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NYT: NPR Is Canceling The 'BPP'

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This just in, from the New York Times:

National Public Radio officials are expected on Monday to tell the staff members of "Bryant Park Project" that their experimental weekday morning program, designed to draw a younger audience to public radio and capture listeners who had moved online, is being canceled.

The last broadcast of this New York-based program, which many listeners tuned into at rather than over the air, is expected to be on July 25. It's an expensive failure — the first-year budget was more than $2 million — and comes at a time when NPR is facing the same financial constraints as other news media thanks to higher costs and a downturn in underwriting.



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This is a sad day.

Sent by Rae Whitlock | 9:40 PM | 7-13-2008

This infuriates me. I'm so irritated by the NPR and PBS short-term attempts to bring in younger audiences that are canceled before they're allowed to flourish! I work for a PBS station, btw. I tried to give $$$ to support BPP but couldn't because of the (our) outmoded support model--I would've had to re-up at one of two local NPR stations, neither of which actually makes the BPP available to me, rather than directly support the program I love. Perhaps we can create a direct support campaign, not unlike how This American Life does quarterly or so to pay for their bandwidth?!?

Sent by Daphne | 9:41 PM | 7-13-2008

This is incredibly disappointing and upsetting. Does PBS not understand what an incredibly loyal audience BPP has built via their use of social media? It seems so very short-sighted to cancel the program when it's less than a year old.

Sent by Marilyn | 9:53 PM | 7-13-2008

I understand the paper chase that goes on with all forms of media but as someone who grew up on NPR in my mother's station wagon, this was the first thing that NPR has done to really get me actively engaged since broadcasting Garrison Keillor's "Guy Noir" skits for the first time.

Mistake. What a shame. Hope this returns in some other form. Wish you guys the best.

And no...I'm not going to start listening to the TakeAway.

Sent by John Ratcliffe-Lee | 9:55 PM | 7-13-2008

Heartbreaking news.

Sent by Mike Nash | 10:01 PM | 7-13-2008

I'm in shock. I can't believe NPR is cancelling the BPP. It was the first show that really appealed to me outside of NPR's hard news shows. Smart, savvy, insightful and funny. The BPP is responsible for my adopting Twitter because they did such an amazing job with it. I can't imagine not getting BPP updates on Twitter anymore. This is incredibly depressing.

Sent by bb | 10:05 PM | 7-13-2008

This is NOT a wise decision! This show engages me on news-related items more than any other news program I have ever listened to. It is more relevant to me than Morning Edition, Fresh Air, etc. And I really like both of those programs. It's just that BPP hits a lot closer to home for me. It talks about issues I care about. I've told so many people about it over the past several months. I have never been involved with a news or radio program more than with BPP. I follow the Tweets. I access the Facebook. I care about what happens on the show. This really ticks me off. So many things in the country right now where there are top-down decisions making my life less enojoyable, and now NPR sticks it to me, too. Extremely disappointed in Ohio.

Sent by T. Weiss | 10:13 PM | 7-13-2008

Okay who's inbox do we need to fill up? This is absolutely ridiculous. NPR CANNOT cancel this's more than a's an online media at its best! Not fair when you've had one of the key hosts out on maternity leave, too.

Let me know where to send my scathing protest email. Very sad.

Sent by Kristasphere | 10:16 PM | 7-13-2008

no no no no!!!!!!!! I download this podcast every day and listen. I follow on twitter and facebook. Please tell me it isn't so!

Sent by CJ Jackson | 10:27 PM | 7-13-2008

I just clicked on NPR to see if I might listen to some of Friday's show before bed, and I find this wretched news. Why oh why? I'm too old (55) and now too sad (on a scale of 1 to 10, a 10) to find anything else so bright and smart and engaging on the air or the internet. There isn't anything, is there? Perhaps this is a BPP prank and we will all wake up from this weird NPR nightmare.

Sent by Rick | 10:43 PM | 7-13-2008

This is very, very heartbreaking to hear!!!! I have been listening to you guys through the podcasts since almost the beginning. I don't know what I will do without you guys since I depended on your voices every day of the work week. Whenever I would get behind on your podcasts (switching jobs or days off), I made sure I listened to every single one of them so I wouldn't miss out on anything! The BPP will always be awesome in my book.

Sent by Natasha | 10:53 PM | 7-13-2008

I'm likely destined (doomed?) to be a lifetime public radio junkie, but until the BPP, I found myself increasingly listening to shows that were not NPR-branded. The BPP has taken over as my top listening priority, and with it I've found new appreciation for the NPR news machine and an approachable access point for it. I'm incredibly sad at the prospect of losing that access point and the personalities that came with it.

Sent by Seth in Kansas | 10:56 PM | 7-13-2008

This is horrible news. The only reason I bought my ipod earlier this year was to listen to the BPP at work. Up until then, no other podcast made me motivated enough to spend the money.

Sent by Steve | 11:03 PM | 7-13-2008

It seems a little bizarre to try something so bold, and give it so little time to succeed. What exactly did they expect to achieve in nine months? Maybe we should have taken a cue from Joss Whedon and started a "Save the BPP" campaign last October. I am a bit surprised that NPR did not try to fund the show from its audience. I'm sure that direct contributions a la This American Life would not add up to $2 million, but it would have been a more direct measure of audience support than a stupid survey, and might have provided a new source of revenue for NPR.

My favorite aspects of the show were the integrated blog/twitter/video/radio and the broad participation of the staff. It would be nice to see these features incorporated into other NPR programming.

Good luck to everyone involved with the show!

Sent by Dave Wiley | 11:11 PM | 7-13-2008

So sad...

I spent the past six months or so listening to the show, ever since Luc Burbank's (hope I spelled it right) last week. Though he drew me in initially, The show has kept up a great standard of both educational and fun content, which was always interesting to hear and listen to.
I too hope there will be some sort of other format that this show could take, which would allow it to continue to entertain and inform me, as well as others.


Sent by Amir Yoeli | 11:16 PM | 7-13-2008

Dagnabbit. My morning commute brightened considerably when I tuned in to the BPP

Sent by Chris Glass | 11:24 PM | 7-13-2008

For me, the BPP was a way to stay informed without having to read several different sources: it was the right mix of headliners, novelty news, and downright lighthearted hilarity. This show was a bright spot in my day that will be sorely missed. Whoever said that the BPP failed to reach young audiences was wrong, at least in my ballpark--I'm 16 years old and this is the first program that I've ever tried to convince all my friends to tune in on.

Sent by Vivian | 11:39 PM | 7-13-2008

Nooooooooooo!!!!!!! How on Earth am I going to make it through my awful workday without the BPP?!?

Sent by Sad Carey | 11:52 PM | 7-13-2008

Why not give the listeners a chance to rescue the show by offering financial support directly to the show?

Sent by Elleth | 12:01 AM | 7-14-2008

I'm sorry to hear this. I enjoyed following you all on Twitter. I hope we'll be able to follow you in your next endeavor(s).

Sent by ayse (arse poetica) | 12:01 AM | 7-14-2008

This is terrible news. I'm right in the demographic NPR needs to attract to be successful in the future (male, 24, with a college degree). The BPP was an amazing find for me when I discovered it about six months ago. It is everything I could want in a public radio show, but it was meant to speak to me, in the language of my generation without condescension. This move is short-sighted.

Sent by G. Heaven | 12:31 AM | 7-14-2008

This is sad. BPP is the only NPR item that I actually RSS. Too brilliant for it's time, due to be canceled is probably accurate. NPR still doesn't understand why people wouldn't want to support TAL only to have all the episodes become per-purchase under Audible.

Sent by zinger | 12:42 AM | 7-14-2008

Ever since the BPP's pilot episodes, I've found it a refreshing alternative to Morning Edition. The BPP actually succeeded in combining old and new media into a fantastic news source. At a time when "traditional" media outlets are feeling pressure from new internet media, I am disappointed that the BPP's success will not being rewarded.

Sent by John Cieslewicz | 12:51 AM | 7-14-2008

This is so disappointing. I just starting downloading the podcasts a few months ago, and I got hooked instantly. I love the format and the topics for in depth stories.

Sent by Maggie | 1:05 AM | 7-14-2008

I really enjoy this show and hope that NPR reconsiders the decision to cancel it.

Sent by Lisa B. | 1:36 AM | 7-14-2008

This is a hard piece of news to take, especially given that, like a lot of other people who work in public radio, I'm trying really really hard to find ways for our station's programming (and how we deliver it) to evolve in the face of rapid and scary change on every imaginable front. BPP has been a real inspiration to us in that effort, in more ways than I can count.

Special kudos to Laura for blogging this news here, as tough as it must have been to post it tonight. It speaks volumes about the integrity of this show, in all its forms...

Sent by Terry Green | 1:39 AM | 7-14-2008

I love, love, love the BPP. So, so sad. Never much went in for talk news shows before you guys.

Sent by Jennifer S. | 1:43 AM | 7-14-2008

NO! I just discovered you guys. This is not right.

Sent by Jenner | 1:54 AM | 7-14-2008

Say it ain't so! I'm an ex-pat living in Sweden and listen every day via podcast or the web. I can't believe NPR would be so short-sighted as to pull it after only 9 months...especially with the way the political climate is turning in the U.S. right now.

I'm with @Kristasphere...who's e-mail inbox do we have to bomb with protest letters?

Sent by Sharon Bowker | 2:15 AM | 7-14-2008

Seriously? This is the one podcast I faithfully listen to every day. I love this show, and am gutted that it's not going to continue.

Sent by Lisa S. | 2:22 AM | 7-14-2008

This is just plain wrong. I'm 47 and way out of the target demographic but this show clearly hit the target of mixing hard news with personality. I listen to it online every day at lunch and then finish when I get home from work. I even hear it's influence on the "traditional" broadcasts loosening them up a bit.

It was dumb to try this if they weren't going to give it at least a couple of years. How long did it take Morning Edition to gain it's original audience way back? Hmmm?

Sent by Marc Helgeson | 2:43 AM | 7-14-2008

I've been listening to at least part of the show almost every day since you have started.

I can't help to think what would happen if Alison Stewart were to come back. She was radio gold.

Was she ever planning to come back?

Sent by Erik in New Jersey | 3:11 AM | 7-14-2008

i'm incredibly disappointed; i love npr, and this show has been the highlight for quite some time. the twitters, etc. has made the show fun and easy to connect to. i wish npr would consider giving such an exciting new show some more time--less than a year is simply not enough to compete with some old favorites, particularly when this show isn't broadcast everywhere on radio and must be podcasted (at least where i am).

we will miss you, bpp and we wish you well.

Sent by ame | 3:45 AM | 7-14-2008

Very sad and disappointing news. I counted on the BPP every weekday morning for updates on news and pop culture. I don't know of any other radio show that can fill this void (and yes, I did listen to "the takeaway" and I wasn't impressed.

Sent by Frances | 5:22 AM | 7-14-2008

Just got the news...and it breaks my heart. You guys were the best find last year and I was looking forward to having the BPP in my life for much, much longer. You will be missed whole heartedly.

Sent by Summer Ash | 5:30 AM | 7-14-2008

That's a shame. I really enjoyed this show, and listened to both hours every day for the last few months. This quickly rose to the top of my playlists, up there with On The Media and This American Life, The Business and The Sound of Young America. I really wish this show would stick around, since I just found it and have only now started telling people about it.

Sent by chris | 5:50 AM | 7-14-2008

This is amazingly bad news, and pretty stupid. BPP makes up about 50% of my MP3 listening at the moment, and is the only daily podcast I bother following.

But when you look at the number of stations BBP is broadcast on, it's negligible. And The Takeaway rules out some big outlets for non-Morning Edition public broadcasting.

Sent by Marc Naimark | 5:59 AM | 7-14-2008

What was the point of investing all that money and talent if NPR was only going to give the BPP less than a year to take hold? You have so many loyal followers - people who actually engage in a dialog with you - even though you're only on a handful of stations. That shows so much long-term potential. This is very clearly a penny-wise and pound-foolish decision.

Whatever NPR's flawed decision making process may be, I hope you all know that by any reasonable standard you have made a groundbreaking, funny, informative, fascinating, and very successful show.

If any of you know before the show and blog disappear, please let us know where we can hear your work in the future. Best of luck to you all.

Sent by Maura | 6:33 AM | 7-14-2008

I am very sad - more on air later today
xoxoxox to all of you

Sent by Robert Paterson | 6:35 AM | 7-14-2008

It's a shame because the show had potential, but to be honest I could see the cancelation coming. The problem with shows that try this hard to appeal to a young demographic is that the pandering usually is apparent. BPP always infuriates me when the hosts insist on showing how clever and hip and ironic they are. Really it went downhill as soon as Burbank left. The current host might be the worst offender, competing against himself to use words it's not clear he understands and attempting to portray himself as knowing everything that matters.

Sent by Pavel | 6:36 AM | 7-14-2008

Clearly the decision-makers at NPR don't understand the value of new media or the value of the community that has grown around the BPP (esp. through its use of Twitter).

The BPP staff was innovative and risk-taking, and they were awarded with a cancellation.

Way to bring new listeners into the staid NPR lineup!

Good luck with those demographics in the future.

Sent by Carlo Scannella | 7:01 AM | 7-14-2008

This is really sad and upsetting. As a podcast, the BPP had become a part of my morning/workday ritual. (Perhaps this was the cause -- NPR is not ready to accept that broadcasting on a single platform is no longer a viable form of media. It is now about reaching as many ears as possible WHATEVER the means.

I wish you the best of luck in future endeavors and hope everyone involved takes pride in participating in one of the most subtly groundbreaking (George Carlin, you hear that?!) radio programs ever. The BPP melded terrestrial radio with the internet, video, twitter, newsletters -- and other broadcast technologies I'm sure I'm forgetting -- in a way I'd never seen before. The BPP brought it's listeners NPR news interspersed throughout a conversational free form radio show infused with a humorous, socially aware, and curious voice. My mornings will never be the same.

Good luck Alison, Bill, the mighty Mike Pesca, Matt, Trish, Pash, Ian, Laura, and everyone else over there!

The Bryant Park Project was too beautiful to live.

Sent by Dan M | 7:02 AM | 7-14-2008

this is a very bad and premature decision. it's like having to stick with an old guy like mccain instead of going with the young energetic new guy....

Sent by janet | 7:05 AM | 7-14-2008

DOH! How silly and stupid. I am directly in the cross hairs of your target audience and I listen EVERY DAY to the BPP via Internet.

GRRRRRRR. Very poor thinking NPR: this is a bad decision.

Sent by Gil Payson | 7:09 AM | 7-14-2008


I listen to your show on the Internet. I'm from Casablanca Morocco. It's a sad news. I got used to listen to BPP specially because it's aired at 11 AM GMT and here in Morocco the time is GMT+1 in the summer.

Good luck for the future.

Sent by Hicham | 7:11 AM | 7-14-2008

It sounds like you guys found out from the NY Times. Printing a story on Monday that says "...officials are expected on Monday to tell..."

If the budget was such a big issue, make it an hour-long show instead of two. Alternate days for the Most and the Ramble, have one geek story, do world, national, maybe a special interest story and you've almost got your hour. Crimeny it doesn't sound like they tried. At least with TV they move around the time slots and in Japan they shorten the length of the program if it's waning in popularity; they don't always cancel it altogether.

Sent by Sarah Lee | 7:13 AM | 7-14-2008

Have to add to the comment on pledge support. If part of the reason BPP didn't get air time was because stations feared non-broadcast platforms would cut them out of pledge money, NPR needs to find a solution to that. But NPR also needs to find a solution for podcast/web listeners who can't show their support via a local station. I would have made a donation during a pledge drive to my local station to support BPP, but I don't listen on a local station. Instead this year I gave money to This American Life. I would have given more in total if I could have been voting with my listener dollar for public radio shows I like.

PS: What happened to that 200 million from Joan Kroc?

Sent by Marc Naimark | 7:14 AM | 7-14-2008

I love you BPP. This is the only show I listen to on Sirius.

Sent by Sam | 7:31 AM | 7-14-2008

Nooooo. Noooo. Tell your fearless leaders that you captured this OLDER (50) listener who absorbs good radio regardless of delivery system.

So sorry.

Sent by Martha | 7:32 AM | 7-14-2008

fyi.....npr media relations phone is 202-513-2300. npr listener services is 202-513-3232. npr fax is 202-513-3329. tell them AGAIN and AGAIN what you think!!!

Sent by janet | 7:41 AM | 7-14-2008

This breaks my heart...

Sent by Cheshire | 7:54 AM | 7-14-2008

This is very dissapointing! While not perfect, the BPP has so much potential.
This show succeeds in bringing a (regretably) fading medium (radio) up to step with the internet age. It brings an important demographic into the NPR fold, and saves my generation from junk like CNN and Fox News, one listener at a time. Moreover, it taps into the emerging "web 2.0" style of letting the consumers influence the product.

In addition to being an innovative program, it is immensely entertaining and informative, and I will miss it dearly.

Sent by Em | 7:55 AM | 7-14-2008

What is going on here? Just as I found something to keep me happy and well informed about current issues, the BPP is cancelled! How do we fight this? I am ready to put on my camoflage and fight the man against this injustice!

Sent by Jenn | 8:06 AM | 7-14-2008

OK. Fine.

But now what is NPR going to do for those of us who listen on Sirius? Without ME and ATC there is seems to be no regular news programming on SIR. The BPP was the only alternative to the talk shows Fresh Air, DTD, Diane Rehm, TOTN, Radio Times that cycle endlessly on both SIR NPR stations.

Dropping in yet another run of Fresh Air (to compliment the EIGHT HOURS of FA that run every weekday) or a couple hours of Diane Rehm (who's currently clocking in at TEN hours daily) is unacceptable. For the 48 hours of programming across the two SIR channels, fully 38% of weekday programming is covered by these two shows.

I've listened to NPR for two decades and in my estimation NPR has no news shows that sound or are distributed like BPP. It's a winning wonderful formula. Think hard before you pull BPP from Sirius to make sure that there is a real news replacement. Better yet, bite the bullet and give us ME and ATC.

Sent by Dan S. | 8:10 AM | 7-14-2008

This is such bad news. I really enjoy your show. I just tried calling the media relations number, but no one answers until after ten.

Is there someone we can send nuts to?

Sent by Beth | 8:15 AM | 7-14-2008

Oh no! Can we do anything?

I love this show. It's become my favorite show on NPR. I know I am not alone.

Sent by Alison | 8:15 AM | 7-14-2008

Under the ever-increasing list of dumb moves made by NPR this jumps right to the top. Perhaps it is an effort to meet the ratings of CNN and the quality gauntlet set down by Time, Newsweek and other paradigms of modern journalism, NPR has made the greatest mistake of well, at least this year and perhaps since dropping Bob Edwards a couple of months before his 25 th anniversary.

Well done.

Sent by Peter Caron | 8:15 AM | 7-14-2008

I'm a 26 year old, am I not the audience NPR is trying to get? I listen to the BPP every morning in its entirety at work. I honestly don't know what morning news show I will replace it with, although I do know it won't be Morning Edition. I can't even express how disappointing I find NPR decision.

Sent by Jennifer | 8:17 AM | 7-14-2008

prob a good thing the show got canceled.
the idea that the younger listeners of NPR are any different in thier interests than the older listeners is somewhat of an insult to both groups.
this foray into short attention span constant audio track annoyingly playing in the background programming was a joke, constantly annoyed me as a long time listener enough to listen to other things when this show is on.
goodby to a bad idea.

Sent by j hebert | 8:18 AM | 7-14-2008

This is sad. I just discovered this show a few months ago and listen online at work every day. My coworker has a constant throat clearing problem and BPP helps keep me sane.

Sent by Katie | 8:18 AM | 7-14-2008

Terrible news.


Sent by Andrew Eickmann | 8:20 AM | 7-14-2008

This is truly tragic. I love this show so much, it makes my mornings bright and filled with laughter. I hope you all who have worked so hard to make Bryant Park and excellent program have wonderful lives. I will miss dearly the time I spent getting to know you through the blog and through listening to the show. Farewell.

Sent by Justin Palmer | 8:20 AM | 7-14-2008

This is so awful! I saw this coming, but I really hoped it wouldn't happen. I am one of those few people who got to listen to BPP on regular FM radio AND I also listened to the podcast when I couldn't catch the real thing. I never miss it. Now what???

Sent by Ali in VT | 8:20 AM | 7-14-2008

I only found you 2 weeks ago! You are a good news program for people with anxiety problems. I was told to quit listening to the regular news by the Dr. But you cover the main news and can still be cheerful about other things. Wish I can change things for you.

Sent by Neva Smith | 8:21 AM | 7-14-2008

How can we save the BPP? We need to figure it out before it is too late. I need my quirky "Ramble" and "The Most" segments.

Sent by Matthew Stone | 8:21 AM | 7-14-2008

Is it wrong that I want to call NPR and cuss them out? I've been listening to y'all via the internet almost every day since you started. You were nice enough to interview me. Sometimes, you make me giggle when I have my headphones on and my coworkers look at me suspiciously.

Matthew and I both are extremely saddened and angry about this. I guess like Arrested Development, y'all are too awesome to go on.

- Kerry,

Sent by Kerry Crawford | 8:22 AM | 7-14-2008

Wow, this is terrible! I listen every day on Sirius and my wife podcasts it. I hate how if everything isn't an overnight powerhouse it gets canned. I hope NPR replaces it with something decent on Sirius and not YET ANOTHER hour of repeats...

Sent by Mike | 8:22 AM | 7-14-2008

How can this be? I am new to NPR.ORG and the BPP. I have loved this show more than any other. It hasn't been available to me on WVTF. I listen everyday online. I like the programs that WVTF provides, but I can take it or leave it. I might as well listen to music all day on standard radio!

Sent by Sharon | 8:22 AM | 7-14-2008

I have been an avid NPR listener my entire life (what a geek, right?). BPP finally gave us smart AND funny. It has become my favorite NPR show. I download it on ITunes every day!!! Help! Please! Don't do it! I'll be calling listener services later.

Sent by Pattie Carlin | 8:24 AM | 7-14-2008

When I plugged in this morning and heard the news, my heart shattered. I work in a cubicle farm and this incredibly entertaining, humorous and intelligent show was the highlight of my day. I hope NPR finds that this was a huge mistake and is able to keep this show going.

Sent by ricardo alonso | 8:26 AM | 7-14-2008

as a photojournalist living overseas for the last 20 years tuning into NPR since the first days of ATC i am sad to see bryant park project go, a fresh voice i hope is reincarnated, it had become my vurtual neighborhood, a home away from home pb -tokyo

Sent by peter | 8:27 AM | 7-14-2008

I am a 44 year old male, who listened to BPP every morning on Sirius. I maybe a little old for your demographic, but you hooked me. I am an avid NPR fan, and found the BPP to be refreshing, different and after hearing one show last summer, I switched from Morning Edition right away. Is there a way to get NPR to reconsider?

I learned so many new things, including twittering, great music selections, great film reviews and a new take on sports.

I feel sorry for all of the staff, and hope you'll find yourselves doing something this fun again. I could tell each time the staff was on, everyone was enjoying this. It was truly evident to all who listened.

I will sorely miss my BPP morning fix.

Sent by Macabee | 8:29 AM | 7-14-2008

very disappointed with NPR, the BPP is such a great show.
Good luck to you all

Sent by D | 8:29 AM | 7-14-2008

So sorry to hear this. Such a completely wrong-headed decision. I can't even imagine what criteria NPR based this on.

If I don't get another chance to say it, thanks for all the content, and all the hours of listening. If this does indeed go down today, you will be very, very missed.

Sent by Brad S. | 8:29 AM | 7-14-2008

I listen to BPP on NPR Now on Sirius and before this show came on, there really wasn't anything appealing on this station. Because it appealed to a new NPR audience, I found myself sharing things that I heard on the show with many of my friends and urging them to listen to and support the show and NPR. I pay for my Sirius subscription, but I also support NPR during local fund drives. This is a real shame.

Sent by Doug | 8:29 AM | 7-14-2008

Public radio has now basically said: We'll pay lip service to younger audiences but in reality we don't have the guts (the resources) or the will to serve an audience that's under 50 years old. /sigh

Sent by jorge | 8:29 AM | 7-14-2008

The BPP can't go! I am a 20 year old senior in college and I love the show. I listen to it all day nearly every day online at my internship. The radio personalities are one of a kind. The BPP keeps the news fresh and the politics unbiased. The project has a faithful following, hopefully PBS management can realize this and reverse the shows termination.

Sent by Devin Deane | 8:30 AM | 7-14-2008


Sent by Steve Petersen | 8:32 AM | 7-14-2008

I am distraught, I found BPP via Satellite Radio last Fall ('07). I fell in love with the seemingly "random" news that was always on point and brings different stories than that which I read in the Washington Post. Recently, I have moved and have a longer commute. Now I fear what I will have to listen to on the drive, as BPP always made the drive shorter. I am a recent college grad and software engineer who considered expanding outside the BPP box to other NPR programming. However, if the attitude of NPR is to cancel THE show that I enjoy and squash a younger feeling journalistic flavor, then maybe the rest of NPR is NOT worth my time. Something MUST be done to save this program. (I would say radio show, but it is sooooo much more than that!) Thank you all at the BPP for the devotion you have given to bringing the news to my morning. I am struggling with the idea you will be off the air, so soon (it is rather abrupt)!

Sent by Matt Gilkeson | 8:32 AM | 7-14-2008

How sad -- especially when you consider the many worse ways that the US government spends its money. You guys brought a glimpse of next generation thinking to an old establishment and NPR had a more effective message with you in the mix. I guess you cant teach an old dog new tricks when theres a war of ideas on controlled by the old guard during an economic downturn. Good luck to all of you in the future and i have no doubt your quick irreverent wit will see you through.

Sent by Mike in Dubai | 8:38 AM | 7-14-2008

Boooo! This show is the best thing NPR has going. They aren't going to bring younger listeners in if they don't keep the show. BPP was a great idea, it's a great show, the people on it are fun. Where else am I going to go? You've left me to wander the interweb to try and find something that will inevitably be half as good.

Sent by Andy Johnson | 8:38 AM | 7-14-2008

I would have thought that NPR would have seen more value in continuing to cultivate a younger audience with the Bryan Park Project. I will truly miss Mike Pesca's engaging interview style and all of the show's informative and entertaining content during my morning commute. I may have to tune my satellite radio away from NPR and over to Fox News.... no, I don't think I'm that disenfranchised.

Sent by Pete | 8:38 AM | 7-14-2008

I echo the comments listed above. The BPP is a show that is informative, timely, and energetic in a way that no other NPR program is. It has an appeal that crosses age, gender, race, and political divisions. I'm a young professional with a politically conservative background, and I have friends across the political spectrum who enjoy the BPP to the same extent that I do. I truly enjoyed listening to Alison Stewart, and thought that the switch to Mike Pesca was a difficult one to swallow...but with my adjusting to him (and his adjusting to his new position), I have come to savor my BPP mornings just as much as I did in the pre-Mike days, if not more. The team is cohesive, funny, entertaining and informative. It draws listeners and keeps our attention. I cannot say how many times I have gotten to work and had to sit in my car to keep listening to an engaging story on the BPP...and when I can't catch the whole show, I too listen on the web. I am saddened and disheartened that NPR would make such a short-sighted and poorly reasoned decision as to cancel the BPP. Shows such as the BPP are the only reason that I even consider donating to NPR; cancelling the BPP takes away a significant draw for diverse listenership.

Sent by Dean | 8:39 AM | 7-14-2008

During the last school year my 12 year old son and I *loved* listening to BBP on the way to school. I also subscribed to the podcast for the gym. It is true that Mike Pesca is a bit harder to take than Burbank and other guest hosts, and he stepped on everyone else's lines, but I even got used to him ;-). The point is that it is *alive* fast-paced, and funny, instead of the snoring quality of Morning Edition. The delivery system worked!! I'd donate to this show in a heart-beat. It's good radio!

Sent by Kent Livingston | 8:40 AM | 7-14-2008

This is the best radio show in my opinion. It's the only radio show I listen to on Sirius radio. NPR is being short sighted and making a big mistake in cancelling this program.

I will now be looking for a non-NPR radio show.

Sent by steve | 8:42 AM | 7-14-2008

Oh, yet another example of big conglomerations selling web media completely short. Ostrichs with their head in the sand. Yours was by far the most entertaining NPR show out there. It'll be a shame to see you guys go.

Sent by Joanna | 8:48 AM | 7-14-2008

This show got me listening to NPR again! How very disappointing. I love the format of the show and find it great for mornings. NPR is doing a stupid thing by not letting this show stay on the air.

Sent by Audrey Smith | 8:49 AM | 7-14-2008

Absolutely disappointing - the BPP is a great show with intelligent hosts and a solid lineup - isn't this what listeners want? Isn't there someway to keep the show going?

Sent by disheartened | 8:53 AM | 7-14-2008

I am so sad about this news, and I am with Krista and the rest, take the phn/fax numbers Janet posted and LET THEM KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!

Sent by Kerstin Upmeyer (Kittydew) | 8:53 AM | 7-14-2008

PLEASE follow up with any ways listeners can support the BPP. If there is an opportunity to get you back on the air, I'd like to be a part of it.

Sent by Jenny Bates | 8:53 AM | 7-14-2008

So let me get this straight. You invest two million to attract new and younger listeners. You succeed with the best and most interesting program on NPR, but decide the continuing cost is prohibitive to the develop the permanent NPR listening habits you earnestly desire and need for future support.

Truly you deserve the future you are creating, where you run the NPR begathons for a dwindling listener base of retirees and nursing home clients.

This is classic short sighted management, and one day I suspect BPP and NPR will be a case study in business colleges on how to kill an entire future listener base.

Sent by Dave Donahue | 8:54 AM | 7-14-2008

As an NPR listener for over two decades, today I am very displeased to hear of the cancellation of the Bryant Park Project. Even though my age puts me years outside the "target" demographic for the BPP, I have found the programming to be refreshing, insightful, and memorable.

NPR's decision to cancel BPP comes on the heels of another of the network's other ill-fated decisions to remove Bob Edeards from Morning Edition. I still have not fully forgiven NPR for that transgression either.

When will NPR learn to recover from its mistakes rather than repeating them?

