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name NPR

Logo of NPR|201px)Public broadcasting>Public radio network| branding = | established = | test_card = | test_of_transmission = United States| available = Global| founder = | slogan = | motto = | market_share = | license_area =
    | broadcast_area = Nationwide| area = | erp = | parent = National Public Radio, Inc.
    (CEO)}}LAST=DATE=ACCESS-DATE=, | net_income = $18.9 million {edih}| digital = | analog = | affiliation = WRN Broadcast| affiliates = | groups = | former_affiliations =}}| footnotes = }}National Public Radio (NPR, stylized as npr) is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization based in Washington, D.C. NPR differs from other non-profit membership media organizations, such as AP, in that it was established by an act of CongressWEB,weblink Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, 2015-01-14, 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 public radio stations in the United States.WEB,weblink Audience, NPR, January 23, 2018, NPR produces and distributes news and cultural programming. Individual public radio stations are not required to broadcast all NPR programs; most broadcast a mix of NPR programs, content from American Public Media, Public Radio International, Public Radio Exchange and WNYC Studios, and locally produced programs. The organisation's flagship shows are two drive-time news broadcasts, Morning Edition and the afternoon All Things Considered; both are carried by most NPR member stations, and are among the most popular radio programs in the country.>WEB,weblink All Things Considered, Heard by 13.3 million people on 814 radio stations each week, All Things Considered is one of the most popular programs in America., National Public Media, October 12, 2016, BOOK, Mitchell, Jack W., Listener supported: the culture and history of public radio, 2005, Greenwood Publishing Group, Conceived as "alternatives," Morning Edition and All Things Considered are the second and third most listened-to radio programs in the ..., 175,weblink 978-0-275-98352-9, {{As of|March 2018}}, the drive time programs attract an audience of 14.9 million and 14.7 million respectively.NEWS, NPR Maintains Highest Ratings Ever,weblink 10 May 2018,, 28 March 2018, en, NPR manages the Public Radio Satellite System, which distributes NPR programs and other programming from independent producers and networks such as American Public Media and Public Radio International. Its content is also available on-demand online, on mobile networks, and, in many cases, as podcasts.WEB,weblink Podcast Directory,,


    The organization's legal name is National Public Radio and its trademarked 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.



    (File:NPR 1970s logo.jpg|thumb|upright=0.6|1970s logo)National Public Radio replaced the National Educational Radio Network on February 26, 1970, following Congressional passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.BOOK, Jarvik, Laurence Ariel, 1997, PBS, behind the screen, Rocklin, CA, Forum, 978-0761506683, This act was signed into law by 36th President Lyndon B. Johnson, and established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 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 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 Washington, D.C.WEB,weblink History, NPR, February 24, 2011,weblink" title="">weblink February 22, 2011, yes, mdy-all, NPR aired its first broadcast on April 20, 1971, covering United States Senate hearings on the ongoing Vietnam War in Southeast Asia. The afternoon drive-time newscast All Things Considered premiered on May 3, 1971, first hosted by Robert Conley. NPR was primarily a production and distribution organization until 1977, when it merged with the Association of Public Radio Stations. Morning Edition premiered on November 5, 1979, first hosted by Bob Edwards.


    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 Frank Mankiewicz, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting agreed to lend the network money in order to stave off bankruptcy.WEB,weblink GAO statement on NPR financial crisis, 1984, Public Broadcasting PolicyBase at, 1984, June 12, 2007, yes,weblink" title="">weblink September 3, 2007, mdy-all, 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 Public Radio Satellite System), making it possible for non-NPR shows to get national distribution. It took NPR approximately three years to pay off the debt.WEB,weblink History of public broadcasting in the United States,, June 12, 2007, yes,weblink" title="">weblink September 14, 2007, mdy-all, (File:NPRLogoOld.png|thumb|upright=0.7|1990s logo)


    Delano Lewis, the president of C&P Telephone, left that position to become NPR's CEO and president in January 1994.WEB,weblink Delano Lewis Resigns, April 3, 1998, NPR, February 16, 2012, Lewis resigned in August 1998. In November 1998, NPR's board of directors hired Kevin Klose, the director of the International Broadcasting Bureau, as its president and chief executive officer.WEB,weblink NPR Announces New President and CEO, NPR, November 11, 1998, February 16, 2012,


