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What Did NPR Reporter's Friendship With RBG Cost Us?

Politico essay examines journalist Nina Totenberg's longtime relationship with Supreme Court justice

(Newser) - Nina Totenberg, a longtime correspondent for NPR, has a new memoir out, and it delves into her storied 40-year relationship with the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Dinners With Ruth examines Totenberg's conflict as she watched her old friend's health decline in 2020, and on the complexities of being...

NPR's Nina Totenberg Fires Back at Public Editor
NPR's Supreme Court
Story Takes Another Turn
the rundown

NPR's Supreme Court Story Takes Another Turn

Reporter Nina Totenberg defends it, rejects public editor's clarification

(Newser) - The saga over an NPR report on the Supreme Court continues. Veteran reporter Nina Totenberg is dismissing criticism from her outlet's public editor about a story Totenberg wrote about justice Neil Gorsuch's decision to forgo a mask while on the bench. Here's how it has unfolded:
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NPR Host Shows How to Interview Trump
This Is the Way
to Interview Trump
opinion

This Is the Way to Interview Trump

Margaret Sullivan: NPR host wrapped misinformation in truth, until the former president hung up

(Newser) - Politicians and other newsmakers often are allowed to set the narrative when they're being interviewed, Steve Inskeep says. The NPR host points out that that narrative sometimes is skewed. When he interviewed former President Trump this week , Inskeep tweaked the form, enabling him to keep control of the information...

Trump Interview With NPR Has Abrupt End

Former president hangs up as he was being grilled on his false claims of election fraud

(Newser) - NPR Morning Edition host Steven Inskeep nabbed an interview with former President Trump on Tuesday—after six years of trying. "It was scheduled for 15 minutes, but lasted just over nine," NPR reports, noting Trump—who hurled insults at Republican senators, including Mitch McConnell—ended the conversation abruptly...

'If NPR Doesn't See This as a Crisis, I Don't Know...'

Host Audie Cornish is leaving, and Ari Shapiro is worried about exodus of 'marginalized' hosts

(Newser) - Another name familiar to NPR listeners is leaving, and a colleague suggests a "crisis" is brewing at the outlet. Audie Cornish, the co-host of All Things Considered, announced on Twitter that she is joining the pandemic's "Great Resignation" and is "ready to stretch my wings and...

Beloved NPR Books Editor Dies Suddenly at 46
Beloved NPR
Books Editor
Dies Suddenly at 46
OBITUARY

Beloved NPR Books Editor Dies Suddenly at 46

Petra Mayer died of suspected pulmonary embolism

(Newser) - Petra Mayer, books editor for National Public Radio, died Saturday of what’s believed to be a pulmonary embolism, the news organization said. She was 46. Mayer is remembered for her reporting at Comic-Con and helping put together NPR’s Book Concierge, an annual interactive guide that filters titles based...

NPR Obtains Tapes of NRA Discussions After Columbine

Top officials wrestle with whether to respond with defiance or sympathy

(Newser) - School shootings were relatively rare when the Columbine massacre unfolded in 1999, and NPR has obtained two-plus hours of recordings of NRA officials struggling to decide how to respond. The issue was especially dicey because the group's convention was due to take place days later just a few miles...

He Spent a Decade Talking to the Nation
He Spent a
Decade Talking
to the Nation
OBITUARY

He Spent a Decade Talking to the Nation

Longtime NPR journalist Neal Conan dies of brain cancer at 71

(Newser) - You may not have recognized his face, but you probably knew his voice . Neal Conan, who hosted the popular NPR show Talk of the Nation for 11 years until its 2013 end , died Tuesday at age 71. Conan's son, Connor, revealed the longtime radio journalist died of glioblastoma, a...

NPR Says Radio Ratings Have Dived During Pandemic

Networks says COVID has accelerated changes

(Newser) - With people stuck at home for months on end and hungry for news, this could have been a golden time for radio—but NPR ratings took a dive this spring as the pandemic stopped people from commuting. Ratings for most of its shows are down by around a quarter year-on-year,...

'Pretty Dire' Situation for NPR in COVID-19 Climate

Nonprofit says it will make major cuts while facing budget deficit

(Newser) - On Thursday night, New York Times media columnist Ben Smith reported on a "pretty dire email" from National Public Radio CEO John Lansing, and the news was dire indeed: The nonprofit media group is being forced to initiate big cost-cutting measures in the wake of a budget deficit that...

