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26th Jun '16 10:11:35 AM lledsmar
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* ''WTF with Marc Maron'' -- A radio adaptation of comedian Marc Maron's popular interview podcast, currently being aired by many NPR affiliates via Public Radio Exchange (PRX) on a trial basis, and consisting largely of anthologies of previously released podcast content (some of the newer episodes occasionally find their way in as well) along with content exclusive to NPR. Of course as is par for a podcast like this, [[EditedForSyndication profanity is removed]] so it can be aired on the radio.

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* ''WTF with Marc Maron'' -- A radio adaptation of comedian Marc Maron's popular interview podcast, currently being aired by many NPR affiliates via Public Radio Exchange (PRX) on a trial basis, and consisting largely of anthologies of previously released podcast content (some of the newer episodes occasionally find their way in as well) along with content exclusive to NPR. Of course as is par for a podcast like this, [[EditedForSyndication profanity is removed]] so it can be aired on the radio.


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* ''Radio/AllThingsConsidered''
2nd May '16 2:54:45 PM missmoon
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* ''Fresh Air'' -- A long-running interview show hosted by Terry Gross, produced by UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}'s NPR affiliate WHYY. Gross presents new interviews Monday through Thursday and a RecapEpisode on Fridays, presented by David Bianculli or Dave Davies. The interviews usually air for 50 minutes, with the last five to ten given to movie and music reviews and local news. The interviews are generally incisive and engaging, and occasionally get a bit ''too'' interesting, like the time that [[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]] informed Terry Gross that if she wanted to "welcome me with open arms, you'll have to welcome me with open legs." Or that time when BillOReilly walked out of his interview in a huff. It now has, of all things, a very active [[http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/ Tumblr]] account run by producer Melody Kramer.

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* ''Fresh Air'' -- A long-running interview show hosted by Terry Gross, produced by UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}'s NPR affiliate WHYY. Gross presents new interviews Monday through Thursday and a RecapEpisode on Fridays, presented by David Bianculli or Dave Davies. The interviews usually air for 50 minutes, with the last five to ten given to movie and music reviews and local news. The interviews are generally incisive and engaging, and occasionally get a bit ''too'' interesting, like the time that [[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]] informed Terry Gross that if she wanted to "welcome me with open arms, you'll have to welcome me with open legs." Or that time when BillOReilly walked out of his interview in a huff. It now has, of all things, a very active [[http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/ Tumblr]] account run by producer Melody Kramer.Molly Seavy-Nesper.
21st Nov '15 4:54:06 PM CaptainCrawdad
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NPR's style has been famously described by [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] as "smooth and smarmy". It sharply contrasts with the frantic style of commercial all-news stations (traffic every ten minutes!) and [[LargeHamRadio the loudmouths]] of commercial talk radio. Politically, NPR is also a sharp liberal contrast to the predominantly conservative commercial talkers.[[note]]Although a quick look at places like the [=DailyKos=] website will tell you a number of liberals don't think NPR is all ''that'' liberal these days. that say its initials mean '' '''N'''ice, '''P'''olite '''R'''epublican.''[[/note]] Its most popular programs are the daily morning and evening news shows, ''Morning Edition'' and ''All Things Considered''; many stations fill the intervening time with other news and talk programs of local or regional interest, though some air music (mostly symphonic, opera and jazz; though KCRW's ''Weekend Becomes Eclectic'' is considered the premier indie music showcase in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, while in UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}, that city's WUWM goes mainly with folk and indie rock for their evening schedule). Late nights either universally consist of either a music format or the Creator/{{BBC}}'s World Service.

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NPR's style has been famously described by [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] as "smooth and smarmy". It sharply contrasts with the frantic style of commercial all-news stations (traffic every ten minutes!) and [[LargeHamRadio the loudmouths]] of commercial talk radio. Politically, NPR is also has a sharp reputation for a liberal contrast to the predominantly conservative commercial talkers.[[note]]Although a quick look at places like the [=DailyKos=] website will tell you a number of liberals don't think NPR is all ''that'' liberal these days. bend, but that say its initials mean '' '''N'''ice, '''P'''olite '''R'''epublican.''[[/note]] analysis is disputed. Its most popular programs are the daily morning and evening news shows, ''Morning Edition'' and ''All Things Considered''; many stations fill the intervening time with other news and talk programs of local or regional interest, though some air music (mostly symphonic, opera and jazz; though KCRW's ''Weekend Becomes Eclectic'' is considered the premier indie music showcase in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, while in UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}, that city's WUWM goes mainly with folk and indie rock for their evening schedule). Late nights either universally consist of either a music format or the Creator/{{BBC}}'s World Service.



