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US Journalist Vanishes After Wine-Buying Bust in Iran

Father hasn't heard from her since call from jail in January

(Newser) - A North Dakota woman working as a freelance journalist has disappeared in Iran following her arrest for buying wine, her distraught dad told the New York Daily News. Roxana Saberi, 31, called her father from an Iranian jail in January and he hasn't heard from her since. A store owner...

Ex-NPR Editor Nabbed for Child Porn
Ex-NPR Editor Nabbed for
Child Porn

Ex-NPR Editor Nabbed for Child Porn

Busted weeks after Fox News producer in similar case

(Newser) - Looks like kiddie porn is a bipartisan offense: just 2 weeks after a Fox News producer was arrested on child porn charges, a former NPR editor has been nabbed over the stuff, the Smoking Gun reports. David Malakoff, who worked in DC, is named in a felony criminal document charging...

Why Terry Gross Is Great
 Is Great 

Why Terry Gross Is Great

NPR host's interview of Bill Ayers is absolutely textbook

(Newser) - Terry Gross is one of the best interviewers in the business, and her recent session with Bill Ayers proves why, writes James Fallows in the Atlantic. The host of NPR’s Fresh Air avoids common modern pitfalls: She’s neither attack dog nor lapdog, and doesn’t try to prove...

Cellist Runs Church of Beethoven

Albuquerque arts devotees start secular Church of Beethoven in old gas station

(Newser) - Congregants gather on Sundays at an old gas station in Albuquerque to greet friends, ponder the divine, and listen to classical music, NPR reports. Espresso-sipping members of the Church of Beethoven also listen to poetry readings and engage in group song, but don't need to have religious beliefs. Cellist Felix...

Most Americans Lack Basic Political Knowledge: Survey

Less than 42% know Condi runs State; acumen better among highbrow-mag readers

(Newser) - Only 18% of Americans can correctly name the current secretary of state, Britain’s prime minister and which party controls the US House, a LiveScience survey finds. Among the survey’s 3,612-person sample, more than half correctly said that the Democrats have a majority in the House, while 42%...

Car Talk Bros Get Animated, Dis Gas-Guzzling Heaps

Click and Clack to star in PBS cartoon, pessimistic Nova episode

(Newser) - NPR’s chuckling Car Talk guys Tom and Ray Magliozzi are about to become even more animated—with a new cartoon series of themselves on PBS. But their view on the heaps they've helped drivers patch up for the past 30 years isn't so funny, Newsweek reports. Click and Clack's...

NPR Prez Abruptly Resigns
NPR Prez Abruptly Resigns 

NPR Prez Abruptly Resigns

Board turned off by his new-media expansion plans

(Newser) - National Public Radio chief executive Ken Stern stepped down yesterday amid increasing static from the board about his ambitious plans for the network, reports the Washington Post. Stern oversaw rapid expansion that boosted revenue from $65 million to $200 million since joining NPR in 1999, and made the organization into...

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