RuPaul Reveals 'Hypocritical' Secret on His 60K Acres

America's favorite drag queen talks about his property in Wyoming, South Dakota

(Newser) - RuPaul, the fracking queen? Apparently so. The host of RuPaul's Drag Race let slip in an interview that he's leasing out his massive Wyoming and South Dakota acreage to oil companies, the Guardian reports. In an NPR interview, the revered drag queen corrected host Terry Gross about his...

Pompeo's NPR Feud Continues With a 'Perfect Message'

Secretary of state says barring reporter from trip after dust-up with another reporter is appropriate

(Newser) - After Mike Pompeo berated NPR journalist Mary Louise Kelly last month in an expletive-filled rant for turning a discussion about Iran to Ukraine and ex-US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, the State Department took an apparent retaliatory step against one of Kelly's colleagues: Michele Kelemen was barred from the press pool...

NPR Host: 'Stakes Are Too High' to Not Ask Tough Questions
Here's What
NPR Host 
Has to Say
About Pompeo
OPINION

Here's What NPR Host Has to Say About Pompeo

Mary Louise Kelly defends press freedom after spat with secretary of state

(Newser) - NPR journalist Mary Louise Kelly says she was just doing her job when she asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about Ukraine , only to be accused of violating "the basic rules of journalism and decency." "Journalists don't sit down with senior government officials in the service...

NPR Blocked From Pompeo Trip as Squabble Continues
NPR-Pompeo
Brouhaha
Rolls On

NPR-Pompeo Brouhaha Rolls On

Journalist Michele Kelemen removed from upcoming Pompeo trip in retaliation

(Newser) - An NPR reporter has been blocked from Mike Pompeo's upcoming trip abroad following the secretary of state's testy exchange with another NPR journalist. The State Department Correspondents' Association confirmed NPR correspondent Michele Kelemen would not travel with Pompeo to the UK, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, saying the...

Emails Refute Pompeo's Version of Testy NPR Interview

They show Mary Louise Kelly never agreed to take any topics off the table

(Newser) - Mike Pompeo says journalist Mary Louise Kelly "lied" to him regarding his Friday interview on NPR's All Things Considered, which ended with an expletive-filled tirade after Kelly asked the secretary of state about Ukraine. But emails appear to support Kelly's side of things. While Pompeo said during...

Pompeo: NPR Host 'Lied to Me'
Pompeo: NPR Host 'Lied to Me'

Pompeo: NPR Host 'Lied to Me'

The Secretary of State reacts to story about his expletive-filled rant

(Newser) - Mike Pompeo lashed out at an NPR host and "the media" Saturday after making a testy appearance on All Things Considered, USA Today reports. The Secretary of State accused the host, Mary Louise Kelly, of lying to him, though he didn't deny unloading on her afterward in an...

Journalist: Pompeo Flipped Out When I Asked About Ukraine

Mary Louise Kelly says secretary of state 'used the F-word' many times

(Newser) - Mike Pompeo apparently went off on an expletive-filled rant after an NPR interview didn't go the way he'd planned. Mary Louise Kelly sat down with the secretary of state on All Things Considered Friday for an interview that started off discussing Iran (full transcript here ). Things took...

She Had a Routine Throat Swab. The Bill Was $28K
She Had a Routine Throat
Swab. The Bill Was $28K
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She Had a Routine Throat Swab. The Bill Was $28K

NPR looks at a particularly outrageous medical bill of a Brooklyn woman

(Newser) - NPR puts the focus on crazy medical bills in its "Bill of the Month" feature, and the latest is a doozy. A Brooklyn woman felt a cold coming on ahead of her vacation and went to the doctor to make sure it wasn't strep. She had a...

Adam Driver Walks Out of NPR Interview

Actor apparently really hates to hear himself

(Newser) - The Houston Chronicle is calling it: "2019 was the year of Adam Driver," writes Wei-Huan Chen, noting the Marine-turned-actor "is starring in the best domestic drama of the year (Marriage Story), the best political docudrama of the year (The Report), and likely the most popular film of...

NPR's 40-Year-Old Morning Theme Music Is Gone

'Morning Edition' debuts updated version

(Newser) - Anyone who puts NPR on in the morning is surely familiar with the Morning Edition theme music, because it hasn't changed since the show's debut in 1979. Until Monday, that is, when the show revealed updated music for the first time in 40 years. You can hear its...

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