    NPR spent nearly $13 million to acquire and equip a West Coast {{convert|25000|sqft|adj=on}} production facility, NPR West, which opened in Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, in November 2002. With room for up to 90 employees, it was established to expand its production capabilities, improve its coverage of the western United States, and create a backup production facility capable of keeping NPR on the air in the event of a catastrophe in Washington, D.C.WEB,weblink NPR Establishes Major Production Center in California NPR West Opens November 2, Expanding Network's Presence and Reach, NPR,weblink February 16, 2012, November 2, 2002, February 16, 2012, In November 2003, NPR received $235 million from the estate of the late Joan B. Kroc, the widow of Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald's Corporation. This was the largest monetary gift ever to a cultural institution.NEWS, Billions and Billions Served, Hundreds of Millions Donated,weblink National Public Radio announced yesterday that it had received a bequest worth at least $200 million from the widow of the longtime chairman of the McDonald's restaurant chain. The gift is the largest in the 33-year history of NPR, the nonprofit broadcasting corporation – and about twice the size of NPR's annual operating budget. It is believed to be among the largest ever pledged to an American cultural institution., New York Times, November 7, 2003, July 28, 2008, Jacques, Steinberg, PRESS RELEASE,weblink NPR Receives a Record Bequest of More Than $200 Million, National Public Radio, November 6, 2003, October 2, 2006, In 2004 NPR's budget increased by over 50% to $153 million due to the Kroc gift. $34 million of the money was deposited in its endowment.NEWS,weblink Kroc gift lets NPR expand news, lower fees, May 24, 2004, October 2, 2006, Janssen, Mike,, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 22, 2011, mdy-all, 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,WEB,weblink NPR Podcasts Turn 10!, and NPR podcasts like Fresh Air and TED Radio Hour routinely made the iTunes Top Podcasts list.WEB,weblink US Podcasts, 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 Radio Free Europe.On December 10, 2008, NPR announced that it would reduce its workforce by 7% and cancel the news programs Day to Day and News & Notes.NEWS
    , Carney, Steve
    , National Public Radio to cut shows, personnel
    , Los Angeles Times
    , December 10, 2008
    , December 11, 2008
    The organization indicated this was in response to a rapid drop in corporate underwriting in the wake of the economic crisis of 2008.
    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.WEB,weblink NPR reaches new audience high, Press release, NPR, March 24, 2009, August 24, 2010, 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 new media "at the expense of serving" the stations that financially support NPR).WEB,weblink NPR Leader out After Board Clash, Paul, Farhi, The Washington Post, March 6, 2008, As of 2009, corporate sponsorship made up 26% of the NPR budget.


    File:National Public Radio headquarters.jpg|thumb|right|upright|NPR's former headquarters at 635 Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. (demolished in 2013)]](File:2015 Supreme Court Editathon 18.JPG|thumb|upright|The new NPR sign at 1111 North Capitol St, NE.)In October 2010, NPR accepted a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Institute. 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.NEWS, The Situation Room, CNN, October 22, 2010,weblink The OSI has made previous donations, but does not take on air credit for its gifts.WEB,weblink Secret Recording Explores Relationship Between Billionaire Soros and NPR, Chiu, Lisa, March 17, 2011,, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, 13 May 2015, 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 C&P Telephone Warehouse and Repair Facility.WEB,weblink New NPR Headquarters Nears Completion,, NPR, February 1, 2013, April 9, 2013, The new headquarters—at the corner of North Capitol Street NE and L Street NW—is in the burgeoning NoMa neighborhood of Washington.Clinton Yates, NPR Moves to NoMa, D.C.'s SimCity of Gentrification, The Washington Post (June 5, 2013). The first show scheduled to be broadcast from the new studios was Weekend Edition Saturday.WEB,weblink Saying Goodbye To The Old NPR Headquarters, Simon, Scott, 6 April 2013, Weekend Edition, NPR, 13 May 2015, Morning Edition was the last show to move to the new location.WEB,weblink NPR Moves to New Headquarters – Morning Edition Airs First Broadcast from New Building Today, NPR, April 22, 2013, May 14, 2013, In June 2013 NPR canceled the weekday call-in show Talk of the Nation."A Fond Farewell to Talk of the Nation{{-"}}. Tell Me More. NPR. June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013.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 fiscal year.WEB,weblink NPR to Offer Voluntary Buyouts in Bid to Balance Budget, September 13, 2013, The Observer, September 15, 2013, In December 2018, The Washington Post 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 member told the newspaper the systems was "exploitative", but NPR's president of operations said the current systems was in place because the station "media company that strives to be innovative and nimble."NEWS, Farhi, Paul,weblink At NPR, an army of temps faces a workplace of anxiety and insecurity, The Washington Post, 2018-12-09, 2018-12-11, 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."WEB,weblink Remote Audio Data Is Here,, en, 2019-01-17,