Sent by Mike Giglio | 8:55 AM | 7-14-2008

After 10 years away from the USA living in Greece, this is the ONLY show that was able to lure me back to NPR and I have listened faithfully from day one. Now it's over ALREADY before u even give it a fair chance, WHAT A SHAME!!!
I seriously doubt I will even tune in at all anymore... I'm extremely disappointed, the highlight of my work day is gone!... truly sorry to see u go, and good luck guys, from a loyal listener in Santorini, Greece!

Sent by Sharen Lena Treutel | 8:55 AM | 7-14-2008

I am extremely disappointed by NPR's decision to pull the plug on the BPP. In my opinion, the BPP is the best show on both TV and Radio to get the latest in pop culture, art, entertainment, politics, current events, music, books and much, much more. I look forward to listening to the BPP every morning and have introduced this show to several friends who are now daily listeners too. I have always supported NPR over any other media outlet, but I don't know if I can continue my support when they have chosen to cancel one of their most honest, straight forward, enjoyable programs. Bottom line - this sucks!

Sent by sarah | 8:55 AM | 7-14-2008

But you're the ones who know how to USE the internet!

The ship is leaking.

Sent by Matthew Trisler | 8:59 AM | 7-14-2008

This truly is sad news. I'm 26 with a wife and daughter. I guess I am the target 'younger' audience that NPR was going for with the Bryant Park Project. I really enjoyed the show. It was nice to get the high quality news that I've come to expect from NPR presented in a more youthful manner. I will miss the BPP. Morning Edition and All Things Considered are great programs but they both feel geared towards people much older than me.

Sent by Theodore Campbell | 8:59 AM | 7-14-2008

BPP was a treasure to find. Since I started listening last year, I find that I talk about it all the time. I've got my husband into it and a turned a friend onto your book club. It has been great having a program to listen to in the more that is so interesting, and so interactive. I bought an mp3 player so that I could get the bpp podcasts when I missed a show or an hour of the show. I have never enjoyed a program as thoroughly as I have enjoyed bpp, to the point where I have become an addict to the show and I reference it several times a day. I feel like I am losing a friend, and I wish there was something I could do to make it stop.

Sent by p maloney | 9:02 AM | 7-14-2008

This was the only reason I listened to NPR. I used to be a dedicated Stern listener in the mornings until I found the BPP last fall.

NPR was on to something with this show by taking a big step in bringing a younger, freah and more hip show to their station for the younger listeners. This move will most definately prove to be a mistake and step backwards for the organization.

Sent by Z | 9:03 AM | 7-14-2008

Thank the deity that this balled (sic) face memetic rip off has finally crashed like a broken plan at an air show. OK, that was a comment because he just said the blog was one-sided. The truthiness of the matter is that the woman whose husband I am works for the public radio and we've been having a dialogue about the BPP. Being somewhat of a culture savant, I was SURE that the BPP would become the biggest development boom since sustaining memberships. The only thing I can figure is that this is a huge social network experiment and tsunami that will break on the shores of the bloggysphere where all links lead to

Sent by dwolfe | 9:04 AM | 7-14-2008

I realize that the demographic for BPP is quite a bit younger than I (I am 59), yet, as a "child" of the 60's, I find it exciting, informative, and energizing to listen EVERY morning on my satellite radio to BPP. I have a long commute in the morning and look forward to BPP each day. I quote them on my blog and to everyone I know.
I was extremely upset and disappointed that NPR has decided to end this wonderful program....PLEASE reconsider!

Sent by Barbara Cowen | 9:07 AM | 7-14-2008

I feel like I've just been dumped. Hurt, angry and seeking revenge. I think we should all consult Tricia's Complaining 101 tips from last week (they're on the blog) and let NPR know how we feel... And to heap injury upon insult, I can't even listen to the stream cause the "streaming server cannot accept any more connections?!" This completely sucks.

Sent by Silas | 9:09 AM | 7-14-2008

lol I just started listening to this show.

Sent by Zhuangzi | 9:09 AM | 7-14-2008

Reconsider Please!!!!
I just turned my 16yr old son onto BPP...and your all I listen to when in the dull drums of work...

Sent by Bonnie | 9:12 AM | 7-14-2008

A letter to the Higher UPs!
I just have to say I have never written NPR before about programs or features, but I have literally grown up with NPR in every facet of my life. I was SO excited to find the BPP and see NPR from a fresh new perspective! I shared the show with my family and friends and got them all addicted to its quality and alternative stories. I found myself throughout the day saying more "I heard this thing on BPP" then saying "I heard this story on NPR"!
I am extremely down-heartened to hear you have given up faith in such a great show that doesn't just target "young people" but young spirits who crave something different than the same routine shows and the same patterns of stories.
I wish you would give this a chance and I certainly hope you adopt Allison Stewart and all the BPP'ers into your NPR family in body and spirit. Their voices are the voices of many who have not been heard on NPR before.
Sincerely, Megan Shanley

Sent by Megan Shanley | 9:13 AM | 7-14-2008

This makes me sad. Is there any hope for public radio? Fair Game with Faith Salie had its plug pulled, now BPP. Are the public radio gods unwilling to give anything time to catch on.

I've been listening faithfully from the early pilots, and it has been a pleasure to listen to the show take shape. It was informative. It was interesting. It was fun. I will miss it.

Even with its rotating cast of hosts, the show always had a wonderful chemistry and conveyed a sense that the people who made it were having fun. Contrast it with The Takeaway, which is just a string of awkward moments connected by interviews.

I hope Alison goes back to TV. NPR doesn't deserve her.

Sent by Owen | 9:15 AM | 7-14-2008

This is so sad...what am I going to talk about at dinner now? Most of my conversations began with, 'I heard on BPP today...'

This seems like an incredibly short-sided decision on the part of NPR leadership. The show was both entertaining and informative, and seem to do so well with the new media (blog, twitter, etc.) that it actually kept my attention.

Please let us know where you all end up, we'd like to keep following...

Sent by G | 9:16 AM | 7-14-2008

This is extremely short-sighted of NPR and PBS. BPP was the first piece of original programming they have put on for years. This decision will return to haunt them. It will bite their face off! Good luck, guys. I am sure you will be fine. I am not sure about NPR. P.S. I am an American.

Sent by Dr. D | 9:16 AM | 7-14-2008

What terrible news! I've listened to the BPP since day 1. I have to admit, it did take me a few weeks to warm up to the show. But now the show is my primary radio source for news and pop culture updates. I couldn't believe it today when Mike said there were only a few more days...I'm so sad.

Sent by Mary | 9:18 AM | 7-14-2008

yes, we learned alot in the 60's and i hope to continue to learn alot "in" the 60's...npr, please don't squelch the creativity and energy of our youth...npr management, please take your prozac, sit down at the big table, chill out, relax, talk amongst yourselves....and please find a more positive solution....where there's a will/pill, there's a way!!! ps. thank you tricia...i learned a new word: penultimate.

Sent by janet | 9:19 AM | 7-14-2008

I am truely devastated. I listed to the show with my 15 and 16 year olds in the morning. They have become very involved in politics as well as national and world issues as a result of this hip show that speaks to their generation. The delivery is fast-paced which this generation is used to, packed with facts they can share with their friends. I hope there is a way BPP can continue with another sponsor or media.

Sent by Linda Engman | 9:21 AM | 7-14-2008

I have tried out many of NPRs podcast shows and this is the only one that I actually listen to. Very sad.

Sent by Chris in Chicago | 9:23 AM | 7-14-2008

OH NO! I'm SO sad. I had only recently discovered BPP (our NPR station doesn't carry it) and was busy telling EVERYONE I knew about the smart, interesting, funny, exciting new show for 'my generation' on NPR. I wanted to participate in the Book Club and was planning on listening to podcasts on my way to work. I'm so sad. I don't think they gave the project enough time to reach their audience. I wish they would reconsider. This program really spoke to me.

Sent by Line | 9:23 AM | 7-14-2008

Even West Virginians listen to BPP! Appalacian radio reception is so uneven that we started listening to NPR online. BPP quickly became a big favorite.... can we keep it, please?

Sent by Mary Moore McLaughlin | 9:25 AM | 7-14-2008

This is a huge step backwards. I'm a 19 year old college student and was never a regular NPR listener until I discovered the BPP. I listened to the show every day recommended it to my friends and family. Taking this show off the air is both an enormous disappointment and a mistake.

Sent by Eric Cournoyer | 9:25 AM | 7-14-2008

I am so sorry to hear this; I have enjoyed the show so much and have been telling everyone about the BPP. It could have been a success if given the chance. I am really going to miss it.

Sent by Jenny | 9:27 AM | 7-14-2008

My new day dream:

"From APR in New York, this is the Bryant Park Project."

Heck, they wouldn't even have to change the logo that much.

Sent by Dave Wiley | 9:28 AM | 7-14-2008

I don't know how I will start my day. Bryant Park Project was a refreshing change from the stodginess of Morning Edition. The BPP covered subjects of relevance to my world and I will miss it greatly.

Sent by JJ Bauer | 9:32 AM | 7-14-2008

bpp was the first daily news program that i thought was doing things right - i told everyone i knew about it. what a ridiculous decision to be canceled, what the hell i'm i supposed to listen to in the morning now?!? thanks for the effort bpp...

Sent by michael surtees | 9:38 AM | 7-14-2008

bpp was the first daily news program that i thought was doing things right - i told everyone i knew about it. what a ridiculous decision to be canceled, what the hell i'm i supposed to listen to in the morning now?!? thanks for the effort bpp...

Sent by michael surtees | 9:39 AM | 7-14-2008

I'm crushed ... I CAN'T go back to Morning Edition !!! The BPP was the perfect blend of solid news reprting with real personalities and fun. Mike Pesca owned the morning. I eagerly anticipated Pesca and Alison Stewart as co-hosts ... What will I do without 'The Most' and 'The Ramble'?

Sent by Hop | 9:39 AM | 7-14-2008

This is really sad news. I came late to the party, I just began listening to the BPP about a month ago (on Sirrius) and I became a huge fan. The show was different, new, exciting and in a weird way optimistic. We live in an increasingly difficult time and a confused landscape, the BPP was helping me start my day a little smarter, a little funnier, it will be sorely missed. And NPR will miss me, I'm a young, socially concious business executive and have felt myself slipping away from NPR over the last couple of years. So sorry to see BPP go.

Sent by joe | 9:39 AM | 7-14-2008

I am astounded! This is one of the best programs on NPR! Maybe the problem is that it is too good - it is too entertaining while being informative - Maybe there is some twisted "must suffer to be good" thinking going on here - "these people are having too much fun" - "they are getting too much enjoyment out of an NPR show - this must stop" - It is funny - I have often thought that if BBP went over-the-air in major markets, it would be a huge hit ... and I wonder if it got hit with the "kill it before it succeeds" mentality at NPR.

Sent by Jon | 9:39 AM | 7-14-2008

When we got our new car, it came with Sirius radio. I quickly became addicted to the BPP on my morning commute. It's the first show I listened to in its entirety and I'll really miss it. It's the only radio show that has ever held my attention long enough to make me sit in my car at work and risk the wrath of my boss for coming in late! Good luck to you all, you're very talented and I look forward to following y'all wherever you go!
PS. I was also interviewed by Alison for a movie review some time ago, via my twittering, and it's an experience I'll always brag about!

Sent by wareagle | 9:40 AM | 7-14-2008

WHAT!%&*#$%%****!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!

Sent by Kerstin | 9:41 AM | 7-14-2008

As someone suggested here, maybe they should emulate the online fundraising of "This American Life" to directly support the show.

I think its worth a try to save this wonderful and worthwhile show.

Sent by Stephen | 9:42 AM | 7-14-2008

I am so sad. I am hooked on BPP. It is a such a clever show. I have told so many people about it. I think if it had more time it would have really taken off.

Sent by lia | 9:42 AM | 7-14-2008

If so many listeners are shocked and disappointed at the apparent "failure" of the BPP, how can NPR justify its cancellation? This is a great program for a new generation of public radio listeners. It's ashame that NPR cannot recognize that.

Sent by hayley | 9:43 AM | 7-14-2008

I have to admit that it took me a bit of time to get used to BPP. But I just turned 53 and an adjustment period is to be expected.

Now I love listening to it on Sirius in the morning and the other NPR programming seems so stodgy in comparison.

My interpretation of the Times article is that it was short-sighted NPR administration politics that killed BPP. The new regime did not want to nourish someone else's baby. They want the money to do THEIR own thing.

Pure idiocy. NPR is going to wither and die if it does not develop a new audience. BPP was doing that.

When I got Sirius in my car I stopped listeing to NPR. BPP brought me back. I would be delighted to be part of a viral campaign to keep BPP going. We have more tools at our disposal to create buzz than ever before. NPR give us some hope that BPP could be saved and we will bring you the audience numbers you want. Just give us the chance.


Sent by JohnFred | 9:44 AM | 7-14-2008

I'm so heartbroken to hear this news! I'm a 35 year old programmer who listens every day at work via and I absolutely love it. BPP is refreshing and a good change of pace from other NPR programs. I do tune into Fresh Air and Morning Edition while driving sometimes, but BPP is my morning addiction that gets me through work. There is nothing else that I consistently listen to at NPR and I suppose I'll have to find something elsewhere to fill this same niche. :'( :'( :'(

Sent by Kathy Fisher | 9:45 AM | 7-14-2008

Just what in the hell is wrong with NPR?! I agree with previous commentators about figuring out a way to make direct payments to certain programs, rather than stations that don't even carry the programs I want to hear. Yes, I'll listen to Morning Edition in the car, and anything else that comes on... when I'm in my car, but when I have a choice on my computer I go straight to programs like Bryant Park... and would continue to do so in my car if given the option. And now, NPR takes this away from me. Yeah, I understand you have a budget crunch NPR, but you're also throwing away future benefits with this decision. I'll listen until you're off the air (so to speak) BPP.

Sent by Mark Krawczyk | 9:47 AM | 7-14-2008

This is incredibly frustrating. You would think that the folks at NPR would try and attempt some sort of rescue operation first. Fund drive, etc. I would be willing to kick down the cash if I knew it would be going to keeping the BPP on air. I already contribute to my local NPR station - which has the crappiest morning show host EVER. I even renewed my subscription to Sirius JUST so I could listen to BPP on my commute.

The entire media seems based upon the adage, "If at first you don't succeed (wildly), we cancel you."

Badly done, NPR, badly done.

Sent by Tara Hacker | 9:48 AM | 7-14-2008

I only learned of the BPP via the NYT article. I've never listened to the show, but from the comments it appears to be a greaty show. Hate that I won't have the opportunity to become a fan.

Sent by Tiffany | 9:50 AM | 7-14-2008

you have got to be kidding me! Im a 22 year old college student and this is the one program i tune into on-line from NPR that i like. the BPP is a grate program and i just dont get why there canceling something that reaches out to a demographic that is younger than 60. For shame NPR for Shame.

Sent by Michael Sepenoski | 9:53 AM | 7-14-2008

Now that I've had time to think more clearly than my 6am foggy brain, I realize I was expecting the BPP to be around a lot longer. As such, I have a big favor and I'll ask again some other time next week since I'm sure no one will end up reading all of these blog posts (except Laura).

I was planning on having my speech kids listen to the BPP this fall. Those who will be doing Radio Broadcasting for Iowa High School Speech Association compete to go to All State and I tried to have them listen to All Things Considered and Morning Edition for good radio techniques and transitions last fall but they just got glassy eyed and zoned out.

What I'm looking for is a podcast or just a copy of a BPP "episode" with 2 hosts (any combination of Alison, Rachel, or Mike is fine). These kids have no idea that a good radio show amied at a younger audience doesn't need to include yelling or toilet flush noises.

Twitter me (@faerirose) or reply here if you can help and I'll set something up with Megaupload or Sendspace. Thanks tons.

Sent by Sarah Lee | 9:53 AM | 7-14-2008

If only I were a millionaire instead of a 23 year old with student loans! This program means a lot to me and if I could I'd gladly donate a fortune to save the BPP. Someday, BPP... someday.

Sent by (Still Sad) Carey | 9:53 AM | 7-14-2008

No! This was such a great program. No other show (on radio or TV) counts as fans this 46 year old, boring mom & my 16-year old, very hip daughter. This is a sad day for NPR!

Sent by Middleclass Mom | 9:55 AM | 7-14-2008

Booooo!!! This is the first NRP show I have listened to consistently and enjoyed! I grew up listening to morning edition and all things considered via mom and dad but I haven't listened to them on a regular basis in years. This program does speak to my generation and it doesn't make me want to take a nap!!! What will keep me distracted at work now???

Sent by Drew | 9:56 AM | 7-14-2008

What a loss. I really enjoyed this alternative to the regular NPR morning programming - in fact, I listed this morning on my drive to work.

Sent by Loretta Donovan | 9:59 AM | 7-14-2008

*sigh* seriously? I have been listening since Oct of last year, and yes online almost exclusively - But that's because it's not carried on my local NPR affiliate. If it was i might actually listen to the station more often.
as a side note: i've gotten used to Mike. but i definitely miss Luke, Rachel and Alison.
if there's a way to save it let us know! if not, best wishes to all of you.

Sent by Eli | 9:59 AM | 7-14-2008

You know, the real tragedy is that this was my best means of introducing public radio to my fellow 20-somethings, a demographic with potential to sustain the medium for decades to come. By cutting back on the Bryant Park Project in its infancy, NPR has severed their most successful gateway to considerable future financial support. As much as I can appreciate the pressure of an economic downturn, killing the goose that will lay the golden eggs is always a mistake. *sigh* Well, I guess there's always PRI.

Sent by Cheshire | 9:59 AM | 7-14-2008

Noooooooo . . . I was just getting excited about the BPP Book Club!! This news is not a good sign for this week.

Sent by eliz.s. (@elizs) | 10:00 AM | 7-14-2008

Could I encourage those of you with blogs to write about the pending loss of "our" BPP? Calling is great, but writing about this to the larger online wourld, the world to which BPP was largely playing, is maybe a better way to get the message across to NPR that tailoring their programming to those with retirement in their near future is seriously not the way to go.

And don't forget Twitter - it's super-easy to sign up & "tweet" about our loss. Use those 140 characters per tweet wisely!

Sent by Cheri Campbell | 10:02 AM | 7-14-2008

In the short few months I've been at my first job out of college I have come to find my daily dose of the BPP to be a welcome respite to the nagging of customers and a form of enlightenment unparalleled by the other NPR shows. I may love programs like Fresh Air and All Things Considered and listen loyally to them, but it the BPP that truly nourishes my hunger for all things topical in a compelling, mature, yet unpretentious manner. I admit it - I'm not the biggest financial giver. I adore NPR and get nearly all my news from it, but as a recent college grad (target demographic anyone?) I have little money to spare to donate to my local NPR station. That being said, though, there are three shows that I have in the past and would in the future, if given the opportunity, donate to to keep around: This American Life, Radio Lab, and my daily favorite the BPP. Please, give us the opportunity to keep the BPP around! I, and I'm sure many others post-college debt holders, will dig into our pockets for this brilliant show.

Sent by Kendra | 10:02 AM | 7-14-2008

I'm so incredibly disappointed over this news. This has been the ONLY morning program I've ever listened to.
I never miss it- I've come to really enjoy all of the cast. I love the way the news is presented. There will be a void in my mornings. I guess I'm not the audience NPR wanted since I'm pushing 60. Thank you all for making my mornings so much more enjoyable.

Sent by Carol | 10:02 AM | 7-14-2008

I live in Northern Virginia near Washington, DC and have been listening to the BPP daily on my Sirius satellite radio in my car. Stumbling upon the show last winter was like being a kid again in a candy shop. I'm a 41 year old working mother of two school-aged boys. I guess I don't fit the young demographic NPR was trying to reach, but the BPP had become a big bright spot in my daily grind of driving the kids to school and going to work. Even my 11-year old son enjoyed listening and it gave us topics to discuss together. How can I live without The Most, the Ramble and all the great in-depth stories about things I might never know about otherwise? I don't understand why NPR doesn't give the show more time. If someone asked me to donate money directly to the show, I absolutely would. Where is my checkbook? Oh one asked.

Sent by sad mama | 10:03 AM | 7-14-2008

I discovered the BPP by accident one day while looking for Morning Edition. I've been hooked ever since. Even though I'm almost 44 and perhaps slightly out of BPP's target demographic, I've always felt right at home as a listener and welcome the perspective this generation brings to my AM commute. Thank you BPP, you will be missed :(

Sent by Liz P. | 10:03 AM | 7-14-2008

I am another ex-pat from Norway who has really welcomed this program's internet presence. As I first listened to it I was surprised by its informal tone and wondered if it would get "tired". But after a couple of weeks I could not live with hearing "The Most" or "The Ramble" to bring a daily smile to my face. The program has taught me much and I will sorely miss it. Kudos to everyone working on the show for making it so great!

Sent by Erling Mork | 10:05 AM | 7-14-2008

I was so disappointed when I heard the news this morning that I actually got a little teary-eyed! The BPP is an important part of my day. I only discovered it a couple of months ago and thoroughly enjoy listening each morning on my way to work. It is informative, entertaining, and relatable. I love the content: some important issues, some trivial, but all of it interesting. More than that though, I really enjoy the people who make the show so smart and entertaining. I talk about the show constantly with my friends and family, and the program got me to add NPR to my radio pre-set - something that I would never have predicted! I don't know yet if the station will stay on my dial. I am really unhappy with this decision.

Sent by Joan | 10:07 AM | 7-14-2008

Sad day. I've only recently started listening to the BPP but is has quickly become my favorite programming, my mornings will be not be the same with out you guys!

Sent by Rene | 10:09 AM | 7-14-2008

This is a poor choice on NPR's part.

Sent by mcr | 10:09 AM | 7-14-2008

I am a new yet loyal follower of the BPP. It provides a fresh, candid and varied coverage that is unique to radio today. I really hope this program can somehow continue!

Sent by Rebecca Emmanuel | 10:09 AM | 7-14-2008

I'm a 57 yo white male - not exactly the BPP's target demographic and an NPR junkie. I listen to the two Sirius stations and my local stations in NYC but BPP had become my first stop each day as I sit down at the computer to work. What a foolish move! I thought NPR was looking to encourage multi platform delivery.

Sent by Larry E | 10:09 AM | 7-14-2008

NPR, BPP is an excellent program that brings me to your station in the morning. Now I'll probably have to keep it on the sports stations as many of your other programs are stale and dry compared to BPP.

Sent by Phil | 10:09 AM | 7-14-2008

Before the show goes off the air, can Mike Pesca PLEASE do his "Ramble Rap" one more time?

Sent by Dan M. | 10:10 AM | 7-14-2008

I am very disappointed in NPR. This decision does not make sense when viewed in the long term scheme. Younger listeners (to use the cliche) are the future; Internet/Satellite radio is the future. The show is informative, interesting, and offers a FRESH, unique perspective! Thanks for the tease, NPR. Long live BPP!

Sent by tarah | 10:11 AM | 7-14-2008

Please don't take this show off the air! This is a great show. I urge NPR: give this show more time.

Sent by eliboone | 10:11 AM | 7-14-2008

Great show that I stream every day at work.

Hopefully NPR will reconsider... maybe another show about corn recipes or how to plan your retirement would do better...

Mike Peska is an amazing talent. What a drag to miss this in the morning - I will have to switch to the Daily Show, I guess.

Sent by Rich | 10:12 AM | 7-14-2008

I am extremely disappointed with NPR and their decision to cancel The Bryant Park Project. I am 57 yrs old and listen to the BPP during my morning commute. This telecast via Sirius Radio has been the most refreshing of all the radio news telecasts available. the staff have been engaging, informative and entertaining.

Sent by Foster Atteberry | 10:12 AM | 7-14-2008

No!!! I just found you guys!!! This is utterly crushing!!! NPR why??? Why???

Sent by Teresa | 10:12 AM | 7-14-2008

Very sad and a stupid move.
Your team has proven to draw a substantial audience, why not start a privately-funded project and do away with the NPR bureaucracy that obviously hasn't helped.

Sent by Michael | 10:13 AM | 7-14-2008

How predictable... Finally, a radio news program that speaks to a younger generation and the older generation that's driving the NPR bus is too short-sighted to keep it on the air. Who do you think is going to be sponsoring public radio programming in the future. If you don't support and build a listener base from the under 50 set, you won't have anyone to support you down the road. This is a lost opportunity and a very sad day for those of us who were drawn to NPR and public radio because of the Bryant Park Project.

Sent by Tracy | 10:13 AM | 7-14-2008

NPR really dropped the ball on this one. It's weird to say but I saw myself growing old with this show. It definitely has the potential to be a bread winner for NPR.
My mornings won't be the same
The BPP must go on!

Sent by Kubovcik | 10:13 AM | 7-14-2008

THIS IS SO SAD. What about all those feet floating in the ocean? Who will tell us who they belong to and why they are there? We regulars care. Who will make us so happy? I love you all.

Sent by shc | 10:14 AM | 7-14-2008

I am devastated!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My mornings will be so empty without you BPP!

Sent by Sabrina Moreta | 10:17 AM | 7-14-2008


Sent by sparky the incredible exploding boy | 10:17 AM | 7-14-2008

For the time you were with us. I sat down every evening with you in China to hear the voices of home. I found a family in the Bryant Park.

Thanks again for what you have given us in your short time. I have a sneaky suspicion we will all be together again!

Sent by Ian from CHINA | 10:17 AM | 7-14-2008

This really, really sucks. Bad decision, NPR. BPP folks, I will miss you all so much. The show is wonderful, unique, and irreplaceable in my life.

Sent by Cinder Conlon | 10:18 AM | 7-14-2008

I only discovered the BPP a couple about a week ago online and it has, since then, been the only thing that saved me from a morning of drudgery at work and even made me laugh out loud. I am so sad as I just recommended the show to my husband and friends. If NPR wants to attract a younger audience who wants to talk about real issues but still have a sense of humor, why tease us and then decide it wasn't worth it after all? Big mistake. I wish the staff from the BPP the best- God bless.

Sent by Alysa - Atlanta, GA | 10:19 AM | 7-14-2008

Well I guess it's time to listen to old people again.

Sent by Brian Parks | 10:19 AM | 7-14-2008

Are you kidding? I listen the the BPP EVERY DAY.
Sure, there are bits I like more than others, but what will replace the BPP when it goes off air? I can't listen the Morning Edition repeatedly. It's good, but it's not long enough or fresh enough the second time around, to keep me interested.
The BPP is my primary source of news that's not entirely depressing. I'm 25 and there's not much out there for someone like me, who's not blown away by Hollywood, who couldn't care less who's got a baby bump this week, and who wants REAL music and entertainment along with her news. Sad. Really.

Sent by Kristen | 10:19 AM | 7-14-2008

What a stupid move by NPR. They will lose more than a show, they will lose a great nucleus of people that made the show as well as a new audience for their programming. Clearly there is a problem with NPRs business model if it cannot justify programming like this, especially in light of some of the much weaker shows they produce.

Sent by William Rice | 10:20 AM | 7-14-2008

I don't believe it. I am so sad. This is the first podcast i listen to everyday.

Sent by lisa | 10:21 AM | 7-14-2008

This is so sad to me. As a 21 year old who deeply adores the BPP, and would tell other "youngsters" of my newfound love, I would hardly call it a failure. BPP will be missed by many, and I can only hope that this would not discourage NPR/PBS to trying something like this again in the (near) future.

Sent by Shannon Gonzalez | 10:23 AM | 7-14-2008


This is so sad. I loved the BPP and the pace and tone of the show. It was a breath of fresh air for NPR (which I love, don't get me wrong) and I grew to really enjoy listening to this quirky cast of characters broadcasting the news and culture. Even if I didn't have work, I'd listen to the BPP so I could keep informed.

This breaks my heart, and I am so sorry for all of the staff and listeners out there. Your talents will be missed.

Sent by Sarah | 10:24 AM | 7-14-2008

So unacceptable! BPP is my favorite NPR show, a part of my weekday morning routine, a way to get through the AM commute and start my day with a smart laugh. This is a terribly short-sighted move on the part of NPR mgmt. When the old timers fade away, you're going to need a new audience, exactly the one being cultivated by the style & content of BPP. Get some foresight, please!

Sent by S. N. Walton | 10:24 AM | 7-14-2008

I am seriously bummed. The show is genius. Sadly, our capitalist system gobbles up yet another piece of creative and "good" work for the sake of another dollar. As of the 25th of July, NPR has lost a morning listener. I will go in search of another piece of AM brilliance!

Sent by Jason | 10:25 AM | 7-14-2008

quick follow up....the number for npr ombudsman is can leave a recorded message.

Sent by janet | 10:25 AM | 7-14-2008

Few programs have made me think about the world and people around me as much as the Bryant Park Project. For NPR to cancel this wonderful program I can only imagine that they actually prefer not to think at all!

Sent by Angie Griffin | 10:25 AM | 7-14-2008


I will miss BPP tons!!!

Sent by eleanor | 10:29 AM | 7-14-2008

Mike Pesca and company! Please march yourselves over to the offices of Public Radio International and pitch a new show.

Sent by Edward Noodleson | 10:29 AM | 7-14-2008

I can't believe this. NPR, please change your mind. I continued my Sirius car radio subscription so I could listen to this program. I'm 55 and outside of the demographic for this program, but I want you to know that it's reaching a broad audience.

Sent by Margaret Sherald | 10:29 AM | 7-14-2008

I'm a 20 year old listener from Norfolk, Nebraska and have only recently found the BPP. I'm devastated that my now portal to the rest of the nation and world is being closed off. I wish the best of luck to everyone at the BPP in their future endeavors and everyone that listened with me. I hope all of us find each other again someday, within a forum as great as this one.

Sent by Elizabeth Ann | 10:30 AM | 7-14-2008

I hope this one little comment adds to the petition to keep BPP alive. Where else can I get the hard news I need without feeling like I'm taking my daily vitamin and fiber supplement?

Sent by Jeff | 10:30 AM | 7-14-2008

They didn't even give it a year. Lame.

Sent by Jonathan | 10:38 AM | 7-14-2008

This is disappointing. Do you think if we got the story up to Most Emailed on NPRs website then the bigwigs would take notice that people want the show to live?

Sent by Joe | 10:38 AM | 7-14-2008

This announcement makes me very, very angry. I've been drifting away from NPR for years now, because it's little more than a hospice for boomers to stay stuck in the 60s. I started listening to the BPP on Sirius shortly after the show began, and quickly became an addict. I'm going to miss the BPP and I think WABE is going to miss my pledge this year. I can think of no other way to get the attention of NPR than to not give them money.

