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Across America, women are making strides in politics, media and the academy. But few women are leaders in the burgeoning technology industries. The latest research suggests that close to 90 percent of tech start-ups in Silicon Valley are launched by men.

So why are women the exception in top tech jobs, and what's being done to challenge that?

Seven years ago, Travis Gilmour threw everything he owned into his Mazda and drove north to Alaska. He didn't have a job waiting for him or any real plan of what he'd do when he got there. But he knew that staying in Oregon, where he grew up and went to college, wouldn't provide the experiences he craved.

As executive editor for NPR News, Madhulika Sikka's work revolves around bringing stories from all over the world to NPR listeners every day.

Today, roles are reversed as Madhulika tells a different kind of story: her own.

We are delighted to invite you to attend an exciting upcoming event series hosted at NPR's headquarters in Washington D.C. on March 6-8th – WORD: A Book Club Of Extraordinary Women, Wine And Music.

How many texts did you send today? Maybe one or two were similar to these messages:

To the Princess of Bear Cove, Birthdays come and birthdays go – but few like you retain that glow. Happy belated bday from all of us. From Club Humpy

To the Kumquats – don't forget to pay your land tax – its due today! From the Carrots

To the Bear Cove Harbor Master – Batten down the hatches, tie an anchor on the dog and be safe. From the Geezers in Girdwood

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This week many listeners have been asking us about problems with the reception for KUAR and KLRE.

Arkansas's extra ice and winter weather this season are likely the cause of listening difficulties.

When ice falls in the region, it coats our antennas and their towers. That ice increases what's called "reflected power," which in turn can cause our transmitter, the really expensive piece of equipment that sends the signal through our antenna, to overheat.

Public radio stations have a knack for partnerships.

The recent merger between St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon – the area's two largest nonprofit news organizations – is the latest example of public radio leading the way in expanding local, in-depth news coverage across the country, collaboratively.

KUAR is partnering with the Old State House Museum to screen a series of Arkansas-related movies each month on Second Friday Art Night. KUAR General Manager Ben Fry, who also teaches courses in film history and criticism at UALR, will introduce each movie and lead a discussion after the screening. "Second Friday Cinema" is presented in cooperation with the Old State House's exhibit "Lights! Camera!

Portlandia Public Radio Tailgate

Jan 29, 2014

Public radio listeners sure know how to throw a tailgate! It's hard to resist this Portlandia sketch, and we'll always have a soft-spot for NPR Music alum Carrie Brownstein. I mean... Yerba mate? Check.

Do you think they nailed it? If you were hosting a NPR tailgate, what would it look like? Give us details! Food, games, attire, transportation, and anything else you can imagine.

How Geek Is Your Love?

Jan 28, 2014

It's time for one of our favorite Valentine's traditions: designing the NPR-iest cards we can imagine that offer expressions of love, public radio-style.

Over the past couple of years, we've had a ball turning NPR and public radio-isms into a collection of digital cards, and we've built up quite a collection for sharing with those special people in your life.

This year, we're turning to you, our listeners!