    NPR is a membership organization. Member stations are required to be non-commercial or non-commercial educational 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 religious broadcasting philosophy or be used for classroom distance learning 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. This board is composed of ten A-Reps, five members of the general public, and the chair of the NPR Foundation. Terms are for three years and are staggered such that some stand for election every year.NPR Bylaws {{webarchive|url= |date=March 20, 2012 }}; Public Broadcasting Policy Base; January 20, 1999{{As of|2015|3}}, the board of directors of NPR included the following members:WEB,weblink NPR Board of Directors, NPR, 2015-03-06,
    NPR member station managers

    President of NPR

    Chair of the NPR Foundation

    Public members of the board
    • Fabiola Arredondo, managing partner, Siempre Holdings
    • Chris Boskin, media company consultant
    • Patricia Diaz Dennis, senior vice president and assistant general counsel, retired, AT&T
    • Paul G. Haaga, Jr., chairman of the board, retired, Capital Research and Management Company
    • John S. Wotowicz, managing partner of Concentric Capital, vice chair of the board
    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 (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 radioWEB,weblink National Public Radio Purposes, Public Broadcasting PolicyBase at, Siemering, William, November 29, 1999, October 2, 2006, yes,weblink" title="">weblink September 12, 2007, mdy-all,

    NPR Ombudsman/Public Editor
    The Ombudsman/Public Editor responds to significant listener queries, comments and criticisms.WEB,weblink Elizabeth Jensen, The position reports to the president and CEO Jarl Mohn.WEB,weblink New Ombudsman To Start Jan. 26,, Elizabeth Jensen was appointed to a three-year term in January 2015.


    In 2010, NPR revenues totaled $180 million, with the bulk of revenues coming from programming fees, grants from foundations or business entities, contributions and sponsorships. 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 pledge drives, corporate underwriting, state and local governments, educational institutions, and the federally funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting (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.WEB,weblink Public Radio Finances, NPR, October 22, 2010, bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink March 19, 2012, mdy-all, WEB,weblink NPR Responds, January 14, 2010, 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.During the 1970s and early 1980s, the majority of NPR funding came from the federal government. Steps were taken during the 1980s to completely wean NPR from government support, but the 1983 funding crisis forced the network to make immediate changes. 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;WEB,weblink Table 2 Public Broadcasting Revenue by Public Television and Radio System and Source of Revenue, Fiscal Year 2008–2009, Public Broadcasting Revenue Fiscal Year 2009, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, August 5, 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink June 23, 2011, mdy-all, in 2012 10.9% of the revenues for Public Radio came from federal sources.WEB,weblink Table 2 Public Broadcasting Revenue by Public Television and Radio System and Source of Revenue, Fiscal Year 2011–2012, Public Broadcasting Revenue Fiscal Year 2012, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, February 25, 2014, yes,weblink" title="">weblink March 1, 2014, mdy-all, In 2011, NPR announced the roll-out of their own online advertising network, 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.Ungerleider, Neal. NPR Launching Centralized Online Ad Network to Bolster Revenue at Member Stations. Fast Company. 12 April 20112013 saw the launch of Center Stage, a mix of native advertising and banner ad featured prominently on the NPR homepage, above-the-fold. The launch partner for Center Stage was Squarespace.WEB, Taintor, David, NPR's New Ad Unit Falls Somewhere Between Banners and Native,weblink Adweek, 16 August 2013, 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.WEB, Hart, Peter, New NPR Boss: 'We're Going to Be Talking About Brands That Matter a Little Bit More',weblink, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, FAIR, 8 September 2014,