Sent by Sleestax | 10:40 AM | 7-14-2008

shall i just give up on NPR in general? Being a member of the 'target demographic' that BPP aimed for, I am severely disappointed by this decision to cut this program. I guess i'll have to find another station to listen to from now on.

Sent by drew | 10:40 AM | 7-14-2008

Great, just great. NPR will continue to navel gaze it's way into mediocrity and stop developing new and creative media sources.

Sent by Nick G. | 10:41 AM | 7-14-2008

To add my two cents. This sucks. I just got hooked on the podcast. I would definitely contribute, if there was a way to target my contributions to this show.

As an avid listener to npr podcasts, I already listen to hours each week. But as soon as I started listening to BPP, it quickly became the only show as part of my daily routine.

I was skeptical when I heard about NPR's efforts to innovate and target a "yougner" demographic. But was impressed that BPP actually succeeded.

Sad to see it go.

Sent by Ben | 10:42 AM | 7-14-2008

I don't know what the politics are but it is clear to me that since Alison left, the show has fallen off (in my opinion.) Pesca is narrow minded, dismissive and mean spirited. He brings a tone to the show that belongs on a network like Fox. Nowhere is this more clear than in his insistent and perpetual emphasis on sports. Alison created a tone that was refreshingly irreverent but never mean spirited or sanctimonious. The real freshness came from her and the likes of Ian C. Pesca drove the truck into a ditch. Too bad npr doesn't have the leadership skills to avoid throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Sorry guys.

Sent by Don | 10:44 AM | 7-14-2008

This is outrageous. For the past few months I've been telling everyone I know about the BPP. People my age (young professional, early 20's) to people my father's age. They all love it too! Morning Edition is too stuffy and straight laced. The BPP is a great show, and the way the personalities interact works so well. I am extremely disappointed in NPR for giving up on this show. Pesca is a great host, adn I was hoping he would stick around when Allison Stewart came back. Somebody let us know who we need to talk to about keeping the show on the air. Long live the BPP!

Sent by Jeremy | 10:44 AM | 7-14-2008

This is too depressing for words. BPP is a creative, informative, and entertaining news source. I look forward to listening to it at work every morning from my computer - it really helps me to shake the cobwebs off my brain first thing in the morning. I understand budget cuts, but this doesn't seem to be a wise decision when NPR is trying to lure the BPP's demographic (of which I am one- 30, college-educated). There has to be another way to save money AND the BPP! Thanks, BPP, for reporting on issues that are not considered to be newsworthy to the mainstream media (and for making me chuckle on a daily basis!). You will be missed!!!

Sent by charly | 10:45 AM | 7-14-2008

Keep BPP, get rid of that boring
"Day to Day" show. The format of BPP has a more creative approach, Day to Day is same old, same old news reporting.
You finally get a chance to engage people in world news and now that you've
drawn them in you shut the door. Not
logical at all.

Sent by M.A. Lewis | 10:47 AM | 7-14-2008

I am so sad! I have never listened to public radio before I found the BBP. I am 25 years old and this show as shown me how lovely radio can be. The Ramble, The Most, The show as a whole.. the book club, I could just keep gong on. I will be lost in the world. Walking in circles. Please don't go!

Sent by Tina Leatherby | 10:48 AM | 7-14-2008

I have come to enjoy the show and all of the hosts/contributors. I will really miss it! This is a very sad day indeed! Were will I get ....The MOST!

Sent by Ben Law | 10:48 AM | 7-14-2008

I am an avid NPR listener and only recently discovered BPP through the main NPR website. I've spent the last few months telling my fellow twenty-something friends about this show and I am not looking forward to explaining why they missed-out on a great program. In the words of my generation, this is a bummer.

Sent by amber | 10:48 AM | 7-14-2008

Sorry to hear the bad news. I have this idea called Representative Journalism. People pay directly for journalism they want. $ 2 million. Would there be 20,000 listeners across the nation willing to pay $100 each annually for the Bryant Park Project? Divide that by 50 states that comes out to 400 per state. Presumably there are that many folks in each state who are not regular contributors who would be willing to pay for this new programming. Of course, too often the folks at local stations want to protect turf at the expense of expanding their turf. BPP is turf expansion for a health NPR future. Any how see for more information and my post at about this NPR mistake. "NPR Cancels $2-Million Experiment -- Are They Kidding?"

Sent by Leonard Witt | 10:49 AM | 7-14-2008

I'm a younger listener that found it hard to digest the regular NPR newscast and the like. Unlike the normal NPR newscast, the BPP seems to make my hangovers much more bearable. I've also been using BPP topics as conversation starters at the bars I frequent. My increased knowledge of a diverse range of news gave me confidence to talk with much more classy type ladies. I don't know what I'll do now...maybe read the paper...nah, probably lower my standards. Anyway, too bad they're pulling the plug...I've really enjoyed the show and have been a firm listener.

Sent by Cameron | 10:50 AM | 7-14-2008

Hey BPP Team, you should all band together and bring the show somewhere else just like Alison brought the Most from her previous show.

NPR is making a mistake and you guys are awesome!

Sent by Seymour Glass | 10:51 AM | 7-14-2008

This sucks! The BPP was the first thing I listened to (online) each day. Although I enjoy other NPR programs like Fresh Air and All Thing Considered, BPP was by far my favorite. As a 28 year old professional, I felt that it was the only show that was really geared toward my demo. Furthermore, I think it's really short-sighted for NPR to cancel the show after such a short run.
Thanks for all the laughs and info. Best of luck and take care, BPP Crew!

Sent by tim campbell | 10:55 AM | 7-14-2008

i work at a PBS/NPR station as well. We don't carry BPP either so I listen to the podcast.

The NYT excerpt called the BPP "an expensive failure". That's harsh and inaccurate! The show is a success, the decision a failure.

Sent by lisa | 10:56 AM | 7-14-2008



Come on. Really? I'm in the young demographic and absolutely loved BPP. I listened to it twice a day at least. The news was interesting and fresh, and the announcers sounded like they wanted to be there.

If NPR wants any kind of future, they'll have to do something to beef up their other shows and make them as good as the BPP. Otherwise, many of us won't be tuning in and won't be shellin' out the donations.

I always knew it would end. It was all too good to be true.

Sent by Amy D | 10:57 AM | 7-14-2008

I cannot tell you how disappointed I am. This makes no sense to me...

Sent by Chris | 10:57 AM | 7-14-2008

I love the BPP. I will truly be sad to see this amazing show be done :(
Can this be an April fools joke?

Sent by Kristel | 10:58 AM | 7-14-2008

This really sucks. I am one of the listeners who actually started using the NPR website after learning about BPP, and I listen to every show! I also forward stuff from it onto my friends and family, who always seem to enjoy the weird news items and events.

I agree with everyone who thinks this is a short sighted decision on the part of NPR. You people aren't going to keep listeners my age if you can't compete on the internet. There's too much out there for NPR to stay relevant unless they make the effort.

It's just a shame that this has been necessitated by federal budget woes. As a national service employee I feel y'alls pain. This is why you vote for candidates with a history of supporting public broadcasting!

Sent by Dissapointed VISTA | 10:58 AM | 7-14-2008

This is absurd... While I enjoy the majority of NPR programming the BPP is a staple of my morning routine. Your show is in large part the mortar which maintains my sanity as a young professional cubicle-jockey. The talking heads behind this decision at NPR have officially convinced me that their heads are permanently and forcibly entombed in their own rear-ends. I am baffled that in a radio network which stands by 5 carbon copy radio news programmes (Morning Edition, All Things, Considered, Day to Day, Fresh Air, & Talk of the Nation) that NPR's one beacon of newsworthy politics, entertainment, and all things delightfully irrelevant would be cast by the wayside. To the staff of the BPP: Good luck in all your endeavours, it has been a true pleasure. To the short sighted fossils behind this decision: I hope you've thought through a life of journalistic irrelevance and obscurity; you don't deserve a show of this calibre.

Sent by Micah J. Briehl | 10:59 AM | 7-14-2008

NOOOOOOO!!!!! Say it isn't so. I love you guys. I listen online at work everyday and it makes those two hours fly by. I'm moving to NYC from VA in a few weeks and your show helped me feel like I had a little part of NYC in my everyday down south. Thanks for your creativity and great reporting!!!!

Sent by Katie | 11:02 AM | 7-14-2008

I guess the show was just too interesting in what has become a morass of boring goo on NPR.
This show had finally re-ignited my interest in public radio.


Sent by Paul | 11:03 AM | 7-14-2008

Wow... I never thought of NPR as "out of touch" until today. What a poor decision.

Sent by Chris | 11:06 AM | 7-14-2008

Hoo boy. I loved this show for what it represented -- namely, an NPR program that could talk about the contemporary music scene without once using the term "rap singer." An NPR program that could embrace a band like Death Cab while tweaking them for their emo self-seriousness. An NPR program that could talk about comics without feeling called upon to add "POW! ZAP" to the on-air copy.

In other words: an NPR program that got it.

Sigh. We now return you to yet another ATC feature on Tibetan throat-singing, already in progress.

Sent by Glen | 11:07 AM | 7-14-2008

BPP was the best weekday show NPR ever produced for people under the age of 50. I am sad to see to go. I have to agree with everyone's sentiment that this is a bad decision on NPR's Part. I wish there was a why to donate to this show alone. Or I wish the show could move to WYNC so we could donate to just one station instead of all of NPR. Kind of like how Ira Glass from This American Life solicits donations before the podcast. Even though this show may be doomed I hope NPR or some other station will produce a show similar to it. Finally I'll miss Mike Pesca.

Sent by Alan Linhares | 11:08 AM | 7-14-2008

WTF?! This is a sad day. I have enjoyed the BPP for several months now - making listening over the web part of my daily routine - and I will miss it greatly. Hopefully NPR will continue to branch out and be creative, and I wish they would continue to do so in this or a similar format. I am a loyal listener of many NPR shows, but I am also in the demographic of this show, and I believe that NPR should make an continued attempt to attract younger listeners.

Sent by cary | 11:10 AM | 7-14-2008

Again, this is the problem with NPR. This show should have represented the future of the network insofar as it actually engaged all modes of culture, including some that NPR has traditionally neglected (sports, new music, etc.).

I hope the show lets us know what we can do or write to in order to express that BPP needed another boost.

Sent by Lars | 11:11 AM | 7-14-2008

So now my NPR listening will go back to what it was before, which is Wait Wait and...oh, right, nothing. Yeah, that's a wise business decision.

Sent by Stewart | 11:13 AM | 7-14-2008

Can we hope for a new upcoming spin off, "Laverne and Shirley"-like,
with Tricia and Matt?
OK, I want to say something funny - but I don't feel funny.
As a long-time NPR guy, I've been singularly addicted to BPP since last October.
*SO* sorry.
I will join any efforts to express my support to the powers-that-be (despite being burned out trying to save Studio 60 - but that's another story).
Sad, but thankful, to Matt, Tricia, Dan, Ian, Laura, Allison, Bill, Mark, Mike, the esteemed Robert... all the gang. Be well.

Sent by Glenn Wonacott | 11:19 AM | 7-14-2008

I have been a long time listener and contributor to NPR and I have always loved their programs. I think that this cancelation of the BBP is tragic, and will make me rethink my listenership, and most assuredly my contributions.

Sent by Greg Clark | 11:19 AM | 7-14-2008

"Pesca is narrow minded, dismissive and mean spirited. He brings a tone to the show that belongs on a network like Fox."

I find Mike Pesca annoying too. He's a terrible interviewer and he can't resist making cutesy, stupid jokes in the middle of other people's sentences. He's also incapable of giving an unbiased interview, or maybe just feels it isn't necessary?

That being said, he hasn't been doing the show long enough to work out the kinks. He can be funny on stuff like The Ramble too, and he can be very on point when he's talking about things he is actually interested in. If he had a little more experience he could have eventually made a great addition to the show. Too bad we'll never know.

I am gonna miss Alison Stewart pretty hard. We need more intelligent, fun women on the radio! Thanks a load for finally making me switch to WNYC, gys.

Sent by Frustrated | 11:23 AM | 7-14-2008

This is a real shame....please tell us that someone will reconsider this decision!

Sent by Peter Nelson | 11:23 AM | 7-14-2008

This is a stupid decision. The BPP is so much better than any other program on NPR. I'm a young professional, exactly the demographic this show was aiming for. Although I had my doubts that NPR could reach the younger crowd effectively, they were very successful with this program. I will not listen to Morning Edition. It is boring. If I wanted to listen to a boring news program I could just turn on CNN, FOX News, my local news, or the other countless readily available BORING news programs. The BPP was unique and is a tragic loss for NPR.

Clearly NPR decision makers are out of touch. There has to be a better way to save money and keep the BPP on the air. Cancel Day to Day. Morning Edition will obviously stay because it's the 'morning drive' show, and All Things Considered, although essentially the same show, will stay because it's the afternoon drive show. JUST KEEP THE BPP ON THE AIR!

Sent by Jeremy | 11:23 AM | 7-14-2008

I agree with all the other posts, this is short sighted and sad. I recently found your program and have enjoyed it daily for these last 3 months. As much as I like my local NPR station the BPP does for radio what Keith does for TV News--funny insightful and just a joy to be part of...

Will there be a save the BPP effort? Tell me how I can join.

Sent by Sharon Kruse | 11:24 AM | 7-14-2008

I'm so bummed, please NPR reconsider.
This show is no doubt the best show NPR has ever offered.

Sent by leesa brambach | 11:26 AM | 7-14-2008

I always thought this show was very un-NPR in nature (and unprofessionally hosted, sort of) compared to what people are used to. Maybe some other radio network will want it.

Sent by KC | 11:26 AM | 7-14-2008

Aww, this hurts my soul. What am I supposed to do with my work days now? Nothing can get me through the "Mondays" like the ramble.

Any hope of direct funding to keep the BPP underground alive?

Sent by Javier | 11:27 AM | 7-14-2008

The overwhelming support shown above exemplifies the community that the BPP has developed. I am disappointed to see the show go, hopefully the community that surrounds this show will be heard and be able to convince the big wigs at NPR to keep the show going in some capacity.
We could have Obama plug the cause on the campaign trail instead of convincing supporters to donate to Hillary...just a idea

Sent by Mike | 11:27 AM | 7-14-2008

Just started listening a couple of months ago on Sirrus and really enjoy it. Can't believe it is dying after such a short time on the air. What is NPR's reasoning? And who can we complain to? Please get rid of Diane Rehm and keep BPP!

OBTW, I am a bit older than the demo group the program was trying to reach--52.

Sent by Lee Ann Carter | 11:27 AM | 7-14-2008

My mornings are going to be a lot less informed and frankly, a lot less fun without the BPP to guide me through my morning correspondence and office housekeeping.

I really appreciate the fact that the BPP offered the very unique opportunity for listeners to participate in the reporting. This element of focused discourse is ground breaking.

As Producer Ian Chillag is my brother, I had great interest in the show - but it became evident VERY quickly in the first weeks of his employment that the method and focus of the program would have appealed to me in any event. I will never forget the live feed to Rawalpindi, when Alison Stewart interviewed Farah Ispahani at the site of the murder of Benazir Bhutto with in hours, or possibly minutes of that tragic event - such profound and thoughtful reporting, simply letting Ms. Ispahani paint a picture of the physical scene and spontaneously eulogize upon the life of this lost leader - truly, an amazing and unique opportunity to experience the loss of the Pakistani people. I was forever hooked and have rarely missed a show in the intervening months.

On those days when my family is still home @ 7am -- our 8-year-old Cora reminds us to turn Ian on via the computer so we can listen here in West Virginia.

What a great loss! Thank you BPP for your contributions to our thoughts and giggles and conversations. You will be missed greatly.

Your loyal listener, Hallie

Sent by Hallie | 11:27 AM | 7-14-2008

1. An expensive failure? Hardly. The failure lies in the hands of corporate for not realizing what a gem they had and for squandering true voice and talent.
2. Mike Pesca's opening to the show was incredible. A smart and thinly veiled flipping off the people who canned BPP.

Sent by Sarah | 11:30 AM | 7-14-2008

This just sucks. I'm a big NPR listener, and BPP has definitely become my favorite show. The mix of news and humor was spot on. I will truly miss it. Is there any chance they'll change their mind?

Sent by Molly | 11:30 AM | 7-14-2008

It has been so refreshing to listen to a group of personalities on morning radio engaged in clever banter and thoughtful reporting. Now I guess I'll log on to the Morning Zoo Crew and listen to the goofy sound effects.

Sent by MFD in Atlanta | 11:30 AM | 7-14-2008

if its that good a non tax funded station which relies on actual advertisers will be quick to grab it for themselves....

Sent by alec | 11:30 AM | 7-14-2008

Typically, I wouldn't write to 'echo' what has already been said. This is the exception to that rule. I am very dissapointed with NPR's decision to cancel the BPP. I am a relative newbie to NPR. The BPP was my hook and now I am listening to other NPR programming. The BPP has been a great way for me to start my day the past few months. I hope that NPR will reverse this poor decision.

Sent by Shannon Aleshire | 11:34 AM | 7-14-2008

I can't believe this is happening!

The BPP had me switching my Sirius back to the NPR stations again, and now... Why NPR, WHY?

I can't even tell you how much I will miss this program, not only does it keep me and my coffee company at work in the mornings, it also gives me a days worth of links to explore on news and events I care about. Not to say that other NPR programming is not informative, but no other show on NPR offers me so much of what I want in one place. I only hope the powers that be can see the error of their ways before it's too late!

I love you BPP, to me this is very much akin to having to say good bye to a good lover... well maybe not, but a sad day indeed!

Please NPR, please... don't do this!

Sent by Ted B. | 11:35 AM | 7-14-2008

I began listening to BPP the day after we brought my new-born son home from the hospital, and we have listened every day since. I find it short-sighted and ill-informed to cancel the BPP so soon.

BPP has an incredibly loyal following, and I hope that all of the loyal fans are able to come together to enact some change.

It is tragic that NPR is taking such a a shortsighted approach to such a unique show.

I will miss you BPP, so will my son who has grown up with you every weekday!


Sent by Sarah | 11:37 AM | 7-14-2008

I can't believe it. This is horrible (and as many have said here, stupid on the part of NPR). BPP is the best new thing NPR has done in years! I would gladly contribute to help it keep going. Is there anything we can do to help save it or is it past the point of no return?

Sent by S Steen | 11:37 AM | 7-14-2008

I listened every day on the internet. Perhaps I'm not in your targeted demographic, but I so enjoyed the show. It stood out as fresh and different. Too bad you must let it go.

Sent by Sharon Gray | 11:39 AM | 7-14-2008

I think it's weird that this is how I'm actually finding out about the show. Never got a whiff of it here in Atlanta.

Sent by Dominick Brady | 11:40 AM | 7-14-2008

Really?!? And only two weeks' notice? I only recently started listening, but I quickly grew to love the show. It has the perfect mix of real news, wackiness, pop culture, humor, and personality. One of very few radio shows I've ever heard in which opinions are expressed, the BPP was a breath of fresh air. It had NPR quality without the snobbery. Any petition I can sign?

Sent by Amanda Adams | 11:41 AM | 7-14-2008

I'm so sad. The BPP was by far my favorite show on NPR. Too bad NPR couldn't see what great reporting and smart hosting can do. You'll be missed!

Sent by Megan | 11:43 AM | 7-14-2008

This is really horrible news. I'm an American living in London and BPP is one the main ways I keep up with American news and culture. I listen to it almost every day.

I thought NPR was doing such a terrific thing with this show and I'm really disheartened that it's being cancelled.

Sent by Andrei | 11:44 AM | 7-14-2008

What a disappointment! I listen to you guys every day at work and it is going to be a drag to not enjoy that part of my day anymore. I hope the person/people who pulled the plug have their penises stolen!

Sent by Michael LaRochelle | 11:45 AM | 7-14-2008

I've been a loyal NPR member since I was in high school, over ten years now. And up till now, I've scoffed at people who complain about NPR. But right now, I'm just... pissed.

See, my local station didn't carry the BPP. I listened to the previews and pilots you did last summer, loved them, and wrote to my station telling them they should carry the BPP. I found out that instead, they were producing their own new live morning show. I listened to the previews of that one, and while it was okay, it didn't really do much for me--it just seemed like a live news program. I already listen to Morning Edition every morning, I don't need another hour or two of serious news with a little chattiness thrown in.

I cherish the BPP for its quirkiness, its occasional silliness, its handling of Internet and technology issues assuming the audience knows the heck what the Internet is... I could go on. Through Luke and Allison and Rachel and Mike and Tour?? and Bill and Robert and all the other hosts and guest hosts and newscasters, the show itself always maintained "the voice" I loved getting. And so I started listening to it every day on podcast, while I rode the subway to and from work. (Yeah, Laura--that was me complaining every time your podcast feed was 30 minutes late--I needed to get to work and didn't want to do it without my BPP!)

But I felt like I was mooching, and I knew the BPP was an experimental project and probably in dangerous waters, especially after Luke left. So I wrote to the NPR Ombudsman, Lisa Shepard, in February asking how I could support programs I podcast that weren't offered by my local station, specifically mentioning the BPP. She wrote back on March 4 saying: "These are great questions. I'm going to look into getting you a better answer than just donate to your local station. Stay tuned. You have raised some great ideas about NPR, local station funding and the Internet."

Well, I never heard back from NPR on that one. So I donated to KCPW (Salt Lake City) and KUOW (Seattle), your first two on-air stations, even though I live in New York City. I just didn't know what else to do. But I'm sure no one in NPR management put two and two together and realized that was a vote in support of the BPP.

I can bet I'm not the only one who wanted a way to support you financially, but found that NPR had no channels setup to do that for Internet-only listeners. But we're supposedly exactly the type of listeners NPR was trying to reach out to!

I am so annoyed, and this really makes me doubt NPR's sanity. We were trying to support you, NPR doesn't make it possible to do so, and then they pull the plug for financial reasons?

Put me on the list for any campaign to save the Bryant Park Project... but after this experience, I doubt NPR cares about listeners our age. They just want to wave the magic marketing stick and drive the 18-34 year olds in without having to do anything different.

I live three blocks away from your studios--let me know if there's anything I can do to help, or if there will be a farewell meetup.

This makes me sick. But guys--you have done the most amazing job, all of you, and we loved every minute of it. (Okay, except for the Sigur R??s interview... :)

Sent by Trey | 11:45 AM | 7-14-2008

Oh, I get it! We get a 2 week notice just like employers get when an employee quits. So... all we have to do is decline the BPP's notice that they're quitting their job at informing and entertaining us. :: nods :: There. We don't accept your resignation. You're expected back bright and early the 28th.

Sent by Sarah Lee | 11:48 AM | 7-14-2008

(My email to NPR Management)

Big mistake on the cancellation decision. You can kiss any donations to WBUR or any other NPR initiatives (unless you start a fund to keep the BPP alive) goodbye.

The BPP was the first radio show -- NPR or otherwise -- that I actually looked forward to and enjoyed wholeheartedly. There were times when I'd arrive at my destination in my car and I'd wait there, with the radio on, until the BPP broadcast ended. That's how much I liked it.

Bad decision. I'm very disappointed, angry even.

With much bitterness,
A. Magni

Sent by Arthur Magni | 11:49 AM | 7-14-2008

I didn't even know about BPP until I read about its cancellation on! I'm listening now, and wish I'd known about it before its demise. I'm not the target demographic (60+, NPR listener since Christ was a corporal). Definitely would have listened if I'd known about it. I listen to WHYY in Philadelphia. Fare well!

Sent by Al Brown | 11:49 AM | 7-14-2008

Bad move NPR. I'm a Sirius subscriber and I mostly listen to NPR on it because of the BPP. I first visited because of the BPP. The other shows are good but the BPP is great. You should really reconsider.

Sent by B Smith | 11:49 AM | 7-14-2008

I will mourn the loss of BPP for a good while. As a young adult listener, I loved the way BPP approached the issues with a more aggressive, youth-oriented approach. I especially enjoyed "Make Me Care." BPP, you will be missed...and by the way, I visited your namesake (Bryant park in NYC) the other day and loved it. Thanks for everything, BPP.

Sent by Amy | 11:50 AM | 7-14-2008

Unbelievable! This is the only news program that I rely on faithfully. The BPP was the one program offered by NPR that spoke to a younger, hipper crowd as opposed to the other droning broadcsts offered by NPR. The BPP and it's hosts provide whitty and intellegent commentary on issues that are realavant and interesting. I'm hooked on, addicted to and otherwise crazy about this show and its personalities. After the final Friday broadcast, NPR will have one less listener.

Sent by Marie | 11:51 AM | 7-14-2008

Tragic is right. Please keep us updated with possible movements to prevent or reverse this action. I'm selfishly saddened for our loss but angered for dissolution of the team that brings such life and passion to stories of genuine import and interest. If it does truly happen know that you will be missed.

Sent by Laurie Crist | 11:52 AM | 7-14-2008

Can't believe you are canceling my all-time favorite NPR show! I listen on Sirius because local NPR (Louisville) does not carry. If I didn't have sirius, I wouldn't know BPP existed because NPR (national) did not promote. Why not do a fund raiser, just for BPP? I have NEVER given a dime to NPR, but I would send $50 to keep BPP alive.

Sent by rob king | 11:52 AM | 7-14-2008

What incredibly depressing news! Listening to the BPP is one of my favorite parts of my morning work routine, and I don't know what I'll do now. I contribute to my local station on the regular, but I guess that's not enough to save my favorite non-Terry Gross hosted show. Please say there is a way to save the BPP!

Sent by Andrea Byrne | 11:53 AM | 7-14-2008

@Sarah "Mike Pesca's opening to the show was incredible. A smart and thinly veiled flipping off the people who canned BPP."

I have to echo your description of Mike Pesca's opening...that's the kind of wit and irreverence (and intelligence) that I've loved about this show.

Sent by Jonathan Nichols-Pethick | 11:54 AM | 7-14-2008

I am 30. Am I considered a member of the "younger audience"?

:) LOL


Sent by Michael Danza | 11:55 AM | 7-14-2008

This is the worst news ever! I love BPP, it needs more time to grow! I love it as is, though. This is not fair. Any plans to fight it?

Sent by Chris | 12:01 PM | 7-14-2008

No, this can't be. I really enjoy this show. I am a 29 year old who has been an NPR listener since I was in diapers. This show is one of many that I enjoy but, it is my FAVORIT. There is something special that keeps me coming back religiously every day. If it is about budget problems then I can tell you there are a lot of other shows I would really cut off the air!

Sent by Rachel Perez | 12:04 PM | 7-14-2008

Boo hiss. Now I have to go elsewhere to get my unusual news throughout the week to use when I listen to Wait Wait on Saturdays. Either way, I am very saddened by this. It has become a fun and intellectual way to start the work day without being stuffy, especially when I have to work with a bunch of Trixies who only want to talk about Gossip Girl or some other schlock that I'm not interested in. Good luck to the BPP folks. You will be missed.

Sent by Angi in Chicago | 12:05 PM | 7-14-2008

I'll look for you guys on Sirius Satellite, they might know a sure thing!

Sent by Paul Calapa | 12:05 PM | 7-14-2008

I'd be willing to bet that if Mike Pesca mentioned it on the show tomorrow we could drop an Obama style money bomb to prove how committed and numerous we listeners are. Try it NPR. My name is Andy Orr (860) 805-9465. I will organize/volunteer at such a drive with a few hours notice. Anyone with me?

I listen to the BPP every day from start to finish. I'm on the subway while the show actually airs so I listen to it online, pausing it whenever someone important walks by.

The best word I can think of to describe NPR's decision to drop the BPP is INCORRECT. There's nothing else like this in the media. Anything else this smart isn't as cool or funny. Anything else this funny isn't as focused or informed or informative. Segments like the Most and the Ramble do the hard work for us, making it so EASY to be informed about issues - both important and weird.

The loss of Rachel Martin was a slap in the face. The loss of the BPP is a knife in the back.

Come on NPR. I expect more out of you.

Sent by Andy Orr | 12:06 PM | 7-14-2008

sad to see this go.

best of luck to everyone involved.

Sent by Jenny Francois | 12:07 PM | 7-14-2008

I'm a 40-something....This is a very cool, refreshing, and worthwhile show (particularly with Mike, and the soon-to-be-returning Alison as anchors). Until last month, I listened every day from my job in England. Now, I listen every day from Colorado. NPR is doing a serious dis-service to its listeners, particular considering some of the 'dogs' it has in its daily lineup (I won't name them). Shame on you, NPR.

Sent by JColorado | 12:08 PM | 7-14-2008

Let listeners donate, this is ridiculous!!!

Sent by Seyla | 12:10 PM | 7-14-2008

I have never complained to an online messgae board before....but I am REALLY upset about this....I am 48yrs & completely enjoyed getting info from BBP....don't know if I am considered a younger audience (doubt it) but I LOVED this presentation of news & all things related...SOOOO SAD!!!!

Sent by Dana from Delaware | 12:10 PM | 7-14-2008

Ah--NPR, you finally reached me, and now you will lose me again. In the wake of my divorce, it became increasingly hard to listen to the hard news of Morning Edition, et. al, without it leavened with a dose of humor and flippancy. I became an avid listener of BPP and now you want to take it away from me? Cancel Antiques Roadshow first!

Sent by Viet | 12:11 PM | 7-14-2008


I started listening to NPR at 23(see the young audience getting drawn in? I talk about NPR to all of my friends.), every morning....first started with the 24hr newstream, then I started picking shows....I wanted something a little less serious in the morning to begin my workday and The BPP was the perfect show to wake up what am I going to do?!? Good thing I start law school in the fall and will no longer have time to listen to NPR...quite frankly, I was wondering how I was going to fit the BPP into my week, but that's one less stress have to deal with.

...Still, I'm going to miss it...

Sent by Jillian in San Diego | 12:11 PM | 7-14-2008

ARGH!!!! Terrible horrible very bad news. Can nothing be done to change their minds? What's their problem?

Sent by Jill McElmurry | 12:13 PM | 7-14-2008

A recent addition to the BPP community, but haven't missed a day since I found it.
Incredibly disappointed to find out its being cancelled. I too grew up on NPR (Morning Edition, Fresh Air and Tales from Lake Woebegone)...
I listen to the BPP podcasts, but the show managed to re-engage me as an active, 'traditional' NPR listener as well, I can't say I will remain as committed now that its gone.

