For immediate release
May 23, 2006

NPR TO LAUNCH 11 NEW PODCASTS BEGINNING MAY 24

NPR Now Offering 52 Podcasts; Newest Entries Include "World Story of the Day," The Culture of Videogames and "Hmmm…Krulwich on Science"

25 Million NPR Podcasts Downloaded


Washington, D.C.; May 23, 2006 – NPR continues its leadership in podcasting with the introduction of 11 titles this week, growing the total of NPR Podcasts to 52.

Additionally, more than 80 NPR Member stations are currently contributing to the www.NPR.org public radio podcasts directory, which now features 313 titles from around the country.

The new entries mark the fourth phase of NPR's podcasting project. As of April 2006, users have downloaded 25 million NPR Podcasts since the first 16 titles were made available nine months ago.

The 11 new features include: more themed collections of NPR broadcasts, additions to the ALT.NPR brand of original-to-podcasting content, a popular segment from the music series World Café and a new full program.

They are:

--"Hmmm…Krulwich on Science" – NPR Correspondent Robert Krulwich's unique take on science and its intersections with technology, culture, politics and religion; the podcasts will feature his broadcast reports and additional original updates

--"Radio Expeditions" – the NPR/National Geographic series travels to the farthest corners of the world and uses state-of-the-art digital audio equipment to explore environmental, cultural and adventure themes

--"NPR: Economy" – continuing the success of NPR's themed podcasts on Health and Science, Technology, Movies, Books and other topics, this feature collects reports on economy from across NPR programming

--"NPR World Story of the Day" – also building on the popularity of NPR's "Story of the Day," this report is chosen daily by the staff of the NPR Foreign Desk

--"Hidden Kitchens" – from street-corner cooking to legendary meals to the culture of family gatherings, the award-winning series that captures how Americans come together through food; these segments are produced by The Kitchen Sisters

--"Your Health" – the popular Morning Edition Thursday series examining current health and lifestyle issues

--"World Café Next" – the influential contemporary music series' regular feature profiling indie and emerging global artists; World Café is produced at WXPN Philadelphia

--Justice Talking – the full weekly program that brings together the nation's top advocates to explore tough, provocative legal issues in the headlines

The new ALT.NPR podcasts are:

--"Press Start" – the art and culture of videogames; created by NPR staff members Kyle Orland, Ralph Cooper and Robert Holt

--"What Would Robert Do?" – NPR staffer Rob Sacks ponders approaching adulthood with knowledge and humor

--"Love and Radio" – Independent producers Nick van der Kolk and Adrianne Mathiowetz curate stories of post-college confusion from friends and total strangers

On August 31, a partnership of NPR and seven NPR member stations launched the first collaborative public radio podcasting project, which included business and technology models that would enable participation by stations around the country. At that time, the directory offered 33 podcasts, including 16 from NPR and others from local public radio stations. The project was subsequently expanded to include ALT.NPR, a separate brand for experimental content, and more than 70 additional public radio stations joined in.