* ''Fresh Air'' -- A long-running interview show hosted by Terry Gross, produced by UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}'s NPR affiliate WHYY. Gross presents new interviews Monday through Thursday and a RecapEpisode on Fridays, presented by David Bianculli or Dave Davies. The interviews usually air for 50 minutes, with the last five to ten given to movie and music reviews and local news. The interviews are generally incisive and engaging, and occasionally get a bit ''too'' interesting, like the time that [[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]] informed Terry Gross that if she wanted to "welcome me with open arms, you'll have to welcome me with open legs." Or that time when BillOReilly walked out of his interview in a huff...
** Now has, of all things, a very active [[http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/ Tumblr]] account run by producer Melody Kramer.

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* ''Fresh Air'' -- A long-running interview show hosted by Terry Gross, produced by UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}'s NPR affiliate WHYY. Gross presents new interviews Monday through Thursday and a RecapEpisode on Fridays, presented by David Bianculli or Dave Davies. The interviews usually air for 50 minutes, with the last five to ten given to movie and music reviews and local news. The interviews are generally incisive and engaging, and occasionally get a bit ''too'' interesting, like the time that [[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]] informed Terry Gross that if she wanted to "welcome me with open arms, you'll have to welcome me with open legs." Or that time when BillOReilly walked out of his interview in a huff...
** Now
huff. It now has, of all things, a very active [[http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/ Tumblr]] account run by producer Melody Kramer.
14th Nov '15 12:30:04 PM RA0808
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* Several programs originated from the Creator/{{CBC}} and sydicated by PRI:
** ''Radio/TheVinylCafe'', a variety show hosted featuring up-and-coming Canadian bands as well as monologues and stories from host Stuart [=McLean=]
** ''q'', a music and culture show featuring interviews and live performances hosted by Canadian rapper Shad.
28th Sep '15 7:02:36 PM karstovich2
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* ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife'' -- An award-winning documentary series hosted by Ira Glass. Each week's show examines a particular theme, and then tells several non-fiction stories pertaining to that theme. As stated earlier, it's not actually produced by NPR, but by UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Public Radio, and distributed by Public Radio International. Was successful enough to get a SoundToScreenAdaptation on Creator/{{Showtime}}; it was cancelled, but not because of low ratings--the ''TAL'' team came to realize they just couldn't do both a TV show and a radio show at the same time. Several live shows have been done, including, more recently, live digital broadcasts to movie theaters.

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* ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife'' -- An award-winning documentary series hosted by Ira Glass. Each week's show examines a particular theme, and then tells several non-fiction stories pertaining to that theme. As stated earlier, it's not actually produced by NPR, but by UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Public Radio, and distributed by Public Radio International. Was successful enough to get a SoundToScreenAdaptation on Creator/{{Showtime}}; it was cancelled, but not because of low ratings--the ''TAL'' team came to realize they just couldn't do both a TV show and a radio show at the same time. Several live shows have been done, including, more recently, live digital broadcasts to movie theaters. They have since spawned a podcast-only {{spinoff}} in the form of the insanely-successful ''Podcast/{{Serial}}''.
22nd Aug '15 12:27:16 PM StarSword
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Notable programs:
[[index]]
* ''All Things Considered'' -- Arguably the signature program and began on May 3, 1971, about a month after NPR itself went on the air. Often provides a more in-depth analysis of stories presented in ''Morning Edition''. This news-discussion program is well known for closing with a segment devoted to arts and culture, often featuring foreign and independent artists.

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!! Notable programs:
[[index]]
* ''All Things Considered'' -- Arguably the signature program and began on May 3, 1971, about a month after NPR itself went on the air. Often provides a more in-depth analysis of stories presented in ''Morning Edition''. This 2.5-hour news-discussion program is well known for closing with a segment devoted to arts and culture, often featuring foreign and independent artists.


