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4 days ago  
Well, feel like an adult anyway
 
4 days ago  
I miss their Morning Crew.  Zany pranks and whatnot.  When the phone rang at 4 am (7 am back east) I just didn't know what to expect.
 
4 days ago  
Kenneth Tomlinson took a MASSIVE dump ALL OVER the place, and the turds are STILL THERE.  Ever since then it's made me feel shiatty.  If I need to take a dump, I'll dial in a little Kai Rhysdal Friday morning business limerick.  That one's still a real mood setter.
 
4 days ago  
I started listening to All Things Considered off and on when I was in High School. So they had been on the air about 6 or 7 years.

But I was a news junkie as a teenager anyway. I'm probably the only person in my high school that was angry at NBC for cancelling Weekend (which didn't really run on a schedule) and putting on Saturday Night Live. But I also had a crush on Linda Ellerbee.

I also listened to a lot of "all news" radio when it was mostly actual news and not talk shows. I can only imagine that those news readers heard the damn teletype recordings in their sleep.

One of my favorite ATC things was an April 1 story about a cheese miner's strike in Wisconsin. I was only half listening at first because I was working on a wood-working project for my parents and I stopped.to listen, because it was so absurd. It took me a couple of minutes to realize what the date was.

Another more recent actual story (still several years ago) was classical musicians just doing the finales to all kinds of pieces and it was both smart and funny.
 
4 days ago  
I like to mention that "I heard this on NPR" frequently in regular conversations to show that I am an interesting and worldy person.
 
4 days ago  
How NPR changed the world with sleepytime lullaby voices despite like 2% of the population listening to it and most people not knowing what the fark it is
 
4 days ago  

Unobtanium: One of my favorite ATC things was an April 1 story about a cheese miner's strike in Wisconsin.


Jesus christ this sounds like a farking parody of NPR
 
4 days ago  
Another way to reflect:

NPR has now been around for about half the time that radio has been available to the public.
 
4 days ago  
BABA BOOEY!  BABA BOOEY!  HOWARD STERN'S PENIS!
 
4 days ago  

Billy Liar: I miss their Morning Crew.  Zany pranks and whatnot.  When the phone rang at 4 am (7 am back east) I just didn't know what to expect.


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4 days ago  

moothemagiccow: How NPR changed the world with sleepytime lullaby voices despite like 2% of the population listening to it and most people not knowing what the fark it is


It's college radio for leftists who aren't in college anymore (the best 10 years of their lives).

It's also a place where snow-white reporters brought up in the Connecticut suburbs use a Spanish accent wherever possible.
 
4 days ago  
Each time a media company becomes overly biased towards one side of politics or any belief, journalism dies even more. CNN - Leftist, Fox - Rightist where are the neutral news companies?
 
4 days ago  
I thought it was a 100.........
 
4 days ago  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: moothemagiccow: How NPR changed the world with sleepytime lullaby voices despite like 2% of the population listening to it and most people not knowing what the fark it is

It's college radio for leftists who aren't in college anymore (the best 10 years of their lives).

It's also a place where snow-white reporters brought up in the Connecticut suburbs use a Spanish accent wherever possible.


lol "leftists"
 
4 days ago  

genner: I thought it was a 100.........


It's prematurely gray.
 
4 days ago  
I've been listening every day since 1978.  In my opinion, there's no better source for straight-up just-the-facts news compiled by consummate professionals.
 
4 days ago  

El Borscht: sex_and_drugs_for_ian: moothemagiccow: How NPR changed the world with sleepytime lullaby voices despite like 2% of the population listening to it and most people not knowing what the fark it is

It's college radio for leftists who aren't in college anymore (the best 10 years of their lives).

It's also a place where snow-white reporters brought up in the Connecticut suburbs use a Spanish accent wherever possible.

lol "leftists"


lol
 
4 days ago  
It's always a quiet week out here in Lake Wobegon...
 
4 days ago  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: El Borscht: sex_and_drugs_for_ian: moothemagiccow: How NPR changed the world with sleepytime lullaby voices despite like 2% of the population listening to it and most people not knowing what the fark it is

It's college radio for leftists who aren't in college anymore (the best 10 years of their lives).

It's also a place where snow-white reporters brought up in the Connecticut suburbs use a Spanish accent wherever possible.

lol "leftists"

lol

lol
 
4 days ago  

czei: I've been listening every day since 1978.  In my opinion, there's no better source for straight-up just-the-facts news compiled by consummate professionals.


Have them replay the coverage of iron Lisa and the arsenic based life from mono lake.
 
4 days ago  
Ah yes, Nice Polite Republicans.

/npr had a decent run but they're the bsab'ers that the moderates around here project upon the progressive-left
//some state prs are still excellent.. wisconsin public radio is, for example. but the nat'l stuff is cspan'y 'both sides'
 
4 days ago  

AmbassadorBooze: czei: I've been listening every day since 1978.  In my opinion, there's no better source for straight-up just-the-facts news compiled by consummate professionals.

