An icon of radio has passed on with the cancellation of Talk of the Nation. The decision was a management prerogative, but I join with the many hundreds of you who have written in mourning. Some of your letters may help the replacement, Here & Now. We are all listening.
Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers came from across the country to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey. But the agency was also criticized for being slow in the first days. How do you report on selflessness, something which helps hold our nation together?
Steve Inskeep is a veteran reporter of wars and disasters with an appreciation for dark humor and the absurd. But how far can you go when you are the host of one of the largest general news shows in the country? Some listeners complained about his comments during coverage of Hurricane Sandy.
Audience surveys find that many of you dislike interviews with ordinary voters (especially if it's with someone you disagree with). I agree that the practice, born out of American populism, is overdone on NPR and in the mainstream media. This is sure to get me in trouble with the American journalism fraternity, but no one else in the world does what we do.
An audience poll to select the 100 best young adult books coughed up 75,000 voters and just two books with non-white protagonists. Even a winning writer complained. Kill the judges? No, the enemy is us. Book editors ask for a solution.
Every two years, NPR aims for the gold medal standard in its coverage of the Olympic Games, which means up-to-the-minute coverage. Due to the time difference, events take place before they are aired in primetime. Listeners often react with anger and call for a spoiler alert to be issued. Here, the Office of the Ombudsman offers NPR's coverage policies.
When religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty reported that rape accusations against a priest were "not that unusual," she rightly confessed to writing "inartfully." But a complaining Catholic organization could have been more humble in its attack, given the facts of abuses by priests.
Has the term 'Christian' been co-opted by conservatives or abandoned by liberals? These are among the several hundred, almost uniformly thoughtful reactions to last week's column about whether Christian has become synonymous with conservative. Here are some of the best responses.
Fresh Air repeated a popular 1970s riff on "How to be a Jewish Son," featuring Mel Brooks and David Steinberg on the old David Susskind show. Some shocked listeners said the clip insulted blacks and Jews. Comedy can make us laugh, squirm—and think. Where do you draw the line?