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!!NPR programs with their own pages:
[[index]]
* ''Radio/AskMeAnother''
* ''Radio/CarTalk''
* ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion''
* ''Radio/StarWarsRadioDramas''
* ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe''
29th Apr '15 2:07:35 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Morning Edition'' -- NPR's morning news program. It is the second most listened to radio program in the United States after ''The RushLimbaugh Show''. Almost nobody listens to both.

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* ''Morning Edition'' -- NPR's morning news program. It is the second most listened to radio program in the United States after ''The RushLimbaugh Radio/RushLimbaugh Show''. Almost nobody listens to both.
29th Apr '15 2:06:33 PM MarkLungo
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* ''Morning Edition'' -- NPR's morning news program. It is the second most listened to radio program in the United States after ''The RushLimbaugh Show''. Almost nobody listens to both.
* ''NPR News On-The-Hour'' -- The on-the-hour news updates broadcast over all affiliates, even if they don't broadcast the long-form news programs. These are broadcast from NPR's Washington DC home base on the hour, though they are not heard overnight or on all weekend shows. Most affiliates follow it immediately with local news and/or weather.



* ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife'' -- An award-winning documentary series hosted by Ira Glass. Each week's show examines a particular theme, and then tells several non-fiction stories pertaining to that theme. As stated earlier, it's not actually produced by NPR, but by UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Public Radio, and distributed by Public Radio International. Was successful enough to get a SoundToScreenAdaptation on {{Showtime}}; it was cancelled, but not because of low ratings--the ''TAL'' team came to realize they just couldn't do both a TV show and a radio show at the same time. Several live shows have been done, including, more recently, live digital broadcasts to movie theaters.
* ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' -- Garrison Keillor's AffectionateParody of old-time RadioDrama and {{Variety Show}}s (he cites the GrandOleOpry as a direct inspiration), produced by Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. Features musical performances, private eye spoof ''Guy Noir'', plugs for fake sponsors, and Keillor's monologues about his fictitious hometown of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota. Based in [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities St. Paul, Minnesota]], they also do a few road shows a year. [[Film/APrairieHomeCompanion A film adaptation]] was released in 2006; it was RobertAltman's final film before his death.
* ''Radio/CarTalk'' -- Call-in talk show in which two auto mechanic brothers (with MIT Engineering degrees and [[HollywoodNewEngland thick Boston accents]]) ostensibly give advice to callers about cars, but usually instead ramble about brainteasers, pop culture and whatever comes to mind (they do answer about five or six car questions a show, though). The show ended September 2012 as the brothers plan to retire, but NPR affiliates will continue to air reruns remixed to sound like new shows. After the death of oldr brother Tom in 2014, the show was renamed to ''The Best of Car Talk''.
* ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'' -- The rare American PanelGame, based loosely on the British ''News Quiz''. Aside from the regular rotating panelists, the show also includes call-in games and, OnceAnEpisode, "Not My Job", in which a celebrity, politician or other newsmaker calls in to the show and has to answer questions that fall well outside his or her area of expertise. (Think Creator/StephenKing on [[TastesLikeDiabetes cute fluffy things]].)
* ''Talk of the Nation'' -- A news-discussion show, hosted by Neal Conan (and previously by people including [[Radio/ThisAmericanLife Ira Glass]], [[Creator/{{PBS}} Ray Suarez]] and [[FoxNewsLiberal Juan Williams]]). Conan discussed the day's news topics with experts, public figures and reporters, and accepted call-in and e-mail questions and comments from listeners. The number of topics and guests per show varied. On Fridays, the show became Talk of the Nation Science Friday, hosted by Ira Flatow (who is known to PBS viewers as the longtime host of ''Newton's Apple'') and dealing exclusively with scientific topics. The main series ended in 2013 due to Conan leaving the network, but Science Friday continues to air as simply "''Science Friday''".
