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National Public Radio (NPR) is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit media organization headquartered in
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(often called the "mothership" of NPR), with its NPR West headquarters in
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. It differs from other non-profit membership media organizations such as
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Associated Press
, in that it was established by an act of Congress, and most of its member stations are owned by government entities (often public universities). It serves as a national syndicator to a network of over 1,000
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in the United States. NPR produces and distributes news and cultural programming. The organization's flagship shows are two drive-time news broadcasts: ''
Morning Edition ''Morning Edition'' is an American radio news program produced and distributed by NPR. It airs weekday mornings (Monday through Friday) and runs for two hours, and many stations repeat one or both hours. The show feeds live from 05:00 to 09:00 ...
'' and the afternoon ''
All Things Considered ''All Things Considered'' (''ATC'') is the flagship news program on the American network National Public Radio (NPR). It was the first news program on NPR, premiering on May 3, 1971. It is broadcast live on NPR affiliated stations in the United ...
'', both carried by most NPR member stations, and among the most popular radio programs in the country. , the drive-time programs attract an audience of 14.9 million and 14.7 million per week, respectively. NPR manages the
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, which distributes its programs and other programming from independent producers and networks such as
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and
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. Its content is also available on-demand online, on mobile networks, and in many cases, as
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podcast
s. Several NPR stations also carry programs from British public broadcaster
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BBC World Service
.


Name

The organization's legal name is ''National Public Radio'' and its
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trademark
ed brand is ''NPR''; it is known by both names.Dana Davis Rehm
NPR: What's In A Name?
NPR (July 12, 2012).
In June 2010, the organization announced that it was "making a conscious effort to consistently refer to ourselves as NPR on-air and online" because NPR is the common name for the organization and the tag line "This ... is NPR" has been used by its radio hosts for many years. However, ''National Public Radio'' remains the legal name of the group, as it has been since 1970.


History


1970s

National Public Radio replaced the
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on February 26, 1970, following Congressional passage of the
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. This act was signed into law by 36th
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President
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Lyndon B. Johnson
, and established the
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, which also created the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) for television in addition to NPR. A CPB organizing committee under John Witherspoon first created a board of directors chaired by
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Bernard Mayes
. The board then hired Donald Quayle to be the first president of NPR with 30 employees and 90 charter member local stations, and studios in
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NPR aired its first broadcast on April 20, 1971, covering
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hearings on the ongoing
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in
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Southeast Asia
. The afternoon drive-time newscast ''
All Things Considered ''All Things Considered'' (''ATC'') is the flagship news program on the American network National Public Radio (NPR). It was the first news program on NPR, premiering on May 3, 1971. It is broadcast live on NPR affiliated stations in the United ...
'' premiered on May 3, 1971, first hosted by
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. NPR was primarily a production and distribution organization until 1977, when it merged with the
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. ''
Morning Edition ''Morning Edition'' is an American radio news program produced and distributed by NPR. It airs weekday mornings (Monday through Friday) and runs for two hours, and many stations repeat one or both hours. The show feeds live from 05:00 to 09:00 ...
'' premiered on November 5, 1979, first hosted by
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Bob Edwards
.


1980s

NPR suffered an almost-fatal setback in 1983 when efforts to expand services created a deficit of nearly $7 million (equivalent to $18 million in 2018 dollars). After a Congressional investigation and the resignation of NPR's then-president
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, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting agreed to lend the network money in order to stave off bankruptcy. In exchange, NPR agreed to a new arrangement whereby the annual CPB stipend that it had previously received directly would be divided among local stations instead; in turn, those stations would support NPR productions on a subscription basis. NPR also agreed to turn its satellite service into a cooperative venture (the
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), making it possible for non-NPR shows to get national distribution. It took NPR approximately three years to pay off the debt.


1990s

Delano Lewis, the president of C&P Telephone, left that position to become NPR's CEO and president in January 1994. Lewis resigned in August 1998. In November 1998, NPR's board of directors hired Kevin Klose, the director of the
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, as its president and chief executive officer.


