next year's NPR Wall Calendar.

Public radio has been a lifelong travel partner for illustrator Keith Negley as he's moved from the west coast to the east coast - with a few mid-west stops in the mix.

"NPR has enriched my life in ways I can't begin to put into words," Negley said. "I've not only grown up with it, I feel as though I've grown with it. I'm very grateful for its constant source of inspiration."

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