* ''Fresh Air'' -- A long-running interview show hosted by Terry Gross, produced by UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}'s NPR affiliate WHYY. Gross presents new interviews Monday through Thursday and a RecapEpisode on Fridays, presented by David Bianculli or Dave Davies. The interviews usually air for 50 minutes, with the last five to ten given to movie and music reviews and local news. The interviews are generally incisive and engaging, and occasionally get a bit ''too'' interesting, like the time that [[{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]] informed Terry Gross that if she wanted to "welcome me with open arms, you'll have to welcome me with open legs." Or that time when BillOReilly walked out of his interview in a huff...
** Now has, of all things, a very active [[http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/ Tumblr]] account run by producer Melody Kramer.
* ''On the Media'' -- Pretty much a 'week in review' show which examines the news media in all forms, along with content distribution and a variety of other topics. Hosted by Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone and distributed by NPR from WNYC.
* ''The Diane Rehm Show'' -- Yet another news-discussion show, produced by UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC NPR affiliate WAMU and the station's owner American University, and hosted by the eponymous Diane Rehm. The show is probably best known for Rehm's crinkly-sounding "old lady" voice, the result of a throat condition called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spasmodic_dysphonia spasmodic dysphonia]], which she periodically leaves the show to treat. Given that Rehm (born 1936) is now actually an old lady, these departures have been growing in frequency, with the show becoming increasingly reliant on guest hosts in the last few years. It's also one of the more politically partisan shows on NPR; it was controversially singled out for criticism by a GeorgeWBush-appointed CPB official, and Rehm herself is willing to argue with guests on the show.
* ''World Cafe'' -- One of NPR's few distributed music shows to be syndicated nationwide, from WXPN (which actually ''isn't'' an NPR affiliate, but [[CollegeRadio the station for the University of Pennsylvania]]). It mostly skews toward performances and interviews by popular indie rock bands, but often has live performances by various world musicians.
* ''WTF with Marc Maron'' -- A radio adaptation of comedian Marc Maron's popular interview podcast, currently being aired by many NPR affiliates via Public Radio Exchange (PRX) on a trial basis, and consisting largely of anthologies of previously released podcast content (some of the newer episodes occasionally find their way in as well) along with content exclusive to NPR. Of course as is par for a podcast like this, [[EditedForSyndication profanity is removed]] so it can be aired on the radio.
* ''Marketplace'' -- A half-hour economics, business and financial news show, produced by American Public Media and the University of Southern California. Usually airs immediately after, or sometimes during, ''All Things Considered''. Notable for use of more hip and/or ironic interstitial music; "doing the numbers" (i.e. reading the the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 indexes, plus some other stuff) to very identifiable tunes[[note]]Three {{jazz}} standards -- "[[GoldDiggersOf1933 We're In The Money]]" for all indexes up, "Stormy Weather" for all indexes down, "[[DukeEllington It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)]]" of the situation is mixed -- plus the theme song from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin any situation warrants it]][[/note]]; and for having more corporate sponsors than other public radio shows. Its reports tend to be more focused on broad economics than your typical business show (which tend to focus on business and finance); liberal economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich is a regular contributor, as is conservative writer and former GeorgeWBush speechwriter David Frum. Also produces an hourlong weekend personal finance show called ''Marketplace Money'', and a short 10-minute segment called the ''Marketplace Morning Report'' that airs on some stations during ''Morning Edition'' instead of or alongside NPR's own Business News segment.
* ''[[Creator/TheBBC BBC World Service]]'' -- The world service for BBC Radio. Most often aired at night on NPR and/or PRI affiliates, most of these affiliates carry a small clutch of the programs the World Service offers:

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* ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife'' -- An award-winning documentary series hosted by Ira Glass. Each week's show examines ''Radio/AskMeAnother'', a particular theme, and then tells several non-fiction stories pertaining to that theme. As stated earlier, it's not actually produced by NPR, but by UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Public Radio, and distributed by Public Radio International. Was successful enough to get a SoundToScreenAdaptation on {{Showtime}}; it was cancelled, but not because of low ratings--the ''TAL'' team came to realize they just couldn't do both a TV show and a radio show at the same time. Several live shows have been done, including, more recently, live digital broadcasts to movie theaters.
* ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' -- Garrison Keillor's AffectionateParody of old-time RadioDrama and {{Variety Show}}s (he cites the GrandOleOpry as a direct inspiration), produced by Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. Features musical performances, private eye spoof ''Guy Noir'', plugs for fake sponsors, and Keillor's monologues about his fictitious hometown of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota. Based in [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities St. Paul, Minnesota]], they also do a few road shows a year. [[Film/APrairieHomeCompanion A film adaptation]] was released in 2006; it was RobertAltman's final film before his death.
* ''Radio/CarTalk'' -- Call-in talk show in which two auto mechanic brothers (with MIT Engineering degrees and [[HollywoodNewEngland thick Boston accents]]) ostensibly give advice to callers about cars, but usually instead ramble about brainteasers, pop culture and whatever comes to mind (they do answer about five or six car questions a show, though). The show ended September 2012 as the brothers plan to retire, but NPR affiliates will continue to air reruns remixed to sound like new shows. After the death of oldr brother Tom in 2014, the show was renamed to ''The Best of Car Talk''.
* ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'' -- The rare American PanelGame, based loosely on the British ''News Quiz''. Aside from the regular rotating panelists, the show also includes call-in games and, OnceAnEpisode, "Not My Job", in which a celebrity, politician or other newsmaker calls in to the show and has to answer questions that fall well outside his or her area of expertise. (Think Creator/StephenKing on [[TastesLikeDiabetes cute fluffy things]].)
* ''Talk of the Nation'' -- A news-discussion show, hosted by Neal Conan (and previously by people including [[Radio/ThisAmericanLife Ira Glass]], [[Creator/{{PBS}} Ray Suarez]] and [[FoxNewsLiberal Juan Williams]]). Conan discussed the day's news topics with experts, public figures and reporters, and accepted call-in and e-mail questions and comments from listeners. The number of topics and guests per show varied. On Fridays, the show became Talk of the Nation Science Friday, hosted by Ira Flatow (who is known to PBS viewers as the longtime host of ''Newton's Apple'') and dealing exclusively with scientific topics. The main series ended in 2013 due to Conan leaving the network, but Science Friday continues to air as simply "''Science Friday''".
* ''Fresh Air'' -- A long-running interview
quiz show hosted by Terry Gross, produced by UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}'s NPR affiliate WHYY. Gross presents new interviews Monday through Thursday Ophira Eisenberg based around puns and a RecapEpisode on Fridays, presented by David Bianculli or Dave Davies. The interviews usually air for 50 minutes, with wordplay. Music/JonathanCoulton is the last five to ten given to movie and music reviews and local news. The interviews are generally incisive and engaging, and occasionally get a bit ''too'' interesting, like the time that [[{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]] informed Terry Gross that if she wanted to "welcome me with open arms, you'll have to welcome me with open legs." Or that time when BillOReilly walked out of his interview in a huff...
** Now has, of all things, a very active [[http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/ Tumblr]] account run by producer Melody Kramer.
* ''On the Media'' -- Pretty much a 'week in review' show which examines the news media in all forms, along with content distribution and a variety of other topics. Hosted by Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone and distributed by NPR from WNYC.
* ''The Diane Rehm Show'' -- Yet another news-discussion show, produced by UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC NPR affiliate WAMU and the station's owner American University, and hosted by the eponymous Diane Rehm. The show is probably best known for Rehm's crinkly-sounding "old lady" voice, the result of a throat condition called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spasmodic_dysphonia spasmodic dysphonia]], which she periodically leaves the show to treat. Given that Rehm (born 1936) is now actually an old lady, these departures have been growing in frequency, with the show becoming increasingly reliant on guest hosts in the last few years. It's also one of the more politically partisan shows on NPR; it was controversially singled out for criticism by a GeorgeWBush-appointed CPB official, and Rehm herself is willing to argue
show's resident musician, with guests on the show.
* ''World Cafe'' -- One of NPR's few distributed music shows to be syndicated nationwide, from WXPN (which actually ''isn't'' an NPR affiliate, but [[CollegeRadio the station
such as Julian Valart and Music/PaulAndStorm standing in for the University of Pennsylvania]]). It mostly skews toward performances and interviews him when he's touring.
* Several programs originated
by popular indie rock bands, but often has live performances by various world musicians.
* ''WTF with Marc Maron'' -- A radio adaptation of comedian Marc Maron's popular interview podcast, currently being aired by many NPR affiliates via Public Radio Exchange (PRX) on a trial basis, and consisting largely of anthologies of previously released podcast content (some of the newer episodes occasionally find their way in as well) along with content exclusive to NPR. Of course as is par for a podcast like this, [[EditedForSyndication profanity is removed]] so it can be aired on the radio.
* ''Marketplace'' -- A half-hour economics, business and financial news show, produced by American Public Media and the University of Southern California. Usually airs immediately after, or sometimes during, ''All Things Considered''. Notable for use of more hip and/or ironic interstitial music; "doing the numbers" (i.e. reading the the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 indexes, plus some other stuff) to very identifiable tunes[[note]]Three {{jazz}} standards -- "[[GoldDiggersOf1933 We're In The Money]]" for all indexes up, "Stormy Weather" for all indexes down, "[[DukeEllington It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)]]" of the situation is mixed -- plus the theme song from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin any situation warrants it]][[/note]]; and for having more corporate sponsors than other public radio shows. Its reports tend to be more focused on broad economics than your typical business show (which tend to focus on business and finance); liberal economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich is a regular contributor, as is conservative writer and former GeorgeWBush speechwriter David Frum. Also produces an hourlong weekend personal finance show called ''Marketplace Money'', and a short 10-minute segment called the ''Marketplace Morning Report'' that airs on some stations during ''Morning Edition'' instead of or alongside NPR's own Business News segment.
* ''[[Creator/TheBBC BBC
Creator/TheBBC:
** ''BBC
World Service]]'' Service'' -- The world service for BBC Radio. Most often aired at night on NPR and/or PRI affiliates, most of these affiliates carry a small clutch of the programs the World Service offers:



* The ''Radio/StarWarsRadioDramas'', a trilogy of radio plays adapted from the ''Star Wars'' films by member station KUSC-FM in 1981, 1983, and 1996.

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* ''Radio/CarTalk'' -- Call-in talk show in which two auto mechanic brothers (with MIT Engineering degrees and [[HollywoodNewEngland thick Boston accents]]) ostensibly give advice to callers about cars, but usually instead ramble about brainteasers, pop culture and whatever comes to mind (they do answer about five or six car questions a show, though). The ''Radio/StarWarsRadioDramas'', a trilogy show ended September 2012 as the brothers plan to retire, but NPR affiliates will continue to air reruns remixed to sound like new shows. After the death of older brother Tom in 2014, the show was renamed to ''The Best of Car Talk''.
* ''The Diane Rehm Show'' -- Yet another news-discussion show, produced by UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC NPR affiliate WAMU and the station's owner American University, and hosted by the eponymous Diane Rehm. The show is probably best known for Rehm's crinkly-sounding "old lady" voice, the result of a throat condition called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spasmodic_dysphonia spasmodic dysphonia]], which she periodically leaves the show to treat. Given that Rehm (born 1936) is now actually an old lady, these departures have been growing in frequency, with the show becoming increasingly reliant on guest hosts in the last few years. It's also one of the more politically partisan shows on NPR; it was controversially singled out for criticism by a UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush-appointed CPB official, and Rehm herself is willing to argue with guests on the show.
* ''Fresh Air'' -- A long-running interview show hosted by Terry Gross, produced by UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}'s NPR affiliate WHYY. Gross presents new interviews Monday through Thursday and a RecapEpisode on Fridays, presented by David Bianculli or Dave Davies. The interviews usually air for 50 minutes, with the last five to ten given to movie and music reviews and local news. The interviews are generally incisive and engaging, and occasionally get a bit ''too'' interesting, like the time that [[Music/{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]] informed Terry Gross that if she wanted to "welcome me with open arms, you'll have to welcome me with open legs." Or that time when BillOReilly walked out of his interview in a huff...
** Now has, of all things, a very active [[http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/ Tumblr]] account run by producer Melody Kramer.
* ''Marketplace'' -- A half-hour economics, business and financial news show, produced by American Public Media and the University of Southern California. Usually airs immediately after, or sometimes during, ''All Things Considered''. Notable for use of more hip and/or ironic interstitial music; "doing the numbers" (i.e. reading the the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 indexes, plus some other stuff) to very identifiable tunes[[note]]Three {{jazz}} standards -- "[[Film/GoldDiggersOf1933 We're In The Money]]" for all indexes up, "Stormy Weather" for all indexes down, "[[Music/DukeEllington It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)]]" of the situation is mixed -- plus the theme song from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin any situation warrants it]][[/note]]; and for having more corporate sponsors than other public
radio plays adapted shows. Its reports tend to be more focused on broad economics than your typical business show (which tend to focus on business and finance); liberal economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich is a regular contributor, as is conservative writer and former UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush speechwriter David Frum. Also produces an hourlong weekend personal finance show called ''Marketplace Money'', and a short 10-minute segment called the ''Marketplace Morning Report'' that airs on some stations during ''Morning Edition'' instead of or alongside NPR's own Business News segment.
* ''Morning Edition'' -- NPR's morning news program. It is the second most listened to radio program in the United States after ''The RushLimbaugh Show''. Almost nobody listens to both.
* ''NPR News On-The-Hour'' -- The on-the-hour news updates broadcast over all affiliates, even if they don't broadcast the long-form news programs. These are broadcast
from NPR's Washington DC home base on the ''Star Wars'' films by member station KUSC-FM hour, though they are not heard overnight or on all weekend shows. Most affiliates follow it immediately with local news and/or weather.
* ''On the Media'' -- Pretty much a 'week
in 1981, 1983, review' show which examines the news media in all forms, along with content distribution and 1996.a variety of other topics. Hosted by Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone and distributed by NPR from WNYC.