2000s

NPR spent nearly $13 million to acquire and equip a
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production facility, NPR West, which opened in
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,
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, in November 2002. With room for up to 90 employees, it was established to expand its production capabilities, improve its coverage of the
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, and create a backup production facility capable of keeping NPR on the air in the event of a catastrophe in Washington, D.C. In November 2003, NPR received $235 million from the estate of the late Joan B. Kroc, the widow of
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, founder of
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. This was the largest monetary gift ever to a cultural institution. In 2004 NPR's budget increased by over 50% to $153 million due to the Kroc gift. Of the money, $34 million was deposited in its endowment. The endowment fund before the gift totaled $35 million. NPR will use the interest from the bequest to expand its news staff and reduce some member stations' fees. The 2005 budget was about $120 million. In August 2005, NPR entered podcasting with a directory of over 170 programs created by NPR and member stations. By November of that year, users downloaded NPR and other public radio podcasts 5 million times. Ten years later, by March 2015, users downloaded podcasts produced only by NPR 94 million times, and NPR podcasts like ''Fresh Air'' and the ''TED Radio Hour'' routinely made the
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Top Podcasts list. Ken Stern became chief executive in September 2006, reportedly as the "hand-picked successor" of CEO Kevin Klose, who gave up the job but remained as NPR's president; Stern had worked with Klose at
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. On December 10, 2008, NPR announced that it would reduce its workforce by 7% and cancel the news programs ''
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'' and '' News & Notes''. The organization indicated this was in response to a rapid drop in corporate
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in the wake of the
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. In the fall of 2008, NPR programming reached a record 27.5 million people weekly, according to Arbitron ratings figures. NPR stations reach 32.7 million listeners overall. In March 2008, the NPR Board announced that Stern would be stepping down from his role as chief executive officer, following conflict with NPR's board of directors "over the direction of the organization," including issues NPR's member station managers had had with NPR's expansion into
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"at the expense of serving" the stations that financially support NPR. As of 2009, corporate sponsorship made up 26% of the NPR budget.


2010s

In October 2010, NPR accepted a $1.8 million grant from the
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. The grant is meant to begin a project called Impact of Government that was intended to add at least 100 journalists at NPR member radio stations in all 50 states by 2013. The OSI has made previous donations, but does not take on-air credit for its gifts. In April 2013, NPR moved from its home of 19 years (635 Massachusetts Avenue NW) to new offices and production facilities at 1111 North Capitol Street NE in a building adapted from the former . The new headquarters—at the corner of North Capitol Street NE and L Street NW—is in the burgeoning
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neighborhood of Washington. The first show scheduled to be broadcast from the new studios was ''
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''. ''
Morning Edition ''Morning Edition'' is an American radio news program produced and distributed by NPR. It airs weekday mornings (Monday through Friday) and runs for two hours, and many stations repeat one or both hours. The show feeds live from 05:00 to 09:00 ...
'' was the last show to move to the new location. In June 2013 NPR canceled the weekday call-in show ''
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''. In September 2013, certain of NPR's 840 full- and part-time employees were offered a voluntary buyout plan, with the goal of reducing staff by 10 percent and returning NPR to a balanced budget by the 2015
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. In December 2018, ''
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'' reported that between 20 and 22 percent of NPR staff was classified as temps, while this compares to about five percent of a typical for-profit television station. Some of the temporary staff members told the newspaper the systems was "exploitative", but NPR's president of operations said the current systems was in place because the station is a "media company that strives to be innovative and nimble." In December 2018, NPR launched a new podcast analytics technology called Remote Audio Data (RAD), which developer Stacey Goers described as a "method for sharing listening metrics from podcast applications straight back to publishers, with extreme care and respect for user privacy."