    Underwriting spots vs. commercials

    In contrast with commercial broadcasting, 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 slogans, descriptions of products and services, contact information such as website addresses and telephone numbers.WEB, NPR Underwriting Credit Guidelines,weblink, NRP, June 2, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink June 2, 2014, 1, November 24, 2008, These statements are called underwriting spots 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.WEB, The Public and Broadcasting,weblink Federal Communications Commission, March 3, 2013, 2008, 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 C-SPAN before the National Press Club on March 2, 2009, then president and CEO Vivian Schiller 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."WEB, C-SPAN, Public Broadcasting and Commercial Media,weblink C-SPAN, June 2, 2014, March 2, 2009, Hosts of the NPR program Planet Money 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."WEB, Planet Money, The Friday Podcast: Economists On Federal Funding For NPR,weblink NPR (Planet Money), June 3, 2014, March 25, 2011,


    A Harris telephone survey conducted in 2005 found that NPR was the most trusted news source in the United States.NEWS,weblink Survey Says: Noncom News Most Trusted, Broadcasting & Cable, November 10, 2005, October 2, 2006, Eggerton, John, According to 2009, NPR statistics, about 20.9 million listeners tune into NPR each week.NEWS, Farhi, Paul, Good News for NPR: Its Most Listeners Ever,weblink March 7, 2013, Washington Post, March 24, 2009, 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.Tracie Powell, Are podcasts the new path to diversifying public radio? Columbia Journalism Review (May 22, 2015). According to the 2012 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, 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 Radio & Records. 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.NEWS, Ben, Fong-Torres, Radio Waves, March 12, 2006,weblink San Francisco Chronicle, April 26, 2008,

    Digital media

    NPR's history in digital media 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.WEB,weblink Public Interactive Press Area, NPR, June 2, 2004, February 16, 2012, By July 2008, Public Interactive had "170 subscribers who collectively operate 325 public radio and television stations" and clients such as Car Talk, The World, and The Tavis Smiley Show; by the end of that month, NPR acquired Public Interactive from PRIWEB,weblink PRI And NPR Announce Deal To Grow Public Interactive, Public Media's Leading Web Services Company, NPR, July 31, 2008, February 16, 2012, 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.WEB, Karen, Everhart,weblink Web infrastructure for pubmedia, 2011,, March 7, 2011, February 16, 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink April 15, 2012, mdy-all, 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 Drupal, an open-source content management system.(File:Kinsey Wilson and the crew at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards.jpg|thumb|Kinsey Wilson and the crew at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards)NPR has been dubbed as "leveraging the Twitter generation"NEWS, O'Dell, Jodie, How NPR Is Leveraging the Twitter Generation,weblink 22 January 2017, Mashable, 30 September 2010, 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%) still do listen to NPR on the radio. In a survey of more than 10,000 respondents, NPR found that its Twitter followers are younger, more connected to the social web, and more likely to access content through digital platforms such as its Peabody Award-winning website, as well as podcasts, mobile apps and more.NEWS, Carvin, Andy, Heard, Meredith, Results Of The NPR Twitter User Survey,weblink 22 January 2017, NPR, 30 September 2010, NPR has more than one Twitter account including @NPR;WEB,weblink NPR (@NPR) – Twitter,, 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 Facebook page has been at the forefront of the company foray into social media. Started by college student and fan Geoff CampbellWEB, Campbell, Geoff, Mount Allison student gets Facebook ball rolling for American media organization, NPR,weblink March 2, 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink July 6, 2011, mdy-all, in 2008, the page was quickly taken over by the organization,WEB, Campbell, Geoff, How Andy Carvin took over NPR's Facebook Page from Student/Creator Geoff Campbell,weblink March 2, 2011, 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.WEB, Tenore, Mallary Jean, Carvin: Facebook Lets NPR Empower Those Who Love Us, Listen to Those Who Don't,weblink March 2, 2011, yes,weblink" title="">weblink May 15, 2011, mdy-all, 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.NEWS,weblink Pocket Casts acquired by NPR, other public radio stations, and This American Life, The Verge, 2018-05-03,

    NPR One

    In July 2014, NPR launched NPR One, an app for iOS and Android 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.WEB,weblink NPR launches new 'NPR One' mobile app for curating public radio news, July 28, 2014,, Since launch NPR has made the service available on additional channels: Windows mobile devices, web browsers, Chromecast, Apple Car Play, Apple Watch, Android Auto, Android Wear, Samsung Gear S2 and S3, Amazon Fire TV, and Amazon Alexa–enabled devices.WEB,weblink What devices will NPR One work on?,,


    Programs produced by NPR

    News and public affairs programs

    (File:NPR News logo.png|thumb|NPR News logo)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.