* ''Radio/AskMeAnother'', a quiz show hosted by Ophira Eisenberg based around puns and wordplay. JonathanCoulton is the show's resident musician, with guests such as Julian Valart and PaulAndStorm standing in for him when he's touring.
* ''SaysYou'', a quiz show hosted by Richard Sher. It's more "intellectual" than ''WaitWaitDontTellMe'' or ''Ask Me Another'', but that doesn't stop the puns from flying fast.

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* ''Radio/AskMeAnother'', ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' -- Garrison Keillor's AffectionateParody of old-time RadioDrama and {{Variety Show}}s (he cites the GrandOleOpry as a direct inspiration), produced by Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. Features musical performances, private eye spoof ''Guy Noir'', plugs for fake sponsors, and Keillor's monologues about his fictitious hometown of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota. Based in [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities St. Paul, Minnesota]], they also do a few road shows a year. [[Film/APrairieHomeCompanion A film adaptation]] was released in 2006; it was Creator/RobertAltman's final film before his death.
* ''Radio/SaysYou'',
a quiz show hosted by Ophira Eisenberg based around puns created and wordplay. JonathanCoulton is the show's resident musician, with guests such as Julian Valart and PaulAndStorm standing in for him when he's touring.
* ''SaysYou'', a quiz show
hosted by Richard Sher. Sher until [[AuthorExistenceFailure his death]] in 2015. It's more "intellectual" than ''WaitWaitDontTellMe'' ''Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me'' or ''Ask Me Another'', but that doesn't stop the puns from flying fast.fast.
* The ''Radio/StarWarsRadioDramas'', a trilogy of radio plays adapted from the first three ''Franchise/StarWars'' films by member station KUSC-FM in 1981, 1983, and 1996.
* ''Talk of the Nation'' -- A news-discussion show, hosted by Neal Conan (and previously by people including [[Radio/ThisAmericanLife Ira Glass]], [[Creator/{{PBS}} Ray Suarez]] and [[FoxNewsLiberal Juan Williams]]). Conan discussed the day's news topics with experts, public figures and reporters, and accepted call-in and e-mail questions and comments from listeners. The number of topics and guests per show varied. On Fridays, the show became ''Talk of the Nation Science Friday'', hosted by Ira Flatow (who is known to PBS viewers as the longtime host of ''Newton's Apple'') and dealing exclusively with scientific topics. The main series ended in 2013 due to Conan leaving the network, but Science Friday continues to air as simply ''Science Friday''.
* ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife'' -- An award-winning documentary series hosted by Ira Glass. Each week's show examines a particular theme, and then tells several non-fiction stories pertaining to that theme. As stated earlier, it's not actually produced by NPR, but by UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} Public Radio, and distributed by Public Radio International. Was successful enough to get a SoundToScreenAdaptation on Creator/{{Showtime}}; it was cancelled, but not because of low ratings--the ''TAL'' team came to realize they just couldn't do both a TV show and a radio show at the same time. Several live shows have been done, including, more recently, live digital broadcasts to movie theaters.
* ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'' -- The rare American PanelGame, based loosely on the British ''News Quiz''. Aside from the regular rotating panelists, the show also includes call-in games and, OnceAnEpisode, "Not My Job", in which a celebrity, politician or other newsmaker calls in to the show and has to answer questions that fall well outside his or her area of expertise. (Think Creator/StephenKing on [[TastesLikeDiabetes cute fluffy things]].)
* ''World Cafe'' -- One of NPR's few distributed music shows to be syndicated nationwide, from WXPN (which actually ''isn't'' an NPR affiliate, but [[CollegeRadio the station for the University of Pennsylvania]]). It mostly skews toward performances and interviews by popular indie rock bands, but often has live performances by various world musicians.
* ''WTF with Marc Maron'' -- A radio adaptation of comedian Marc Maron's popular interview podcast, currently being aired by many NPR affiliates via Public Radio Exchange (PRX) on a trial basis, and consisting largely of anthologies of previously released podcast content (some of the newer episodes occasionally find their way in as well) along with content exclusive to NPR. Of course as is par for a podcast like this, [[EditedForSyndication profanity is removed]] so it can be aired on the radio.
29th Apr '15 1:46:54 PM MarkLungo
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->"This is NPR, the station where we talk very softly, directly into the microphone. Can you hear us? We're right inside your head..."