Governance

NPR is a membership organization. Member stations are required to be
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or
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radio stations; have at least five full-time professional employees; operate for at least 18 hours per day; and not be designed solely to further a
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philosophy or be used for classroom
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programming. Each member station receives one vote at the annual NPR board meetings—exercised by its designated Authorized Station Representative ("A-Rep"). To oversee the day-to-day operations and prepare its budget, members elect a board of directors. The board was previously composed of ten A-Reps, five members of the general public, and the chair of the NPR Foundation. On November 2, 2015, NPR Members approved a change in the NPR Bylaws to expand the board of directors to 23 directors, consisting of 12 Member Directors who are managers of NPR Member stations and are elected to the Board by their fellow Member stations, 9 Public Directors who are prominent members of the public selected by the Board and confirmed by NPR Member stations, the NPR Foundation Chair, and the NPR President & CEO. Terms are for three years and are staggered such that some stand for election every year. , the board of directors of NPR included the following members: ;NPR member station managers * Mike Crane, director,
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* John Decker, director, KPBS * Tim Eby, general manager, St. Louis Public Radio * Jennifer Ferro, president,
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* Nico Leone, president and CEO, KERA * Wonya Lucas, president and CEO,
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* Joe O'Connor, president and CEO,
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* LaFontaine E. Oliver, president and general manager,
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* Jay Pearce, CEO and general manager, WVIK-FM * Mike Savage, director and general manager, WEKU * Joyce Slocum, president and CEO,
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* Sylvia Strobel, CEO,
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;President of NPR * John Lansing, president and CEO ;Chair of the NPR Foundation * John McGinn ;Public members of the board * Carlos Alvarez, CEO, The Gambrinus Company * Fred Dust, designer, speaker, and consultant * Paul G. Haaga, Jr., retired, Capital Research and Management Company - Chairman of the NPR Board of Directors * Jacqueline Reses, head of Square Capital and Chief People Officer of Square * Jeff Sine, co-founder and partner, The Raine Group * Carlos Watson, CEO and co-founder, OZY Media, Inc. * Howard Wollner, senior vice president, retired, Starbucks Coffee Company * Telisa Yancy, CEO,
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* Neal Zuckerman, partner and managing director,
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The original purposes of NPR, as ratified by the board of directors, are the following: * Provide an identifiable daily product which is consistent and reflects the highest standards of broadcast journalism. * Provide extended coverage of public events, issues and ideas, and to acquire and produce special public affairs programs. * Acquire and produce cultural programs which can be scheduled individually by stations. * Provide access to the intellectual and cultural resources of cities, universities and rural districts through a system of cooperative program development with member public radio stations. * Develop and distribute programs for specific groups (
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adult education
, instruction, modular units for local productions) which may meet needs of individual regions or groups, but may not have general national relevance. * Establish liaison with foreign broadcasters for a program exchange service. * Produce materials specifically intended to develop the art and technical potential of radio ; NPR Public Editor The Public Editor responds to significant listener queries, comments and criticisms. The position reports to the president and CEO John Lansing. In April 2020, Kelly McBride became the Public Editor for NPR.


Funding

In 2020, NPR released a budget for FY21 anticipating revenue of $250 million, a slight decrease from the prior year due to impacts of COVID-19. The budget anticipates $240 million in operating expenses, plus additional debt service and capital costs that lead to a cash deficit of approximately $4 million. The budget includes $25 million in budget cuts. If the impacts of COVID-19 worsen, more significant budget cuts are forecast.


Funding pre-2000

During the 1970s and early 1980s, the majority of NPR funding came from the federal government. Steps were taken during the Reagan administration in the 1980s to completely wean NPR from government support, but the 1983 funding crisis forced the network to make immediate changes.


Funding in the 2000s

According to CPB, in 2009 11.3% of the aggregate revenues of all public radio broadcasting stations were funded from federal sources, principally through CPB; in 2012 10.9% of the revenues for Public Radio came from federal sources. In 2010, NPR revenues totaled $180 million, with the bulk of revenues coming from programming fees,
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from foundations or business entities, contributions and
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. According to the 2009 financial statement, about 50% of NPR revenues come from the fees it charges member stations for programming and distribution charges. Typically, NPR member stations receive funds through on-air
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s, corporate underwriting, state and local governments, educational institutions, and the federally funded
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(CPB). In 2009, member stations derived 6% of their revenue from federal, state and local government funding, 10% of their revenue from CPB grants, and 14% of their revenue from universities. While NPR does not receive any direct federal funding, it does receive a small number of competitive grants from CPB and federal agencies like the Department of Education and the Department of Commerce. This funding amounts to approximately 2% of NPR's overall revenues. In 2011, NPR announced the roll-out of their own online
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, which allows member stations to run geographically targeted advertisement spots from national sponsors that may otherwise be unavailable to their local area, opening additional revenue streams to the broadcaster. ''Center Stage'', a mix of
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and
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featured prominently on the NPR homepage, above-the-fold, was launched in 2013. The launch partner for ''Center Stage'' was
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. In 2014, NPR CEO Jarl Mohn said the network would begin to increase revenue by having brands NPR views as more relevant to the audience underwrite NPR programs and requesting higher rates from them. For the year ended September 30, 2018, total operating revenues were $235 million, increasing to almost $259 million by September 2019.


