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Insights From The Generation Listen Tribe: Weekend In Washington 2013

NPR Generation Listen (GL) was born quietly last November as a small group of entrepreneurs were invited to a two-day showcase of NPR programming and topical conversations led by NPR journalists. The gathering, fondly known as Weekend in Washington, attracts public radio's most passionate supporters and superfans.

Last year, one of our first GL tribe members, Anneke Jong, shared highlights from her experience. This year, GL attendee Erica Berger took the torch and shared some of her favorite and most impactful NPR moments.

Excerpts and photos from her post are below. Find her original tumblr post here.


I Have Faith Again, And It's Not in What You'd Expect...it's NPR

The NPR headquarters in Washington, DC.

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This past weekend, I attended NPR's annual meeting of the minds, Weekend in Washington, as a member of Generation Listen.

Below you'll find a roundup of the conversations ranging in topic from race in America featuring the legal adviser to MLK Jr., The Arab Spring, the impact of storytelling on relationships, the Millennial generation, the psychological toll on journalists covering wars, and a fair amount about what makes NPR what is is as an organization. Scan through to get some insight into the inner workings one of the most respected news organizations in America. If you care about the news and the most pressing issues of today's society, you won't regret reading this.

My day job is in news, working both on the journalism side and the technology side. The last few years have been tough for the industry. But NPR's Weekend in Washington restored some of my faith again.

WiW is where the most supportive donors and trustees of National Public Radio, fondly known as NPR, come together in DC where the media organization is headquartered. The conversation centers around the news and America's most pressing issues, allowing supporters to experience live programming from their favorite, revered and treasured radio network correspondents.

Me, 27-year-old Brooklyn-based Erica Berger, one of the most supportive donors and trustees of NPR? Not quite. I'm actually a part of NPR's newest initiative aimed at solidifying the media organization's future, Generation Listen. We're a small but ambitious and energized group of Millennials volunteering our time and talents to make sure that our friends and the next generations to come will love NPR and care about the world as much as we do.

Combining frank discussion, with commentary from NPR's executives and invited thought leaders and of course, some delicious dinners and cocktails too, Weekend in Washington was what I would call the perfect nerd fest.

Read on for Erica's full blog post here. For highlights from the weekend, scroll through the slideshow below:

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    Erica Berger holding NPR swag and working her best Vanna White inspired pose.
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    During dinner at The National Portrait Gallery, guests were treated to a performance by NPR staffers who read six word stories on race, documented by NPR Host & Special Correspondent Michele Norris and The Race Card Project.
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    Erica: Next up, we had the pleasure of hearing a conversation between Weekend Edition Saturday's incredibly likeable host, Scott Simon, and the founder of StoryCorps, David Isay. The pair reflected on 10 years of StoryCorps.

    Pictured is Simon's reactions while remembering his StoryCorps recording with his recently passed mother.

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    Erica: "The highlight of the evening was Michele Norris's live conversation with Dr. Clarence B. Jones, the legal advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His six 'Race Card' words were: Hate is why we can't wait."

    (l-r) Erica Berger, Dr. Clarence B. Jones and Anneke Jong.

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    NPR's Code Switch team: (l-r) Gene Demby, Hansi Lo Wang, Karen Grigsby Bates and Kat Chow.
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    Tweets from the Generation Listen panel. The session was moderated by NPR technology reporter Elise Hu with panelists Denise Cheng, a researcher at MIT's Center for Civic Media and media entrepreneur Chris Altchek, founder of PolicyMic.
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    Guests at the panel were treated with Generation Listen branded swag.
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    Ari Shapiro, NPR White House correspondent and soon-to-be London correspondent, shared the story of his career.
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    Erica: That evening, we were bused to the new (and stunning) NPR headquarters to catch a live taping of another new, amazing program, TED Radio Hour. This time, NPR Host Guy Raz was in conversation with Dan Pallotta, author and entrepreneur leading the movement to improve nonprofits and management.
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    Erica: The next morning, we started off the final day of programming again on a very somber, yet pressing issue—that of journalists covering war and the impact of bearing witness.

    (l-r) NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Bruce Shapiro from the DART Center for Journalism and Trauma, and NPR's Kelly McEvers and Melissa Block.

    Erica Berger

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