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6:45 am
Thu November 6, 2014

The Man Behind The 'Morning Edition' Theme Music. Also, Lyrics!

BJ Leiderman is the composer of the theme music heard on NPR's Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
Courtesy of Cole Rian: Jen Haynes & Mel Wils

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 1:26 pm

Morning Edition is celebrating its 35th anniversary this week.

Over the years, many stories, voices and sounds have come and gone on the show. But there has remained one constant — our theme music.

The Morning Edition theme was written by BJ Leiderman in 1979. At the time, he was a struggling college student who wrote jingles on the side. He gave a demo tape of his music to a friend who worked at NPR.

On that tape was one little musical phrase that eventually became the Morning Edition theme music.

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This is NPR
8:06 am
Wed November 5, 2014

'Morning Edition' Celebrates 35 Years With A Trip Down Memory Lane

Bob Edwards was the host of Morning Edition from its 1979 inception until 2004.
Max Hirshfeld NPR

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 1:32 pm

On this day in 1979, Morning Edition broadcast its first show, bringing a new style of storytelling to the early-drive-time airwaves.

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In Remembrance
1:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Remembering Tom Magliozzi, Beloved Tappet Brother

Richard Howard

Tom Magliozzi who, along with his brother Ray, hosted NPR’s hit comedy show Car Talk for the last 37 years, died Monday morning, November 3, 2014, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. “Turns out he wasn’t kidding,” said Ray. “He really couldn’t remember last week’s puzzler.”

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NPR Ombudsman
3:55 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Changing Field: A New Guideline On What To Call That Washington Football Team

Washington fans watch their team during the second half of an NFL football game against Arizona on Sunday.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 10:18 am

And so NPR is pulling back on using the name of the Washington football team after all.

Seven months after NPR editors officially declared that they would continue to use the team's name in news reports, Mark Memmott, the standards editor, issued this guidance to the newsroom Friday:

A Word About The Name Of Washington's Football Team

We have not changed it significantly, but we have added to our guidance on the name of Washington's NFL team. Here's an update:

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Membership Drive
11:01 am
Tue October 14, 2014

VIDEO: One Cat Typing

Ready for his close-up.
Credit Kerry Thompson / NPR

If a hundred monkeys banging away on typewriters could eventually come up with the works of Shakespeare, how long would it take one cat to write a joke?

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NPR Ombudsman
9:35 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Open Forum

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 9:02 am

You're invited to use this space to discuss media, policy and NPR's journalism. We'll follow the conversation and share it with the newsroom.

We have updated the format in order to keep the comments section open longer, at least until a new forum is posted next month. While we cannot respond to every comment, the ombudsman's staff reviews the Open Forum regularly. Please note that your comments here may be used in a future ombudsman post. As always, please be respectful of your fellow commentators.

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Membership Drive
1:47 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

VIDEO: High Brow, Low Blow

Batter up! Aksel Danforth with Peter Sagal
Credit Kerry Thompson / NPR

Ever wonder what Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! jokes sound like before they’re edited? Cheap trickery might save a joke, but it's no substitute for the genuine laughs Wait, Wait...  brings us every week.

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Membership Drive
2:35 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

VIDEO: Peter Sagal's Siri Secret

Siri joins the Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! team. But if artificial intelligence isn't what you're after, make a contribution for the good of humankind.


Membership Drive
9:45 am
Sun October 12, 2014

VIDEO: Furry Is The Hand That Bribes

What's going on outside Bill Kurtis's dressing room?
Credit Kerry Thompson / NPR

The Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! news quiz can be tough, but some panelists have figured out how to get an advantage. Seems it's all about the incentives....

Need an incentive to help pay for the programs that bring you enjoyment, enlightenment, and knowledge about what's going on in our world? We'll thank you with a small gift, a big smile and heartfelt gratitude!

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This Is NPR
2:07 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

NPR Asks Millennials To Report On Their Generation, From Outside The Box

Connect with NPR's Selena Simmons-Duffin on Twitter and Facebook.

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 5:06 pm

Let's be real, Millennials. The chatter surrounding our generation isn't always super flattering. Perhaps some of it is even a tiny bit unfair (haters gonna hate). The thing is: we control our legacy.

So, Millennials. Who are we? How do we identify ourselves and define our generation's culture? Where do we fit into this world and how are we reshaping it?*

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