Sent by Kat H. | 12:14 PM | 7-14-2008

This is truly a sad day for NPR and their listeners. When I told my friends about my NPR addiction, Bryant Park was one of the only programs that could say "give it a chance, it's not as mundane as you might think." The BPP broke the mold and might have been NPR's greatest opportunity of attracting a future audience to their news programming. BPP was hip. It was informal, it was identifiable, and it spoke to today's 18-30 year old demographic. It was everything NPR needed to attract a younger base, and secure a future for a medium that is arguably on the verge of extinction. Bryant Park's hosts connected with their audience in a way no other NPR program has been able.

I am left with a feeling of emptiness that will not be filled by what remains of NPR's program schedule and while I may continue to listen, no longer will I be able to advertise my affection for the organization or convince my schoolmates that NPR is anything more than the monotonous programming aimed at a generation much older than our own.

Sent by Adam Works | 12:19 PM | 7-14-2008

I'm with you Andy Orr! Lets SAVE THE BPP! Anything I can do to not lose the best show on radio or TV I will...sign a petition, form a picket line, write a letter...Just tell me what to do and I will do long as it's legal that is (although pulling the BPP was absolutely criminal on the part of NPR). I said it before and I'll say it again, this decision SUCKS!

Sent by sarah | 12:21 PM | 7-14-2008

I am extremely saddened by this news. I actually look forward to my drive to work everyday so that I can listen to the BPP-it is fresh, and exciting every single day!! I just actually tried to convince my husband to get Sirius in our home so we could listen together in the morning. NPR must save this program-there is no adequate replacement. Giving the program less than a year is ridiculous...and I depend on NPR to make the best decisions in media. Best wishes to the BPP staff, I have enjoyed it so much.

Sent by Sara | 12:24 PM | 7-14-2008

WOW. This news is just totally disappointing. NPR has a terrific thing with the BBP. I'm just at a loss for words- I listen to the BBP every day at work and most of the day long. It is so refreshing and well done. I love Mike P and at first didn't think I would. I am so very bummed and upset that this bad decision has been made.

Sent by Michael LaRochelle | 12:26 PM | 7-14-2008

What can we do to help it stay on?

Sent by Ana from Tampa Fl. | 12:27 PM | 7-14-2008

If enough comments are given, this might do the trick. Also, calls to APM or PRI to pick up the show instead, might give it continued life. I am sorry to see this happen on many fronts.

Sent by Mike | 12:32 PM | 7-14-2008

I am a 61 year old listener on Sirius and I enjoyed the fresh approach to the news. I am saddened that this program is being canceled. I hope this is just a July 14 fools joke. I will miss the program.

Sent by Elliot | 12:33 PM | 7-14-2008

This is such sad news! i listen every morning at work and i love it! I love the stories and the music and the RAMBLE! The BPP offered such an energetic perspective. I will miss you BPP!

Sent by Jennifer | 12:37 PM | 7-14-2008

This is a bad decision, likely made by people in their 60s.

Sent by Amy in Albuquerque | 12:38 PM | 7-14-2008

oh man, I'm sorry to hear the bad news about the show, and I hope everyone on the BPP staff lands on their feet quickly to move succesfully into their next endeavors. As has been echoed here and on-air, BPP was unique in its ability to engage me as a listener, through the Twitter page, the blog, etc, in ways that no other NPR show has.

Sometimes I wonder what the heck the NPR board is thinking - this smells like a reverberation from when Ken Stern was removed. At some point, NPR's member stations are going to have to deal with a new listener and distribution model that is going to be significantly different from the highly localized, radio-station + listener pledge model that it's been using since day one, and BPP, I thought, was a great step in that direction, even though the center of gravity of the BPP is its online presence - perhaps the way this bypassed the local stations was deemed (appropriately) a threat to how public radio is currently run.

Good luck to all involved, and though I wish the BPP were continuing, it's better to have had it for a short time than never at all. Everyone should be proud of what they have done here.

Sent by KenY | 12:38 PM | 7-14-2008

I just called listener services (202-213-3232). You have to dial 0# to transfer to an operator, then the operator sends you to an ombudsmen's voice mail.

Sent by Cynthia J. Jackson | 12:40 PM | 7-14-2008

Such sad and bad news indeed! I live in London (UK) and I listen every day at noon on my computer as I feed my 21 month old son his lunch. Funny, insightful, clever, witty, newsy, hilarious...all words that describe BPP. I will miss the show desperately! Please NPR, don't do it!

Sent by Liz | 12:40 PM | 7-14-2008

I don't have much I can add that the others have not already said. Sad. Silly. Awful. Regretful.

What can I say? It's a mistake. NPR's wonderful, I've listened daily since the day of the Stock Market Crash in 1987 and The BPP was the future.

Radio as we know it is dying. You can stream stations on your iPhone!! With the BPP's informal (though substantive style) use of micro-blogging (twitter), blogging and ear to the NET Generation, it could have been the launchpad for NPR's revival.

I'm afraid that this "expensive experiment" canceled before it was given a chance, is the radio version of NPR's jumping the shark. Not the BPP itself, but the act of canceling it and not allowing it to grow or gain an audience and mature.

Sorry BPP gang, you were all great! I'll especially miss Laura's Tweets.

Sent by David M. | 12:41 PM | 7-14-2008

This is really horrible news. I'm an American living in London and BPP is one the main ways I keep up with American news and culture. I listen to it almost every day.

I thought NPR was doing such a terrific thing with this show and I'm really disheartened that it's being cancelled.

Sent by Andrei | 12:43 PM | 7-14-2008

WHAT?? This is the only show I listen to on NPR. I'm your target audience, so the show must be working. Goodbye, NPR.

Sent by Jennifer | 12:46 PM | 7-14-2008

This is my favorite show on the entire site! Please don't let them kill it!

Sent by Meghann Kamlin | 12:46 PM | 7-14-2008

If you'd rather write a comment instead of calling to leave a message, the ombudsman's comment link is here:

Sent by Sarah Lee | 12:47 PM | 7-14-2008

As a Program Director that had this show on the air on our HD service, I am shocked, frustrated, and very disappointed. I believe this show was not given enough time to develop and unlike other "new" shows that are seeking to just go after the same audience, BPP was fresh, innovative, and the right direction for public radio. I hope NPR reconsiders this after all the loyal listeners call, write, and email them. It is a very sad day!

Sent by Michael Black | 12:49 PM | 7-14-2008

I understand why NPR says the BPP is being cancelled, but that doesn't mean I have to agree with it. I'm sure many BPP listeners felt the same way when "Arrested Development" was cancelled. It's a shame that an intellectual community that is actively engaged in the shaping of American culture is being denied its entertainment so the masses can have theirs.

As a college student in his yound 20s, this is what I listened to on NPR. Now I will listen less while I search for the next brave media platform that will take the risk of coaxing my ratings.

Sent by Preston James Countryman | 12:49 PM | 7-14-2008

The world just keeps getting grayer, blander and far less interesting. What a disappointing decision to cancel the BPP. While its programs could be uneven. it always had something that I would talk about for the rest of the day or more. I've actually purchased books reviewed on the show, downloaded music and enjoyed the format since its beginning and I'm a 54 year-old white male--not exactly anyone's target demographic unless of course you're planning a Lawrence Welk revival. I guess it's just going to be Terry Gross during the week and Car Talk and Wait Wait on the weekends for me. This ranks right along side with the demise of Yankee Stadium, the sale of Anheuser Busch to a foreign conglomerate and the death of Tim Russert. I'm depressed and it's all because of bean counters in an organization that shouldn't be ruled by bean counters.

Sent by Mac S. | 12:49 PM | 7-14-2008

I got on twitter because of the BPP. I started blogging because of the BPP. Hell, I listened to NPR again because of the BPP. Way to broaden your audience, there, NPR! Good job.

Sent by Matthew C. Scallon | 12:51 PM | 7-14-2008

I am honestly in complete shock. This is horrible news. BPP is my absolute favorite show to listen to and listen both in my car and stream from work everyday. Love the set-up of the show and the variety of information. I think this is a truly bad decision on the part of NPR. This news is so disheartening. So so very sad. I think you all have done a tremendous job with the show and my day will definitely not be the same without you guys. :(

Sent by Lizzy | 12:52 PM | 7-14-2008

I'm shocked. What a great program! Our local NPR station did not choose to air this show so I pod cast it. I know underwriting is getting tighter but why cancel a show trying to reach a younger audience. I hope it gets picked up by an independent. I certainly enjoyed the show durings its run. Good luck to the staff, you guys are terrific and have a terrfic program!

Sent by john castellano | 12:52 PM | 7-14-2008

I can chart my travels around the world by the public radio that has kept me company, BBC radio 4 , the BBC world service , PRI, CBC and NPR, the Bryant Park Project is by far the most brilliant use of multiple forms of media to create an engaged community of listeners , i have ever come across, I have heard the rest , BPP is by far the best, Maybe 2 million dollars can be found by cutting the jobs of those short sighted enough to cancel this amazing piece of radio.

Thankyou for all your efforts BPP, i will no longer have a reason to wake up at 5 am here in Seattlr

Sent by Simon Clark | 12:55 PM | 7-14-2008

I can't believe it. I don't know how I am going to make it through the workday without the most and the ramble. My work day is going to be a lot longer.

Sent by Amanda Fleming | 12:56 PM | 7-14-2008

Thank you Cynthia for the phone info - just left a message - save the BPP!
P.S. July 25 is my birthday. I hate irony.

Sent by Glenn Wonacott | 12:56 PM | 7-14-2008

I have been a BPP listener since day one. I am really going to miss this show.

Sent by Alan Crocker | 12:57 PM | 7-14-2008

I'll miss you, BPP!

Sent by Molly in Seattle | 12:57 PM | 7-14-2008

could we have an emergency fund drive for the BPP? NPR needs to support programing for the younger set!

Sent by Amy | 12:58 PM | 7-14-2008

Dreadful! Was it even given a chance to take hold! Oh, I will miss this way too much!

Sent by Shabbydoll | 12:59 PM | 7-14-2008

I think this is a bad decision. How to you expect to drawn in younger listeners? As an OG I love to mix the traditional with the new and I turned my niece and nephews on to BPP who no longer groan when I talk about the importance of NPR. I just think it is a shame.

Sent by P.J. Cook | 1:01 PM | 7-14-2008

This is a tragedy! I listen on Sirius or download each day. The BPP is an addiction. I am a white female, aged 64, upper income and don't fit the BPP listener profile. Where am I going to go????

Sent by Cathy Ehrler | 1:05 PM | 7-14-2008

I'm so sad! I really like the show! I liked it all, but esp. the book club.

Sent by amy | 1:05 PM | 7-14-2008

What can we do??? There must be a way to save it somehow...BPP is a brilliant use of media and really connects people to each other.

Sent by Lisa Ormerod | 1:07 PM | 7-14-2008

NPR should reconsider this decision. What a disappointment and what a mistake. I listen everyday via Sirius or on-line. It has been a joy to hear this show find its footing over the last year and a half. I recogonize that this effort required a significant financial obligation, but it represents an important investment towards the future of public radio -- one that has definitely paid off in the quality of programming and one that I am confident will ultimately bring many more listeners and support to public radio as more people have an opportunity to find it. Alison Stewart, Mike Pesca and the rest of the on-air gang bring very smart, fun and informative voices to NPR. They are clearly supported by equally talented producers and other staff. However this plays out, I hope that NPR does not lose this distinctive set of talents. Thank you all for what you have brought to my weekday mornings these past couple of years.

Sent by Michael E Gluck | 1:08 PM | 7-14-2008

I'm mad as hell. I expect program instability with a station like Air America, but not NPR. My workday will be substantially more soul crushing come there any sort of name signing campaign yet?

Sent by Jon Nealer | 1:08 PM | 7-14-2008

I'm all for this, because clearly NPR has decided to let Mike Pesca host Morning Edition. I mean, that's the only way it makes sense, right?

Sent by Rory | 1:08 PM | 7-14-2008


Sent by manhattan7 | 1:10 PM | 7-14-2008

Let's keep this show on! You have my support. a 50+ listener who has supported NPR for 25+ years. this is a big disappointment for my wife and I. This is such a fine show. NPR you will hear about this one!

Sent by john | 1:11 PM | 7-14-2008

I'm totally upset about this! What is going to fill that extra hour in the morning? Can they cut a show that is a more repetative style? You guys are great.

Sent by Dee | 1:13 PM | 7-14-2008

This sucks. You guys actually gave the yonger generation a voice and empowerment to make a difference and show things from a different perspective. It seems as though cultivating the next generation of NPR listeners is not important to NPR.

Sent by Jalrattan S. Kamra | 1:15 PM | 7-14-2008

This is awful. I listed to the show every single weekday at my last job. Now a month goes by and I get back on to listen in the evening at home and it's ending. This is a big mistake. The crew and topics really did reach a younger audience and was able to excite and expose me to several worldly issues... This BLOWZ! What am I going to do without the ramble?

Sent by April | 1:17 PM | 7-14-2008

Damn, I was hoping that this was the show that was going to rock the vote, the same way that Alison Stewart got us rocking the vote in the 90's. I was really looking forward to your election coverage in the fall -- have been listening to you from the very beginning waiting for election coverage that would make me care more about the process. Sad to see you go.

Sent by josh machleder | 1:20 PM | 7-14-2008

Alas, I am likely not the listener that NPR was looking for (too old, already an established Public radio Junky) but I have enjoyed the BPP and feel this may be a short sighted decision

Sent by Toby | 1:20 PM | 7-14-2008

another quick follow up....for APM, you can call 1-800-562-8440...or, fax:651-290-1243...or,email: and for PRI (public radio international)'s

Flood the airways...or is that airwaves?

Sent by janet | 1:21 PM | 7-14-2008

Terrible Decision.

Sent by Kevin | 1:23 PM | 7-14-2008

I can't believe it. But unfortunately I'm afraid that my disbelief was naive. I run into similar scenarios consistently. The old guard, familiar with old media, expect that anything on based in new media should instantly be a success or it is a failure. This is without leading users (in this case listeners) to the service/product adequately through other medias.

So sad. And incredibly short sighted. I would have thought NPR to be wiser than this. They obviously don't get it.

That being said, you put on an interesting and enthralling show and your absence will leave a hole in my day.

Sent by prunella | 1:23 PM | 7-14-2008

I am so disapppointed to hear this awful news! I'm a 32 year old listener, and BPP is the first news program that I have found which feels totally relevant and that I connect with. I'm so frustrated that NPR isn't supporting good programming. If they want to attract younger amd/or online listeners, the way to go is not to get us hooked on a new, great program and then yank it out form under our feet. I have always loved public radio but this is the first time I've felt so frustrated by the fact that they don't get it.

Sent by Heather Moore | 1:25 PM | 7-14-2008

I listen to the BPP online every day, love it, talk about it all the time. it has been a daily treat that is a relief from work. It was so refreshing to listen to a news show that has a little more attitude and personality. I work in news media and really appreciate what the BPP was doing. I feel like I know these newscasters because of how they represent themselves and their personalities on the show and THAT is what keeps me listening whether or not i'm interested in the content. for example, i have no interest in sports, but i get a kick out of bill wolff and like to hear him talk about it and get excited! i can only hope that this is a temporary break and i will be lucky enough to listen to these fine people again in the future.

Sent by Anna Berken | 1:27 PM | 7-14-2008

Please reconsider! I love the BPP and it's the first thing I listen to every morning. Morning Edition feels flat to me now, and I'll have nothing to catch me up on news and random facts when the BPP goes off the air!

Sent by Rebecca | 1:28 PM | 7-14-2008

Save BPP!

Sent by Adam | 1:31 PM | 7-14-2008

To echo so many others here, this is a really upsetting turn of events. I love BBP, even if Mike Pesca and Daniel Holloway offer such insipid, snarky views and reviews on film, I was never less than entertained. The speed of the show, the personalities, the tone and subjects covered--there really is nothing like it on NPR, and it was the first NPR program that I could truly relate to, especially in sense of humor.

I'm going to truly miss the show. It's been on my iPod Podcast list since the beginning. My local affiliate (WHYY in Philly) didn't carry it, so I've been a Podcast and online listener.

I'm just so incredibly disappointed. All this without Allison having a chance to come back. A drag AND a bummer, for sure.

Sent by Bryan | 1:35 PM | 7-14-2008

Nooooooooooooooooo! I cannot live without a daily ramble and most. This is my favorite daily program, and I am not sure if I will continue to listen to a daily NPR show after it is canceled. Good luck to all the hosts, we will miss your voices.

Sent by Karen | 1:37 PM | 7-14-2008


Sent by RUSSELL RANDALL | 1:38 PM | 7-14-2008

As a young journalist who lives outside the U.S., I am shocked to hear that the NPR is cancelling this show. My colleagues and I tune into the BPP every morning, and we all agree that it is one of the most creative, high-quality programs across all media. The BPP embraces new media like no other and will be sorely missed. I am very disappointed with the NPR's decision.

Sent by Darryl Korell | 1:39 PM | 7-14-2008

After hearing the news that my favorite morning show, the BPP, was cancelled I immediately thought of that superbowl commercial a couple of years back where all those monkeys were working and had taken over the workplace. Seriously, who is in charge over there at NPR and what are they thinking?

Sent by zach | 1:40 PM | 7-14-2008

This is absolutely horrible news. I listen to BPP on Sirius every morning. I am absolutely shocked. The BPP is the best radio program out there. What in the world will I do without you guys?!!?

Sent by cat | 1:42 PM | 7-14-2008

I understand financial constraints, but how does NPR expect to appeal to a wider audience if they cancel the programs designed for that purpose? Keep the BPP alive, please!!

Sent by Christine | 1:44 PM | 7-14-2008

This is a sad day. I spend every weekday morning listening to the BPP. It is an intelligent, thoughtful, and funny program that put new life into NPR and will be truly missed.

Sent by Ryan O'Hearn | 1:50 PM | 7-14-2008

Just one (overly long) word will do:


A few more words: As a 26 year old upwardly mobile male, I looked forward to growing old with the BPP, giving large amounts of money to NPR, and perhaps, in my senility, bequeathing my entire estate to NPR in the name of Alison Stewart. That dream died today. Oh well, I know some good conservative talk radio stations I can listen to instead....

Sent by Alex | 1:51 PM | 7-14-2008

NPR now will stand for, No Participation Reccomended.
Highly Dissapointed by this decision.

Sent by Marc | 1:52 PM | 7-14-2008

Oh, man!
I'll miss you BPP.
I think if the BPP was given a chance on more than just a few stations it would have really caught on.... I wish all the BPP staff good luck in your next endeavors... You'll be missed.

Sent by Rachel | 1:57 PM | 7-14-2008

I started listening to this a few months ago and I am constantly talking about it to my friends. I live in the middle of nowhere Missouri as an Army wife and stay at home mom. For a while i tried listening to the online feed from my former member station in Kentucky just to keep up with the world news, but I loved being able to download the feed to my ipod. I could take it to the park or down to listen to while trying to put the infant to sleep. I will miss this news. I don't know if there is as complete a news download that also has the cultural stories for my generation. I wish this had existed when I was in Germany. It would have made the world seem a little smaller.

Sent by Rebekah McNichol | 1:57 PM | 7-14-2008

this is a sad day in NPR news!

Sent by MF | 1:58 PM | 7-14-2008

Hey NPR...I'm 24. Are you not interested in talking to me after all? Because it sure seemed like you did. But then you go and cancel the only approximation to morning radio I can stomach. A perfect mix of human interest and politics and intelligent banter. WTF!? (Do I need to explain what that means? Sigh.) I streamed this show in the morning. If I slept too late or went to work too early I usually made time to listen to the archive at work. Just like I do with This American Life. Canceling this show is premature. I just found out about it a few months ago. No thanks to NPR. You know how I found it? I realized all the features on website I was interested in listening to were tagged from the BPP. Clearly your attempt at talking to me was working NPR; way to drop the ball.

Sent by Brittany Clark | 1:59 PM | 7-14-2008

What a shock. I thought NPR finally had a hit on their hands, at least on the satellite channels. I think BPP made Morning Edition sound like sour Aunt Mildred's hair-in-a-bun mini-van driving boring old radio, and BPP was/is organic, new and plugged in and hip enough to attract young urban audiences. Huge mistake NPR, wish you had the courage to face the future, but you are making yourself more and more irrelevant.

Sent by Sam | 2:00 PM | 7-14-2008

Judging from the nearly unanimous chorus of voices above, it seems that I'm not the only 20-something individual who feels let down, even betrayed, by NPR's decision to get rid of the BPP. The existence of this show made me feel welcome as a new listener of NPR and talk radio in general - it was something that I could not only relate to, but interact with on a more meaningful level. I would happily be part of any movement to keep the show alive - and I'm starving for a way to let NPR know that with this one move it has turned its back on a whole generation of new audience!

For those of you at the BPP, the most important thing I can say is THANK YOU and please know (as it is certainly evident here!) that we have truly, truly appreciated all of your work.

Sent by Lauren A. | 2:02 PM | 7-14-2008

BPP will be missed. They must have used Nielsen ratings!

Sent by Jared | 2:04 PM | 7-14-2008

This is the worst news to start a week with. Very very disappointed NPR.

Bad NPR Bad!!!! You need a time-out to think about what you've done.

Sent by Michael Fox | 2:06 PM | 7-14-2008

you ARE attracting younger audiences, not only in the U.S. but also in Canada. DON'T CANCEL THE SHOW! LET IT CONTINUE! YOU WILL REALIZE HOW MANY PEOPLE APPRECIATE IT!!!

Sent by GP | 2:09 PM | 7-14-2008

This is a BAD DECISION!!! I have been a loyal NPR listener for over 20 years since college. Of course I like the other shows however since the BPP came, it's all I listen to online, besides, Wait...Wait. This show particular appeals to me. I love the format and it's the only show where you are reaching out to every medium. You are accomplishing the goals you set out each day, as word of mouth grows about the program. PLEASE...PLEASE give the show more time to flourish. This is a very innovated program for NPR...stick with it. Thank you...on line in Austin.

Sent by Travis | 2:10 PM | 7-14-2008

It's too bad. When media organizations ask me how they should be preparing for the new media environment, the BPP is one of a handful of examples I point them toward. Shame NPR doesn't know a good thing when they see it.

Sent by Alex Halavais | 2:10 PM | 7-14-2008

Do the people in charge understand the internet? BPP is unavailable via radio in my area. But I listed to every single show online.

This is a poor choice. Ratings are going uncounted. BPP, you will be missed.

Sent by Derek Benson | 2:11 PM | 7-14-2008

Are you kidding me?! This is terrible, sad news! Bring it back NPR

Sent by Ez | 2:11 PM | 7-14-2008

NO!!! I am going to cry. I love this show and listen to it every single day. Where am I going to find something this unique? No place else has the ramble, the most, emergency krulwich... PESCA!!! I can't go back to morning edition and day to day. They don't cut it for me anymore.

Ok. I'm crying now. Thanks for breaking a loyal listener's heart NPR. I've listened to NPR programing since I was a little kid, and when I got my first job I started giving money, just like you told me. I've only ever gotten good things from you... but now this. Why? Why.

Sent by Elisha D. | 2:12 PM | 7-14-2008

I really wish NPR would not cancel the BPP. It's a fantastic show, and I'm really going to miss it's unique voice.

Sent by Scott D. | 2:12 PM | 7-14-2008

I am very saddened by this cancellation. My work week will never be the same again. Bryant Park Project crew, please let your fans know what you will be doing.

Sent by Jimmy Huang | 2:13 PM | 7-14-2008

As a loyal fan of the BPP, I am deeply saddened by this news. Save the BPP!

Sent by Vanessa | 2:14 PM | 7-14-2008

As a 19 year old college student (the demographic I thought this show was aimed at attracting)I not only listened to NPR more because of BPP, but got many of my friends listening in as well who had never even heard of NPR. We'd have great discussions about the stories, and laugh about the lighter topics the show covered. When online, I almost always have a playlist of NPR stories on, which regularly included the daily BPP. Now a large part of our lives has been taken unexpectedly, and I only hope NPR considers a way to fill this unquestionably important void. There is little NPR has ever done to make me dislike it. In fact, I used to love everything about it. Now I'm left questioning its motives.

Sent by Thomas | 2:18 PM | 7-14-2008

Never heard the show, so I can't judge it based on content. However the words "twitter", "blog", and "podcast" seem to come up a lot in the comments. While these three items may give the illusion of community, the reality is that those who participate heavily in this realm are anti-social to the point of ignoring the real humans they encounter on a daily basis, in the subway, at work, etc etc.

Look at this as an opportunity to actually TALK to another human being for an hour or two a day - to unglue yourself from the tiny LCD screen world of your electronic devices and LOOK a stranger in the eye and say 'hi'. It will do you some good, and you might even eventually get a date with a member of the opposite sex, or enjoy a walk in the summer sunlight while generating your own thoughts for a change.

And being on maternity leave since April is simply unacceptable. Did she want to collect a paycheck and drain the budget until the kid went to kindergarten? I got three words for you from the real world: six weeks, sweetheart. If you're lucky.

Sent by Mike A | 2:19 PM | 7-14-2008

I'm kind of shocked that I didn't know this program even existed. I'm 30, I go back and forth between Washington (WAMU) and New York (WNYC), I have friends in public media... it seems to me as though the program was poorly promoted. On the other hand, if a million unique listeners wasn't enough to save the program, does that mean the NPR brass expectations were set too high?

Sent by Ben | 2:20 PM | 7-14-2008

am so sad...I will dearly miss each and every one of you...y'all feel like family.
please let us know where you guys end up.

Sent by m.rawlins | 2:22 PM | 7-14-2008

am so sad...I will dearly miss each and every one of you...y'all feel like family.
please let us know where you guys end up.

Sent by m.rawlins | 2:22 PM | 7-14-2008

Ask us for the money. Isn't that how public radio is suppose to work?
There's nothing like it offered on NPR- nothing to fill the hole it's going to leave. It's sad to loose the BPP, and sad for NPR to loose all those listeners.
Thanks to the BPP staff.

Sent by Dawn | 2:22 PM | 7-14-2008


Even prior to BPP becoming a daily radio show, I "listened" via the blogs and thought I had finally found a perfect media source that handled the news in a more advanced and appropriate fashion than any source out there. I thoroughly enjoyed the show everyday for the last year, and am incredibly disheartened to see it go. In economic downturns this is the type of program that is needed, to make us all care about what is happening to our world. NPR just dropped quite a few notches down in my world.

Sent by sad in seattle | 2:23 PM | 7-14-2008

Dangit! First "Fair Game," now the the span of a few months, I've lost both of my favorite running/dogwalking radio shows.

Sent by jaywhy | 2:24 PM | 7-14-2008

take it back! Don't cancel my favorite show!!

Sent by Zool | 2:27 PM | 7-14-2008

Save BPP

Sent by Steve | 2:28 PM | 7-14-2008

The cancellation of the BPP reflects NPR's need to update their funding model. I've gone completely online with my listening, which is how I discovered the BPP in the first place. (Neither of my local NPR stations carries it. How was it supposed to get an on air audience?)

Every morning I go online to and queue up the stories I am interested in from Morning Edition, the BPP and Tell Me More. Each show is different, and often the BPP has had the most interesting/enlightening take on a particular story; I've been gradually listening to the BPP more and Morning Edition less. I agree with other listeners who have said that Mike Pesca is one of the best interviewers on NPR right now.

My concern is that canceling the BPP is only the first slap in the face for NPR's online listeners. With no way to put our money directly where our listening preferences are, NPR is bound to sharply curtail the wonderful story-by-story listening flexibility we have been hugely enjoying online. Rather than go back to listening to every story in a row on my local NPR station, I am more likely to subscribe to podcasts and continue to listen only to what I want. And if the podcasts also go away, there are lots of other things I have queued up to listen to, also.

Sent by Bart Quinn | 2:29 PM | 7-14-2008

Dear Mike A,

Do you sense any irony in posting a page-long lecture on enjoying the 'real world' to a message board for a radio show that you do not listen to?

Just curious.

Sent by Alex | 2:33 PM | 7-14-2008

I don't get it: NPR is never shy about pledge drives. So how is it that there was no pledge drive for this? Are the powers that be actually not interested in gaining a new audience? This feels like organizational politics at work here, and not an inevitable conclusion to a successful experiment.

But I also blame two-NPR town stations for both running Morning Edition. No one benefits from that. NPR needs to support the breadth of their programming by mandating that only one station in a market can run a given show when there's an alternative available.

I thought sticking with what wasn't working and expecting things to magically get better was something only the newspaper industry was doing. I'm sad to see that NPR, which had looked awfully forward-thinking a mere month ago, is also flying their plane into the mountainside.

When the Baby Boomers go, who will be left listening to NPR, if shows like the BPP aren't supported by the Baby Boomers in charge?

Sent by Grendel | 2:34 PM | 7-14-2008

I just sent protesting emails to both addresses given. One can only hope NPR will come to its senses when it realizes how many people are bemoaning the loss of such a wonderful program. I never knew I could feel so attached to something on the radio, but my days will truly be lacking without the BPP.

Sent by Katelyn | 2:34 PM | 7-14-2008

Horrible decision by NPR. Can BPP set up an online petition to garner support to keep it on the air? Perhaps listeners would also be willing to commit funding if it stays on the air (via the petition)? By the way, this is the first time I've posted anything on a blog - ever. Cancelling BPP is the first thing that has moved me out of my non-technical comfort zone.

Sent by T Alvarez | 2:36 PM | 7-14-2008

I am sad to hear this news:( I am 25 and BPP is my favorite show of all time. I even got my friends hooked on it and now its going away. Sad, sad news.

And seriously, if its funding npr needs-we are 20 somethings, isnt that what we're known for?

Sent by ellie | 2:38 PM | 7-14-2008

What other program is going to have Ian twittering every two minutes WHILE running the Boston Marathon? Genius I tell you.

Sent by Katie | 2:38 PM | 7-14-2008

i've listened to this show from the start and i'm really going to f'in miss it. :'(

(can yall try to get matt to do his robert siegel impression one more time? plzplzpl0x?)

Sent by Jurrel Forlenza | 2:38 PM | 7-14-2008

in addition...

I already had plans to listen to the BPP in Nov after we elect a new President.

Sent by MF | 2:42 PM | 7-14-2008

How many of the shocked, frustrated, angry and annoyed people on this thread contribute to NPR or their local member station? Yeah, I thought so.

Disclaimer: I'm too old to listen to BPP and barely listen to NPR in general. However I'm going to throw 50 bucks over to KQED Radio as soon as I'm done writing this. Folks--we're experiencing an amazing headwind, and cuts will happen. Or...put your $$ where your mouth is.