    Storytelling and cultural programming


    Music programming

    Programs distributed by NPR

    News and public affairs

    Storytelling and cultural programming

    Music programming

    Public radio programs not affiliated with NPR

    Individual NPR stations can broadcast programming from sources that have no formal affiliation 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. Many shows produced or distributed by Public Radio International—such as Living on Earth —are broadcast on public radio stations, but are not affiliated with NPR. PRI and NPR are separate production and distribution organizations with distinct missions, and each competes with the other for programming slots on public radio stations.Public Radio Exchange also offers a national distribution network where a significant number of public radio stations go to acquire programs from independent producers. PRX provides a catalog of thousands of radio pieces available on-demand as broadcast quality audio files and available for streaming on the website.Most public radio stations are NPR member stations and affiliate stations of PRI, APM, and PRX at the same time. The organizations have different governance structures and missions and relationships with stations. Other popular shows, like Live from Here (the former A Prairie Home Companion) and Marketplace, are produced by American Public Media, the national programming unit of Minnesota Public Radio. These programs were distributed by Public Radio International prior to APM's founding. Democracy Now!, the flagship news program of the Pacifica Radio network, provides a feed to NPR stations, and other Pacifica programs can occasionally be heard on these stations as well.


    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.WEB,weblink Does Public Radio Have A Liberal Bias? The Finale!, March 25, 2011, WNYC, Radio Transcript, On The Media, September 4, 2011, NPR has also been accused of bias related to specific topics, including support of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq and coverage of Israel. Their Pentagon reporting has been accused of being "little more than Pentagon press releases."Adam Ragusea. "A critic sees "pro-government" bias in NPR's reporting, not a leftward lean.", March 15, 2016.weblink The NPR ombudsman has described how NPR's coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict has been simultaneously criticized as biased by both sides.Listeners Hear Same Israeli-Palestinian Coverage Differently; NPR Ombudsman; June 18, 2010 University of Texas journalism professor and author Robert Jensen has criticized NPR as taking a pro-war stance during coverage of Iraq war protests.Published Articles – 2003 {{webarchive|url= |date=October 7, 2011 }}; University of Texas, Robert JensenIn 2002 and 2003, surveys and follow-up focus groups conducted by the Tarrance Group and Lake Snell Perry & Associates have indicated that, "The majority of the U.S. adult population does not believe that the news and information programming on public broadcasting is biased. The plurality of Americans indicate that there is no apparent bias one way or the other, while approximately two-in-ten detect a liberal bias and approximately one-in-ten detect a conservative bias."WEB,weblink Public Perceptions of Public Broadcasting, 2011-10-26, bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink January 10, 2008, mdy-all, ; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; December 2003


    In a controversial act, NPR banned in 2009 the use of the word "torture" in the context of the Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation techniques."The still-growing NPR "torture" controversy" July 2, 2009 NPR's Ombudswoman Alicia Shepard's defense of the policy was that "calling waterboarding torture is tantamount to taking sides."Torturous Wording {{webarchive|url= |date=July 4, 2009 }} NPR (transcript) June 26, 2009 But 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."Calling a Spade a Spade: Use of the Word 'Torture'", KPCC June 26, 2009McQuaid, John."The semantics of torture" – Comment-is-free May 13, 2009. 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" â€“ 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."The NYT's nice, new euphemism for torture", June 6, 2009