Underwriting spots versus commercials

In contrast with
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, NPR's radio broadcasts do not carry traditional commercials, but has advertising in the form of brief statements from major sponsors which may include corporate
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, descriptions of products and services, and contact information such as website addresses and
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s. These statements are called
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s and, unlike commercials, are governed by specific FCC restrictions in addition to truth in advertising laws; they cannot advocate a product or "promote the goods and services" of for-profit entities. These restrictions apply only to radio broadcasts and not NPR's other digital platforms. When questioned on the subject of how corporate underwriting revenues and foundation grants were holding up during the recession, in a speech broadcast on
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before the
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on March 2, 2009, then president and CEO
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stated: "underwriting is down, it's down for everybody; this is the area that is most down for us, in sponsorship, underwriting, advertising, call it whatever you want; just like it is for all of media." Hosts of the NPR program ''
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'' stated the audience is indeed a product being sold to advertisers in the same way as commercial stations, saying: "they are not advertisers exactly but, they have a lot of the same characteristics; let's just say that."


Audience

In 2014, the Pew Research Center reported that NPR had a similar level of listener trust as CNN, NBC and ABC. A Harris telephone survey conducted in 2005 found that NPR was the most trusted news source in the United States. According to 2009, NPR statistics, about 20.9 million listeners tune into NPR each week. By 2017, NPR's weekly on-air audience had reached 30.2 million. According to 2015 figures, 87% of the NPR terrestrial public radio audience and 67% of the NPR podcast audience is white. According to the 2012
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Pew Research Center
2012 News Consumption Survey, NPR listeners tend to be highly educated, with 54% of regular listeners being college graduates and 21% having some college.Section 4: Demographics and Political Views of News Audiences
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Pew Research Center
(September 27, 2012).
NPR's audience is almost exactly average in terms of the sex of listeners (49% male, 51% female). NPR listeners have higher incomes than average (the 2012 Pew study showed that 43% earn over $75,000, 27% earn between $30,000 and $75,000). The Pew survey found that the NPR audience tends Democratic (17% Republican, 37% independent, 43% Democratic) and centrist (21% conservative, 39% moderate, 36% liberal). NPR stations generally subscribe to the Nielsen rating service, but are not included in published ratings and rankings such as ''
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''. NPR station listenership is measured by Nielsen in both Diary and PPM (people meter) markets. NPR stations are frequently not included in "summary level" diary data used by most advertising agencies for media planning. Data on NPR listening can be accessed using "respondent level" diary data. Additionally, all radio stations (public and commercial) are treated equally within the PPM data sets making NPR station listenership data much more widely available to the media planning community. NPR's signature morning news program, ''Morning Edition'', is the network's most popular program, drawing 14.63 million listeners a week, with its afternoon newsmagazine, ''All Things Considered'', a close second, with 14.6 million listeners a week according to 2017 Nielsen ratings data.NPR Reaches 99 Million People Monthly, GenXers And Millennials Drive Growth
''NPR,'' October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
Arbitron data is also provided by Radio Research Consortium, a non-profit corporation which subscribes to the Arbitron service and distributes the data to NPR and other non-commercial stations and on its website.


