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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.
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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

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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

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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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Culture
6:28 am
Thu November 13, 2014

How Kodak's Shirley Cards Set Photography's Skin-Tone Standard

For decades, Kodak's Shirley cards, like this one, featured only white models.
Kodak

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 8:45 am

Jersson Garcia works at Richard Photo Lab in Hollywood. He's 31 years old, and he's got a total crush on Shirley.

"Beautiful skin tones, beautiful eyes, great hair," he sighs. "She's gorgeous."

Garcia is holding a 4-by-6-inch photo of an ivory-faced brunette wearing a lacy, white, off-the-shoulders top. She has red lipstick and silver earrings, and the photo appears to have been taken sometime in the 1970s or '80s.

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The Two-Way
1:49 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies

Margot Adler, seen here in 2006, was a longtime reporter for NPR. She died Monday following a battle with cancer.
Michael Paras NPR

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:39 pm

Margot Adler, one of the signature voices on NPR's airwaves for more than three decades, died Monday at her home in New York City. She was 68 and had been battling cancer.

Margot joined the NPR staff as a general assignment reporter in 1979. She went on to cover everything from the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic to confrontations involving the Ku Klux Klan in Greensboro, N.C., to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Tue July 15, 2014

NPR News Executive Leaves For Job At The Atlantic

Margaret Low Smith is leaving her post as NPR News' senior vice president to become president of AtlanticLIVE.
Stephen Voss NPR

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 11:14 am

Margaret Low Smith, a longtime NPR executive who has served as senior vice president for news for three years, is leaving the company to become the president of The Atlantic's live events business.

"Her departure will be felt as profoundly as any in recent memory," NPR Chief Content Officer Kinsey Wilson wrote in a memo to staff Tuesday.

He added that Smith's final day at NPR will be at the end of July. She joined the company in 1982 as an overnight production assistant on Morning Edition.

Wilson added that:

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Soccer
7:48 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Scientists Keep A Careful Eye On The World Cup Ball

A close up of the Brazuca ball in NASA's Ames Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. Smoke highlighted by lasers visualizes air flow around the ball.
NASA's Ames Research Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:45 am

While many millions are enjoying the drama of the World Cup, a handful of scientists are keeping their eyes very closely on the ball.

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