December 20, 2006
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NPR TO OFFER THE MOST MEMORABLE AND MOVING
NPR STORIES OF THE PAST YEAR
FROM A DOG'S ADDICTION TO SUCKING ON TOADS
TO AN INVESTIGATION OF THE MILITARY’S TREATMENT
OF SOLDIERS RETURNING FROM WAR

NPR Music Will Also Feature the Most Memorable Live Music Performances
From NPR and NPR Member Stations

Available at NPR.org and as Podcasts
Thursday December 21


Washington, D.C.; December 20, 2006 - Each year, NPR.org offers an end-of-year “Memorable Moments” collection and podcast highlighting some of the most memorable and moving NPR stories of the year. Beginning Thursday December 21, the “Memorable Moments 2006” compilation, featuring more than 50 stories across a wide spectrum of categories will be available for on-demand streaming at www.NPR.org. The complete collection of stories, selected by NPR staff, will also be available as a podcast through which the public can select all 50 stories or specific stories that interest them. New this year, NPR Music offers a “Memorable Music 2006” collection and podcast, including the most memorable live performances from NPR and NPR Member Stations.

The story compilation is comprised of features, first-person documentaries, and commentaries spanning national and international news, arts/culture, music and science. The selected stories were originally broadcast on one or more of the following NPR programs: Morning Edition, Day to Day and All Things Considered, Weekend Edition Saturday, Weekend Edition Sunday, All Things Considered Weekend, World Cafe and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

“For ‘Memorable Moments,’ we don’t look for the most important or the biggest stories of the year. The focus is on bringing together the stories that remain as powerful and fun at year’s end as when they first aired,” said Joe Matazzoni, Executive Producer, Digital Media, NPR. He added, “We hope these stories show the best NPR and NPR Member stations have to offer in being emotional, transporting, funny, unique, sound-rich and compelling.”

“Memorable Moments 2006” features a broad range of stories including the explosive pairing of Mentos and Diet Coke, the voice-over artists for political ads reciting nursery rhymes, and a dog’s addiction to sucking on toads. At the other end of the spectrum, the collection features first person accounts of a man’s final year of life after being diagnosed with a brain tumor and a diary of a teenager living with AIDS; and an exclusive NPR News investigation of the mental health of soldiers at Fort Carson, CO. National reports feature a law professor’s historic win before the Supreme Court and New Orleans' celebration of Feast Day, along with international reports from Iraq, Mexico, Vietnam, Beijing, among others. Arts and culture stories include a best-selling Vietnamese wartime diary found by an American solider and deconstructing fashions shows from NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg.

In addition to the stories, a new feature this year will be “Memorable Music 2006” that will highlight the most memorable live musical performances from NPR Music and NPR Member Stations during the past year. The featured performers include Paul Simon from WXPN Philadelphia, NOMO from KEXP/Seattle, Tim O’Brien from WKSU/Kent, OH, Ani Difranco from WFUV/New York City, Tuck & Patti from KPLU/Seattle and a to-be-determined performance from WBGO/Newark. NPR Music will also include concerts from its live concert series produced by All Songs Considered at Washington DC’s 9:30 Club, including The Decemberists, Regina Spektor, Cat Power, Neko Case, Sonic Youth, Sleater Kinney, and Jenny Lewis, as well as a special concert of a choral piece from Paul McCartney.

“Memorable Moments 2006” and “Memorable Music 2006” will be available at www.NPR.org. Podcasts will be available at www.NPR.org/podcasts