Digital media

NPR's history in
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includes the work of an independent, for-profit company called Public Interactive, which was founded in 1999 and acquired by PRI in June 2004, when it became a non-profit company. By July 2008, Public Interactive had "170 subscribers who collectively operate 325 public radio and television stations" and clients such as ''
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'', '' The World'', and ''
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''; by the end of that month, NPR acquired Public Interactive from PRI In March 2011, NPR revealed a restructuring proposal in which Boston-based Public Interactive would become NPR Digital Services, separate from the Washington D.C.-based NPR Digital Media, which focuses on NPR-branded services. NPR Digital Services would continue offering its services to public TV stations. The technical backbone of its digital news publishing system is Core Publisher, which was built on
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. NPR has been dubbed as "leveraging the Twitter generation" because of its adaptation of the popular microblogging service as one of its primary vehicles of information. Of NPR's Twitter followers, the majority (67%) also listen to NPR on the radio. In a survey of more than 10,000 respondents, NPR found that its
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followers are younger, more connected to the
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, and more likely to access content through digital platforms such as its
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-winning website npr.org, as well as
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podcast
s,
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s and more. NPR has more than one Twitter account including @NPR; its survey found that most respondents followed between two and five NPR accounts, including topical account, show-specific accounts and on-air staff accounts. In addition, NPR's
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page has been at the forefront of the company foray into social media. Started by college student and fan Geoff Campbell in 2008, the page was quickly taken over by the organization, and over the last two years has grown to nearly 4 million fans and is a popular example of the company's new focus on a younger audience. NPR also has a YouTube channel featuring regularly posted videos covering news and informational subjects. In May 2018, a group led by NPR acquired the podcasting app Pocket Casts.


NPR One

In July 2014, NPR launched NPR One, an app for
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and
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smartphones and other mobile devices, which aimed to make it easier for listeners to stream local NPR stations live, and listen to NPR podcasts by autoplaying content and permitting easy navigation. Since launch NPR has made the service available on additional channels:
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devices, web browsers,
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, Apple Car Play,
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,
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,
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,
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S2 and S3,
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–enabled devices. ''
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'' listed NPR One as one of 2016's "best apps".


Programming


Programs produced by NPR


News and public affairs programs

NPR produces a morning and an evening news program, both of which also have weekend editions with different hosts. It also produces hourly newscasts around the clock. * ''
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'', NPR News' evening news program hosted by
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,
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,
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, and Ailsa Chang. **''Weekend All Things Considered'', hosted by Michel Martin * ''
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'', NPR News' morning news program hosted by Steve Inskeep, Rachel Martin (broadcast journalist), Rachel Martin, A Martínez (broadcast journalist), A Martínez, and Noel King (broadcast journalist), Noel King. ** ''Weekend Edition'', hosted by Scott Simon (Saturdays) and Lulu Garcia-Navarro (Sundays) * ''Here and Now (Boston), Here and Now'', a mid-day news magazine program hosted by Robin Young and Tonya Mosley (co-produced with WBUR)


Storytelling and cultural programming (in house)

* ''Ask Me Another (radio), Ask Me Another'', a trivia quiz hosted by Ophira Eisenberg (co-produced with WNYC) * ''Invisibilia'', hosted by Alix Spiegel, Hanna Rosin, and Lulu Miller * ''TED Radio Hour'', hosted by Manoush Zomorodi * ''Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!'', a humorous news-based panel show hosted by Peter Sagal (co-produced with WBEZ)


=Podcasts

= * ''All Songs Considered'', a music podcast * ''Alt.Latino'', a podcast on Latino arts and culture * Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-Language podcast which covers news in Latin America * El Hilo, an offshoot of Radio Ambulante devoted to news * ''Code Switch'', a podcast about race and identity hosted by Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby * ''Consider This'', a weekday afternoon news podcast hosted by ''All Things Considered'' anchors Audie Cornish, Ari Shapiro, Mary Louise Kelly, and Ailsa Chang *''Embedded'', a podcast hosted by Kelly McEvers * ''How I Built This'', a podcast on entrepreneurship hosted by Guy Raz * ''NPR Politics Podcast'', a podcast hosted by Tamara Keith and Scott Detrow * ''
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'', a podcast on economics * ''Pop Culture Happy Hour'', a podcast on culture hosted by Linda Holmes (writer), Linda Holmes *''Short Wave,'' a daily science podcast hosted by Madeline K. Sofia, Maddie Sofia *''Throughline'', a podcast on history hosted by Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei * ''Up First'', a Monday-Saturday morning news podcast hosted by ''Morning Edition'' anchors Steve Inskeep, Rachel Martin, A Martínez, and Noel King, and ''Weekend Edition'' anchors Scott Simon and Lulu Garcia-Navarro