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* ''Ask Me Another'', a quiz show hosted by Ophira Eisenberg based around puns and wordplay. JonathanCoulton is the show's resident musician, with guests such as Julian Valart and PaulAndStorm standing in for him when he's touring.

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* ''Ask Me Another'', ''Radio/AskMeAnother'', a quiz show hosted by Ophira Eisenberg based around puns and wordplay. JonathanCoulton is the show's resident musician, with guests such as Julian Valart and PaulAndStorm standing in for him when he's touring.
3rd Mar '15 2:01:42 PM LongLiveHumour
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NPR's style has been famously described by [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] as "smooth and smarmy". It sharply contrasts with the frantic style of commercial all-news stations (traffic every ten minutes!) and [[LargeHamRadio the loudmouths]] of commercial talk radio. Politically, NPR is also a sharp liberal contrast to the predominantly conservative commercial talkers.[[note]]Although a quick look at places like the [=DailyKos=] website will tell you a number of liberals don't think NPR is all ''that'' liberal these days. that say its initials mean '' '''N'''ice, '''P'''olite '''R'''epublican.''[[/note]] Its most popular programs are the daily morning and evening news shows, ''Morning Edition'' and ''All Things Considered''; many stations fill the intervening time with other news and talk programs of local or regional interest, though some air music (mostly symphonic, opera and jazz; though KCRW's ''Weekend Becomes Eclectic'' is considered the premier indie music showcase in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, while in UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}, that city's WUWM goes mainly with folk and indie rock for their evening schedule). Late nights either universally consist of either a music format or the {{BBC}}'s World Service.

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NPR's style has been famously described by [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] as "smooth and smarmy". It sharply contrasts with the frantic style of commercial all-news stations (traffic every ten minutes!) and [[LargeHamRadio the loudmouths]] of commercial talk radio. Politically, NPR is also a sharp liberal contrast to the predominantly conservative commercial talkers.[[note]]Although a quick look at places like the [=DailyKos=] website will tell you a number of liberals don't think NPR is all ''that'' liberal these days. that say its initials mean '' '''N'''ice, '''P'''olite '''R'''epublican.''[[/note]] Its most popular programs are the daily morning and evening news shows, ''Morning Edition'' and ''All Things Considered''; many stations fill the intervening time with other news and talk programs of local or regional interest, though some air music (mostly symphonic, opera and jazz; though KCRW's ''Weekend Becomes Eclectic'' is considered the premier indie music showcase in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, while in UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}, that city's WUWM goes mainly with folk and indie rock for their evening schedule). Late nights either universally consist of either a music format or the {{BBC}}'s Creator/{{BBC}}'s World Service.
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