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I love NPR, although I mostly only listen to it in my car -- or when doing housework in the middle of the night -- so the programs I land on are pretty random. But always great!<br><br><br><br>
Funny, when I was younger my Dad always wanted to listen to NPR in the car, and I was like, "Pleeease, can't we have music??" Oh no, I must be maturing or something. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br><br><br>
I've noticed several of you mentioning that you listen to it also ... so I thought I'd do another interestingly unscientific poll to see how many veg*ns are also NPR-heads.<br><br><br><br>
And, if you are into it, what are your favorite programs?<br><br><br><br>
Sorry this is an American-centric thread, by the way.
 

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I like a lot of shows, and sometimes look forward to busy work at work that allows me to listen while I do my work. I listen to:<br><br>
Diane Rheme, Tavis Smiley, Talk of the Nation, Car Talk, news shows in my car, we have a local news show, what d'ya know, Prarie Home Companion, This American Life (awesome), Motley Fool, and other random shows that come on.<br><br><br><br>
What is interesting, is that we all use NPR to mean "public radio". Public radio actually is composed of NPR and PRI (Public Radio International). It is a little annoying, bc I have to remember which shows are which when I go to listen to archives. I love archives!<br><br><br><br>
Try this:<br><br><a href="http://www.publicradiofan.com/" target="_blank">http://www.publicradiofan.com/</a> and <a href="http://www.radioscout.com" target="_blank">www.radioscout.com</a><br><br><br><br>
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Funny you should mention it's focused on Americans. Part of my favorite NPR programming is their frequent BBC feed.
 

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I must say I truely love NPR...fresh air, talk of the nation, bbc news...oh and I've always loved the Prairie Home Companion, since I was a kid.<br><br><br><br>
It's all I listen to in the car...and the only news I 'watched' during the war with Iraq.<br><br><br><br>
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NPR=National Public Radio, the radio equivilant of PBS.<br><br><br><br>
I listen to NPR pretty much constantly in the car and often at home. Morning Edition on the way to work, Talk of the Nation at lunch and All Things Considered on the way home. I also enjoy Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!, Car Talk and Whadya Know on Saturdays.<br><br><br><br>
I miss the public radio station in Detroit, since they had awesome music programming in addition to all the great NPR news shows.
 

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OMG! I CAN'T STAND DIANE RHEME! So many times she'll have a guest or a topic of which I am very interested, but then.....she SPEAKS!<br><br><br><br>
"Th...i...s.......is ...Di....ane Rheeeemez. Geeze she sounds like she 100 years old with a severe tremor. I just can't take it. I don't understand how anyone can tolerate that voice.....it's like nails on a chalk board for me.....
 

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I loves me some NPR. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:"> I listen to <a href="http://www.thislife.org/" target="_blank">This American Life</a> on the web because I always forget when it's on.
 

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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
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<div class="quote-block"><i>originally posted by Thalia</i><br><br><b>What is interesting, is that we all use NPR to mean "public radio". Public radio actually is composed of NPR and PRI (Public Radio International).</b></div>
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Yeah, I guess I just think of it as NPR because (at least where I live) they always say, "...here on your local NPR station..." even when they're about to play a PRI-produced show.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><i>originally posted by epski</i><br><br><b>Funny you should mention it's focused on Americans. Part of my favorite NPR programming is their frequent BBC feed.</b></div>
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I love the BBC World Service, also. Where I live they play it from 11 p.m. until long after I go to bed every night. (I should mention that I'm lucky to have 3 separate NPR stations with somewhat differing programming within range, so I can almost always find something I want to hear.) I think the NPR question is still focused on Americans, though, as the BBC component is just part of their programming. But we can have a thread about the BBC, too! When I lived overseas the World Service was, on more than one occasion, our exclusive source for useful news about events that were actually quite local for us. Thank goodness for shortwave. I don't actually remember whether my parents ever listened to the VOA at all ....<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><i>originally posted by Thalia</i><br><br><b>BTW- this is in the compost heap for some reason. I am putting it in arts and entertainment.</b></div>
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Sorry, Thalia, I guess I was thinking of NPR as primarily a news outlet, but of course you are right -- there's plenty on there that falls more into the "entertainment" category.
 

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Have any of the NPR programs done a show on vegetarianism? Just occured to me. Love to access such a show if it has been done ... or write in suggesting one if it hasn't.
 

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I remember a weekend cooking show guesting a great raw foods chef out here in Los Angeles. I wouldn't be surprised if they had other veg-related programs in their archives somewhere. Have you searched the site?
 

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I don't like NPR for a very simple reason.<br><br><br><br>
The local NPR station maintains a "community calendar" of events that is broadcast on the air, that is listed on their webpage, and that is available by calling a recorded line.<br><br><br><br>
The local NPR station has consistently refused to list or mention any event related to the Great American Meat-Out or to our local EarthSave group. They have never given us any explanation for this refusal.<br><br><br><br>
I don't respect an organization that is constantly soliciting me for money, but that won't give me the time of day, and quietly practices censorship.<br><br><br><br>
With "friends" like these, who needs enemies?
 

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yea! someone else is annoyed by diane reems (sp?)<br><br><br><br>
and i am such a "this american life" junkie! i also forget when it's on, and i am SO grateful that they are all downloadale. have any of you heard the "i should have died" episode? i Lurve that episode
 

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Yes, search on vegetarianism, you will find a few shows. (mostly on talk of the nation) One good one from a few years ago had Neal Barnard as it's guest. They did a show with Matthew Skully who wrote dominion, but I haven't been able to get that one to download for some reason.<br><br><br><br>
The connection did a whole hour talking with Peter Singer. You can still listen to that, too.
 

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That blows about NPR, Joe. I guess it isn't the same experience for everyone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I love NPR! My favorite shows are Fresh Air, BBC news, All things Considered, Piano Jazz with Marian McPartlan ( SP?) and Car Talk. I made the mistake of listening to Prairie Home Companion on a long road trip, Garrison Keeler is like human valium!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Diane Rheme annoys the crap out of me too!
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Jennivere</i><br><br><b>I don't find it too focused on Americans at all</b></div>
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Oh shoot. I hate it when I'm unclear. Seriously. What I was trying to say is that <i>asking</i> about NPR was American-centric, since it is broadcasted here in the USA. I didn't mean that NPR's programming, itself, was terribly American-centric! In fact it's definitely much less so than most news and/or entertainment sources here in the United States.<br><br><br><br>
Glad to hear how many of you enjoy it!
 

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Joe, you may consider contacting NPR headquarters and reporting this - sounds like it might be something that that particular radio station's manager is doing... perhaps he doesn't even hold this right?
 

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Listening to NPR right now. Lots of human interest stories in the last hour. Boring, but better than what you hear on the TV news, anyway.
 
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