Music programming

* ''First Listen'', album previews * ''Jazz Night In America'', hosted by Christian McBride (co-produced with WBGO and Jazz at Lincoln Center) * ''Songs We Love'' * ''The Thistle & Shamrock'', Celtic music hosted by Fiona Ritchie * ''Tiny Desk Concerts'', video concert series


Programs distributed by NPR


News and public affairs

* ''1A (radio), 1A'', public affairs roundtable program hosted by Jenn White (WAMU) * ''Fresh Air'', interviews with cultural news-makers hosted by Terry Gross (WHYY-FM) * ''Latino USA'', Latino issues hosted by Maria Hinojosa (Futuro Media Group) * ''Youth Radio'', stories told by youth (self-produced)


Storytelling and cultural programming

* ''The Big Listen'', a radio show about podcasts hosted by Lauren Ober (WAMU) * ''Bullseye with Jesse Thorn'', hosted by Jesse Thorn (Maximum Fun) * ''
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'', humorous automotive advice hosted by Tom Magliozzi and Ray Magliozzi (WBUR, ended September 2017) *''The Engines of Our Ingenuity'' is a daily radio series that tells the story of human invention and creativity in minute essays. * ''Only a Game'', sports issues hosted by Bill Littlefield (WBUR, ended 2020) * ''Rough Cuts (radio series), Rough Cuts'', a podcast and blog encouraging participation in the development of other new radio programs * ''State of the Re:Union'', hosted by Al Letson * ''StoryCorps'', oral history recordings (self-produced)


Music programming

* ''From the Top'', A program showcasing young classical musicians between the ages of 8–18 (self-produced) * ''JazzSet'', hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater (WBGO) * ''Metropolis'', a show on electronic music hosted by Jason Bentley (
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) * ''Mountain Stage'', hosted by Larry Groce (West Virginia Public Broadcasting) * ''Piano Jazz'', hosted by Marian McPartland (South Carolina Educational Television, South Carolina ETV Radio, ended in 2011) * ''World Cafe (radio program), World Cafe'', a 2-hour music program featuring both recorded music and interviews and live in-studio performances, hosted by Raina Douris (WXPN)


Notable public radio programs not affiliated with NPR

Many programs broadcast on U.S. public radio stations are not affiliated with NPR. If these programs are distributed by another distributor, a public radio station must also affiliate with that network to take that network's programming.
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(APM) and
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(PRX; which also merged with Public Radio International in 2018) are other major public radio production and distribution organizations with distinct missions, and each competes with the other and NPR for programming slots on public radio stations. Most public radio stations are NPR member stations and many are affiliate stations of APM and PRX at the same time. The organizations have different governance structures and missions and relationships with stations.


American Public Media

* ''
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BBC World Service
'', world news produced by the BBC often used to fill graveyard slot, overnight hours * ''Classical 24'', generally airs overnights on many non-commercial stations * ''The Daily (podcast), The Daily'', daily podcast created by ''
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The New York Times
'' and hosted by Michael Barbaro *''Live from Here'' (formerly known as ''A Prairie Home Companion''), variety radio show known for its folk music and comedy (cancelled in 2020). *''Marketplace (radio program), Marketplace'', program that focuses on business, the economy, and events that influence them *''Performance Today'', most listened-to daily classical music radio program in the United States (formerly distributed by NPR) *''Pipedreams'', radio music program focusing on organ music *''The Splendid Table'', weekly program about food