Have them replay the coverage of iron Lisa and the arsenic based life from mono lake.


NPR accurately reported the original published research, and then followed up with reporting on subsequent papers refuting the original findings. It's normal for research to be published that later turns out to be wrong; that's how science works.
 
4 days ago  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: It's college radio for leftists who aren't in college anymore (the best 10 years of their lives).


i'm not most people, i know what NPR is. go listen to the schwetty balls hour or whatever the fark
 
4 days ago  
I awoke on a Murphy bed
To the theme of Morning Edition
In a studio apartment in Bellingham
The morning it was announced
John Denver had been killed.

Since then,
I have resented
and mistrusted
NPR.

And don't get me started on
When they fired Bob Edwards.
 
4 days ago  

moothemagiccow: go listen to the schwetty balls hour or whatever the fark


The Schwetty Balls Hour may be low brow, but it keeps the lights on.
 
4 days ago  

GreenSun: CNN - Leftist


This might be the funniest joke I've heard all day.
 
4 days ago  

Billy Liar: I miss their Morning Crew.  Zany pranks and whatnot.  When the phone rang at 4 am (7 am back east) I just didn't know what to expect.


Not sure if NPR ever had a morning "zoo crew" show, but the absence of one is precisely the reason I started listening to NPR in the first place.

When I first had a commute at around 7-8 AM I'd want to hear precisely one of two things: good music, or the news. After awhile I was too lazy to pick my own music every day, so I turned on the radio and discovered that just about every station was playing some version of their stupid morning show. After determining that I'd rather take a power drill to my eardrums than listen to that crap I started tuning into NPR, where they'd at least be covering the news of the day. It's been my go-to car entertainment ever since, at least for short trips.

//Unless they're playing Prairie Home Companion
/Or it's pledge drive season, in which case I'll usually take a 2-3 week break
 
4 days ago  
When I moved to the US, NPR was a quiet revelation. It's an excellent service and a great counterbalance to the commercial broadcasters.
 
4 days ago  

gameshowhost: Ah yes, Nice Polite Republicans.

/npr had a decent run but they're the bsab'ers that the moderates around here project upon the progressive-left
//some state prs are still excellent.. wisconsin public radio is, for example. but the nat'l stuff is cspan'y 'both sides'


The libbiest radio station to ever lib and also the secret Republican radio network.

Insteresting dynamic everytime NPR comes around.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
Personally, I really miss the Diane Rehm show. Her spasmodic disphonia made her sound 30 or 40 years older than she was.

Her show was the one time I remember listening to a debate where I thought both sides listened to the other and were genuine in their beliefs without ill will to the opposite side. It was a debate about whether gay couples should have children. I'm firmly on the yes-of-course-they-should-have-kids side, but came out of the discussion with goodwill towards both panelists.
 
4 days ago  
and sadly, it has become just another propaganda organ.
 
4 days ago  
Morning Edition did some story or other about Ethel Merman one morning and when it was time for the regular station ID break, Steve Inskeep went,"This... is Merman Edition"

I busted up laughing.
 
4 days ago  

czei: AmbassadorBooze: czei: I've been listening every day since 1978.  In my opinion, there's no better source for straight-up just-the-facts news compiled by consummate professionals.

Have them replay the coverage of iron Lisa and the arsenic based life from mono lake.

NPR accurately reported the original published research, and then followed up with reporting on subsequent papers refuting the original findings. It's normal for research to be published that later turns out to be wrong; that's how science works.


You stated it as "just-the-facts".  Except those were not the facts.  Unless facts are dependent in what people say are the facts, versus what are actually the facts.

Also at the time, there were objections to to the " facts" but NPR went with the sensationalism without asking iron Lisa about the objections.  It wasn't a scientific consensus to be sensationally wrong.

Just like the phosphene announcement a few months ago.
 
4 days ago  
Baton Rouge has a strong NPR presence, which I assume was mainly helped by having LSU locally. I loved listening to Car Talk on Saturday morning. I used to think it was aired live and became upset when the station changed the time slot.

https://www.lsureveille.com/lsu-talen​t​s-showcased-on-local-npr-station/artic​le_254972e3-d43d-5863-96eb-714ef09b861​6.html
 
3 days ago  

I just lurk here: Morning Edition did some story or other about Ethel Merman one morning and when it was time for the regular station ID break, Steve Inskeep went,"This... is Merman Edition"

I busted up laughing.


Then they fired him for being whimsical.
 
3 days ago  
College radio and NPR are pretty much the only things worth listening to on terrestrial radio.
And NPR.. well, they rarely have the sense of humor that they think they do.

Which is fine.

And a hell of a lot better than the right wing not job programs that are 50% commercials based on fear, gold, real estate, boner pills and local roofers.

The people who complain about public radio being biased., well, you people are idiots, beyond help.

January 6th, NPR was broadcasting facts. Your local AM stations were already blaming "libruls" while the farking thing was still happening.

