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Dear Friends,

Houseplants!  When 1A host Joshua Johnson announced the subject for the hour was “The Perks and Perils of Plant Parenthood,” at the start of the program last week, I will admit to being surprised.

But what a great hour of radio! I couldn’t pull myself away from the conversation.  I later reflected that the hour continued the heritage established in 1971 when KUNC and a few other stations across the country aired the initial broadcast of All Things Considered.  Founder Bill Siemering ‘s vision then was for a program that would be engaging, creative, and conversational, that would 'reflect the diversity of America and let the country hear itself.'

Now decades later, I hear KUNC and NPR continuing that tradition.  Yes, we focus on critical issues.  And I will admit there are days the news can leave us fatigued and wanting to avoid the turmoil around us.  There are moments it is tempting to tune out, to turn off.

But the guiding principles established by Mr. Siemering and his colleagues continue to motivate us today.  By focusing on bringing light instead of heat to the story, valuing quality over quantity, and depth over surface, I believe KUNC and NPR provide a refuge from news fatigue.

We are committed to being a trusted source of information about issues we all need to understand as citizens.  But we are also committed to taking those moments to take time to listen to each other in unusual ways that will bring a smile to our lips.  And yes, engage in a conversation about houseplants!

Warm Regards,

Neil Best 
President & CEO