Sat October 20, 2012
This Is NPR

A Very Public (Radio) Halloween

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 8:41 am


It's fall y'all! No tricks here, just treats: check out these NPR-themed stencils to inspire your pumpkin carving.

If you use these templates to carve a pumpkin or if public radio otherwise inspires your Halloween celebrations, email a picture to We'll post the collection here and on our Facebook page on Halloween.

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Tue October 9, 2012
The Two-Way

NPR Names New Executive Editor

Madhulika Sikka.
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Madhulika Sikka, who has been Morning Edition's executive producer since joining NPR six years ago, will become the organization's executive editor in January.

In announcing the promotion this morning, NPR Senior Vice President for News Margaret Low Smith lauded Sikka's work at Morning Edition, saying she "brought real vision" to the show and that it has "evolved into a more interesting and relevant program" under her leadership.

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Sat October 6, 2012
NPR Ombudsman

That's 'Mister' To You, Buddy

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 3:15 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign rally on Oct. 5 in Abingdon, Va.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

What's in a title? Political suspicions, for one thing.

"I hear NPR's correspondents refer to President Obama as 'President Obama' or 'the president' all the time," wrote Christopher Kluth, of Wauwatosa, Wis., "yet when it comes to former Governor Mitt Romney, NPR's correspondents refer to the former governor as simply 'Mitt Romney' or 'Romney'. I consider the contrast in the two approaches disrespectful, unprofessional, and, actually, evidence of partisan bias."

Lois Callahan-Moore from Fairhaven, Mass., heard different titles and suspected a different bias.

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Wed August 1, 2012
Participation Nation

(W)E Pluribus Unum

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 10:58 am

With your help, NPR is writing a story across America. About the good things that Americans are doing.

You already know that our country is split by political partisanship, socioeconomic disparities, religious differences, geographical inequities and other factors.

Surely you have noticed: We are living in disunited states.

Sometimes it's hard to focus on the ways we work together, the similarities among us.

So that is what we will try to write about. Together.

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Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

NPR Taps Lobbying Firm To Help Make Case On Public Funding

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 3:47 pm

Our colleague David Folkenflik reports for the Newscast Desk that:

"NPR has hired an outside lobbying firm to help make its case with lawmakers on Capitol Hill as some House Republicans seek to make deep funding cuts to public broadcasting.

"Recent disclosure forms show NPR has paid $10,000 to Navigators Global, a firm founded by Republican political figures including strategist and pundit Mike Murphy.

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