December 20, 2011
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Emerson Brown, NPR


   

NPR NEWS EXPLORES WHO & WHAT
MANAGED TO HAVE "A GOOD YEAR" IN 2011

FROM LIQUIDATION TO BEETS, SERIES AIRS
ACROSS ALL NPR PROGRAMS, BEGINNING TODAY

Android. Liquidation firms. Gravel. Beets. The down economy and a spate of natural disasters made this a rough 2011. But despite the hard times or perhaps because of them for some industries and individuals it was a banner year. NPR's "A Good Year" series highlights the perhaps unlikely success stories of 2011, and examines why certain people, businesses and ideas came out on top.

Talk of the Nation kicks off the weeklong series today, with listeners sharing their ideas for who and what had "A Good Year." The series airs through Saturday, December 31 across all NPR programs, and at NPR.org, where each story will be archived by topic at the series hub page. For stations and broadcast times of all NPR programs, visit www.npr.org/stations.

For financial, social, political (and sometimes curious) reasons, specific trends rode the coattails of 2011 to come out on top. NPR News will feature these outliers some comical, and others saddening in pieces that run the gamut, from health food and liquidation firms, to tech gadgets and music. Reports in the series include: the growing popularity of Korean pop music, as evidenced by a recent sold-out show at Madison Square Garden; the progress made in AIDS research, which touts a treatment plan capable of preventing the spread of the disease in the next 30 years; and a profile of up-and-coming R&B artist Sklyar Grey, whose song cameos made her voice ubiquitous and earned her a Grammy nod.

As NPR reporters, hosts and freelancers argue for what they believe had "A Good Year" in 2011, listeners are invited to share suggestions and participate in the conversation online here. The most popular listener submitted suggestions will be compiled and posted at NPR.org on Friday, December 30.