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3:34 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Remembering Don Quayle, NPR's First President

Don Quayle, the first president of NPR, has died at the age of 84.
Sam Kittner WAMU 88.5

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 9:05 pm

The first president of National Public Radio has died. Don Quayle was 84 years old. He had a long career in public broadcasting — both television and radio. NPR's Susan Stamberg reflects on his impact.

Don Quayle gave me my first radio job. It was the early '60s and he was head of the Educational Radio Network — the precursor of NPR — a skinny little network of 12 East Coast stations that developed a daily drive-time news show. He hired me to help produce it. When this national network arose, he was an obvious choice to run it.

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The Two-Way
10:16 am
Thu March 19, 2015

NPR Appoints The AP's Michael Oreskes As News Chief

Michael Oreskes says that he admires NPR's reportorial muscle and that the network's greatest strength can be found in its ability to tell stories that listeners find compelling, accessible and absorbing.
Chuck Zoeller AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 1:57 pm

NPR has named Michael Oreskes, a top Associated Press executive and former New York Times editor who has led newsrooms in such global centers as New York, Washington and Paris, to run its news division.

Officially, Oreskes will be the network's senior vice president for news and editorial director, a slightly refashioned title. Oreskes is currently vice president and senior managing editor at the AP, where he oversees the giant international news wire's daily report.

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WKMS Press Releases
2:52 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Hear NPR's Invisibilia - A New Show About Human Behavior - Sundays at 9 AM

Invisibilia (Latin for all the invisible things) is a new show about the invisible forces that control human behavior - ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, the show interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently. We’ll begin Sunday, February 8 with “The Secret History of Thoughts”- which asks the question, “Are my thoughts related to my inner wishes, do they reveal who I really am?” Lulu and Alix helped create Radiolab and This American Life, so we know this new show will appeal to many WKMS listeners.

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Animals
8:11 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Good News For Bats! Things Are Looking Up For Stemming Disease Spread

This October 2008 photo, provided by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, shows a brown bat with its nose crusted in fungus.
Ryan von Linden AP

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 7:01 am

The bat disease known as white-nose syndrome has been spreading fast, killing millions of animals. But for the first time, scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering and new breakthroughs could help researchers develop better strategies for helping bats survive.

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The Best Music Of 2014
7:04 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Watch Public Radio's Best In-Studio Performances Of 2014

Cincinnati indie rockers Wussy were the featured musicians in KEXP's favorite studio session of the year.
Brady Harvey KEXP

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 10:45 am

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Mon December 22, 2014

7 Stories You Should Have Paid More Attention To In 2014

King Felipe VI of Spain attends the Congress of Deputies for the proclamation as King of Spain to the Spanish Parliament on June 19.
Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 11:29 am

As 2014 winds down, we want to learn about the stories that didn't make the headlines. It's hard to say what qualifies as an underreported story, but here are some suggestions from smart people we know.

1. Algorithms Are Shaping Our Stories:

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Books
7:26 am
Wed December 3, 2014

NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2014's Great Reads

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 7:11 am

Introducing NPR's Book Concierge, your personal guide to the great books published in 2014. NPR staff and critics selected some 250 of their favorite titles. You can find a list of all our recommended titles below or ...

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2014 Book Concierge: The Complete List Of Recommended Titles

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Code Switch
5:14 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Stories Of Your First Thanksgiving In The U.S.

We don't endorse using a trident to carve your turkey.
floodllama Flickr

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 11:12 am

This past week, we called for stories about your first Thanksgiving in the United States. Who'd you spend it with? Where were you coming from? What'd you eat? What'd you think of it? we wondered.

And many of the stories we heard from you were about food: You had issues roasting the turkey properly. Your mom found, um, a creative solution to making your bird golden-brown. You ate a lot of different alternative Thanksgiving meals. Your stories were goofy and weird, but most of them made us smile. Here are some of them:

Leticia Ortiz

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Society
4:38 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Intentions & Serendipity: From Growing Up in Cairo to Broadcasting in Kenya

Credit about.me/rachel.jones

When Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee passed away, Cairo native Rachel Jones wrote a remembrance about his recruiting her. Jones has worked for NPR, the former Knight Ridder news service, Detroit Free Press and St. Petersburg Times. She's also served as Project Director for the Internews Network's Gulu, Uganda Radio Training Center. She's lived in Kenya since 2008, working for Voice of America. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte reached her by phone to learn more about her career.

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WKMS Press Releases
3:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

NPR Changes 'Morning Edition' Clock Starting Monday

Credit 123rf stock photo

Clock changes Monday, November 17

NPR is subtly changing delivery times of stories and interviews, newscasts, and funding credits on Morning Edition starting next Monday. It will be barely noticeable, but it will move our Writers Almanac ten minutes later to 8:45 a.m. We'll be able to bring you StarDate at a new time, 5:30 a.m., in addition to its present time at 7:30 a.m. You'll hear Frank DeFord's weekly commentaries at 6:51 a.m. & 8:51 a.m. Wednesdays. 

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