Sent by Steve | 2:42 PM | 7-14-2008

its a cryin' shame.

if the BPP is indeed cancelled i will never listen to WPR or NPR again.

BPP haz teh 1337 h05ts 11.1.11eleventy

Sent by dd | 2:45 PM | 7-14-2008

This is terrible. I really enjoyed the innovation of the BPP. I totally enjoy the typical NPR broadcast but this one was very fresh and just fun to listen to.

Sent by TMD | 2:48 PM | 7-14-2008

There's nothing like it. Please don't go.

Sent by Samantha from DC | 2:54 PM | 7-14-2008

FRAK! I love this show! Where am I going to get my Ramble and the Most? And the 10 minute interviews on cool stuff? As they say in Schoolhouse Rock, "Darn, that's the end."

Sent by Earl in Seattle | 2:56 PM | 7-14-2008

I DO NOT contribute to my local NPR affiliate because they are awful. The on air personalities are awful to listen to between shows. If I could contribute to the BPP I would, but I can't. I will not contribute to NPR as a whole because they make decisions like this one.

Sent by Jeremy | 2:59 PM | 7-14-2008

with NPR's "big push to embrace new technology" why would they cancel the one show that would capture all the listeners who are tech savvy? Really an unintelligent move on NPR.

Sent by liz | 3:02 PM | 7-14-2008

Truly a sad day. I'll surly miss listening online to my favorite daily show. Best wishes to the whole BPP family.

Sent by Honolulu Hawai'i | 3:02 PM | 7-14-2008

I can't believe it! So disappointing! Good Luck to all of you.

Sent by Katie | 3:02 PM | 7-14-2008

BPP is unique, energetic, and informative program that really makes a difference in my day. It is a shame that circumstances are such that NPR feels that it must cut this excellent program. I hope it is not too late for NPR to reconsider.

Sent by Mark Middlemas | 3:03 PM | 7-14-2008

I am 23 years old and listen to the BPP every weekday on my Sirius radio. I will be less likely to tune in to NPR and leave it on all day now that they are taking the BPP away. I will miss it terribly. Shame on NPR

Sent by Mark S | 3:15 PM | 7-14-2008

Does this mean Ian will be coming back to Philadelphia?

I have to agree with many responses to this post... what a shame that NPR had to kill the hippest show on it's airwaves. Sigh.

Sent by Anonymous Philadelphia-based Friend of Ian | 3:23 PM | 7-14-2008

I don't even know what the target demo for the BPP is, but I can tell you that this 46 year old college-educated woman listened to the show faithfully every morning on Sirius radio during her 45 minute commute to work. I enjoyed the mix of news, quirky features like The Most and The Ramble and enjoyed the collaborative atmosphere among the staff. This is really very sad news and my mornings will not be the same. Because of the BPP, I also started listening to other NRP shows - and isn't that what it's all about?

Sent by Cindy Shea | 3:24 PM | 7-14-2008

From what I can see, this is crazy. The show does EXACTLY what it was meant to do, exceeding all expectations apparently. And then it is cancelled. This is what we should expect from NPR?

If the finances are such that the new and exciting show that succeeds at its mission needs to be cancelled, then the financing needs to be retooled. Isn't that obvious? The programming is succeeding! Fantastic! Usually this is the hard part, getting a new program to succeed. So something is wrong with the underwriting model of it. Imagine what the underwriting should be for a show that is drawing that coveted young demographic. Underwriters should be salivating for this audience. Someone has dropped the ball here. And as for the rest of the typical NPR support, listener donations to local stations, well, clearly that model is out of whack for BPP because it isn't carried on many local stations. But oh no, we can't upset that age-old balance....

So, in typical short-sighted fashion, NPR takes the easy way out, cut the costs. Cut the SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMMING because we can't afford it. Stick your heads in the sand instead of dealing with the outmoded funding system, even on an individual show basis. The BPP was groundbreaking, but not groundbreaking enough. A way to donate directly to the show would have been an interesting experiment.

Places to write, I'm thinking:

Margaret Low Smith, NPR VP for Programming: Not only does she have that role; this was to some degree (at least according to that page) her project.

The ombudsman has been a somewhat neglected position at NPR for a while, but at least there is one now, and someone already linked the page above I think: You can call or email.

All board members and corporate staff are listed here: Some of the board consists of local station managers. If one of them is local to you, consider contacting him/her.

Email is great for the BPP crowd, but paper still gets more attention. Way more. Take the time and do this. Write to one or more of the corporate folks at:

635 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

or fax a letter to (202) 513-3329 Send it to someone specific, maybe Kevin Klose, President. Otherwise it'll languish somewhere.

These are on the Contact page I'm just bringing them to where someone might see.

See also for the best way to submit electronically if that's all you do.

Two weeks to make a lot of noise folks. Go to it.

Sent by Greg | 3:28 PM | 7-14-2008

Wow, first The Connection with Dick Gordon and now the BPP. My ears are obviously the death knell for any NPR show. I do apologise for listening to your fine program. :-( Does anyone have any requests for the next object of my attention?

All joking aside, count me in as one Canadian who will greatly miss your daily take on the news, and happenings in the world around us. Very sad! All the best to the staff of the BPP. I hope to be hearing you bringing your same fresh perspectives to other shows in the near future.

Sent by Paul in Ottawa, Canada | 3:29 PM | 7-14-2008

I just found you guys. This is sad.I liked BPP because it was so different with the same good NPR journalism. Boo! NPR deciders.

Sent by Lucius | 3:33 PM | 7-14-2008

This is sad news. I'm older than the target demographic and have been an NPR listener for many years, but I have really enjoyed this show during my long commute. Although I have my quibbles with it, I have found its approach to news refreshing and enjoyable while still being informative.

I live in the greater NYC area, and I can tell you that "The Takeaway" [WNYC's new morning show] is a very poor alternative to the BPP. For one thing, its hosts have virtually no personality, unlike those on the BPP!

Sent by Louise | 3:38 PM | 7-14-2008

truly disappointing. the BPP was the ONLY SHOW i listened to from NPR. i guess it will go back to zero. i just discovered it a couple of months ago. i guess i'll go back to scorning NPR as pandering to the sinking ship of baby boomer radio. the BPP was truly a one of a kind show that actually gave news that i was interested in and in manner that i could tolerate. from politics, music, books, trends and movies.

Sent by levi elder | 3:44 PM | 7-14-2008

I listen to the BPP online and have just heard this news. I'm quite shocked because the BPP is the best show on radio; informative, enlightning and always entertaining, I can't get my head around the rationale for the cancellation and can only think that somewhere in NPR somebody has missed the point of national and public radio. Thank you Mike, Rachel, Alison and all the team for the show and your talents.

Sent by D Forde | 3:45 PM | 7-14-2008

To the NPR management:

Did you ever consider asking BPP listeners for a small donation before taking the decision to pull the plug on this fabulous show? I am just seething!

To the BPP: You guys rock!

Sent by Patricia, a dedicated listener from The Hague, The Netherlands | 3:45 PM | 7-14-2008

Quite unfortunate. I really enjoy NPR for it's quality and independence.

In my opinion, BPP was NPR's connection to it's next generation of listeners. I don't quite understand why they would cancel it over some of their other programs.

Sent by Ronald | 3:54 PM | 7-14-2008

why? Why?? WHY!!!

Sent by ken | 3:56 PM | 7-14-2008

So short sighted NPR!!! Give BPP's faithful listeners a chance to participate via a fundraising effort. Come on, you guys have never been shy about asking for money. I know the listeners will come through....give us a chance!

Sent by Sissi, Kahuku, Hawaii | 3:57 PM | 7-14-2008

oI have really enjoyed this program, please find a way for us to support our favorite program. There is very little NPR reporting where I am and por radio reception - so I listen to all my shows online now. I was a member of OPB before we moved to Alabama and would be happy to continue support for the online programs I listen to regularly.

Sent by Jennifer Awai | 4:08 PM | 7-14-2008

I still can't believe this. I discovered the BPP only a month ago, and listen to the podcasts daily. What are the reasons for the cancellation? This has been the only news show to truly inform AND entertain me and it will be missed. The BPP website has replaced my yahoo news fix and I am not ready to go back. Please reconsider this poor decision!

Sent by Paulina Bryant | 4:13 PM | 7-14-2008

Gosh, what will I do with all my millions now that the BPP is going away?

Tell me please, is Mike Pesca moving to Sirius? If so, I will send the check there.

Sent by ??lainn deBaja | 4:16 PM | 7-14-2008

I've been raised on NPR, but it finally felt like mine when I discovered the BPP. Where will I get my wittily wrapped, way real, young person centric news now?

Sent by H Daly | 4:17 PM | 7-14-2008

Good riddance. The BPP was drivel and an embarrassment to NPR - awful reporting and a lame format. While having dinner with friends on Saturday we were all talking about how horrid this show was. I won't be missing it ... and may decide to subscribe to the NPR Shuffle podcast once again, knowing I won't have to suffer through any more BPP pieces.

Sent by Laura | 4:32 PM | 7-14-2008

I discovered BPP online. I love it. The show cover topics that are hipper and fresher than your usual NPR news program. I wish I could give some money to keep the show alive if I was given the opportunity (The SF Bay Area doesn't carry the show).

I hate it when good things come to an end. I hope NPR will bring you back and listen to the listners.


Sent by Peter C. | 4:32 PM | 7-14-2008

Wish I could say something deep but I'll just say that I'm going to miss BPP. I hope that NPR will be willing to provide engaging, fun, and neat programming for young people in the future, something that BPP did amazingly well.

Sent by Mike O. | 4:43 PM | 7-14-2008

Really, would NPR keep the BPP from having a pledge drive? $2 million does not seem like a lot of money.

Sent by Paul S | 4:45 PM | 7-14-2008

This was about the only program I still listened to on NPR. It has a feel that nothing else out there even compares to. Exciting, urban, and real with broadcasters that really seem to get it.

Sent by Bill | 4:46 PM | 7-14-2008

Well, OF COURSE I listened to the BPP on the internet - my local station here in San Diego (KPBS-FM) didn't carry it! If one of this show's defining features was supposed to be its internet savvy, why didn't they somehow measure how many listeners were accessing it on-line?

BPP staff, I thought you did a fabulous job and I'll miss you.

I am a huge NPR but there's definitely going to be a hole in my heart come July 25th.

Sent by Craig Roberts | 4:53 PM | 7-14-2008

Terribly sad. I'm a recent listener to NPR and BPP was what hooked me in.

Sent by Jason | 4:54 PM | 7-14-2008

Save the BPP!

Sent by ellen | 5:01 PM | 7-14-2008

Please keep the ironic and sardonic humor on NPR. The Luke/Mike personality meshes exactly with my humor. Without humor, NPR will not keep my demographic.

Secondly, how can we kill a show that came up with The Most and The Ramble. Unacceptable!

I will not miss Mike's grammar checking and newspaper title complaints. This is the only downside to the show.

Sent by Cozmo | 5:07 PM | 7-14-2008

This is a very sad day indeed. BPP is one of the first news shows on NPR that truly engaged me throughout the entire broadcast. From the moment I turned it on, I was hooked. It was informative but lighthearted and entertaining as well (which I loved). We often tend to take ourselves too seriously and get caught up in the hectic pace of our day-to-day lives. BPP was a refreshing break from this and always helped me start my day off great. I often found myself sitting in the car, at my destination, but not wanting to turn the radio off. For the first time in my 34 years, I also went to a show's web site to stream broadcasts and read news, which I have never been compelled enough to do with other shows.

Although I am a regular NPR listener on the weekends, I never really found anything that I connected with during the week (until BPP). I find it discouraging that NPR is canceling it so soon and not giving it a chance to find its audience. If the show has affected this many people in such a short period of time, just think what it could do if given the chance. BPP has obviously filled a void that was missing in NPR programming for many of its listeners. If that's the case, then it seems to me that BPP was truly a successful show and that NPR achieved what it was trying to do.

Sent by Kim | 5:08 PM | 7-14-2008

I feel like I'm losing a group of friends. My workdays are going to go so much slower... I always listen to the show the day after they are on the podcast and try to avoid the news so it will seem new to me. I would listen to advertisements if it meant keeping the show!

Sent by Cheryl Z | 5:14 PM | 7-14-2008

This is such sad news! Is there anything we can do? Mike has become part of my morning routine. I download the podcast daily... and will so miss "the ramble"

boo hoo.

Sent by kristen | 5:16 PM | 7-14-2008

If there were a way to save the BPP by directly donating to it, I would do that without a second thought.

This is the radio equivalent of finding the person you want to marry, only to see them suddenly die: other shows will come along, surely, but none of them will ever measure up to that smart, loveable, informative, and goofy paragon that was the BPP.

Sent by katherine | 5:28 PM | 7-14-2008

Noooooooo! I love the BPP. My parents have always listened to NPR and I have found it boring, but the BPP is actually interesting. It's not on in minnesota, but I listen to the podcasts everyday.

Sent by R | 5:42 PM | 7-14-2008

So sad to hear about the cancellation. I love this show and I love the podcasts. And I was so looking forward to Allison Stewart's eventual return. Please NPR, don't cancel the show!

Sent by meg in nola | 5:49 PM | 7-14-2008

I love the BPP and I'm 50! So it's not just a show for "young" people (but then again, I feel 30, so maybe I don't count). It's fun, interesting...And Mike Pesca,I love your interviewing style and how much time you gave to your subjects. I'm so bummed that this show is getting cancelled.

Sent by Moriah | 6:02 PM | 7-14-2008

Hearing this news makes me want to drown myself in a bucket.

Sent by amitra | 6:04 PM | 7-14-2008

This is disastrous!!!! The BPP is my late night sanctuary!

As an ex-pat, it's one of the only shows I can actually listen to live, and I LOVE IT!


Sincerely sad in Wellington :(

Sent by Carlos | 6:09 PM | 7-14-2008

sniff.... Please don't vanish into thin air, Your creativity taken away from us it's like getting an empty fortune cookie!!! :(

Sent by Cata from Miami | 6:11 PM | 7-14-2008

TERRIBLE NEWS! Wonderful alternative to morning edition- Loved listening to the show on-line- Loved that the hosts were of my generation! Sad day!

Sent by Lisa P | 6:16 PM | 7-14-2008

This stinks! I love pretty much everything on NPR, but BPP pretty much became my little internet darling! I listen to it online in my office and it makes my day go by so fast! I think NPR should give it another year or two before they decide to pull the plug. What would've happened to Car Talk, Fresh Air, This American Life or any other show if they only got one year. Let this show flourish, give it the chance to!

Sent by LL in AZ | 6:16 PM | 7-14-2008

Too bad the young demo NPR is shooting for won't or can't pony up the dollars to support a program like this. The current generation of young folks is the entitled generation. Even if you make a program they all love, they are not accustomed to financially supporting anything. I want it now and I don't want to pay for good stuff. I want everything to be free (and consequently, my content providers should work for free).

Entitled Generation: enjoy your free awesome podcasts now while there are still organizations that exist to produce them. Until your generation, like, gets it, you'll see more of the same cuts of your favorites.

Sent by Old School NPR Junkie | 6:19 PM | 7-14-2008

Very sad to have heard the news this morning. I've been listening to BPP on Sirius for a few months, and have really enjoyed it. BPP has always come off on me as a morning show for people who don't like morning shows... it was substantive, funny, and far more informative than anything it competes with that I've ever heard. I'm 22, and it really is the first show on NPR that has ever appealed to me... I'm hoping for more good things in the future, but I'll always miss the Bryant Park Project.

Sent by Jeff | 6:33 PM | 7-14-2008

I just discovered this show and have been listening to it for the past two weeks and now it is gone!

Sent by Ratimo | 6:39 PM | 7-14-2008

The show was good. Smart and funny and easily accessible. If it'd had boobs and glasses I'd have proposed marriage.

Sent by Onion | 6:43 PM | 7-14-2008

Drawn in by the bookclub, I've become increasingly involved in what has begun to feel like what a virtual community should feel like. Try as I will to follow Sarah Goodyear and Trisha McKinney, I feel less likely to be able to keep up with Dave Wiley, @elizs, Seth in Kansas or Rebecca in Berlin. What a bummer! I hope something somewhere evolves back into something akin to this, and that someone will let me know about it when it does. Members of BPP, take my email with you!
Disappointed for me, sorry for the crew and disillusioned in general.

Sent by Kymm in Barcelona | 6:47 PM | 7-14-2008

Please reverse this decision! The Bryant Park Project is the best thing that has happened to NPR in a very LONG time. I rely on the BPP for news and information that is relavant to my life and interests. Cancelling this program is a very bad decision.

Sent by Jean C | 6:50 PM | 7-14-2008

What is happening to the world?? First Bush was re-elected than the price of gas tripled--now this!! I want my BPP back!
I am deeply saddened and will miss my daily dish of 'the most' and the sweet, sweet voice of Mr. Garrison.

Sent by Emily Darling in Stafford, VA | 7:21 PM | 7-14-2008

I lost interest in NPR for years. However, when I heard the BPP, I again begin to listen as well as read stories via the web. NPR is making a mistake by canceling the BPP. Other programs are outdated and lack the qualities BPP has that pulled me back in.

Sent by michael Baxter | 7:30 PM | 7-14-2008

Too depressed to rant.

Sent by Edward Madson | 7:33 PM | 7-14-2008

Shame on you NPR!

Sent by Colin D | 7:40 PM | 7-14-2008

More than 400 comments.
Great job BPP peeps.
Everyone do this. Copy all the messages and paste it into here:
choose, "Contact an NPR office or service",
Action people!

Sent by Steve Ganz | 7:47 PM | 7-14-2008

Aaarghhh! I am so upset and disappointed about this. I listen to BPP every day, and I am not even from New York ( I live in San Francisco...)
I plead with NPR to keep BPP going...I agree with other users that argue that they didn;t give the experiment enough time to come to fruition. I was just getting addicted to the BPP, and I am sure many loyal listeners would agree. It's smart, funny, informative, very listenable.


Sent by Sharon | 7:50 PM | 7-14-2008

I am so disappointed. I loved this show. I listened every morning when taking my kids to school. NPR has lost a very loyal listner. I got so much information from this show, that I would not receive elsewhere. So sad.

Sent by Amk | 8:23 PM | 7-14-2008

What younger audience?! I'm 57 and look forward to my daily podcast of your entertaining and informative program.

Sent by Judy Ross | 8:26 PM | 7-14-2008

I listen to the BPP on the computer everyday. I love it. I am so angry right now. So depressed.

Sent by 21yr old lisa | 8:53 PM | 7-14-2008

Alison, we met on MTV and then you disappeared but I found you on MSNBC. Really thought we would have a long term relationship as it looked like you were being groomed as Olbermann's replacement. Finally found you again at BPP. Is it creepy people like me that are scaring you away? Good luck with whatever endeavor you find; your talents don't seem be be fully appreciated.

Sent by Dennis Bierlein | 9:10 PM | 7-14-2008

I love the show and I'm saddened with the news of its cancellation. Hope it comes back and that NPR let the listeners have a say. I think the hosts had great chemistry.

Sent by ivan | 9:12 PM | 7-14-2008

You know, over the past few hours I've been thinking about all the negative consequences that BPP's cancellation will have. And I think the scariest thing is that Mike Pesca will now be set free to roam the streets. I guess having him on the BPP ensured that he was kept busy for most of the day and generally kept him in a state of sleep deprivation. Now he will be released on to New York with no supervision. This seems really dangerous to me. I think the BPP was doing a great public service by keeping this public menace under wraps. Now who will keep us safe?

Sent by Alex | 9:21 PM | 7-14-2008

If everyone that has responded ponies up some cash will NPR respond and keep BPP going?

Sent by Michele | 9:24 PM | 7-14-2008

No!! This is very unfortunate and heartbreaking news! I download the BPP onto my iPod every day and rely on it for my 4-mile run. The BPP has so much to offer -- I've looked forward to it every day since I happened upon it in November. I feel like I've just been broken up with. There are so many talents NPR is wasting -- the BPP is the most innovative, cutting edge, happening, and brightest media on the planet. I firmly believe you accomplished ALL of your goals -- you've appealed to a younger audience through the usage of technological savvy and personable intelligence; you've captured the hearts and minds of so many younger NPR listeners that are hungry for exactly what you offered: a new and fresh offering of news, current events, a comprehensive analysis of contemporary trends. This is a sad day for us all. How utterly unfortunate. I'll miss you guys a lot. What am I going to listen to on my runs now? I'm going to get fat and lazy now without your daily podcast to keep me going the extra mile just so i could hear every the very last syllable of every last show. Much love to you all, -Beth

Sent by beth | 9:24 PM | 7-14-2008

I'm disappointed and saddened to hear the news. As much as I've enjoyed the show on its own merits its been as interesting and fun to follow the evolution, both planned and not, of the program. Granted, most listeners of NPR rely upon the well hewed predictability of the programming and the familiar professionalism of its on air personalities. BPP's looser vibe left room for surprise and the inevitable question of "I wonder where they're going with this(not a lot of that happening over at ATC, I'm guessing)?" The misses have been almost as good as the hits, I'll miss them both.

Sent by Jeff Krantz | 9:35 PM | 7-14-2008

It is very disappointing to hear that BPP is being cancelled. I do not fit your targeted demographic audience. I am in my mid 50's from Atlanta and have been a faithful listener of this dynamic, engaging, and informative program. A sad loss!

Sent by Madeleine | 9:36 PM | 7-14-2008

This is very upsetting to me. I was never a fan of NPR until I found BPP. Now I listen every day. I fell a connection to all the broadcasters on the show. I look forward to hearing their unique view of the daily news and other unique stories. It has been a great topic of conversation for me and my friends every day. I am not sure how I will begin my mornings without BPP.

Sent by Jason Slyer | 9:42 PM | 7-14-2008

the program could have tipped npr into a "better" demographic group if it was a given a chance. my friends were just starting to listen.

Sent by kurt | 9:46 PM | 7-14-2008

I thank the staff of the BPP especially Allison Stewart for bringing an informative yet entertaining news program for this 30 something physician/working mom to listen to on my way to work. Because of this I will no longer contribute to NPR.

Sent by Mary Ailis Aiken | 9:54 PM | 7-14-2008

Sorry to be the negative guy in the midst of so many positive comments, but I can't say I am so surprised by this move. I have listened to the BPP since its outset, and was very excited to have a new daily podcast to help me through my commute here in Tokyo. However, aside from Alison Stewart, I found I was often disappointed by the hosts of the show. I was actually thrilled when Luke Burbank left, but then disappointed again with the arrival of Mike Pesca. With Alison being away, and then Rachel leaving the show, I listen to the show once a week at best, and even still I am annoyed by Pesca's habit of constantly interrupting co-hosts and guests with his poor sense of humor and irritating monologues.
I have to say the content has been increasingly mediocre as well. I was stunned with the recent interview of Purdue U's year book editor. This is news?!
Great idea, NPR, hope you are more successful with it next time around...

Sent by Cory | 9:56 PM | 7-14-2008

I'm very sad to hear this news. I listen to the BPP every day on my way to work.

I just wanted to say a thank you to all of the amazing staffers. Thanks to you I got way more updated on current events, got into some really great musicians, and felt connected to NPR at the ripe young age of 26. I will really miss the "Best Song in the World Today" and Ian's crazy Mosts and pretty much all things Alison Stewart.

Congrats BPP-ers. You are just like Freaks and Geeks - over way before your peak.

Sent by Kit | 10:02 PM | 7-14-2008

I listened to the stream of the BPP every morning at work. It really brightened up my day with the loose and often light-hearted format, yet served to be extremely informative and often brought to my attention interesting stories I might otherwise have overlooked. It takes any show time to build up a strong, loyal audience, and this one had the charisma to do that. Look at the multitude of ways people listen to it: podcasts, online, broadcast. Those outlets are the way of the future and it's not so easy to measure the audience just yet.

-30 and extremely disappointed in Florida.

Sent by Robert | 10:03 PM | 7-14-2008

This is ridiculous. The BPP is the show that bridged the gap between old and young. It is the reason why I became interested in NPR in the first place. There are many other shows that, in my opinion, are dying. I, and many of my friends, are back to music radio and getting news from the internet. Sad times.

Sent by Maria L. DeCastro | 10:05 PM | 7-14-2008

What are we supposed to do now? NPR Satellite listeners will now have to listen to the dreadful broadcasts of the Diane Rhems show. God save us! We want BPP.

Sent by Joan | 10:11 PM | 7-14-2008

OK. I've already commented about my extreme disappointment in regard to the show's cancellation. But then I read a couple negative comments about Mike Pesca. Come on. Yes, he makes jokes and has opinions, but he gives the show a personality. I don't care for his attitude about animals, but the guy is hilarious. Those who aren't quick enough to make the jokes he makes are hating. Mike, you're great and your stupid wit is appreciated by many. Best of luck, doll.

Sent by Maria L. DeCastro | 10:15 PM | 7-14-2008

Here is my contribution to the "contact us" inbox...
I am sure you are getting many similar letters, but here's another extolling the many virtues of the Bryant Park Project. I am truly disappointed by its cancellation; I am a true NPR addict and the BPP is truly one of the best shows that you have got going for you.
The show, to begin with, is fascinating and prescient; they take odd and interesting tacs and angles to stories before they hit the mainstream.
The interaction with the audience is unprecedented. I truly feel a part of the show and that all the listeners form a loose family unit. You come to recognize blog posters and value what they have to say and the community it builds.
The BPP is, by far, the best of you shows at facing, addressing and correcting mistakes. They directly deal with critiques on the web and are refreshingly unsqueamish about fessing up to errors.
The BPP players are all characters that we have gotten to "know" over the last nine or so months. As I am sure others have told you, there is an intimacy between the staff and the listeners that doesn't exist in any other show. I love it when journalists aren't afraid to show their audience who they are. The faith it shows in their own reporting abilitities is encouraging in a climate where journalists are earning less and less respect.
I love Pesca's wit, Pashman's laugh, Chillag's nerdiness, Tricia's enthusiasm for the obscure, Rachel's overflowing glee, Alison's brilliance and the appearance of all the other characters.
Mike Pesca is a gifted reporter and successfully holds people to lines of questioning when so many reporters these days seem to loathe ruffling feathers.
They all are integral parts of a show that is unlike anything else NPR produces. The other news shows all follow a tiringly familiar pattern; in what other forum can you hear 15 minute interviews instead of a 4 minute segment.
It is a sad day for all of us who were hoping that we had found a new face of NPR and possibly radio news in general. I can only hope you find an opportunity to rethink your decision. I'd love to hear the original revenue stream projections and theories that the show now seems to be failing to live up to.
I shall miss the open-mic quality of the brilliance that is the Bryant Park Project.

Sent by m.rawlins | 10:25 PM | 7-14-2008

NPR's decision to cancel BPP lacks all sense of proportion, indicates shortsightedness, or is merely silly. If the NPR overseers spent more time counting how many times the editors let slip through the adolescent overuse of the work "iconic" in general news reports and less time totting up listenership we would all be better served.

Sent by Peter Schmader | 10:28 PM | 7-14-2008

@Steve...I am a 27-year-old graduate student; I love the BPP and give 100 bucks to KQED every don't make assumptions about people you know nothing about.

Sent by m.rawlins | 10:32 PM | 7-14-2008

This is so unfair. Why couldn't they have a have a fund raiser like all other NPR programing? I am addicted to the BPP and would be happy to part with some cash to keep it on the air... So disappointing

Sent by Sarah H | 10:50 PM | 7-14-2008

If NPR Headquarters could figure out how to boost their Development and get more funding, and if the show was able to get more carriage on other stations, maybe this wouldn't have happened. Yes, the show had a looser vibe, but it was really almost exactly the same as the newly made Michele Martin Show, parts of ATC, Fresh Air, and bits of ME. BPP just got direction, and found a groove. It seems like NPR let this show do whatever they wanted (which was cool); and after 1 year, the staff finally figured it out.... and then they cancel their asses.

I blame it on NPR's lack of vision and priority. Look at what NPR did with their classical music shows! They gave them away to American Public Media! Now they are only concerned with All Songs and indie rock music. Good God --- Not everyone between 18-35 cares about that.

They (Headquarters, i think...) are going down the tubes, if you ask me, and the board members obviously have no respect for culture, and placate to a younger demographic.... they just don't get it and aren't really "listening", for some reason.

BPP didn't have a chance in hell. Maybe the next time NPR decides to start a show and pour so much money into it, they'll at least plan a little in advance.

Sent by maggie | 11:13 PM | 7-14-2008

What a bummer. I wish NPR would keep BPP. It's really the only thing I've been listening to on NPR lately.

Sent by Sally Carson | 11:25 PM | 7-14-2008

As a 41-year old and a long time NPR listener, I have not sustained such a personal, enduring connection with a radio show since "The Derek McGinty Show" on WAMU during the 1990's. Although the personalities have changed often, I believe the quality of the show was consistently good (OK, maybe one or two clunkers, but I've heard Carl Kasell have a bad day too).

I wish to convey to the on-air talent and off-air staff my deepest thanks. The style in which this show brought both headline news and the offbeat was what I have always searched for. It wasn't a saccharine "news is fun" presentation. This was smart, witty people who had fun talking about the news.

I also appreciated stories on Go-Go Music, Wacky Packs, and the comparison taste test of Fruity Cheerios vs. Froot Loops. I do not know if anyone else coveted, these stories, but they were stories that I have direct experience with, and that connection is priceless.

Mike, Alison, and Luke, I recall the three of you put this together and please be very proud of your work. Thank you for making it happen.

I will miss this show, but I am certain that I will not miss the people associated with the show. Each and every one of you is very talented, and I look forward to seeing/hearing/blogging/twittering you in another setting in the near future.

It is my deep regret to say thank you and good bye.

Sent by Bill Santos | 11:41 PM | 7-14-2008

Shame on NPR. Can't even give it a year? BPP is a morning commute staple for me. It added a refreshing change from Morning Edition. Have the listeners no say in this?

Sent by Lisa | 11:47 PM | 7-14-2008

That's the only way to describe the reaction to the news. How can NPR be so blind to seeing that the BPP is the first step in the right direction. A radio show that is bright, savvy, and directly speaks to 20 and 30 somethings and then some and talks about things we care about. Yes sometimes light other times deep and heavy and dealing with messy issues and then later discussing the most popular new music or websites. Plus an amazing online presence... their Twitter is fantastic. This is such an interactive show. WTF is NPR thinking the BPP filled a gap with intelligent, relevant, news. I never thought I'd feel betrayed and disappointed by NPR.

