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2011-12-06 08:54:16 PM  
One of these days I'm going to pledge thousands of dollars just to hang out with Torey "South Side" Malatia.
 
2011-12-06 09:11:40 PM  
The Diane Rehm one puts it over the top.
 
2011-12-06 10:51:36 PM  
All pretty accurate, except for Peter Sagal's hair.
 
2011-12-06 10:58:38 PM  
+1 on Terry Gross. Gosh how I love her laugh. How she looks != how I pictured her.
 
2011-12-06 11:01:16 PM  
He missed Sylvia Poggioli (who has the best name of any NPR correspondent).
 
2011-12-06 11:04:13 PM  
I
 
2011-12-06 11:04:37 PM  
In my mind, Carl Kassell looks like Pat Leahy, for some reason.
 
2011-12-06 11:06:54 PM  
Also, Peter Sagal looks nothing like how I imagine him. He looks like he's a mustache away from being Hercules Poirot.
 
2011-12-06 11:08:14 PM  
Was

JerseyTim: The Diane Rehm one puts it over the top.


I wish that they had included Mandalit del Barco, because there's an image of her in my head that I'd like to shake like a pair of big red maracas.
 
2011-12-06 11:13:53 PM  
What I have never been able to get over is how/why it is that so many NPR voices have speech imediments of one kind or another. Given that it is an exclusively audio medium, I would think that things like lisps, "L slurs", and the like would be deal-breakers from the get-go. For me, they just compound the vapidity of the NPR content into an unlistenable verification of the justice of radio's demise.

Tyrone Slothrop: He missed Sylvia Poggioli (who has the best name of any NPR correspondent).


Ofeibea Quist-Arcton would like a word with you.
 
2011-12-06 11:17:22 PM  
Who is Michelle Norris?

Nichelle (Knee shell) Norris I've heard.
 
2011-12-06 11:19:11 PM  
Came here for Lakshmi Singh and Kavitha Cardoza.
 
2011-12-06 11:19:41 PM  
That's the funniest thing I have seen all week, but I don't get out much
 
2011-12-06 11:20:06 PM  
That's exactly how I picture Michele Norris too.
 
2011-12-06 11:20:13 PM  
Came here for Knee Shell Norris, leaving satisfied.
 
2011-12-06 11:25:38 PM  
media.npr.org
Totally looks like:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2011-12-06 11:29:23 PM  

Balchinian:

Tyrone Slothrop: He missed Sylvia Poggioli (who has the best name of any NPR correspondent).

Ofeibea Quist-Arcton would like a word with you.


She hasn't been on NPR for a while, but how about Smita Prakash?

BTW, it's her disphonia that makes Diane Rehm sound like a little old lady.
 
2011-12-06 11:32:45 PM  
Ira Glass has the great distinction of being the only person who looks exactly the way I expected him to when I finally saw a picture of him.

Also, as far as NPR correspondents with awesome names go, I've always enjoyed Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson. The first two names sound exotic and foreign.....and then there's "Nelson". It makes me giggle.
 
2011-12-06 11:40:50 PM  
I don't listen to NPR, so this is lost on me. Gratz on all the hard work for an inside joke. Hey look, here's a joke you won't get, because you don't listen to NPR. Don't you feel dumb? If you want in on the joke, tune in and listen to people who sound like Mario and Luigi. Don't forget the guy who looks like a robot at 10 and the woman who drinks too much milk at 2. Yeah, that's inspiring.
 
2011-12-06 11:41:29 PM  

spamdog: Came here for Knee Shell Norris, leaving satisfied.


Good. Thanks, Bro. I've thought I was the only one who keeps hearing that.

BTW, She's on voluntary leave because her husband took a job with Obama's campaign.
 
2011-12-06 11:47:41 PM  
For some reason, I think all the female hosts on All Things Considered have huge hair.
 
2011-12-06 11:49:41 PM  
Every time I hear Me Shell Norris say her name I want to make a donation of knuckles to her face.
 
2011-12-06 11:53:15 PM  

foo monkey: I don't listen to NPR, so this is lost on me. Gratz on all the hard work for an inside joke. Hey look, here's a joke you won't get, because you don't listen to NPR. Don't you feel dumb? If you want in on the joke, tune in and listen to people who sound like Mario and Luigi. Don't forget the guy who looks like a robot at 10 and the woman who drinks too much milk at 2. Yeah, that's inspiring.


Obscure references on Fark!? What is the world coming to?
 
2011-12-07 12:00:00 AM  

Welfare Peanut Butter: Ira Glass has the great distinction of being the only person who looks exactly the way I expected him to when I finally saw a picture of him.


Looks like you're not the only one.

