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For immediate release
December 8, 2000
Siriol Evans, NPR

NPR Online Shop Opens
With Holiday Gifts for NPR Fans

Washington, DC - This holiday season, National Public Radio®(NPR®) opens the NPR® Online Shop, which offers top-quality, NPR-branded merchandise not available anywhere else. Online shoppers who visit the Web store at can order specialty gifts such as Morning Edition®with Bob Edwards latte mugs, NPR Polartec® fleece pullovers and NPR infant sleepers, as well as CDs, tapes, books and holiday gift sets.

As well as a wide range of merchandise appropriate throughout the year, seasonal specialties are available. The Best of NPR Audio Gift Set, a package of eight audiocassettes, contains NPR's most memorable on-air moments. The Holiday CD Collection includes the brand-new A Jazz Piano Christmas, as well as An NPR Jazz Christmas with Marian McPartland, and two editions of Christmas Around the Country featuring holiday classics performed by singers, choruses and bell choirs, recorded for Performance Today® from NPR.

Visitors to the NPR Online Shop can sample audio tracks using RealAudio. In addition to seasonal music selections, the Web site offers a range of classical, jazz, blues and gospel selections. Offerings include the just-released, NPR Classics recording Studio Cuts, with blues, rock, alt-country, folk and zydeco recorded at NPR's Studio 4A.

NPR-related books available at the NPR Online Shop include The NPR Classical Music Companion by Performance Today commentator Miles Hoffman.

Online gift orders placed by December 18th, 2000 will arrive in time for Christmas and Chanukah. Online shoppers can also order gift-wrapping for their NPR-branded products -- gift orders arrive wrapped in silver boxes, with silver bow and ribbon.

Renowned for its journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, NPR serves a growing audience of nearly 15 million Americans each week via more than 644 public radio stations. NPR Onlinesm at brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements.

Note: Photo files of NPR-branded merchandise are also available.