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Old 12-13-2008, 10:47 PM
 
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I've known of NPR for years, just never really got into it after I turned off the radio "for good" over a decade ago due to the proliferation of advertisements and canned deejays/announcers.

I started listening a few months ago, after I accidentally set it on my morning alarm clock. Lately I've been laying in bed from 6-7AM just listening to the Morning Edition - random news bits from around the world. I particularly enjoy the special stories - for example, a few days ago was a story about a bank in Pennsylvania that gives loans to Amish farmers who have absolutely no collateral, credit history, records, etc. I enjoy the stories about particular subjects that you don't really hear about on mainstream broadcasts. Another story was about making percussive music using your body - no instruments, just clapping, tapping, etc.

Some of the broadcast is regional, as here in Southern New Mexico there is a bilingual (English/Spanish) music show on weeknights that I really like because I can hear something spoken in English, then Spanish. Helps with my Spanish studies. I've been listening to it every day now while I'm home in the early mornings and late evenings. I get a kick out of my local news announcer - as for quite some time I concluded it was a very young-sounding guy with a zombie-like monotone accent until I found out from someone that knows "him" that "he's" actually a big time feminist lesbian (this is uncommon in Southern NM). I couldn't tell the difference.

What I do not like is the evening Jazz music shows - Jazz just makes my skin crawl. And I don't care for Prairie Home Companion. The religious comments turn me off, so I turn it off.

What I like the most is NO ADVERTISEMENTS. I'm thinking about donating money to NPR to keep it going.

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Old 12-14-2008, 06:14 PM
 
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NPR is pretty great. I'm more of a morning edition guy too. Although "This American Life" if great. If not for NPR I might not have heard of Sarah Vowell when I did. I can kind of take or leave PHC although I'd really rather listen to it than to sports. Clik and Clak the Tappett brothers are pretty good.

I send them money each year.

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Old 12-15-2008, 04:03 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Where I live, NPR is pretty much the only radio I can stand.
I mostly only listen to it when driving, so sometimes I end up sitting in a parking lot or my driveway.
I love Morning Addition, All Things Considered and the Car Guys.
I will sometimes listen to Diane Rehm. Sometimes Prairie Home Companion is good, too--also Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me.
I would *love* to listen to Fresh Air, but the timing is almost always off.
Sometimes I'll either listen to or read the transcript online.
NPR's online presence (and audio streaming) is wonderful.
We really should send them money.
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:17 AM
 
Location: Galewood
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I love NPR- they seem pretty neutral on issues which is great seeing that the public sponsors them.
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:52 AM
 
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The real question should be, How can one not like NPR?

The most(probably only) non-biased news show on radio. Robert Siegel rocks. It is 100 times better than any other news radio show, or dumb morning show where they try to be funny but it is just downright stupid.

I love Jazz, and I find myself listening to NPR on the off hours to their jazz to even the cds in my car.
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Old 12-15-2008, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Up in the air
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It's become a bit of a mainstay for me and my boyfriend. We always listen to it when we're driving to and from work, and love hearing the random stories from all over the world. I haven't listened to the radio in years, even when my band started getting play on some of the local stations I still wouldn't listen. It's 3 songs, then 20 minutes of advertisements.
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Old 12-15-2008, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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I love NPR. Bill O'Reilly can get as red in the face as he wants about yanking their funding.
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:28 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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I love NPR. I've been listening to it since probably 2001 or so, when I moved to Brooklyn for the first time.

Original, fresh, and interesting programming. The commercials on other channels are the WORST. Overall, terrestrial radio is really absolute sh*t, with the exception of NPR.

Satellite is the only way to go.
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:12 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Yes, I love NPR too--it's really the only radio I do listen too. I've discovered some great music thru them and I love Prairie Home Companion too.
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:24 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I love NPR. Bill O'Reilly can get as red in the face as he wants about yanking their funding.
Couldn't agree more!

Yeah, I wake up to it as well - the alarm goes off at 5 a.m.! It's got everything! I believe my husband has programmed every button on his car radio to NPR. He got me into The Car Guys ... I admit, I've learned much from them.

I like it, but I do enjoy music as well.
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