Actually, I asked someone who'd never seen Ira Glass what she thought he'd look like just a couple weeks ago. She was almost right -- got the Jew-y look, glasses, body type, etc. But she thought he'd be bald for some reason.
 
2011-12-07 12:01:10 AM  

foo monkey: I don't listen to NPR, so this is lost on me. Gratz on all the hard work for an inside joke. Hey look, here's a joke you won't get, because you don't listen to NPR. Don't you feel dumb? If you want in on the joke, tune in and listen to people who sound like Mario and Luigi. Don't forget the guy who looks like a robot at 10 and the woman who drinks too much milk at 2. Yeah, that's inspiring.


Are you seriously offended by the existence of a joke a large number of people understand but that you personally do not?

/It's ok to not like things.
//But don't be a dick about the things you don't like
 
2011-12-07 12:49:48 AM  
NPR has personalities?
 
2011-12-07 12:51:09 AM  
film.org.pl

I just assume they are all total babe magnets.
 
2011-12-07 12:53:30 AM  

JerseyTim: The Diane Rehm one puts it over the top.


I can't listen to that woman, I always imagined some million year old turtle that has a microphone that's on some sort of mobile mechanism that constantly moves away from her. Sucks because I would totally be into her show otherwise, I love it when someone fills in for her and I catch it..
 
2011-12-07 12:54:18 AM  
So Kasell talks like Moltar... or am I missing something?
 
2011-12-07 01:03:17 AM  

ranev700: Came here for Lakshmi Singh and Kavitha Cardoza.


Lakshmi Singh, that's the one I hear most mornings, and is missing from the list.

Perhaps because while her name is exotic, her voice is not.
 
2011-12-07 01:06:10 AM  
Apparently, my definition of "amusing" is much different than the the mods and subby.
 
2011-12-07 01:26:28 AM  

foo monkey: I don't listen to NPR, so this is lost on me. Gratz on all the hard work for an inside joke. Hey look, here's a joke you won't get, because you don't listen to NPR. Don't you feel dumb? If you want in on the joke, tune in and listen to people who sound like Mario and Luigi. Don't forget the guy who looks like a robot at 10 and the woman who drinks too much milk at 2. Yeah, that's inspiring.


Or, instead of whining like a little baby, you could tune into them and see why the artist pictured the announcers this way.
 
2011-12-07 01:31:43 AM  

galactus5000: foo monkey: I don't listen to NPR, so this is lost on me. Gratz on all the hard work for an inside joke. Hey look, here's a joke you won't get, because you don't listen to NPR. Don't you feel dumb? If you want in on the joke, tune in and listen to people who sound like Mario and Luigi. Don't forget the guy who looks like a robot at 10 and the woman who drinks too much milk at 2. Yeah, that's inspiring.

Or, instead of whining like a little baby, you could tune into them and see why the artist pictured the announcers this way.


Don't forget your PBR.
 
2011-12-07 01:33:03 AM  

Gough:
BTW, it's her disphonia that makes Diane Rehm sound like a little old lady.



Yeah, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that being 75 doesn't exactly help on that account either.
 
2011-12-07 01:33:56 AM  

Balchinian: What I have never been able to get over is how/why it is that so many NPR voices have speech imediments of one kind or another. Given that it is an exclusively audio medium, I would think that things like lisps, "L slurs", and the like would be deal-breakers from the get-go. For me, they just compound the vapidity of the NPR content into an unlistenable verification of the justice of radio's demise.


From some personal experience, when someone has a speech impediment of some sort, they tend to be incredibly careful about how they speak. I had a minor one for years that I got rid of with much work and time. What that experience does is help you do something that is necessary for radio: speak clearly, speak with a minimum amount of "um" and "uh," and think about what you're saying before you say it. I would not be surprised if the best radio people across the country all had some form of speech impediment at some point.

As far as their vapidity, I disagree. At least the content is normally there, when they aren't talking about the secret mating life of earthworms.
 
2011-12-07 01:34:38 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: He missed Sylvia Poggioli (who has the best name of any NPR correspondent).


I have climaxed many times up on hearing the names and the voices.

I'm also in love with Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, and many many others.
 
2011-12-07 01:39:43 AM  

RoyBatty: Tyrone Slothrop: He missed Sylvia Poggioli (who has the best name of any NPR correspondent).

I have climaxed many times up on hearing the names and the voices.

I'm also in love with Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, and many many others.


We had a local lady on the radio whose voice was quite possibly the most beautiful, sexiest thing I'd ever heard. I said, no, she cannot have the radio voice/toilet face problem, this woman must actually be a goddess through and through. I finally said her on a local access interview a few years later and was seriously crushed.