Sent by Maria in Miami | 11:49 PM | 7-14-2008

Just adding to the general disappointment that one of my staples of podcast listening is over. Man, I was waiting Alison to come back and now I stumbled upon Laura being sad on Twitter and confirmed it on this site. I am seriously bummed.

Sent by Nicky Loi | 12:01 AM | 7-15-2008

I listen to all the NPR shows. I find myself telling my friends, family and coworkers "Hey, did you hear that story..." about BPP stories more and more. I'm not even in the demographic BPP is shooting for! It's a sad day when the organization that touts that it is a different media outlet doesn't actually support something innovative.

Sent by Nolan | 12:01 AM | 7-15-2008

I can't believe it still. What a mistake.

Sent by Ashley | 12:02 AM | 7-15-2008

I am infuriated, The BPP actually got me to listen to NPR in the first place, I cannot believe this!

NPR: Now Past Retirement

Sent by Mike | 12:09 AM | 7-15-2008

I feel like a Zeppelin groupie, circa 1980. Bonham is dead, and I don't know where to go, I don't know who to follow.
The BPP is a community, not just a news show, and NPR has eviscerated that community. Interestingly, the first thing I thought when I heard the news, was not, "what will I do?" but "what is going to happen to my friends?" I have never felt "attached" to a news program, but the kindness and openness of the BPP made me feel like I was a part of the news. Because of the online community, and especially facebook, the BPP staff feels like they are all my friends. Thinking about that warm and friendly office "overlooking historic Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan" empty, without all of those friendly and hardworking people buzzing around like bees, just breaks my heart. Good luck guys, and thanks. For everything.

Sent by Abbey Graf | 12:33 AM | 7-15-2008

BPP is relevant to me, and I'm 26. This show was my gateway to NPR's other programming. Without it I highly doubt I would have become a religious NPR listener. Consider what would have happened if I didn't stumble upon the BPP 'til July 25th. Christ, if you were going to axe any show for the love of GOD dump News & Notes. Everyone I know puts in a CD when that one comes on lol.

Sent by fran | 12:40 AM | 7-15-2008

I'm 48 and a die hard NPR fan and contributing member for many many years. This is very disappointing! I listen to the podcast and love the show!!! I only started to listen a few weeks ago and love it. Mike is a gem - one of the best on NPR. When he guest hosted Talk of the Nation a while back it was great - he needs to be a host on another show - NPR, listen to your fans!

Sent by David | 12:45 AM | 7-15-2008

This was my favorite show on NPR.
At first, i thought it was a bit wacky, but it grew on me until, now, I can't imagine not having it every morning.

Sent by dennis | 12:56 AM | 7-15-2008

i have to agree with the rest of you, this is too bad!!

Sent by JT | 1:17 AM | 7-15-2008

bummer! i'm gonna miss the twitter feeds! I don't even get the show on my local NPR station, but the podcasts do the trick.

Sent by Adam Jay Southerland | 1:40 AM | 7-15-2008

Very sad news indeed. I have been listening to the BPP from the very first "rough cuts" podcast. I love Allison, loved Rachel, and I really enjoy the entire cast. It is ashame NPR is pulling the plug. I wish you guys the best! Thanks for everything.

Sent by Jim Trenton | 1:55 AM | 7-15-2008 can't do this to me! My wife listens to BPP every morning and it entertains her, educates her and makes her laugh. Without BPP I'm going to have to do that. HELP. Please, I'll do anything. I'll come to Washington and hand wash and wax the car of whomever made this foolish decision. Let that person come and try to cheer her up in the morning! One week of that and BPP will be on forever!

Sent by Marc | 2:06 AM | 7-15-2008

It's a loss, a waste, and a shame.

Sent by Leyla Farah | 2:15 AM | 7-15-2008

Failure - no way. Excellent journalism plus lots and lots of fun. This is a great show ! NPR - don't do it ! How about swapping BPP with the Morning Edition just 1 morning per week. Your ratings will go thru the roof.

Sent by John | 2:25 AM | 7-15-2008

This is terribly frustrating. I'm of the younger demographic, and while I love shows like Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, I've been avidly listening to the BPP. It brings a fresh face to what has been a nearly all too similiar line up on NPR.

I absolutely enjoyed every broadcast of the BPP. From the humor, to the unique stories, this show made my mornings great.

You've wounded me, NPR.

Sent by Wes | 3:20 AM | 7-15-2008


Sent by Kerry | 3:53 AM | 7-15-2008

No, I just found BPP a few weeks ago! It's the only podcast I can listen to "fresh" as it updates in the afternoon, Jerusalem time. I take this personally, since I grew up near a Manhattan park--Fort Tryon. Cue Mike Pesca holding forth on the value of 'y' as a vowel...

Sent by Rabbi Joe | 4:11 AM | 7-15-2008

I've been tuning in to the BPP from France for about six months. This show allowed me to stay up to date on everything going on back home and to get a US perspective on world news. I've really enjoyed the show and I'm disappointed that it's being canceled...

Sent by Hillary | 5:06 AM | 7-15-2008

I'm very disappointed. I listen to The BPP 4-5 times a week online, and will miss this unique show. I understand NPR's plight, but it is hard not to feel that they are turning their back on us Gen Y/Xers. I will miss BPP and hope that in the future NPR gives more chances to such programming.

Sent by Saul | 6:09 AM | 7-15-2008

I am extremely disappointed with this news because The Bryant Park Project quickly became, by far, my favorite NPR show soon after it launched. I like the hosts, I like the program's various segments, and I like the subject matter of the reporting. This show will be missed.

Sent by Frank the Underemployed Professional | 6:54 AM | 7-15-2008

I just learned how to use RSS in order to get BPP uploaded and listen to it here in the U.K. It really is a great show. NPR must rethink their strategy in regards to creating an audience to support their network in the future. I believe BPP was a great program but also a great vehicle by which a greater listening audience was being created.

NPR is going to have to do better but how will they if they keep trashing new shows before they have a chance to gain an audience?

Sent by Valentine | 7:02 AM | 7-15-2008

Rediculous... I started working my summer internship and stumbled upon this show by accident. I have listened to it almost EVERY day now and love it. I doubt I will listen to NPR anymore if it is back to the boring and dull stuff that my dad listens to. DON'T GO!!!

Sent by Michael | 7:14 AM | 7-15-2008

I love Bryant Park. I tuned into the program every morning. It was always refeshing. It was a happy show. Like drinking your morning coffee with friends. I am not a young listener ...but this show made me feel young.

Sent by Margaret L. Anthony | 7:16 AM | 7-15-2008

The BPP was my only news source.
I hate the news but I love bpp. old people sometimes don't know whats good. well go wild since its almost over.

Sent by Liz | 7:19 AM | 7-15-2008

This is very unsettling news from NPR. I always though public media was an innovator, and BPP is an excellent medium to attract not only a younger audience, that group from 18-40, and entice them to get involved in more social and political issues, but as a fresh alternative to main stream media that has become so mundane. While I won't trash-talk NPR,PBS or any other form of public media, I will say this is extremely unsettling. Thank you BPP for an excellent start to the day.

Sent by Aaron M. White | 7:31 AM | 7-15-2008

Will all of these emails change anything? The BPP is great listening,young or old. I am so sick of Diane Rehms show I turn off my Sirius when it comes on - so please don't replace BPP with that.
Good Luck to all on the BPP

Sent by Lynne | 7:47 AM | 7-15-2008


Sent by bmb | 7:50 AM | 7-15-2008

The BBP is the best show on NPR.
It's so disappointing to hear this news of losing a news show that is informative and entertaining.
With the listeners help will NPR reconsider keeping the BBP?

Sent by Bruce | 7:52 AM | 7-15-2008

BPP is an excellent source for news, information, long-term potential. I'm 23 years on and have listened to the BPP since the first episode. I'm also a Fresh Air, Day to Day and Talk of the Nation listener, but Bryant Park quickly took it's place as my favorite news source. Thank you so much for giving it your best.

Sent by Danny | 7:53 AM | 7-15-2008

I think this is a wise decision. the BPP was not in keeping with the NPR style. I understand that it was an attempt to appeal to younger audiences but as a younger audience member, I felt as though NPR should not try to pander to the mainstream with brash hosts. I listen to NPR to hear intelligent opinions and well produced news pieces and I felt that the BPP was not in keeping with the standard of quality I associate NPR with.

Sent by Tim | 8:01 AM | 7-15-2008

If you cancel the show, I'm cancelling any future contributions to NPR.

Sent by Kyle | 8:22 AM | 7-15-2008

I will not grieve over this cancellation. Although I am in the supposed BPP demographic, I thought the hosts were annoying. Give me news and information straight, not with flippant comments and forced irony.

Sent by Mary | 8:28 AM | 7-15-2008

There are so many comments about listening. Yes, that's great, but watching the staff work is a treat. Connecting to Twitter and seeing what they are doing is a treat. All the comments about young against old bothers me. BPP has quality and innovation for everyone.

Sent by sc | 8:29 AM | 7-15-2008

NPR has really let me down.....BPP is the best program on NPR.

Sent by James | 8:31 AM | 7-15-2008


Sent by suz | 8:33 AM | 7-15-2008

^^^^tim doesn't know what he is talking about

Sent by marty | 8:49 AM | 7-15-2008

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! This is so unfortunate. The BBP is such a great program and it HAS suceeded in it's goal! I'm a young listener on-line and the BBP is exactly what got me into public radio. This show was perfect for me - much more entertaining than morning edition - but still very informative. I tell everyone about this program and they all agree that it is great.

You will be greatly missed.

Sent by Stacy | 9:07 AM | 7-15-2008

I too feel as if NPR has dropped the ball on this one. I am saddened. I am also nervous of what they will replace my beloved morning show with. How will anything ever compare?

Sent by Kristin | 9:09 AM | 7-15-2008

As an "old guy" (48) who listens to both BPP and Morning Edition during my long commute I am sorry to hear this news. I liked the lighter side the BPP provided...But with that said, I always dreaded hearing the repetitive (also annoying and distracting) back beat music playing while the headline news was given - it made the news of death and destruction less horrible and giving it a cartoonish air.

Sent by Cary Gottlieb | 9:09 AM | 7-15-2008

Screw NPR. Take the show to PRI, and be the next _This American Life_. (And if there's some contractual thing that makes that impossible, then screw NPR anyway.) Make some lemonade, as the optimists like to say.

Sent by Steve Thompson | 9:16 AM | 7-15-2008

Have you ever had the experience of saying something harsh to someone you care for, and then having them *die* on you? Okay, I haven't, but because the last e-mail I sent to NPR was a criticism of the BPP, I'm having that sort of feeling - that I regret those last words, because despite it's few flaws, the BPP is an excellent show, both from a presentation and from a news source perspective. I've been listening to NPR in general for over 15 years, and this show has been one of my favorite things. I sincerely hope that NPR reconsiders this decision -- the BPP is something that deserves to stay. SAVE THE BPP!

Sent by Debra Miller | 9:19 AM | 7-15-2008

I am bummed about the decision as I am new to the show and just incorporated it into my morning routine. After hearing about the show since it's inception I have only recently tuned in via only now to find out that the entire project is being scraped. I saw for shame NPR and you should cut corners elsewhere. What happens to the younger hipper crowd tuning in presently? I guess we will be relegated to zaney morning shows with 3 minutes of hard news (who am I kidding I guess it's just back tp Morning Edition). I'm sad and can't go on anymore.

Sent by Bradley Allen | 9:23 AM | 7-15-2008

What measure of success is NPR using for the BPP. I listen everyday via the web as my local (OLD Fogies) NPR station continues a classical show. I'm surrounded by Rush Limbaugh listeners and Fox news. Please save this great show!! is there any way someone can convince NPR to take a bigger gamble on the "Future" before they sink into irrelevance? I thought the hosts were fun and reflected my outlook on life, alot more than most radio station junk I would otherwise have to listen to.

Sent by Sam | 9:28 AM | 7-15-2008

I am shcocked and very disappointed with the news that NPR is cancelling BPP! I listen each day and have used the show as a way to show my teenage daughter who is interested in journalism that NPR is a relevant and exciting and cool source for news.
So now where do we go for this type of programming?

Sent by Brenda Hampel | 9:29 AM | 7-15-2008

NPR should give BPP longer time! I love the BPP and think it is the best news show on NPR by far.

Sent by A. May | 9:33 AM | 7-15-2008

BPP is the perfect vehicle to bring NPR to people aged 20-40. I'm 30 and I feel like Mike Pesca is talking right to ME, right to my BRAIN, making jokes that I get, discussing bands I like, all with a sprinkling of news. If I want the serious grown-up news, I listen to morning edition. I love having the option to switch back and forth, mood-depending. I will wear a black veil of grief for BPP, and I hope we'll get more of M.Pesca in some other radio format.

Sent by katie | 9:34 AM | 7-15-2008

Canning the BPP!!!!! It is a sad state of affairs--- Oddly - So the overpaid athletes at the All-Star Games earn enough money every 14 seconds to support the BPP for a few years, and we can't come up with enough dough to keep a fantastic and necessary radio program on the air??
I can't tell you how greatly I have enjoyed all of you at the BPP for the past year~ It has been like being rescued from an avalanche of inferior radio media. Your show is crucial for the mental health of this online community. I Hate to see you go, and I wish you all the best.

Sent by Michael LaRochelle | 9:41 AM | 7-15-2008

Now, I know my demographic might not fit anywhere, since I listen from Canada, but I think it's sad that business has sped up so much that a venture has to pay off right now, or even better, yesterday. I am completely partial, I love this show and it does fill my mornings quite nicely.

If there is someone that knows how to set-up a fundraiser, I'd chip in to keep Mike on the air. And no matter what anyone says, would Rachel had gone on to bigger and better things if they had all been deadbeats?

The dodo, Battlestar Galactica(the original one),Firefly, and now the BPP. One more in a long line of bad, bad executive decision. We'll all end up plugged into reality-tv because there will be nothing else. We have to stop looking at the quantity of returns, and start looking at the quality created in so many people's lives. Bill, Melinda, we need your help over here.

Sent by Mathieu Raymond | 9:42 AM | 7-15-2008

It's not carried on the air where I live in Minnesota. I get it from the internet and listen to both hours every day. It's replaced audio books as my #1 drive-time activity. It's the only show I've ever listened to with regularity. I was always excited to share it with my friends. I'm a 32 year old web developer who normally doesn't mess around with any 'traditional' media since the internet is faster and more entertaining. The BPP changed that. It's like metafilter or digg... but in an entertaining audio format. Then there's the website. Perfect stuff for building a multimedia show. Great personalities and info on the show, supplemental info on the site. I was thinking the whole time, "wow, someone's really got this thing figured out! This is the perfect combo for people like me!" Actually, my wife and I made significant contributions to NPR for the first time this year because we really felt like we were taking advantage of NPR and wanted to make sure we were doing our part. It was mostly because we're both listening to the BPP every day. I have a hard time believing that people like me and the other people I've introduced to the show aren't part of the demographic you're trying to lure. The BPP was the perfect tool for it and you're canceling it. I just don't get it.

Sent by Bob | 9:47 AM | 7-15-2008

The BPP is a Great Show. It is the first web site I go to in the morning. NPR needs a show like this.

Sent by Mike | 9:49 AM | 7-15-2008

Lot's of support here. Can we get any feedback from management and the board or are they just going to ignore all of us?

Sent by Larry E | 9:58 AM | 7-15-2008

I have to come clean, it's all my fault. I found, and instantly liked, your show a few months back. And like seemingly everything else in America these days, if I'm for it it must be squashed immediately for generic mass-appeal driven dribble. Last week I made the the most grievous error possible and started recommending the show to friends - kiss of death.

Despite being 42, I really enjoy the show's format and style and find the personality of the BPP to be a just right mix of upbeat morning show (which I generally despise) and NPR real world news. I'm disappointed that the droning DR Show will continue ad nauseum while the BPP fades into fond memory.

Sent by Gary Moore | 10:08 AM | 7-15-2008

This is the comment I posted on the NPR site and sent to the Ombudsman:

NPR actually did what it set out to do with this show - create a smart show that appealed to a younger (and not so young, I"m 43) audience. Why are you killing it before it has a chance to take off? The media often faults the public for having a short attention span thanks to MTV but if you kill a show before it can reach its tipping point, who has the short attention span now? I guess I'll have to listen to commercail radio in the a.m. because I dont' know if I can go back to your other morning show options. They were fine until the BPP raised the bar - now they seem bland. Please reconsider this very poor decision.

Sent by Heather | 10:11 AM | 7-15-2008

My daughter introduced me to the BPP and I have faithfully downloaded it to my ipod daily since January. What a great show. I'm an NPR, All Things Considered, Wait, Wait...., etc. fan and I'm a senior citizen. You have done a great job of making the news interesting, appealing and always clever with both seriousness, insight and a great sense of humor. You will be missed.

Sent by Jim Sebben | 10:11 AM | 7-15-2008

Outside of the humor shows (Wait Wait, Car Talk) BPP is the best thing going at NPR. Hip, relevant, funny, and thought provoking in perfect balance. Where do I send the checks to keep it on the air? Where is the petition?

Sent by Justin Whitaker | 10:13 AM | 7-15-2008

I hope this will be read by the folks at NPR.

I pay for a subscription radio service and as a result have access to well over a hundred channels. I also enjoy the fact that when my favorite artists are playing, I receive a notification.

Now - to my point - Even with more than one hundred channels from which to choose, and constant notifications that my favorite artists are playing, on my morning commute I listen to nothing but the BPP. All those distractions - and I won't change the channel.

The BPP is easily one of the best programs available to me and I am very sorry to hear that it has been canceled. The show to me is a mix between morning talk with nothing to say and super-stodgy news radio. It is a great show (with personality) and I will definitely miss it.

Sent by Jeff Denny | 10:18 AM | 7-15-2008

I just wanted to reiterate and add to what I posted online yesterday. I feel like NPR has let down its listeners. BPP is obviously a show that has bridged the gap between young and old, male and female like no other. It has captured a younger demographic that traditionally gets its information online, while also bringing in many longtime NPR listeners who appreciate its fresh approach and down-to-earth nature.

It truly says something about a program when so many people are saying that they feel as though they are losing a group of friends. When a show connects with you on that level, it says a lot about the people both on and off the air. BPP is a very well done show that was just beginning to find its true audience. Luckily, I was able to find it on satellite radio, since my local NPR station doesn't carry it; otherwise, I might have missed out on the numerous shows I was able to enjoy. When a show like this can find such a dedicated listener base in such a short time, in spite of being inaccessible to so many, I would say that it was incredibly successful.

Enough excuses NPR, if you truly want a show that will span all demographics, then you will keep BPP on the air. And if its a matter of funding, then at least give us a chance to try to help. Without doing that, I feel that you are going to lose not only the new listeners you have gained from BPP, but also many of the regular listeners and donors (like myself) who aren't being listened to right now.

Sent by Kim | 10:31 AM | 7-15-2008

I am extremely saddened by the news of BPP's cancellation. BPP is the show that introduced me to NPR. Although many had suggested that I would enjoy NPR's programs, I had never listened prior to this fall. I began listening to NPR online at work and have become a faithful BPP listener. BPP is the show that I look forward to listening to the most. I hope NPR will reconsider their decision because I will truly miss BPP's content.

Sent by Melissa Ford | 10:33 AM | 7-15-2008

please don't cancel. I'm in target audiance and this is the first yr to ever give $$ and my fav. show cancelled. that sucks!!

devistated in Dallas, TX

yeah, Mike Pesca that would be inside the national audiance you were aksing about.

Sent by sara in dallas | 10:45 AM | 7-15-2008

A message to BPP followers from the management of Narcolepsy Promoting Radio ...
We have had quite enough of your "disruptive" little show. All of this new technology and jargon is most annoying. The liveliness and enthusiasm on a staid medium such as ours is quite unseemly.
Now to answer a few questions - No, you cannot contribute directly to support BPP - Please do not even try -that could be destabilizing to our operation - just think - if we allowed you to specify that contribution go directly to BPP, and a significant amount came in - it would make it embarrassing for us ... and might delay the cancellation. Why, then we might even be forced to air programs based upon popularity -good heavens!
No, we could not have given more notice - if we had, it would have just given you nonconformist listeners more time stir up trouble and obstruct our plans.

Sent by Jon | 11:00 AM | 7-15-2008

This is a spectacular show, and one that has reanimated an increasingly vapid news network.

Sent by Leigh | 11:03 AM | 7-15-2008

As my other fav NPR boys say "BOGUS!"
keep BPP, please

Sent by josh | 11:06 AM | 7-15-2008

How will I ever ramble again? :(

Sent by Joel in Austin | 11:14 AM | 7-15-2008

Why, NPR gods, why? The BPP is the source of so many conversations my husband and I have daily with our friends and colleagues. BPP hosts are smart and witty and they make the news relevant. Yes, they make us care! We may be younger and contribute less money than the Morning Edition faithful, but we are the future of NPR. What will you have to offer us?

Sent by Jennifer Kimball | 11:16 AM | 7-15-2008

I just needed to add my voice to the masses regarding the BPP cancellation. The show has just entered my daily routine within the last few months and it is a media community that I have quickly become enthralled with. The creative content and chummy delivery is right down my alley. I am very disappointed to hear this devastating news! So sad.

Save the BPP!

Sent by krista from new haven | 11:18 AM | 7-15-2008

I listen to BPP podcasts and read the blog daily! This makes me very sad.

Sent by jessica | 11:21 AM | 7-15-2008

NOOOOOOOOO!!! AAARGHH!!! My favorite radio show gone! This is a great show, it needs time for more people to find it, they didn't promote it. I am very disappointed in NPR, this is a mistake! Please give the show more time to build it's audience, everyone I've told about it has loved it.

Sent by Kathy | 11:26 AM | 7-15-2008

NOOOOOO! This made me look forword to my morning commute and turned me on to other NPR shows. Im 25 and I found the BPP entertaning, funny, and inforative. BOOOOOOOOO!

Sent by Chase in Maryland | 11:27 AM | 7-15-2008

SAVE THE BPP!!! some of the other bloggers, I'm the demographic NPR is trying to attract (26, college educated, a minority). I just started listening to NPR for an educational edge and a different perspective. I have never really been exposed to NPR other than older colleagues (40+) mentioning articles that they had heard on All Thing Considered. While I like the other programs, BPP is what makes me tune into NPR every day. It is very upsetting to learn that such a gem is disappearing before it has a chance to prove itself.

Sent by Natasha from DC | 11:33 AM | 7-15-2008

Why is it everytime I find something I totally enjoy, it gets cancelled!...I have this issue with perfume too, everytime I find one I like, they can it. I really love this show, I love the pace, I love the variety of topics, I love the intelligence level of the whole keeps me engaged and alert on my long commute to work.....I thought NPR was all about innovation, not money! I'm so bummed, I can't express how disappointed I am to hear this. So much for the public in public radio. :(

Sent by Julie in North Carolina | 11:34 AM | 7-15-2008

fie on npr for canceling BPP.

Sent by anthony white | 11:39 AM | 7-15-2008

I love the BPP. Listening to it made the work day pass much faster. The way the news is presented makes me feel like I'm listening to people I know. I will miss this show, especially The Ramble.

Sent by Carly M. | 11:47 AM | 7-15-2008

I have >100 choices for radio during my commute here in Vancouver. You'd think I'd chose the "CBC" or "Hits from the 70's". No, I chose the BPP. Very sad....

Sent by Doug, Vancouver Canada | 11:47 AM | 7-15-2008

I'm very disappointed with NPR's decision on this one. I've been a listener and supporter of NPR for many years and the BPP is an excellent, fresh new show -- much better than some of the existing shows. I hope the management is able to change its mind before disbanding this excellent project.

Sent by Rich in Albuquerque | 11:51 AM | 7-15-2008

I'm another person who wouldn't have found the BPP if not for Sirius Radio. As a 32-year-old web savvy former journalist and current university media spokesperson, I am saddened by this news. Radio stations and websites should be innovative and there is a place for the option of conversational news. I wrote an article about "webcasting" way back in 1999 so I chuckle when people talk about how amazing podcasts are. A recurring thought in my head lately was: "I would love to work for the BPP!" Aesthetically, I love the voices of the people on the show--their swagger, their glee, their imitations and their wonderment.

Management at NPR is doing a great disservice to its listeners and needs to reconsider this decision. I would hope that finances behind the scenes can be rejiggered in order to SAVE this show. Those outside of public radio will be laughing at NPR if it fails to sustain such a useful and entertaining multimedia program.

How does NPR know if certain people who contributed were primary listeners of the BPP? Do a retroactive audit and find out this information please.

Sent by Corrie | 11:56 AM | 7-15-2008

Well, I've been listening to the show online since I noticed it on What other program has such snazzy techno music accompanying its stories? Maybe a bit hipster-ish at times, but I'm in Portland Ore., and we like that type of thing. I'm sad :-(

PS: Whatever happened to Ilja? His "mosts" sounded so sweetly shy. I guess he knew when to hop off a sinking ship.

Sent by Sean H-. | 11:57 AM | 7-15-2008

I heard of BPP from article from Newsweek. I followed BPP via podcast. I listened when i worked out and keep my busy while on the treadmill. It is something that i never thought would happen as NPR said it was trying to reach my age group. It is better than getting "Morning Edition" and/or All Things Considered. The decision of NPR is the worst thing and need to reconsider. What can I do?

Sent by Steven O. | 12:00 PM | 7-15-2008

This is really unfortunate. I understand the reasoning, but it's too bad.

Loved the show--fun and informative, a great way to start the day.

Sent by Steve C | 12:05 PM | 7-15-2008

This is truly sad. what happens to all the money that i donate???

Sent by Michelle in Chicago | 12:14 PM | 7-15-2008

I've never submitted a complaint for anything before but I did send one in to NPR today. I commute over an hr each way and The BPP has been my constant morning companion. I'm devastated to know they'll no longer be with me. NPR offers nothing that can take its place for young listeners like myself. I can't think of a single show that is going to be discussing the merits of the new Hold Steady album any time soon.

Sent by Jenny Finet | 12:26 PM | 7-15-2008

I love this show. I love how the BPP questions its guests and demands accuracy. The BPP took the best of NPR (reliable news production) and added an interesting spin. I really enjoyed "The Ramble". I do miss the women who were hosting and I hope that I will hear them on new shows.

Sent by Ken Floen | 12:27 PM | 7-15-2008

Thanks NPR, for killing the only news show I truly loved.

Sent by maria | 12:30 PM | 7-15-2008

I've never pledged support to PBS or NPR, and perhaps, on the aggregate level, this is one contributor to the BPP's death. If NPR will reconsider, so will I.

Sent by Jeff | 12:31 PM | 7-15-2008

What a bummer. The conversations on this show are always so engaging. I feel like I have sidled up to the proverbial water cooler. Working in Albania I am out of touch with what is going on in the world. BBP makes me laugh, makes me think, keeps me connected. BPP thank you for your time and energy. Don't go!

Sent by Shelly K | 12:36 PM | 7-15-2008

To echo people that brought up donation drives for "This American Life," I've never donated to PBS before but when asked to help keep this program solvent, I chipped my share (and "enough" for 19 others) because these podcasts are the highlights of my week.

If asked by the BBP, I would gladly do the same. Alternatively, we could summertime interns around DC and ask them to picket outside the NPR office.

Sent by Jack F. | 12:37 PM | 7-15-2008

Grieving here, as well. Decided on my new car, based partly on the fact that it was Sirius ready instead of XM ready -- so that I could listen to NPR -- so that I could tune in to the BPP. What a shame, shame, shame.

Great to post here, but better yet, TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO CALL 202-213-3232 TO COMPLAIN TO THE OBMUDSMAN. Or, as someone else suggested, USE THIS LINK TO E-MAIL:

Sent by Jennifer Kellett | 12:40 PM | 7-15-2008

Must be so frustrating--to have put together an extremely successful project that's beloved by many thousands of listeners...only to have it cancelled, through no fault of your own. Y'all did a fantastic job.

I doubt I'll be tuning in to NPR on the WWW as regularly now as I have over the past few months--ever since I discovered "The Most" and "The Ramble" and all your good and offbeat stories...that's the main thing I tune in for during my work day.

Dang. You'll be missed. (Just wanted to add yet another comment to the hundreds you've already received...I'm still hoping, however futilely, that NPR will see how many of us love your show and change their minds.)

Sent by Tanya Allen | 12:42 PM | 7-15-2008

absolutely gutted - to the point of getting teary eyed. this was a great show, i looked forward to listening every day, and it has made me that much smarter in considering news, politics, music, issues galore. all the hard work the staff put into the show will definitely have a growing effect on me, and i'm sure others, for years to come.

Sent by heather | 12:43 PM | 7-15-2008

Very sad. Also sad that you're only broadcasting one hour now. Why did that happen??

Sent by Shachar | 12:50 PM | 7-15-2008

I am a 62 year old female and I listen to BPP everyday on my ipod. I might skip some of the music but I get a lot of my news through this program since other NPR daily programs that have news and interviews are not podcast programs. I am very sad.

Sent by Betsy Westendorf | 12:50 PM | 7-15-2008

This news comes as a huge disappointment. I have been an NPR listener and supporter for many years. I was extremely excited to find The BPP via my Sirius satellite radio. It had become part of my morning routine. It is sad that the powers that be at NPR failed to recognize the value of this program. It was a perfect vehicle to bring in younger listeners while not dumbing down. NPR, I believe, is pulling out to soon with this show. Younger listener dollars may be less forthcoming with this management style.

Sent by Matt, Charlotte, NC | 12:51 PM | 7-15-2008

I love BPP. It is the only news show I can get my boyfriend to listen to. ...K age 25.

Sent by Kara | 1:05 PM | 7-15-2008

I had a feeling when Ken Stern was forced out as NPR's CEO back in March that innovative, forward looking ideas would soon follow.

Despite being flush with cash, NPR is acting like a dinosaur.

I really hope NPR at least learned something from this "project."

Sent by Owen | 1:06 PM | 7-15-2008

Save BPP!

Sent by Aaron, Baton Rouge, LA | 1:07 PM | 7-15-2008

I don't know what to say, this is too sad for words! I want to write about how damn good this show is and what dumb f@#$#@$n' it is to cancel it. I feel as if I could go on for hours about how good this show was and how attached I became to all the staff. My heart is breaking!