Public Radio Exchange

This list includes programs that were distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) prior to the merger with PDX * ''A Way with Words'', a show about language; distributed by
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and
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* ''Echoes (radio program), Echoes'', a daily program of ambient, new age, and electronic music hosted by John Diliberto (formerly distributed by PRI) * ''Hearts of Space'', a weekly program of ambient music, ambient, Space music, space, and contemplative music hosted by Stephen Hill (broadcaster), Stephen Hill, San Rafael, Calif. * ''Living on Earth'', environmental news program (formerly distributed by NPR and PRI) * ''Philosophy Talk'', everyday topics examined through a philosophical lens, hosted by Stanford philosophy professors John Perry (philosopher), John Perry and Kenneth Allen Taylor, Ken Taylor, produced by Ben Manilla Productions (KALW) * ''Planetary Radio'', space exploration radio program hosted by Mat Kaplan, The Planetary Society, Pasadena, Calif. * ''Selected Shorts'', dramatic readings hosted by Isaiah Sheffer, Symphony Space, (WNYC; formerly distributed by PRI) * ''This American Life'', stories of real life hosted by Ira Glass, distributed by
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* ''The Takeaway'', a daily news program from WNYC (formerly distributed by PRI) * '' The World'', news magazine show with an emphasis on international news (formerly distributed by PRI)


WNYC Studios

* ''On the Media'', covering journalism, technology, and First Amendment issues (formerly distributed by NPR) * ''Science Friday,'' science issues call-in hosted by Ira Flatow and independently produced (formerly distributed by NPR)


Independent

* ''Democracy Now!'', the flagship news program of the Pacifica Radio network, provides a feed to NPR stations * ''Forum (KQED), Forum'', call-in panel discussion program, wide-ranging national and local topics hosted by Michael Krasny (talk show host), Michael Krasny (KQED-FM). * ''Jazz from Lincoln Center'', Wynton Marsalis, hosted by Ed Bradley, Murray Street Productions * ''The Merrow Report'', education issues hosted by John Merrow, Learning Matters Inc. * ''The People's Pharmacy'', a call-in and interview program on personal health from WUNC (FM), WUNC in Chapel Hill, N.C. * ''Pulse of the Planet'', a daily two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, hosted by Jim Metzner. * ''StarDate (radio), StarDate'', short segments relating to science and astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory hosted by Billy Henry. * ''Sunday Baroque'', baroque and early music hosted by Suzanne Bona (WSHU-FM)


Controversies

Over the course of NPR's history, controversies have arisen over several incidents and topics.


Allegations of ideological bias

NPR has been accused of displaying both liberal bias, as alleged in work such as a UCLA and University of Missouri study of ''Morning Edition;'' and conservative bias, including criticism of alleged reliance on conservative think-tanks. Public radio host Lisa Simeone, who worked for NPR from 1998 to 2002, accused NPR's The Pentagon, Pentagon reporting of being "little more than Pentagon press releases." The NPR ombudsman has described how NPR's coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict has been simultaneously criticized as biased by both sides. University of Texas journalism professor and author Robert W. Jensen, Robert Jensen has criticized NPR as taking a pro-war stance during coverage of Protests against the Iraq War, Iraq war protests.


Euphemisms for "torture"

In a controversial act, NPR banned in 2009 the use of the word "torture" in the context of the Enhanced interrogation techniques, Bush administration's use of torture. NPR's Ombudswoman Alicia Shepard's defense of the policy was that "calling waterboarding torture is tantamount to taking sides." UC Berkeley School of Information, Berkeley Professor of Linguistics Geoffrey Nunberg pointed out that virtually all media around the world, other than what he called the "spineless U.S. media", call these techniques torture. In an article which criticized NPR and other U.S. media for their use of euphemisms for torture, Glenn Greenwald discussed what he called the enabling "corruption of American journalism":
This active media complicity in concealing that our Government created a systematic torture regime, by refusing ever to say so, is one of the principal reasons it was allowed to happen for so long. The steadfast, ongoing refusal of our leading media institutions to refer to what the Bush administration did as "torture" – even in the face of more than 100 detainee deaths; the use of that term by a leading Bush official to describe what was done at Guantanamo; and the fact that media outlets frequently use the word "torture" to describe exactly the same methods when used by other countries – reveals much about how the modern journalist thinks.


Sexual harassment

In October 2017, sexual harassment charges were leveled against Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news and editorial director since 2015. Some of the accusations dated back to when he was Washington, D.C. bureau chief for ''
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The New York Times
'' during the 1990s, while others involved his conduct at NPR. After a report on the ''Times'' accusations was published in ''
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'', NPR put Oreskes on administrative leave, and the following day his resignation was requested. CNN's Brian Stelter reported that NPR staffers were dissatisfied with the handling of Oreskes, were demanding an external investigation, and that Oreskes poisoned the newsroom atmosphere by abusing his position to meet young women.


