The interns at NPR wrote and produced "Intern Edition," a radio show that explores everything from baseball announcers to jazz musicians. The students braved the local streets of Washington DC, and even ventured as far away as China to chase a story!

Every Friday, a production meeting was held to develop ideas and content for Intern Edition. Whether it was reporting, producing, writing or editing, interns lent their individual talents to the program, and the results are proof of their hard work. Most interns found that the projects they took on helped them get a better idea about how a story gets aired from its initial idea to the final recording. The executive producer of "Intern Edition" was Alex Cohen. Stephanie Purdy was the Assistant Producer.

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INTRODUCTION: Hear "Intern Edition's" Executive Producer Alex Cohen and Hosts Neal Carruth and Kelsi Charlesworth introduce the show.

NEWS THEMES: (Neal Carruth - Cultural Desk) Neal Carruth reports on the booming business of television theme music. Composers work on tight schedules creating music to accompany the death of a princess, wars in Africa and the Middle East, the murder trial of a football hero, and the impeachment of a president. Is this a benign practice, or does it signal a disturbing trend in the packaging of serious news as entertainment?

COURTROOM ARTISTS : (Mushtaq Kapasi - Nina Totenberg/Washington Desk) In an age of media buyouts and instant news coverage, the job market for these courtroom artists has frozen. But as long as most courts continue to shun cameras, these artists are the only ones who can provide a glimpse of our most famous defendants on the hot seat. Mushtaq Kapasi reports.

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM : (Emily Wojcik - Human Resources) After spending the day at the Holocaust Museum, Emily Wojcik offers some thoughts on the need for more government-funded museums representing the nation's past.

CONVERSATION WITH FORMER INTERN #1 : Former intern and "This American Life" host Ira Glass talks about what public radio won't talk about.

E-MAIL FRAUD : (CJ Graves - Washington Desk) More than twenty-five years ago when it was first discovered that it might be possible to send a message from one computer to another, no one thought of the colossal implications of this new means of communication. However, no matter how innocent its original intentions, e-mail use has spanned from sending a simple hello to a friend or colleague, to the systematic proliferation of deception, defamation, and destruction. CJ Graves reports on e-mail fraud.

CONVERSATION WITH FORMER INTERN #2 : Although interning at NPR is a great learning experience, it's certainly not the most lucrative internship around. We spoke with former intern and current WAMU reporter Lakshmi Singh who told us some things never change.

ABORTION : (Shanti Eswaran - Science Desk) The biggest obstacle to a woman's right to choose isn't the law or line of protesters-- it's her doctor. A look at the lack of abortion providers in this country and how the shortage will only get worse as more gynecologists retire. Shanti Eswaran reports.

CONVERSATION WITH FORMER INTERN #3 : Charlie Mayer loves his work as a producer on Morning Edition, but back in the days when he was an intern, things weren't always so rosey.

GALLAUDET : (Martina Baillie - Susan Stamberg/Cultural Desk, Ashley Gross - Morning Edition) In world where speed and means of communication carry a high premium, the deaf community faces special challenges. The only deaf university in the world, Gallaudet University in Washington DC prepares its students for these challenges. Martina Baillie reports on the pre-school and elementary summer programs at Gallaudet.

A TRIP TO CHINA AND TAIWAN : (Chiwen Bao - Strategic Planning and Audience Research) Chiwen Bao recently accompanied the mayor of Baltimore on a trip to China and Taiwan. Visiting Baltimore's sister city was a contradictory experience for her, as she explains.

CONVERSATION WITH FORMER INTERN #4 : While Charlie Mayer may not have been too enthused about doing lunch runs, another former intern, Carl Quintanilla, fondly remembers the days of fetching coffee, among other things, for Linda Wertheimer.

WOMEN IN JAZZ : (Kelsi Charlesworth - On-Air Fundraising, Sarah Ernst-Edwards - Jazz Programming and Anthem) Sarah Ernst Edwards takes a look at the contributions, along with the struggles, women face when trying to break into the male-dominated world of jazz. One local jazz artist has managed to break through some barriers.

EASTERN MARKET : (Kavita Kumar - All Things Considered) Each weekend the Eastern Market offers a variety of unique products to the residents of Washington, DC. Perhaps the only thing more interesting than the products they offer is the vendors themselves. Kavita Kumar reports.

CONVERSATION WITH FORMER INTERN #5 : This summer most interns had their first experience with the mysterious and sacred art of tape-cutting. Ira Glass talks about the virtue of this craft.

JACK'S BOATS : (Michael Klinger - Performance Today) Along Georgetown's M Street, you can find big names like Victoria's Secret, Starbucks, and Barnes and Noble. But in their shadow one small-name business in still thriving. Michael Klinger takes us on a journey to Jack's Boats.

IRISH CULTURE IN DC : (Irene Nolan - Weekend Edition Saturday) Feeling the effects of being far from home, Irene Nolan went searching for a taste of her homeland right here in Washington, DC. She was quite surprised by what she found.

CONVERSATION WITH FORMER INTERN #6 : Like Irene, most of us will be leaving NPR soon, but keep your eyes open and you might just see some interns who refuse to go. They're following in the footsteps of Charlie Mayer. Rumor has it Charlie has been here since he was a teen. He tells us what he enjoys best about working at NPR.

LIFE UNDER WATER : (Ashley Gross - Morning Edition) When the Sydney 2000 Olympics start next fall, Molly Freedman may be there at the end of the pool, excited and nervous, but ready to swim. Eighteen-year-old Molly is one of the Olympic hopefuls in the Washington, DC area. Ashley Gross reports.

BASEBALL ANNOUNCERS : (Jason Margolis - National Desk) Imagine getting paid to watch baseball. Jason Margolis talks to the men behind the mysterious booming voices heard at baseball games. As he found out, being a baseball public address announcer isn't all fun and games.

CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT SIEGEL : (Neal Carruth - Cultural Desk, Martina Baillie - Susan Stamberg/Cultural Desk) Two interns get some tips from All Things Considered Host Robert Siegel on how to host at National Public Radio.

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