For a cool story bro moment, I used to answer the phones at local business here. Had a lady come in once and meet me and say, "Awwwwwwww.. Your voice was really sexy. That's disappointing." So I _think_ I know how radio people feel. :D
 
2011-12-07 02:17:33 AM  
Used to work across the street from NPR in DC.

Back before the Internet, Robert Siegel gave me a list of Olympic 3-letter nation abbreviations for a corporate network app I was writing. I just called him up, explained what I was looking for (he had talked about the topic of abbreviating country names on his show that day) and he said, "Come on over." It was strange meeting a guy whose voice I knew but didn't know the face. Great fellow. Huge, Santa Claus-like beard (except it was red and gray).
 
2011-12-07 02:23:34 AM  
I thought meechele norris was hot, and ira glass was 31. so disappointed.
 
2011-12-07 02:43:59 AM  
Click and Clack are hilarious

/the picture
//Car Talk is the polar opposite of hilarious
///it's always there at 9 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, waiting to suck
 
2011-12-07 04:11:35 AM  
I wanted to see Peter Overby and Shcott Shimon.
 
2011-12-07 04:19:04 AM  
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton would like a word with you.

Came here to say this. That and "Diwali Sy Kow-Tow". I'm kind of in love with that name, though I'm sure I did not spell it correctly.

I don't listen to NPR, so this is lost on me. Gratz on all the hard work for an inside joke. Hey look, here's a joke you won't get, because you don't listen to NPR. Don't you feel dumb? If you want in on the joke, tune in and listen to people who sound like Mario and Luigi. Don't forget the guy who looks like a robot at 10 and the woman who drinks too much milk at 2. Yeah, that's inspiring.

You sound butthurt.

/listens 24/7
 
2011-12-07 05:58:52 AM  

Alphax: ranev700: Came here for Lakshmi Singh and Kavitha Cardoza.

Lakshmi Singh, that's the one I hear most mornings, and is missing from the list.


This.


Also, for Garrison Keillor we would have accepted a walrus, a blue whale or a sketch of Garrison Keillor's actual face.
 
2011-12-07 06:09:16 AM  
I was surprised when I first heard Krista Tippett, then saw that she's a redhead.
 
2011-12-07 06:35:23 AM  
all these guys exaggerate calm-talking until they sound like tards
 
2011-12-07 06:45:28 AM  

mongbiohazard: Gough:
BTW, it's her disphonia that makes Diane Rehm sound like a little old lady.


Yeah, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that being 75 doesn't exactly help on that account either.


I can't stand to listen to her, its like a never ending death rattle.
 
2011-12-07 06:53:12 AM  

netringer: Who is Michelle Norris?

Nichelle (Knee shell) Norris I've heard.


It is spelled "Michelle", but pronounced 'Me-Shell', though I do wonder what Ms. Norris
would look like in a red velour minidress.

Gough: Balchinian:

Tyrone Slothrop: He missed Sylvia Poggioli (who has the best name of any NPR correspondent).

Ofeibea Quist-Arcton would like a word with you.

She hasn't been on NPR for a while, but how about Smita Prakash?

BTW, it's her disphonia that makes Diane Rehm sound like a little old lady.


Ms. Quist-Arcton is still working for NPR (I heard a report from her a couple of days
ago), but Snigdha Prakash is not (I think she's with Marketplace, which contrary to
what people think is not an NPR production).

/Knows far too much about the comings and goings of NPR reporters
 
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2011-12-07 06:55:27 AM  

foo monkey: I don't listen to NPR, so this is lost on me. Gratz on all the hard work for an inside joke. Hey look, here's a joke you won't get, because you don't listen to NPR. Don't you feel dumb? If you want in on the joke, tune in and listen to people who sound like Mario and Luigi. Don't forget the guy who looks like a robot at 10 and the woman who drinks too much milk at 2. Yeah, that's inspiring.


I think you'd like the "counterpoint" in this Onion article:
Link (new window)
 
2011-12-07 07:07:18 AM  

Burr: mongbiohazard: Gough:
BTW, it's her disphonia that makes Diane Rehm sound like a little old lady.


Yeah, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that being 75 doesn't exactly help on that account either.

I can't stand to listen to her, its like a never ending death rattle.


^This!^ I'm sure I'll hear one day that she has died while on the air and I'll be sad beacause, as someone said earlier, she has a good show when someone else is hosting.
 
2011-12-07 07:29:32 AM  
Diane Rehm is kind of GILF-y. Here's a link to a GIS of her:
Link (new window)

The reason her voice sounds the way it does is because she has spasmodic disphonia. She has to get botox injected in her vocal cords because of it. DMC from Run-DMC also has spasmodic disphonia. If you heard him recently, that explains why he always sounds like he's crying.
 
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