Why'nt ya'll go fark yourselves and let the rest of us who can string more than two or three words together (other than saying "ok lemme have a" at a farking drive through) run things for a while.

You'll be better off you abject morons.

And maybe, just maybe, if you stopped listening to reruns of Rush and tuned into the odd public radio program, you might lift yourselves of of the stupid in which you're determined to be mired.

Assholes.
 
3 days ago  

gameshowhost: Ah yes, Nice Polite Republicans.

/npr had a decent run but they're the bsab'ers that the moderates around here project upon the progressive-left
//some state prs are still excellent.. wisconsin public radio is, for example. but the nat'l stuff is cspan'y 'both sides'


Yep.  Pick a side and stick to it dammit!
 
3 days ago  

moothemagiccow: How NPR changed the world with sleepytime lullaby voices despite like 2% of the population listening to it and most people not knowing what the fark it is


Awwww sparky,

Your ignorance is so cute.

https://www.niemanlab.org/2020/08/rad​i​o-listening-has-plummeted-npr-is-reach​ing-a-bigger-audience-than-ever-what-g​ives/
 
3 days ago  

czei: AmbassadorBooze: czei: I've been listening every day since 1978.  In my opinion, there's no better source for straight-up just-the-facts news compiled by consummate professionals.

Have them replay the coverage of iron Lisa and the arsenic based life from mono lake.

NPR accurately reported the original published research, and then followed up with reporting on subsequent papers refuting the original findings. It's normal for research to be published that later turns out to be wrong; that's how science works.


But Fauci said in early 2020 we shouldn't wear masks. /s
 
3 days ago  

AppleOptionEsc: gameshowhost: Ah yes, Nice Polite Republicans.

/npr had a decent run but they're the bsab'ers that the moderates around here project upon the progressive-left
//some state prs are still excellent.. wisconsin public radio is, for example. but the nat'l stuff is cspan'y 'both sides'

The libbiest radio station to ever lib and also the secret Republican radio network.

Insteresting dynamic everytime NPR comes around.


That would make sense if I ever referred to NPR as some bastion of liberalism.
 
3 days ago  
I still remember the almost shocking amount of disdain they had for the Bush Administration on 9/11.

I was like "whoa, can they ACT like that on air?"

Now it's Nice Polite Republicans.   Jonah Goldberg will be weighing in on how both sides are bad, but "the left" is worse.
 
3 days ago  

whidbey: I still remember the almost shocking amount of disdain they had for the Bush Administration on 9/11.

I was like "whoa, can they ACT like that on air?"

Now it's Nice Polite Republicans.   Jonah Goldberg will be weighing in on how both sides are bad, but "the left" is worse.


yep
 
3 days ago  

czei: I've been listening every day since 1978.  In my opinion, there's no better source for straight-up just-the-facts news compiled by consummate professionals.


for example, the consummate professional who wrote this straight-up just-the-facts book:

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/amirite
 
3 days ago  

gameshowhost: Ah yes, Nice Polite Republicans.

/npr had a decent run but they're the bsab'ers that the moderates around here project upon the progressive-left
//some state prs are still excellent.. wisconsin public radio is, for example. but the nat'l stuff is cspan'y 'both sides'


Leslie Sends Out a Bat Signal - Parks and Recreation
Youtube DAjNoNUqs0Q
 
3 days ago  

gameshowhost: czei: I've been listening every day since 1978.  In my opinion, there's no better source for straight-up just-the-facts news compiled by consummate professionals.

for example, the consummate professional who wrote this straight-up just-the-facts book:


NPR interviewed someone you don't like?   I assume over their 50-year history they've interviewed lots of people I don't like.  How does that make them unprofessional?
 
3 days ago  

czei: gameshowhost: czei: I've been listening every day since 1978.  In my opinion, there's no better source for straight-up just-the-facts news compiled by consummate professionals.

for example, the consummate professional who wrote this straight-up just-the-facts book:

NPR interviewed someone you don't like?   I assume over their 50-year history they've interviewed lots of people I don't like.  How does that make them unprofessional?


Yes, right.... because Jonah Goldberg is just one rando NPR interview, and that this has anything to do with me liking or not liking something -- the guy is a bizarre propagandist who has no business being a repeated featured columnist/interviewer on NPR given "straight-up just-the-facts news compiled by consummate professionals".

WHAT A GOTCHA MOMENT LOL YOU REALLY NAILED ME TO THE WALL OOOOOHHHH OUCHIES
 
3 days ago  
If anyone listened to The News From Lake Wobegon on NPR's Prairie Home Companion, it was supposed to be this quiet life in the middle of nowhere America with quirky people doing quirky things.

However, the death rate was usually higher than most Stephen King novels. Keillor loved to kill off random background characters.

If I could sum up NPR's shows in one word, it would be quirky.
 
3 days ago  
I moved to NC from RI in 1984 and tuned to "Car Talk" every Saturday so I wouldn't forget how to speak Yankee.
 
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