Sent by robin | 1:13 PM | 7-15-2008

I will not pay 30 dollars for cable TV,
But I would pay 30 dollars for the BPP. As a poor college student
I know its not prudent
To act so despicably

If only a limerick could save the BPP.

Sent by Courtney Bonney | 1:22 PM | 7-15-2008

OK - I've written, called, blogged, commented, commiserated and cajoled; replied, forwarded, CC'd and BCC'd; I've messaged, massaged (hah!) any and everyone I know. I've joined "Save BPP" on Facebook. I've rejoined my efforts. I've effected change. I've changed my ways, but not my mind!
In eighth grade I saved Star Trek from its second-season cancellation. You're welcome. So, I have a track record.
Next - on to the snail-mail!

Sent by Glenn Wonacott | 1:28 PM | 7-15-2008

just thought i'd add a me too to all the folks expressing sorrow/outrage over the cancellation. i mean, seriously dude. do they need money wicked bad at npr? because i can send back my coffee mug if they like, when i donate it's just to support new programs like this one, i don't really need the coffee mug or anything.

Sent by Vanessa | 1:30 PM | 7-15-2008

I agree with so many other that it is hard to know what to say here, so I just wanted to add in the e-mail I sent to NPR on how sad it is to be losing the BPP.

To the BPP team: Thank you for bringing us such an amazing show. I will miss spending two hours of my life with you each day...

I am another one of the many who have never felt the need to send a "please do not cancel this show" letter until now.

I have been a faithful listener of the BPP for a little more than six months. Before discovering the BPP, NPR was just that "stuffy station that may Dad used to listen to."

However, the BPP changed my opinion of NPR. Here was a show that seemed tailor-made for me and all those who wanted to hear about the news of the world from the point of view of thirtysomethings. It's content has always been fantastic, and the entire BPP team have been a joy to listen to -- and the first people who have ever made me enjoy listening to talk radio.

Though their segment, The Most, I have discovered many more shows on NPR--but none hold my interest as much as the BPP.

With your decision to cancel the BPP, my opinion of NPR has changed once again. I had truely believed and been excited that such a respect institution had given life to and embraced such a groundbreaking show that reached out to the internet generation through podcasts, satellite radio, facebook, and twitter.

Now what you have created, you are about to end. With that end, I feel I will also be one of the many who's interest in a organization that has no interest in me will wane and fade away.

I do not feel this letter even scratches the surface of how disappointed I am in NPRs decision to cancel the BPP. Just know that this is a huge loss to the BPPs many fans, and a whole new generation of potential NPR listeners.


Sent by Bill | 1:32 PM | 7-15-2008

Another person to contact and complain to - The NPR Press Release cites Ellen Weiss, Vice President for News:

Sent by Shari | 1:50 PM | 7-15-2008

I have enjoyed the show and will miss its freshness. NPR is missing the mark on this decision to can the "new media" and "younger audience" approach. I guess that they expect Diane Rehm to live (and work and reach their elder target audience) forever.

Sent by Scott in AZ | 1:57 PM | 7-15-2008

I disagree with those few who say that BPP dumbs down the news. Stewart, Martin, and Pesca have time and again asked incisive questions that many more "prominent" anchors have failed to ask. It's too bad some in the audience can not get past the hosts' playfulness and appreciate just how intelligent they are as demonstrated by the questions they raise in each interview. I was sad when G4TV bought TechTV and gutted one of my favorite shows, the ScreenSavers. Many of the talents from the show went on to bigger and better things. I hope the BPP staff will be able to take the lessons learned from this experiment and start something wonderful either on NPR or beyond. I cannot wait!

Sent by Jimmy Y. Huang | 2:04 PM | 7-15-2008

I have listened to the BPP ever since it began and I feel incredibly disappointed to hear that NPR would even CONSIDER getting rid of such a creative, funny, and intelligent show.

It is my favorite way to get the news. It is so much more interesting to me than any other news shows in the US or Canada.

I would pay $ to be able to continue to access this show via iTunes.


Sent by Gail | 2:23 PM | 7-15-2008

NO! I love this show and listen to the podcast religiously from Russia - on the metro, at the gym, folding laundry. I moved here in January, so the show is a key representation of my time thus far in Moscow - nevermind that it keeps me entertained and, just as importantly, informed! Honestly, I thought the quality and following were setting the BPP up for long term vitality. So so so sad.

Sent by Katie | 2:32 PM | 7-15-2008

2 million dollars is not a lot of money for a start up. I don't know how this show compares to others on NPR, "This American Life", "Wait Wait Don't tell me" and others, but it is different and such a brilliant use of media. I use it as an example in my job all the time. I hope this is just temporary and we will see you again, SOON!

Sent by Lisa Ormerod | 2:38 PM | 7-15-2008

Please dont cancel. Its probably the best part of my long work day. Its relevant to 20/30 somethings like me who want to have both the news and fun. there are so many conversation starters in this show! pelase dont do it.

Sent by erin | 2:39 PM | 7-15-2008

I realize that I'm repeating what many have already said, but I can't help but feel compelled to write anyway. I literally spent months trying to find a Podcast that covered relevant news stories while also providing interesting commentary and a little entertainment value. Most of the local morning shows are either overwhelmingly dry or vapid and shallow. The BPP was my saving grace. For the first time, I could actually listen to an entire morning show without zoning out or changing the channel in annoyance. I'm so sad to see the BPP go.

Sent by Sarah in Wilmington, DE | 2:43 PM | 7-15-2008

Fun, articulate tech savvy show...fall in like with something and poof it's gone. Maybe yet another reason people no longer trust or rely on traditional media sources. V. disappointed :(

Sent by skyle | 3:00 PM | 7-15-2008

This is a horrendous decision NPR. The BPP infused NPR with fresh ideas and new forms of journalism. The BPP will be missed. I would pay to have the BPP back on the air!

Sent by Robin | 3:04 PM | 7-15-2008

How can NPR cancel the BPP when they continue to be top-heavy with retirement home fare like Prairie Home Companion (an institution, I realize, but still obnoxious)? Why not cancel awful shows like the redundant and boring Day to Day and intolerable Whad'Ya Know? If NPR plans to have longevity it needs to attract more younger listeners, it must follow the model of the BPP - intelligent, energetic, good music and fun. While the BPP has its flaws, it was a great step in the right direction. I will miss it - although I won't miss Mike Peska's somewhat grating voice - too bad Allison Stewart wasn't able to be on more (but congrats on her baby).

Sent by pdx public radio listener | 3:12 PM | 7-15-2008

@Grendel: "I don't get it: NPR is never shy about pledge drives. So how is it that there was no pledge drive for this? Are the powers that be actually not interested in gaining a new audience?"

Well, it's painfully simple. NPR doesn't have pledge drives. Local NPR affiliate stations have pledge drives. So, the only way money for the BPP could come would be from those few terrestrial & HD stations which carry the BPP. So, unless you go to the web sites for those stations & contribute there (making sure to know when they have their pledge drives and when they broadcast the BPP), this is not a good financing model for a show whose main audience is on satellite, podcast, or Internet.

And, really, I don't see why the BPP couldn't have a collection plate on its Web site. Most of us have purchased things on-line; why not our favorite radio program? As Daphne pointed out, Chicago Public Radio has done this to finance the on-line version of "This American Life;" why can't NPR?

Sent by Matthew C. Scallon @mattsteady | 3:22 PM | 7-15-2008

I'm baffled over what constitutes a success in NPR managers' eyes. A million unique page views is a powerful audience. And if they would just get wise and put a "Support BPP" button on this web site they'd see what kind of buying power that audience has.

Have they not learned anything from Barack Obama's record-breaking fundraising? Small donations from millions of devoted donors on the Internet are fueling his campaign.

Sent by Shoney | 3:25 PM | 7-15-2008

I'm sorry to say that I am not sad to see BPP go. As a 24-year-old, I am probably the target demographic, but BPP always annoyed me. I tried, but I simply couldn't stand it. I love Morning Edition and ATC, but for something lighter I always turn to Day to Day.

Sent by Jenn | 3:31 PM | 7-15-2008

PLEEEEEEEEASE DONT DO IT! I love the BPP! I listen everyday and talk about it to everyone I know. I listen on NPR and online. I'm 32 and I think the show rocks. Please e-mail me and tell me what I need to do or who I need to kill to keep the BPP alive. The BPP is by far one of the best shows on NPR!

Sent by Ryan M. Kelly | 3:31 PM | 7-15-2008

@pdx public radio listener, from Picking Nits Department, "Prairie Home Companion" comes from American Public Media, and "Whad'Ya Know?" comes from PRI. Though they seem to be all the same (which is why the BPP is so important), they are technically different companies. But, I see you working it. As to the flaws, I like that the BPP has pulled back the curtain to the audience and has not been afraid to show its humanity. This is not, after all, Ted Baxter trying to look the part of a newsman without the substance.

Sent by Matthew C. Scallon @mattsteady | 3:33 PM | 7-15-2008

While I enjoy many of NPR's programs, the BPP started my day off right by making the commute seem short. The commute will never be the same.

Sent by Ed | 3:34 PM | 7-15-2008

How very sad! Now what shall I tell my sister when she demands her daily BPP snippet? And what shall I tell myself? You all put on such an enjoyable and informative program. I am an NPR listener, but I am a FAN of the BPP. Best of luck to all of you, and come back if you can!

Sent by Margaret Van Clief | 3:35 PM | 7-15-2008

I love that show. I actually just found out about it and listen every morning on my sirius radio.

Sent by Sirius BPP Fan | 3:46 PM | 7-15-2008

I am a little upset that the BPP is being cancelled. I am 31 years old and a high school English teacher. I look forward to my morning drive listening to the BPP. I often share interesting news facts and information with my students. It is a shame tht the BPP is going away.

Sent by C. Abbott | 3:50 PM | 7-15-2008

I love my BPP! It's not even on the radio here in Tampa Bay, but I found a way to listen!

Sent by Adam | 3:54 PM | 7-15-2008

I am an American expat living in London and as such I download the BPP the day after it airs. I must say today was a very sad day for me - I walk the hour to and from work every day and listen to the BPP each way. You all have become such a part of my daily routine, I'm not sure how I'm going to cope in your absence! While NPR news shows keep me up to date on current events in the States, the BPP has kept me in touch with the culture. For this, I thank you, and wish all of you the best in your future endeavours.

Sent by Kat | 3:54 PM | 7-15-2008

Wow, NPR. Way to anger and alienate the demographic you need to survive.

You just lost me and a lot of others. Did you do ANY research on how to monetize this type of media on the internet?

If the BPP blew through every benchmark it had, what could it possibly have done to stay on the air? BPP is not the problem. NPR's ancient financial support model is the problem.


Sent by Matt in PDX | 3:58 PM | 7-15-2008

A shout out from one of the 'older listeners' of NPR. I'm a 47 year old who listens to you on Sirius 134, and when you guys broke the news about your imminent demise I was really surprised. Grew up listening to NPR, and while I still enjoy All Things Considered, Morning Edition, etc , I thought that NPR had found a winner with the BPP. Great energy, a slightly irreverent take on the world, and really bright, incisive hosts. Too bad NPR has forgotten its roots. Look back thirty-some years and NPR WAS the BPP. They should give you guys the time to develop your audience. Discounting the young, goofy hipster crowd while courting the AARP crowd is short-term thinking at its worst!
So...a heartfelt goodbye. Here's hoping you all turn up somewhere on the NPR schedule.
BTW, did you guys hear the story about the dual meteors heading our way? Might be something you'd like to cover before the final show.

Sent by M.F. Lopez | 4:09 PM | 7-15-2008

I started listening to the show about three weeks ago and I have been downloading the show everyday since. The day we first met, I went home to my husband to tell him about how much I loved the show. You will be missed

Sent by Listening from Chicago | 4:13 PM | 7-15-2008

This is so sad. I've been a loyal listener for about 8 months (rarely missing a day). I'm definitely a part of the demographic they were going for (28 years old). The BPP was my primary news source. What alternatives are there? The drib drab monotone of conventional news? ugh...

Sent by Bobby | 4:33 PM | 7-15-2008

what will my day be without the bpp!?! i've always been an npr listener and have enjoyed their standard hard news shows and interview shows. but the bpp? I was so pleased when the bpp emerged and was comprised of news, offbeat interest stories and banter between folks i've come to care for. and now kaput. why? why? why? *shaking fist*

be well, folks.

Sent by jess | 4:45 PM | 7-15-2008

I like very little about the BPP -- much of the time it seemed to be self-indulgent and self-congratulating. It has a "we know better" tone.

Often times I found myself pained by the general lack of facts, compelling content AND the announcers' relative lack of depth and knowledge compared to the high-quality of the rest of NPR.

I can see why NPR wanted to reach a younger audience, and perhaps they should have given the group more time to mature, but I won't miss the show in it's current form.

Sent by Kevin | 4:51 PM | 7-15-2008

This must be one of the worst days of my life. I am a Tampa boy working on the UK 2012 Olympics infrastructure (in London), but I spend 2 hours per day with my Bryant Park friends. I have never felt such a personal affinity for a radio show in my life, and many of the Pomms here now also listen to the show and have become wiser for the experience. If BPP can't be saved, we will miss y'all and i will not pay my NPR subscription in protest! Thanks for everything. So sad. Kindest personal regards, Dr. Steve Wayman - Chief Engineer

Sent by Steve Wayman | 4:53 PM | 7-15-2008

I plan to post a more substantial comment here after I finish my daily workload but I must immediately express my diappointment with the decision to cancel BPP. Does the program News & Notes not also target a younger demographic, (albeit with a somewhat African-American focus)? I find it extremely hard to believe that their program, excellent in its own right, has a listener base any larger than BPP!

Sent by Erik D. | 4:58 PM | 7-15-2008


Sent by Arlene M | 5:14 PM | 7-15-2008

I haven't been able to find the formal explanation of this decision which I feel we all deserve. What was the reasoning behind it? What will replace it? Does this mean our beloved Pesca, Alison, Matt Martinez, Ian, Laura, and Mark are all out of work? I guess what I really want to know is why there was no formal drive to save this show. I think it matters enough to enough people that targeted fundraising might be effective. I just got a paycheck. Now's a great time to hit me up for some cash.

I'm also reposting information from Greg and Ellen for people just joining the thread:

635 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Fax a letter to (202) 513-3329 Send it to someone specific, maybe Kevin Klose, President. Otherwise it'll languish somewhere.

Let's make some noise.

Sent by Andy Orr | 5:23 PM | 7-15-2008

Dear NPR,

I was incredibly shocked when I heard that the BPP had been canceled. I didn't even know that was something being considered and I find that troubling as a member of NPR (ok, I let my membership lapse, but still, I once gave you money and I could do it again!).

I know that many shows seek funding direct from the audience (for example, This American Life sought funding from it's podcast audience). Couldn't you try and do something similar? Couldn't you call for a funding drive during the final weeks of the BPP and see whether the new audience that they've brought to NPR might pony up to keep their beloved snarky radio going?

Please, if there's any chance that you'll reconsider, I promise you here and now that I'll be a good NPR member, I'll never complain about pledge week again, and I'll carry my tote bag proudly even when I feel it doesn't go with my outfit.

Sent by Emily | 5:30 PM | 7-15-2008

You know the real problem here is not the BPP. It was and is an excellent show with a great following as is evident from the blog posts. The problem is Morning Edition. ME is so popular, so good, such a cash cow for the local NPR affiliates that they can are almost "forced" to carry it. It is not really possible to carry both ME and the BPP. If the BPP could be a mid day show, it might find a home on NPR stations around the nation. The BPP is great and I do love ME ((I listen to both, ME on regular radio and the BPP by podcast), but ME is just too much of a juggernaut for stations to give the BPP a chance. Yes, Mike Pesca annoyed me at times. I wasn't really sorry to see Luke leave. However I loved Allison and Rachel and they seemed to temper Pesca. The should would have been back to great with Allison back. I am going to miss everyone at the BPP.

Sent by Jim Trenton | 5:37 PM | 7-15-2008

PRI pulled the plug on Fair Game a couple months ago. "It failed to find an audience," I was told by a PRI insider. Like BPP, Fair Game was innovative, a bit irreverent, and had wonderful hosts, in Fair Game's case, Faith Salie. Both Fair Game and BPP were aimed at a young demographic but were so good and refreshing that they found many older listeners. They weren't just background, as so many over-produced public radio programs are. They engaged the listener. They made you smile. Given the outpouring of grief and outrage by BPP listeners, I'm baffled by management rationale that there wasn't enough interest. What constitutes "enough interest?" Just how much time does a program get to find an audience and how big must the audience be -- especially in an era of increasingly multiple listening choices? Must new public radio programs meet the test of new titles at Barnes & Noble, i.e. you got two weeks to sell or your're outta here? I fear for Michelle Martin, another brilliant host, and her terrific new program Tell Me More. She must be looking over her shoulder now.

Sent by Eugene | 5:56 PM | 7-15-2008

I am an every day listener of the podcast of the BPP. I love this show: if news have become entertainment why they have to be so boring or lurid all the time?. The BPP have a great mix of general news with wacky editorials and fixed sections that I love with a carefully drawn line that somehow manages to respect the subject of the story .

I'm from Venezuela and listen to media from all over the world. This show seems to come from the UK instead of the US: It is a refreshing mixture of themes and style. For me to be able to listen to the show as a podcast was enough: even though I work developing and updating websites I've only see the site 3 times.

I listen to other NPR programs like "Fresh Air", "all things considered", "car talk" and "wait, wait don't tell me" and found appalling that BPP show is being canceled.

You will be missed

Sent by Gabriel | 5:58 PM | 7-15-2008

The BPP filled a legitimate, neglected void in the NPR programming spectrum. I am a well-educated, twenty-something who listens to NPR off and on, as much as I can tolerate the intellectual snobbery it emits. The BPP was an upgrade: not only did it offer the news I seek out on NPR's regular spectrum, but it also offered news relevant to my generation, a platform to explore pop culture and the arts, and a much needed sense of humor. The style and delivery of the commentators was a breath of fresh air compared to NPR's typical stiff collar, personality-less method. It is undeniable that the show dumbed down the news, but why not improve this aspect of the show and retain the younger generation audience it attracts--an audience that operates on a speed more like the BPP than its other shows. We are a relevant audience and perhaps the life blood of a continuingly relevant NPR.

Sent by Laura | 6:22 PM | 7-15-2008

What the??

I feel like I'm in UHF trying to save the station.... Can I buy a share in the BPP???

Seriously, what will become of the BPP staff?

Theoretically, could another station pick it up or does NPR hold the intellectual property rights to the concept of the show?

Sent by Gail Swetlow | 6:27 PM | 7-15-2008

Accidentally finding BPP as a podcast early on, I thought that I had hit the lottery. The BPP crew are a great way to be informed on mainstream and not-so-mainstream news. I have sent money to This American Life every time Ira asked and would surely do the same for BPP. NPR, please give us a chance to save this wonderful show. BTW: I neither listen nor contribute to my local NPR station anymore. Their timing is not my timing. Their programming doesn't match my tastes. Podcasts are the way to reach me now, and BPP is one of the best!

Sent by Polly Price | 6:44 PM | 7-15-2008

I'm really sad for everyone who works on the show, and I hope that NPR is taking care of helping them find new work. I haven't listened to the show in a couple months because I can't take Pesca's grating voice and snarky comments (like yesterday's ridiculousness he was tossing at Laura Conaway about whether blog commenters are American or not)--if I wanted to listen to loud, overgrown frat boys, I could tune into any number of other radio shows. ANYway, I really miss the Alison/Rachel team, and I was looking forward to Alison coming back. The show was a refreshing new voice with newsworthy stories that just don't fit the format of shows like Morning Edition. Thinking outloud, if the real reason for the cancellation is budgetary, could that have been helped once all these staff changes (not counting Alison's maternity leave) died down? Also, could costs have been reduced if the show ran for less than 2 hours? If the repitition in the newscast and some of the idle chit-chat had been reduced, could the show have been cut to an hour? Easy for me to say after the fact. Again, I'm really sorry for anyone who's about to lose their job--the show was good and had the potential to be great. They should have at least let you guys prove yourselves once the staff stabilized and were able to get Pesca off the show.

Sent by Tom | 6:51 PM | 7-15-2008

I'm so saddened by this terrible news. I really don't want to lose this great show.

Sent by Dr. Melissa Wheeler | 7:13 PM | 7-15-2008

I had just discovered The Bryant Park Project and over the last 3 weeks it has become my very favorite daily Podcast. I get the same feeling from the BPP as I got 30 years ago when I accidently discovered NPR. It harmonizes with me; it witty; its fun; it informative; it give me news from a different angle. I heard the BPP and began to drop some of the more staid NPR offereings. This is a sad, sad day for NPR.

How can it be a failure when it exceeded all its goals? It may have cost a lot but NPR budgeted it to meet lesser goals. Bad Planning.

Why not ask us for money...Ira's done it twice to keep This American Life as a free Podcast. Let's say there are 100,000 listeners/site vistors weekly. If you need 2 Million ask us for $20 and will got it covered. If 10% give at least we're 200,000 closer.

Sent by Ray Uliassi | 8:09 PM | 7-15-2008

I love the BPP. I found it smart and witty. I usually do my NPR listening online, particularly when I'm at work. Perhaps, I am not the young audience to which the show has been targeted. Even though I have been called a baby boomer all my life, I am 55.

Sent by Ria | 9:33 PM | 7-15-2008

While I appreciate the intent of this program, and I really applaud NPR for experimenting, I find BPP grating. I've ended up listening to BPP online for specific interviews, but they're often conducted so gracelessly that I cringe. Couldn't the interviewers (hello, Mike Pesca?) at least try to sound informed or that they're paying attention to what the guests are saying? Surely there's a midpoint between the stodginess of traditional NPR and what Linda Ellerbee derisively calls "happy talk."

Sent by Tracy in DC | 9:55 PM | 7-15-2008

CRAP! What am I going to do when Howard Stern is on commercial??This was the first NPR show that I truly felt a need to listen to daily. I found myself listening to it more and my other morning shows less, until it was my entire commute.

My wife was jealous (and sometimes annoyed) at how often I would say "Hey, listen to what I heard on NPR". And I felt better for it... This is a mistake. budget or no budget, I'd like to know what they tried to do to keep the show with a smaller budget versus cancelling the whole shebang.
You'll be missed. Here's to making the show 100% digital!
And, on another note, my wife LOVED Luke Burbank and was distraught when he left.

Sent by Josh Stopek | 10:26 PM | 7-15-2008

You know, that $2 million figure is starting to irk me. My guess is that it includes all the startup costs. I highly doubt it's an ongoing $2 million/year cost. (BPP has been on the radio air for, what, 9 months or maybe 10, but the development was started somewhat before that, so it's at least a year by this point.) Although, if Tricia keeps losing Blackberrys.... ;-)

In other words, BPP may have cost that much so far, but the longer it is broadcast, the less it would cost per any unit of time. Because, you know, some of that cost is only once, or at least only once in a great while. And of course, if you stop, all that is wasted. Despite being a success. Doesn't make much sense.

Sent by Greg | 10:35 PM | 7-15-2008

I'm so sad. I'll miss you The Most, The Ramble, New Music Tuesday, I could go on and on and on.....UGH! What am I going to do without you?

Sent by Mindy | 10:45 PM | 7-15-2008

Oh, I'm sad about this. I belong to the demographic that I believe NPR was targeting with the BPP and I've been listening to the show at least three times a week for the past several months. I will really miss this show. I can't imagine why it was dropped so abruptly after such a short time on the air.

Sent by jessica | 10:49 PM | 7-15-2008

I'm really upset. I listen daily via my iphone I download the podcast everynight and listen at work. No show compared to the content you offered. Thank you for the time we had. I'm Ken Council in Maitland Florida missing the BPP.

Sent by Kenneth S. Council | 10:55 PM | 7-15-2008

I loved the show and I literally listened to all the shows online. This is so not cool. I shall miss you Pesca and Alison. So now my only option is youth radio? HA!

Sent by Edie | 10:58 PM | 7-15-2008

This is so sad. I love BPP! In fact I love it so much that I listen even though I can't stand Mike Pesca. He is a big mouth know it all, but dammit there is something so entertaining about the program as a whole that even he can make me smile about once a week.

No other NPR program even comes close to this great format. We really need to be able to donate directly to the shows we want to support.
Bye guys :(

Sent by Eight | 11:15 PM | 7-15-2008

Like several other respondents, at 54 I'm outside the target demographic - a dinosaur closer to becoming a petroleum molecule than to having my own wiki. I don't spend as much time on the Internet as most BPP listeners, blogging, twittering, etc. I discovered the show maybe 6 months ago (Sirius) and have enjoyed it for being different. The changes in hosts haven't gone smoothly, but a little more time would have helped there too. Someone's going to wince at this comparison, but I feel a little like I did when it was announced that Bob Edwards was leaving Morning Edition. Since I can't get BPP locally, I wondered about the funding model - seems to be seriously flawed, much like the NPR programming decision-making process. This is strike 2 for NPR in my book. I'm a faithful local public radio supporter, and I won't forget this. If there's a really effective way to protest this decision, do yourselves a favor and post it really big for us oldies!

Sent by Tom | 11:16 PM | 7-15-2008

Nooo! I am crushed.

I am just like all of you guys who discovered the show this summer, and it got me through my work day. Don't I have any say in this? I am a taxpayer after all.

I don't feel like any other current show can take it's place - it was such a successful hybrid... it gave me the news while having personality, but without the trashy topics of most talk shows today.

i think NPR undervalues its broad appeal as well as its ability to attract a younger audience. I will join any movement to donate and save the BPP!!

and Mike Pesca, you rule.

Sent by Kelly | 11:27 PM | 7-15-2008

i started listening to the BPP a few months ago online ... the same time i started working my first full-time job post-college. as a younger person, i find myself interested in current events in a different way than, say, my parents: they like facts and numbers, names and dates. what is different about the BPP is the depth and breadth of the topics discussed and the questions asked ... not just statistics analysis. thanks for asking the heady questions and making those mental connections, BPP and Mr. Pesca.

Sent by claire malone | 1:09 AM | 7-16-2008

The news that the BPP has been canceled left me dumbfounded. I still don't know really how to express my disappointment. What will I do with out all you wonderful kids to cheer me up at the start of my day?

I found the BPP in January when I took a job that allows me to listen to 8 hours of podcasts while I work. There aren't a lot of really great podcasts out there that keep me coming back eagerly each and every day.

The true test of how much I've come to love this show- I went out of town for a few days, leaving my trusty computer behind. On my return, I created a new playlist entitled, "Mike Pesca is awesome" and listened with glee to every minute I'd missed.

Oh, how will I know what happens with the dismembered feet in Vancouver? Will I have to investigate Google trends myself? Where else will I find a news program that can traipse from the utterly serious to the interwebs and all it's tubular memes? Woe, I say. Woe is me.

I'm with Ray Uliassi, I'd happily contribute to a fund to keep the gang together and on the air. C'mon NPR, get with it!

Sent by Alanna in San Francisco | 1:12 AM | 7-16-2008

I'm a 37 American expatriate in Turkey; listening on-line to BPP was my opportunity to hear conversational voices speaking in English. The overly-hip attempts at a house-party atmosphere wasn't what drew me- it was the willingness to address and speak to with nuance what we all are thinking about -but is lacking in- conventional NPR broadcasts. Kudos for creating and coo coo for killing the BPP.

Sent by Christopher Rhysling LeFay | 2:53 AM | 7-16-2008

I would just like to add a comiseration from someone not only outside the demographic but outside the time zone. I'm 49 and I live in Johannesburg, and I've havn't heard something so fresh on radio since the station we used to listen to as teenagers in apartheid South Africa called LM Radio. The station was illegally beamed over parts of South Africa on fuzzy shortwave from a place that was then known as Lorenqo Marques (now Maputo) which introduced us to something reviled and considered outrageous at the time, dubbed for want of a better description, "rock 'n roll". Like LM Radio, now long dead, I can't help feeling history will validate you. Goodbye and thank you for the "under news".

Sent by Tim Cohen | 3:48 AM | 7-16-2008

Wow that's to bad! I started listing to the show when I was stationed in San Diego, now I'm over seas and download that day's PODCAST every night and listen to it at work the next morning. My favorite part of the show was the "Most" especially when Pashman was on. Hopefully they will replace the show with something just as good.

Sent by Dominic | 4:51 AM | 7-16-2008

A truly dumb decision. BPP was the very reason I had started listening to NPR again.

Sent by ronbailey | 5:51 AM | 7-16-2008

It's okay guys. We can fall back on all of the other innovative programming that NPR has to offer. Hey, how about a car show where people imitate the sounds they hear from their exhaust as a diagnostic tool? Repeatedly? For the next twenty five years?

Sent by Dayton | 6:03 AM | 7-16-2008

I listened (on Sirius Satellite Radio) to BPP each morning while driving to work. I'm very disappointed that NPR would cancel the show. This is one of the few shows on NPR that truly kept my interest. The decision sends the message that NPR management is old, stodgy and can't recognize a good thing when it's right in front of their face. NPR is going backwards.

Sent by Bob W | 6:25 AM | 7-16-2008

The hosts and writers on BPP do great job fusing information with humor. I'll miss this show!

Sent by Lewis Winder | 6:59 AM | 7-16-2008

I have been listening since it started up on the air - listened online at work. The BPP kept me sane during my crazy days at the hospital. I also learned SO much from you all and loved the way it was more geared towards me. The cultural references were great, the music fabulous sometimes the jokes flopped (sorry Mike you rock but I like Allison better. Rachel please stick with news, within which you are most excellent.)
Looking forward to a week of Allison. I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS!! I can but I can't...
See you guys when we are all 40....missing you already.
No pull with Terry Gross?
I would have donated to the BPP especially for it, if I had known how to do it directly.
Much love BPP.

Sent by Kayci | 7:55 AM | 7-16-2008

AUGH! This was the new face of NPR! This was the solution to attracting the next audience generation! This was what radio was evolving into!

Poor, poor choice, NPR. You're signing your own death warrant.

Sent by David Glasgow | 7:58 AM | 7-16-2008

I did not know the BPP was an experiment. For me it is, after I check my local station for the traffic, a connection with people. The commute to work went from dread to enjoyment. A traffic jam was welcomed. It is difficult to consider my mornings without you folks. I wish you all well and good luck. I will miss you.