    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 The New York Times during the 1990s, while others involved his conduct at NPR.WEB, Farhi, Paul,weblink NPR's top editor placed on leave after accusations of sexual harassment, The Washington Post, October 31, 2017, 2017-11-01, After a report on the Times accusations was published in The Washington Post, NPR put Oreskes on administrative leave, and the following day his resignation was requested.WEB, Folkenflik, David,weblink NPR's Head Of News Placed On Leave After Past Harassment Allegations Surface, October 31, 2017, NPR, 1 November 2017, WEB, Stelter, Brian, Smith, Aaron,weblink Top NPR editor resigns amid allegations of harassment, CNN, November 1, 2017, November 1, 2017, WEB, Farhi, Paul,weblink Michael Oreskes, top NPR newsroom official, resigns amid harassment allegations, The Washington Post, 2017-11-01, 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.NEWS,weblink At NPR, Oreskes harassment scandal leaves deep wounds, Stelter, Brian, CNNMoney, 2017-11-02,

    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 a Philadelphia Police officer. They cancelled airing them after the Fraternal Order of Police and members of the U.S. Congress objected.NEWS
    , Judge Dismisses Inmate's Suit Against NPR
    , The Washington Post
    , August 22, 1997,

    Juan Williams comments

    On October 20, 2010, NPR terminated Senior News Analyst Juan Williams's independent contractNEWS
    , Update: NPR exec says Juan Williams crossed the line before
    , Stanglin
    , Doug
    , October 21, 2010
    , October 21, 2010
    , USA Today, over a series of incidents culminating in remarks he made on the Fox News Channel regarding Muslims.

    Ronald Schiller comments

    In March 2011, conservative political activist and provocateur James O'Keefe sent partners Simon Templar (a pen name) and Shaughn AdeleyeNEWS, Politico (newspaper), Politico,weblink March 8, 2011, NPR exec: tea party is 'scary,' 'racist', Keach, Hagey, 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", 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.NEWS, Mark Memmott, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resigns, NPR, March 9, 2011, March 9, 2011,weblink

    July 4th 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.WEB,weblink The Declaration Of Independence, 240 Years Later,, 2017-07-05, In 2017 it began using 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,WEB,weblink Some Trump supporters thought NPR tweeted 'propaganda.' It was the Declaration of Independence., Washington Post, 2017-07-05, condoning violenceNEWS,weblink NPR tweets the Declaration of Independence, and people freak out about a 'revolution', kansascity, 2017-07-05, en, and calling for revolution.NEWS,weblink NPR Tweets Declaration Of Independence, Triggers Outrage, Talking Points Memo, 2017-07-05, en-US, WEB,weblink No, NPR was not trying to start a revolution, CNN, Nancy Coleman, CNN, 2017-07-05,

    Accusations of Hindu phobia

    NPR has been accused of a negative coverage of Hinduism in India and biased reporting about Hindu nationalism. NPR's India producer based in Delhi was forced to resign from her job following a backlash over a tweet in which she called Hindus as "piss drinking and dung worshipping" and that they should "give up Hinduism". NEWS,weblink NPR Producer Slammed For "Hinduphobia" Tweet, Forced To Resign, International Business Times, September 12, 2019, 2019-09-12, NEWS,weblink US radio producer forced to quit after anti-Hindu slur, Times of India, September 12, 2019, 2019-09-12,


    Source:WEB,weblink FolkLib Index -Music Reference Books by National Public Radio (NPR),, 11 May 2017,
    • The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection by Ted Libbey (1994) {{ISBN|156305051X}}
    • The NPR Classical Music Companion: An Essential Guide for Enlightened Listening by Miles Hoffman (1997) {{ISBN|0618619453}}
    • The NPR Classical Music Companion: Terms and Concepts from A to Z by Miles Hoffman (1997) {{ISBN|0395707420}}
    • The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music by Tim Smith (2002) {{ISBN|0399527958}}
    • The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Jazz by Loren Schoenberg (2002) {{ISBN|039952794X}}
    • The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Opera by William Berger (2002) {{ISBN|0399527435}}
    • The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Popular Standards by Max Morath (2002) {{ISBN|0399527443}}
    • The NPR Curious Listener's Guide To American Folk Music by Kip Lornell (2004) {{ISBN|0399530339}}
    • The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to World Music by Chris Nickson (2004) {{ISBN|0399530320}}
    • The NPR Curious Listener's Guide To Blues by David Evans (2005) {{ISBN|039953072X}}
    • The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Celtic Music by Fiona Ritchie (2005) {{ISBN|0399530711}}
    • The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music by Ted Libbey (2006) {{ISBN|0761120726}}

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