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NPR Photographer Killed in Afghanistan

He's first non-military US journalist killed in 15-year war

(Newser) - NPR is mourning veteran photojournalist David Gilkey, who has become the first American journalist outside the military to be killed in almost 15 years of US involvement in Afghanistan. Gilkey, 50, was killed alongside 38-year-old Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna when their vehicle was hit by shellfire as they traveled in... More »

'Take Your Kid to Work Day' Causes Dead Air at NPR

'Junior journalist' got to the control panel

(Newser) - In a development nobody could possibly have seen coming, "Take Your Child to Work Day" briefly caused chaos at NPR on Thursday when a group of kids got near a control panel. In an email seen by Gawker , an engineer explains that some stations had more than a minute... More »

'Lady, You Better Get a Gun': How the Anita Hill Story Broke

Clarence Thomas' 1991 scandal proved frightening for NPR's Nina Totenberg

(Newser) - Conservatives are already critcizing HBO's upcoming Confirmation, a film debuting Saturday that documents the sexual harassment claims that rocked Clarence Thomas' 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Nina Totenberg, the NPR reporter who first broke the story of accuser Anita Hill , now reveals in a podcast that although she'... More »

Beloved NPR Reporter Dead at Age 66

Craig Windham died of a pulmonary embolism in North Carolina

(Newser) - NPR has lost one of its most familiar voices. Craig Windham, an award-winning reporter who anchored newscasts and covered a variety of subjects, died Sunday of a pulmonary embolism at age 66, NPR reports. He apparently had ongoing health issues and was visiting North Carolina to see his brother when... More »

NPR's Diane Rehm Signing Off in 2016

Former stay-at-home mom retiring after hosting her own show for nearly 40 years

(Newser) - NPR's Diane Rehm is known as a civil voice of reason that may be harder to find after next year: The 79-year-old public-radio host is retiring in 2016 after the presidential election, the New York Times reports. "After a long and remarkable career as host of The Diane ... More »

Woody: I Thought Soon-Yi Would Just Be a Fling

Usually reticent director dishes on wife, insecurities, 'sensible' life in NPR interview

(Newser) - It's weird to be fascinated listening to someone describe a totally boring life. But when that someone is the reclusive Woody Allen, it's easy to get sucked in by details that are usually hard to come by. In an interview with NPR , the 79-year-old director elaborates on his... More »

Snobby NPR Listeners Wrong About Kim Kardashian

She appeared on 'Wait, Wait,' and outrage ensued

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian appeared on NPR's comedy news show Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me! last weekend, and listeners revolted. Or as Jay Hathaway at Gawker puts it, they "balled up their canvas tote bags and fired off angry emails to ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen." Hundreds of angry emails,... More »

For NPR's Rehm, Right-to-Die Debate Is Personal

Host wades into debate after her husband was forced to starve himself to death

(Newser) - Diane Rehm is a distinctive voice beloved by the 2.6 million people who listen to her NPR show. She's also made the ethically precarious choice to become a voice in the right-to-die debate, and it's personal: As the Washington Post reports, the 78-year-old Rehm ran smack into... More »

NPR's 'Car Talk' Guru Dead at 77

Tom Magliozzi was one-half of the 'Tappet brothers'

(Newser) - Tom Magliozzi, better known as the elder half of the so-called "Tappet brothers" on NPR's long-running and beloved Car Talk, died today of complications of Alzheimer's, the station confirms . He was 77. Like Ray Magliozzi, his co-host and younger brother by a dozen years, Magliozzi had an... More »

'Syrian Electronic Army' Hacks NPR

Group said to back Assad

(Newser) - Several NPR sites and Twitter feeds were hacked last night; visitors saw a message saying "Syrian Electronic Army Was Here," the Two-Way blog reports. "We will not say why we attacked @NPR ... They know the reason and that enough #SEA #Syria," read a tweet from the... More »

NPR's Talk of the Nation to End After 21 Years

Afternoon call-in show will go off the air in June

(Newser) - NPR mainstay Talk of the Nation is going off the air in June after 21 years. The nation's bigger NPR stations thought the afternoon call-in format had grown stale and agitated for something newsier, reports the New York Times . They'll get an expanded version of the show Here ... More »

NPR's 'Car Talk' Ending Its Ride

Tom and Ray Magliozzi calling it quits after 25 years

(Newser) - Oh tragedy of radio tragedies: The brothers behind "Car Talk," NPR's much-beloved (and, incidentally, most popular) program, have decided to slip the car into park and turn off the engine for good. Tom and Ray Magliozzi today announced that their final new episode of the Saturday morning... More »

NPR Running in the Red, Considers Cuts

Corporate sponsors decline, endangering Tell Me More show

(Newser) - One of NPR's main sources of funding—corporate underwriting—has declined steeply this year, and the organization is considering staff and programming cuts, reports the Washington Post . The daily Tell Me More, aimed at minorities, could be the first to go, insiders tell the newspaper. The nonprofit NPR has... More »

NPR Frets Over David Sedaris' 'Realish' Stories

Mike Daisey episode prompts more exacting standards

(Newser) - The furor over Mike Daisey's semi-fabricated Foxconn story has NPR rethinking its content—even when it comes to comedy. Humorist David Sedaris' hugely popular stories are now in the spotlight for autobiographical material that he has described as "realish." Before the Daisey brouhaha, This American Life "... More »

NPR's Wait Wait ... Heading to Television

It's getting a one-hour special next month that could lead to more

(Newser) - NPR's popular Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me is heading for the bright lights of television. The quiz show will get a one-hour special that will air Dec. 23 on the cable channel BBC America, reports AP . The New York Times sees it as a "try-out of sorts"... More »

NPR Host Michele Norris Steps Down

Hubby accepts senior position on Obama re-election team

(Newser) - All Things Considered host Michele Norris is stepping down as her husband starts a job with the Obama campaign, the Washington Post reports. On NPR's website, Norris wrote that her hubby, Broderick Johnson—a former John Kerry advisor and Clinton White House official—will be a senior adviser on... More »

NPR Freelancer Canned for Joining Occupiers

Lisa Simeone hosted show on opera

(Newser) - A freelance radio host has lost her NPR World of Opera gig after an outcry over her involvement with a group affiliated with Occupy DC. Baltimore resident Lisa Simeone is acting as spokesperson for protesters under the October 2011/Stop the Machine banner; NPR responded to her involvement in a memo,... More »

Ben & Jerry's Actually Making Schweddy Balls

'We thought it would never happen,' notes NPR

(Newser) - It seemed like it had to be a joke , but it turns out it's just based on one: Ben & Jerry's is indeed making a flavor in tribute to Alec Baldwin's raunchy "Schweddy Balls" skit on SNL, reports NPR, which was itself skewered for its famously... More »

PBS Is a Dead Man Walking

Forget the battle over NPR—PBS is the one in trouble: Mark Oppenheimer

(Newser) - Between Juan Williams , James O'Keefe , Vivian Schiller , and that whole defunding thing , NPR has had a rough couple of months. But here's the thing, writes Mark Oppenheimer for Slate : NPR is thriving on FM radio while the rest of FM radio withers. Oppenheimer argues that it's time to shift our... More »

NPR Isn't Biased, It's Honest

Audience mostly middle-of-road, conservative, Morning Edition host says

(Newser) - James O’Keefe’s sting video purports to expose NPR’s liberal bias, but anyone who actually listens will realize it has “nothing to do with what NPR puts on the air,” argues Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “I congratulate Mr.... More »

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