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VIDEO: High Brow, Low Blow

Oct 13, 2014
Boy holding bat looks at Peter Sagal
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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.

VIDEO: Peter Sagal's Siri Secret

Oct 12, 2014

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.


VIDEO: Furry Is The Hand That Bribes

Oct 12, 2014
Three panelists and a big furry friend
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!

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?*

As hundreds of emails poured in complaining that NPR was ignoring the People's Climate March in New York Sept. 21, I wondered whether editors were trying to prove their conservative critics wrong about NPR being too liberal.

Three years ago KGOU and our other public media colleagues in Oklahoma started a project with NPR called StateImpact Oklahoma.

After countless web stories and nearly 150 broadcast reports, the project's digital guru Joe Wertz created this Google map with a pin from every broadcast story they've reported and traveled to over the past 36 months.

Differences in recent weeks over whether to post videos or photographs of the grisly beheadings by ISIS seem to have come down pretty strongly on the side against the postings. But what about the use of the word "beheading" itself in radio stories? Should there be an advance warning for listeners?

Internet comment sections seem by nature to breed both insightful musings and the foulest bile. Many readers and comment writers complain to us about their frustrations in trying to understand what rules, if any, lie behind how the comments are moderated. NPR, like many news organizations, constantly walks a tight-rope in trying to encourage both lively discussion and respect.

Scott Montgomery, NPR's managing editor of digital news, says there's no optimal comment moderation system out there:

The Ferguson story has moved off the streets and into the grand jury room, which is to say that there is a lull in the reporting in this otherwise emotive story.

The quiet is a good time to take stock of just how well NPR has done so far. The scores of emails that have come in from listeners over these past weeks have mostly dealt with the issues themselves coming out of Ferguson, and not focused on NPR's coverage. By itself, that says something: listeners have found no major problems with the coverage.

Open Forum

Sep 15, 2014

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