''Live from Death Row'' commentaries

In 1994, NPR arranged to air, on ''All Things Considered'', a series of three-minute commentaries by Mumia Abu-Jamal, a journalist convicted in a controversial trial of murdering Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Police officer Daniel Faulkner. They cancelled airing them after the Fraternal Order of Police and members of the U.S. Congress objected.


Juan Williams comments

On October 20, 2010, NPR terminated Senior News Analyst Juan Williams's independent contract over a series of incidents culminating in remarks he made on the Fox News Channel regarding Muslim head coverings and not feeling comfortable around women wearing them. Williams' firing, which was made abruptly without Williams being given a face-to-face meeting beforehand, was reported by
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The Washington Post
as being a key part of Ellen Weiss, NPR's top news executive at the time, being given an ultimatum on January 4, 2011, to either resign or be fired. On January 6, 2011, NPR announced that Weiss had quit.


Ronald Schiller comments

In March 2011, conservative political activist and provocateur James O'Keefe sent partners Simon Templar (a pen name) and Shaughn Adeleye to secretly record their discussion with Ronald Schiller, NPR's outgoing senior vice president for fundraising, and an associate, in which Schiller made remarks viewed as disparaging of "the current Republican party, especially the Tea Party movement, Tea Party", and controversial comments regarding Palestine and funding for NPR. NPR disavowed Schiller's comments. CEO Vivian Schiller, who is not related to Ronald, later resigned over the fallout from the comments and the previous firing of Juan Williams.


July 4 tweets of the Declaration of Independence

Starting on July 4, 1988, NPR has broadcast an annual reading of the 1776 United States Declaration of Independence over the radio. In 2017 it began using
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Twitter
as a medium for reading the document as well. On July 4, 2017, the 100+ tweets were met with considerable opposition, some online supporters of Donald Trump mistakenly believing the words of the Declaration referring to George III of the United Kingdom to be directed towards the president. The tweets were called "trash" and were accused of being left-wing propaganda, condoning violence and calling for revolution.


Publications

Source: *''The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection'' by Ted Libbey (1994) *''The NPR Classical Music Companion: An Essential Guide for Enlightened Listening'' by Miles Hoffman (1997) *''The NPR Classical Music Companion: Terms and Concepts from A to Z'' by Miles Hoffman (1997) *''The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music'' by Tim Smith (journalist), Tim Smith (2002) *''The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Jazz'' by Loren Schoenberg (2002) *''The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Opera'' by William Berger (author), William Berger (2002) *''The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Popular Standards'' by Max Morath (2002) *''The NPR Curious Listener's Guide To American Folk Music'' by Kip Lornell (2004) *''The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to World Music'' by Chris Nickson (2004) *''The NPR Curious Listener's Guide To Blues'' by David Evans (musicologist), David Evans (2005) *''The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Celtic Music'' by Fiona Ritchie (2005) *''The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music'' by Ted Libbey (2006)


See also

* Australian Broadcasting Corporation * BBC Radio * Canadian Broadcasting Corporation * List of NPR personnel * List of NPR stations * NPR Berlin—before its closure, the only NPR affiliate operated by NPR itself * PBS * ''Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production''


References


Further reading

* James T. Bennett. 2021.
The History and Politics of Public Radio; A Comprehensive Analysis of Taxpayer-Financed US Broadcasting
'. Springer. *Gibson, George H. ''Public Broadcasting: The Role of the Federal Government, 1919–1976'' (Praeger Publishers, 1977). . . * McCauley, Michael P. ''NPR: The Trials and Triumphs of National Public Radio'' (Columbia University Press, 2005). . . * Magee, Sara
"''All Things Considered'': A Content Analysis of National Public Radio's Flagship News Magazine from 1999–2009"
''Journal of Radio & Audio Media'' (2013) 20#2 pp. 236–250.


External links

* * hdl:1903.1/8281, Elizabeth L. Young papers at the University of Maryland Libraries
50 Years of NPR
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