Sent by John J. Smith | 8:04 AM | 7-16-2008

Disappointing! I listen to BPP and I am 48 and enjoy the banter of BPP.

Sent by Cathy Anderson | 8:05 AM | 7-16-2008

This news actually made me cry. I have listened to the BPP since day one. I have always loved NPR ever since I was four and I am twenty now. This was the program that made me realize that I want to go into journalism. I have loved every moment of the BPP and I listen to its pod cast everyday. I just can't believe such a fantastic show is going off the air. It was the first NPR show that made me feel connected not to just the news stories but to the hosts themselves. Is there any possible way to save it?

Sent by Elizabeth | 8:08 AM | 7-16-2008

Disappointed like the rest. Have listened daily since it started.

Sent by David Lisenby | 8:37 AM | 7-16-2008

Honestly, I think its time to retire All Things Considered and replace it with BPP! Good luck with what ever happens! Your show has given add value and texture to my summer.

Sent by Trent Milam | 8:43 AM | 7-16-2008

Seriously, what can we do to keep this program going? I listen every morning on the way to work and if I miss anything I download the podcast. I love the fresh take on current events, music, and culture. I hope the top brass at NPR read these comments and take another minute to consider what they are doing. I really believe that this show was "THE" NPR news show for the new generation of listeners. I love NPR but we all know the content can be a little dry at times (remember the Saturday Night Live spoof?) The BPP is intelligent, interesting, and well-paced. I guess I will have to switch the Sirius radio over to CNN.... blah

Sent by Ryan | 8:54 AM | 7-16-2008

WTF....excuse my French, but WTF. I'll miss you BPP. It definitely wasn't your time.

Sent by nick | 9:06 AM | 7-16-2008

So, so sad, and disappointed about the cancellation. BPP has been the love of my life since January when I was given an iPod. That led me to seek out some podcasts, and to discover BPP via excerpts in the midst of a couple NPR Shuffle Podcasts. Very soon thereafter I subscribed so I could hear it all. Since then I've regularly listened to at least part of the show live every morning, and caught whatever I missed via podcast, with occasional visits to the site to read the blog, or to view video or whatever. More than six months listening, and I haven't missed a show. When you are gone, I'll miss you a lot.

I love the format--the content-mix of "real" news with pop news and the just plain quirky. "Light but not inane" is how I summed up the show for a friend to whom I gushed about the Bryant Park Project when I found you. The Ramble and The Most are real treats. I have also really enjoyed the transparent, bantering style, and the personalities. I've been pining for the return of Alison Stewart and also miss Rachel Martin, but the presence of the rest of the gang (and I'll admit that Ian Chillag is indeed my favorite other) has made it a show I continued to listen to faithfully, even though Mike Pesca never fails to irritate me at least once every day.

So, for a while, I guess, there will be a two-hour hole of blackness in my life every weekday. *sigh*

BTW, I'm not one of your young 'uns. You've captured the heart of this 48-year-old with your freshness, wit, and likeableness and while I do trust I'll not grow into a dry old stick without you, your absence will make that fate a bit harder to avoid.

Yeah, I guess I'll get over it, but I'm going to spend a little time indulging in heartbreak, okay?

(And just having seen a notice about where to submit an anguished plea to save the show, I'll be sending a version of this comment there.)

Sent by Lorreen | 9:17 AM | 7-16-2008

Have the NPR big wigs noticed how many of these blogs start with "I just started listening to this show"? Obviously, it was just becoming visible on the public's radar. The Most (sorry for the pun) inauspicious time to cancel! It boggles the mind, it really does.

Sent by Heather | 9:51 AM | 7-16-2008

I'm not sorry that BPP is being cancelled. I've been listening to NPR for 12 years (I'm 33), and I've never been so annoyed when listening to a program than I have by the constant background music of the BPP. The music makes me feel confused and anxious. Thank you NPR for getting rid of this headache.

Sent by Melanie Ford | 10:31 AM | 7-16-2008

this is dumb

Sent by jakub svec | 10:43 AM | 7-16-2008

I'm only now realizing the absurdity of this; I have been obsessively checking the message boards ever since I've heard the news of the cancellation, hoping to see some new option to reach out to express my displeasure, or perhaps see that NPR has come to its senses. See NPR, even when attempting to take it away, the BPP is driving traffic to your website - where's the gratitude?

Many, many people are expressing that they would donate to keep the show up if given the option - why are you not giving us that opportunity? The Public part of public radio to me implies that if you have a huge outpouring of support from the public you are OBLIGATED to explore it. I don't care if it's NPR, the BPP itself, or even the fans organizing it (I mean I'll do it myself if I get word that the funds raised would go to keeping the BPP on air), but allow our dollars to speak for us. Give me that word and I'll spearhead the effort.

C'mon NPR, do the right thing and let those passionate about this programming do something to save it.

And as so many people have pointed out, this fervor, this passion, these declarations of interest ... aren't they exactly what you were looking for when you created this programming, NPR? Don't disregard that so lightly.

Sent by Kendra | 10:48 AM | 7-16-2008

I'd love to listen to it more, but for me, it's only available online. I like my radio on a radio. And I love NPR, I've interned at stations, I would love to work in public radio again. It's not fair to draw from this that young people aren't listening to public radio--they are (This American Life, anyone?). But if it's NOT ACTUALLY ON THE RADIO, well, what do you expect? How are people supposed to know about it? You have to have itunes, and most people with itunes have ipods, and not everyone has an ipod.

I've been listening to The Takeaway, the new show from WNYC, and I dont even care for it that much, but since it's actually on the radio, I listen.

Of course I'm sad to see a great show go, but I wonder if it's really been given a fair chance. I live in NYC, I visit the actual Bryant Park, but it's not carried by WNYC (which makes no sense) and I didn't know about this show until recently and without any advertising or any accidental exposure, how am I supposed to know what it's all about or if I like it?

Are we going to have to created a for radio shows?! Oh NPR. You've hurt my feelings and my pride.

Sent by Marley | 11:05 AM | 7-16-2008


Sent by Michelle | 11:10 AM | 7-16-2008

I'm so sorry to hear this news. BPP has brought my teenage son to NPR - talk about capturing a younger audience! - and the ability for my kids and myself to listen to the podcasts as we can has fed some really good family conversations about news and ideas. Seems to me that was the goal. Thanks to all the BPP staff for your good work. And, by the way, the TakeAway is one of the most annoying shows I've ever heard.

Sent by Carol | 11:18 AM | 7-16-2008

WHAT!!!??? Oh... Bad Move, NPR...

So the show is expensive... cut costs but don't throw out the baby with the bath water! BPP Staff: You'll be missed!

Sent by Dan Kovalcik | 11:22 AM | 7-16-2008

Since listening to the BPP my job has been better because I'm excited to go to work listening to the BPP. My marriage has been better because we have way more useless yet fun things to discuss at the dinner table..In general my lifehas improved thanks to the BPP (the sad part is, the way too much truth in this statement).

Obituary: My favorite part of the BPP was...finally a news show provided programming that fills the space between the top stories of the day with content that makes you think in lieu of content that makes you angry or scared. The only thing I can imagine that's worse than the BPP being canceled is if it were to be replaced by Fox News.

Let me know when and where to send the check to keep this thing going.. I'll pay $10/month to subscribe to BPP as a podcast. This is (or yesterday was) a sad, sad day for NPR.

Sent by Greg K | 12:44 PM | 7-16-2008

People are running away from regular radio. Since learning about bpp a month ago, I've been downloading the podcast for every show and listening to it on my schedule. You may cancel the show now however, soon you and many other programs will be following the internet only format. Stick it out.

Sent by 8088y80y | 1:01 PM | 7-16-2008

I almost decided not to post this, but maybe, just maybe, someone in a cubicle in the NPR hive will see the number of protest posts and rethink this decision. If not, we may someday look back on the decision to cancel the BPP as the moment that the entire NPR organization jumped the shark. Here is the note I sent in earlier today:

"I have never sent an email or letter or made a phone call to try to save a show before. It's important that you know that, because despite my undying love for Firefly, Jericho, and dozens of other great shows, I have always sadly said goodbye without a fight.

However, the fact that NPR has chosen to cancel the Bryant Park Project concerns me on entirely different levels than the loss of those shows did. This isn't just a bad call by an executive who doesn't get it, this is an entire organization turning a blind eye to the future of media and entertainment. Media is changing, and a new generation is choosing their media outlets with an eye to participation and community. NPR has one (count 'em, ONE) show that really connects with this new and future audience, and now you have chosen to cancel that show?!

What makes this even more concerning is that NPR does something that no one else does. The in-depth examinations I hear on NPR balance out the hysteria of the blogs, the party-line lockstep of the "serious" news shows, and the cotton candy fluff coverage on the evening news. Without the voice of NPR in our brave new media world, who will provide the anchor?

I add my voice to the many others that I'm sure you've heard encouraging a review of this decision. As a 30ish informed moderate, I speak for my demographic when I say that the BPP is what we want, and we want to find it on NPR. Please don't make us look for it elsewhere."

Sent by Dave | 1:28 PM | 7-16-2008

@Kendra -- I found myself "obsessively checking" the comments right now, too. I was sad when lots of things were cancelled (Firefly and Arrested Development being the most recent examples I can think of), but this is the first time I've ever actually tried to do something about it. (Maybe because the BPP is real people, and I'm going to be really sad not to hear Laura and Tricia and Matt and Mark and Ian and Dan and Win and the whole gang every morning. Losing characters is one thing, but this feels like I'm losing friends!)

Hearing them crack wise and dispense wisdom, first of all, in ways that Steve and Renee (or, god help us, Adaora and John) never would, and second of all, in ways that sound just like me and my friends would talk--aaargh, this is making me crazy.

I see according to tracking that my express letter (return-receipt requested, natch) to NPR President Kevin Klose just arrived. Maybe time to take a big breath and start coming to terms, I've done what I can for now.... Stop being that crazy creepy fan I've never been before in my life. :)

Sent by Trey (@treyethan) | 1:36 PM | 7-16-2008

How many of us listen on Sirius?.....did you know that Radio Margaritaville was a strictly internet radio show before Jimmy sold his soul to Sirius? Much of the content was listener driven, as a matter of fact my husband had a weekly hour long segment as a regular guest dj. He produced the segment completely from our home and was glad to do it on a volunteer basis. With this many people interested in keeping the show, I wonder if Sirius or some other internet outlet would be interested in tapping into the BPP demographic?

Sent by Julie in North Carolina | 1:52 PM | 7-16-2008

The BBP is my favorite NPR show and is better than a good cup of coffee to get me ready in the morning. A sad day for NPR listeners to listen to more depressing news of the state of our nation instead of the upbeat wisdom we all need at this time. I will be turning off NPR for good once BBP is off the air.

Sent by Laura Ruhlman | 2:03 PM | 7-16-2008

Heh, BPP could go on XM Public like Bob Edwards. ;-)

Sent by Greg | 2:10 PM | 7-16-2008

I can't take it! Without the BPP, I'll be forced to listen to eight hours of Tell Me More and News & Notes, which is torture by any standard. Sigh. Can't Sirius take on this original programming from NPR? Please please oh pretty please! You make my Monday mornings sparkle, my Tuesdays hum, my Wednesdays glow, my Thursdays purr and my Fridays race by. Nuts to this, NPR. Nuts!

Sent by Cathy Duffy | 2:12 PM | 7-16-2008

NOOOOO! I need my daily Mike Pesca fix!!!

NPR is making a serious mistake.

Sent by Zac Albrecht-Heiks | 2:21 PM | 7-16-2008

This is so unfortunate. Why put all that time and money into something and then pull the plug before its given a chance to really take off? Just looking at the list of comments, its clear that I'm not the only one who made the BPP part of my day. Please, NPR - reconsider! Its not too late!

Sent by alex | 2:40 PM | 7-16-2008

I only discovered BPP about a month ago, by accident while on the NPR home page. I've been listening at work ever since, albeit at a low volume because, well, I'm at work. Reading the blog posts, it's evident that a lot of people love this show. Why did it get canned? I've got some thoughts. First of all, the Web site promotes Alison Stewart as host, but I've never heard her on the air. I've become a big fan of hers from her sub-hostings on "Countdown...", but where is she? Not to be hyper critical, but the guy who's hosting is the loudest, wordiest voice on the show. The show seems to be done primarily in first person. The host should't be bigger than the content. The stories should drive the show, not the personalities. When the show becomes about the host, then you've got Rush or Bill O'. I hope the show gets reconfigured and reborn, but if you want to have a younger, hipper show, let the younger, hipper people do it. And the older suits need to keep hands off. It's actually got to be a younger, hipper show, not some marketing person's concept of a younger, hipper show. This kind of move is what destroyed "Marketplace." It too became some marketing department, focus-group oriented, hybrid that doesn't satisfy anyone.

Sent by VJPage | 3:11 PM | 7-16-2008

A total bummer. No more Ramble? What the... The BPP was a fun distraction to an otherwise, blah workday. R.I.P. BPP.

Sent by David | 3:17 PM | 7-16-2008

I am truly disappointed by NPR's decision. I really enjoy the show, I started listening to the rest of the programing on NPR because of the show. Not sure I am in the age group you are after (I'm 44) but my younger colleagues enjoy it also. NPR please give the show more time.....

Sent by D. M. Patt | 3:28 PM | 7-16-2008

NPR is a bunch of morons for canceling this show. I'm sure that I'll be thrilled to see BPP replaced by yet another attempt to cover the essence of America by reporting from Iraq. NPR has lost its way. While I like the younger focus of the BPP, what I truly enjoyed was the positive focus on American culture. How sad.

I hear Katie Curic will soon be available. Maybe she can do a morning show for NPR that will attract young people!

Sent by Brett | 3:37 PM | 7-16-2008

I *just* found and fell in love with BPP in June. My local station doesn't carry it, so I listen at work online and it's my favorite part of the day. Soooo...let me get this straight: if Bob Edwards was too dated for NPR, and BPP is too new and fresh for NPR, what's left for me to listen to and enjoy?


Sent by Emily | 3:44 PM | 7-16-2008

I wanted to comment on the web/radio discussion and the best format for BPP. I have been listening to the show on Sirius (as well as the podcast on days I miss) for a long time, but just recently discovered the web presence. I love the web features, but also thought the show worked great just as a radio show, without them. But why did the budget need to be $2 million for the first year? Some of us are wondering; could you address it on the air or web?

Sent by Jenny | 3:55 PM | 7-16-2008

I'm 23! I'm young! I listen and download and recommend to equally nerdy friends!

This is so frustrating. Am I supposed to listen to stodgy, normal NPR now with no goofy sound effects and no book club? To pull from another great, canceled media monument, Arrested Development: COME ON.

Sent by ER | 5:13 PM | 7-16-2008

I'm reading the comments here and shocked that so many people liked this show. I'm a 29-yr-old NPR junkie, basically I like all the shows that are on. And I hated BPP - it was boring, had a bad flow, and fairly uninteresting stories. It felt like it was being so carefully crafted to target younger listeners that it ended up having no real pizzaz. I say it's the right decision!

Sent by brettrodg | 5:18 PM | 7-16-2008

A great program and it will be missed.

Sent by megan | 5:34 PM | 7-16-2008

Howard Dean had his Deaniacs. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have made scads of money through the internet. NPR got a toehold in this lucrative structure, then gave it up without ever figuring out how to profit from it. Just add a 'DONATE' button to the web site already.

Sent by bppaddictohmy | 6:26 PM | 7-16-2008

Bad call NPR. I stream BPP every day and will miss this show terribly. Please reconsider.

Sent by Bryan | 7:05 PM | 7-16-2008

As a college student and someone directly targeted by this program, I am extremely sad to see it go. The BPP is a news program I look forward to every day.

Sent by Aaron | 7:57 PM | 7-16-2008

So, I arrive in NYC on Monday for a work trip and the first copy I get of the NYT (Tues?) says my favorite radio show is being canceled. I'm extremely upset. I can't listen to any other NPR news show because they don't make a complete podcast for it (i.e. they splice up ATC, so you have to subscribe to a bunch of different shows). I've been loyal to NPR financially for at least the past 5 years... I may have to reconsider.

Sent by April | 8:33 PM | 7-16-2008

This is an incredibly poor decision by NPR. I've listened to BPP from day one and I will have nothing to fill the void. Whoever decided to cut BPP should have their own performance scrutinized with a microscope.

Sent by Louis Pena | 10:01 PM | 7-16-2008

I'm not the target audience of the show, but I greatly appreciated the effort and enjoyed many segments. Sure it's different from other fare on NPR...and that's a good thing. NPR has a history of providing a variety of programs. To have a program targeting the youth market is terrific. I hope just an online version might be considered and resurrected. I'd include it in my iTunes subscription and I'm nearly 60. Good luck to the BBP team.

Sent by Steve Payne, Olympia, WA | 11:38 PM | 7-16-2008

I just found out today after catching up on a couple days of podcasts... unbelievable. Come on NPR, keep the show. It's a great format and has quickly become part of my daily downloads. Bring back Fair Game while you're at it. Good luck to you all at the BPP. I hope this thing stays alive somehow. NPR is doing a disservice to a wide and loyal audience with this move. Yes, it was a bit different at first and the techno music in the background of some serious "Top of the News" pieces was always a bit awkward, but just as "Bathed in Glory" and taser-related news pieces became anticipated regular pieces on Fair Game w/ Faith Salie, so has the "The Most" and "The Ramble", as well as the other interesting and in-depth pieces featured on the BPP. That's not to mention the musical guests the shows have scored. Without these two shows, I feel like NPR has a left a large gap in it's programming.

Sent by JMP | 1:00 AM | 7-17-2008

I never had much enthusiasm for the Bryant Park Project. It sounded too much like commercial talk radio programs or personality driven cable TV shows. NPR tried it, but to me, it never sounded like this series ever belonged on public radio. The Bryant Park Project staff would probably be smart to bring the this kind of show to commercial talk radio or XM. That's not a put-down, just encouragement for the Bryan Park Project staff to move on to where what they do is supported. And here's a note NPR, PRI and MPR: your most popular shows were not engineered by a focus group marketing lab or some executive staff development circle. A Prairie Home Companion, Car Talk, Fresh Air and many others were generally local or regional shows that organically grew into the national programs that audiences love. Here is some FREE ADVICE that will save you money. Listen to what shows are interesting in local public radio markets and work out a limited partnership with those original-thinking hosts and producers to very discreetly expand a list of existing programs for a strong bench of newly nationalized shows. For the two million dollars that was supposedly spent on the Bryant Park Project, you can nurture and develop, but with a very light touch, a dozen local shows that become the next sincere successes of public radio. Feel free to forward this email to the NPR Ombudsman. LOVE PUBLIC RADIO, but not everything works out.

Sent by Mitch Taylor | 1:21 AM | 7-17-2008

Oh No... I just was listening to the podcast too sad

Sent by Erin KT | 4:25 AM | 7-17-2008

Surely there is something we can do to impress on the powers that be at NPR how important it is to keep the BPP going. I agree with other suggestions: add a "donate" button, offer a subscription to a BPP something, NPR!

Sent by MMG | 8:32 AM | 7-17-2008

I podcast this show everyday on iTunes and find it actively engaging me moreso than Morning Edition. I'm currently a college student and have turned on a bunch of my friends to BPP, who enjoy the "informative informality" of the program. I implore NPR to keep this great show around as it will draw younger audiences to their programming, much like Sound Opinions.

Sent by Kyle Kurtz | 9:29 AM | 7-17-2008

I am heart broken to hear my favorite show I listen to in the am on my computer is going off the air. Please please NPR reconsider.
I have severe PTSD, my 16 year old son died suddenly in his bedroom last spring. I was afraid to stay home alone during the day and had screaming panic attacks until I found and started to listen to Bryant Park. I consider the show great- great hosts-great guests -intelligent interviewing- no ads- funny and kind conversation. The perfect combination for a great show.
I want to thank you for being there when I desparately needed a friend.
If NPR does not keep the show going I wish all of you the best of luck in the future.

Sent by Debi Cook | 9:35 AM | 7-17-2008

Is anything being done by NPR's executive leadership team in response to this outpouring of support for the BPP? Given the fact that there are well over 600 comments on the blog alone I can only assume NPR has received hundreds of letters begging them to reconsider their very ignorant, very bad decision to cancel the BPP. NPR - are you going to step up to the plate and publicly acknowledge this outpouring of support for the BPP? I hope you are not going to just ignore all of these pleas to not cancel the BPP and come up with some ideas for how the BPP can be saved. Your listeners have said they will donate to the BPP. Are you going to give us the chance to do that? Your silence over this backlash is disconcerting. I have been a long time listener and supporter of NPR, but I feel strong enough that you are making a major mistake by cancelling the BPP that I feel I have no other choice but to stop listening and stop supporting. Please say something. Please keep the BPP as part of your programming. Please give the BPP a chance to be saved.

Sent by sarah | 10:15 AM | 7-17-2008

NPR is showing that their attention span is shorter than that of the listeners they were trying to attract. As an older listener I found The BPP to be very enjoyable and will miss it. (I listen from 10 -12 on Sirius)

Sent by M C | 10:33 AM | 7-17-2008

SOOO disappointing! This is my only live news source. What will we all do? Bad decision NPR, very very bad.

Sent by Nick Gilley | 10:38 AM | 7-17-2008

Who makes these bonehead decisions? I love BPP. I'm a 63 year old guy that appreciates that BPP is a hip, sophisticated version of local morning talk radio that delivers news and social commentary in an energetic, entertaining way, sort of a daily hit of your Saturday programming. It was a shot of euphoria to discover BPP and now they are going to remove it, while the rest of the stodgy programming drones on? NPR needs new leadership. KEEP BPP!

Sent by Tom Kelley | 10:47 AM | 7-17-2008

I love this show I listen to your show and enjoy it thourghly. It is a shame I enjoy your show the way it was intended over my computer. I feel sorry for the short sighted management decision.

Sent by Neal Neals | 11:03 AM | 7-17-2008

This is so sad and disappointing. I LOVE the show. I started listening via laptop, in my new studio this fall and I associate your theme music with being there. I will miss you -- such a hip yet sophisticated way to get the same old recycled news. I told my friends that your show was like Morning Edition meets Fox and Friends, without the stupidity of the latter. Best wishes to all of you for the future...

Sent by Roann Mathias | 11:52 AM | 7-17-2008

This is ridiculous. This is a fine program and it seems absurb to me that it was cancelled w/o being given the opportunity to self-fund. I listen to it everyday and would have no problem contributing $10 a month to make that continue. Given the incredible level of disapointment everyone seems to be voicing, raising $2 million from this audience seems totally doable. Just my two cents, but NPR what were you thinking?!?

Sent by Chris Moreno | 12:12 PM | 7-17-2008

What???? I go out of town for a few days and I come back to THIS?! Not good news, NPR bosses. BPP is perfect in its own niche way - supremely intelligent without necessarily having to be reverential. In other words, talking about all the issues exactly the same way my friends and I do (but with less profanity).
If it's purely a money issue, let us know and we will all send 5 bucks for gas or whatever it is you need.

Sent by Gavin Bruce | 12:29 PM | 7-17-2008

this is a great tragedy. why in heaven's name has this happened?
what can we do to turn this around?

Sent by LD Beghtol | 12:36 PM | 7-17-2008

Please say it ain't so! I'm a serviceman overseas and this show is the only bit of sanity and enjoyment I have to look forward too. This sucks!

Sent by JL | 12:56 PM | 7-17-2008

I absolutely love the content of the stories that Bryant Park Project runs. Unfortunately, more often than not the hosts are obnoxious and mean-spirited, making it exceedingly difficult to enjoy. Their ignorant style of snarky "reporting" ruined the show for me. It seems that the BPP hosts confused hip and youthful with snide and self-impressed. Nice try on this one NPR. Too bad you couldn't get better hosts rather than canceling the program.

Sent by M. A. | 1:08 PM | 7-17-2008

This is sad news! I love listening to the BPP online while I'm at work. Nothing else on NPR catches my attention (and I'm one of those younger audience members the BPP was intended for). Now I've got to find some other news program to listen to thats not going to make me fall asleep!

Sent by LS | 3:42 PM | 7-17-2008

Not cool.
I have enjoyed NPR since I was a wee Lad.
I have lived out of range of any NPR stations for 23 years.
Recently went to Satellite Radio and discovered The Bryant Park Project.
I am 50 and I love the BPP.
Not allowing Bryant Park Project to mature and to maybe to self fund is short-sighted.
All the investment will not be allowed to pay dividends.
Very much like corporate America -- what have you done for me this quarter?
Sad indeed.

Sent by Brian Hammer | 4:23 PM | 7-17-2008

How can NPR just cancel the show without giving any notice?

Is it NPR policy to cancel shows without making ANY ATTEMPTS to fund them from their audience or is there some other issue?

I am realizing now that I have no idea what Public Radio stands for or what purpose it is supposed to serve.

I feel so frustrated.

When Arrested Development was cancelled, I was disappointed because I felt it was a brilliant show and it's cancellation seemed like a network's commentary about the general public not being clever enough to 'get it.'

I did not feel the same personal connection that I do with the BPP because Arrested Development didn't ask it's viewers for story ideas or involve it's viewers in discussions the way that the BPP does.

The BPP's online community feels like just that, a community of sorts.

Please keep the show and the community going online. Forget NPR, they don't deserve you.

Sent by G | 6:23 PM | 7-17-2008

NPR had found a great avenue to reach younger people. I loved BPP, though I stumbled upon it, rather than being guided there by any sort of marketing effort. A solid concept, the right tone, very interesting content, and a bullseye for a demographic that will once again be left to find its information at non-NPR outlets. Putting money into developing this kind of programming, then not promoting it well, then canceling it far too soon... nice recipe for success! Dumbest move since Sprout axed Melanie for having a sense of humor and needing to support herself. The freshest program since This American Life (long drought between!), and they shoot it in the head. Not cool, NPR. Not cool.

Sent by D | 6:51 PM | 7-17-2008

I'm 44 years old. BPP was never on the air here in Tucson, AZ. I listened online. I was loyal to BPP because its stories were longer, edgier, and more in-depth than Morning Edition and All Things Considered. I remain loyal to NPR, because it is the best media overall, but Morning Edition is lame and superficial by comparison. I suppose the decision makers are the same geniuses who terminated Bob Edwards... I just don't get it. NPR deserves credit for giving us great radio overall. But this is a disappointment.

Sent by Steve in Tucson | 9:15 PM | 7-17-2008

I stopped giving to my local NPR station ($500 a year) because they didn;t carry the BPP. I listened on Sirius every morning, but there was never a request for funds. What gives?

Sent by Matteo | 10:16 PM | 7-17-2008

So I'm a little late to the party here...but this is very unfortunate news...instead of expanding my consciousness and learning something on my commute it'll be back to drivel i guess...not cool.

Sent by ameila | 11:11 PM | 7-17-2008

I'm okay with the decision. I'm a long-time listener, and BPP strikes me as NPR light. It's entertaining, I'll admit. But one of the male hosts comes off as snarky and shallow - qualities easily found all over the rest of the morning radio dial.

Sent by chris in phoenix | 12:27 AM | 7-18-2008

I just have to add my voice to the chorus of disappointed BPP listeners. While there are some things about the show that don't appeal to me, such as the sports coverage and most of the featured musicians, I am, overall, favorably impressed. The wit of the BPP staff, especially Mike Pesca, helps keep me awake and alert during my long commute home after a 12 hour night shift. In particular, I agree with the other Sirius NPR listeners who lament the limited menu of NPR programming available on satellite radio. What will replace the BPP? The BBC perhaps? How will I stay awake listening to the results of the latest cricket and soccer matches, or, once home, go to sleep after hearing yet another dismal account of murder, rape and mayhem in some benighted former colonial possession?

Sent by James H. Orr Jr. | 3:52 AM | 7-18-2008

BUMMER! I listen every day, and actually look foward to music tuesdays. Is the BPP making recomendations as to where I can turn now for my moring fill of news and nonsense? A sad day...

Sent by ethan hume | 8:47 AM | 7-18-2008

I'm disappointed. I clicked on NPR one day, and the reason I kept listening was because BPP is different than the drab news shows on other stations. I'm 22, so they are accomplishing exactly what they wanted to with the project, capturing a younger audience. Major let-down.
Come to WBUR in Boston! I guarantee all the college kids here will love it.

Sent by Chris | 9:01 AM | 7-18-2008

J'adore le BPP ! J'??coute tous les jours par internet depuis la France. Qu'est-ce qu'ils foutent ?? NPR d'arr??ter ce genre de programme ? C'est nul. Je suis d??gout??e.

Sent by Michelle | 10:11 AM | 7-18-2008

I was afraid this might happen, but I still feel blindsided. I have become so accustomed to turning off Morning Edition and turning on the BPP (via Sirius) that it breaks my heart to think of going back to the old standby with the horrendous local news breaks. There is other public radio infrastructure out there, and I hope that if NPR doesn't decide to go back on its decision that some version of the BPP can get picked up by another network that allows direct program support. FWIW: 34, white male, married, 2 kids, longtime public radio member and supporter.

Sent by Jeff | 10:31 AM | 7-18-2008

Don't do it! NPR already had so much to offer but BBP added something new; perhaps that appeal to the youth they were trying to target? This project needs a little longer to flourish.

Sent by Kyra Fleming | 10:46 AM | 7-18-2008

It's a shame that NPR is canceling the BPP! The BPP reached out to it's audience and it's unfortunate that NPR does not see the important link- Community. I'm 32, black, married, 1 child, and I have been an avid NPR listener for years. The BPP is one of the best shows. I hope NPR has a change of heart.

Sent by Tomeka | 11:01 AM | 7-18-2008

NPR, if you were a dog I'd stick your nose in it and smack you on the behind.

Sent by Joe H. | 11:40 AM | 7-18-2008


I just wanted to add a note to all the rest about how disappointed (angry!) I am that the show has been canceled. I sent an email to the two places you noted, and today I'm sending an email to my local station in Vermont to let them know that I'm canceling my membership for a while. I'm sorry to do this to VPR, but I'm not sure how else to convey how I'm feeling about this. I had already sent an email to VPR and received the note back about how there have been budget changes, etc. It just doesn't make sense to deliberately build up a community of dedicated listeners who are going to be so connected to a show and then give it less than a year to succeed. Anyhow, it's only $10 a month, but I am canceling my support. I'm taking a break from donating to public radio and listening to public radio (and I will not cheat!).

Good luck to all of the hosts and producers, everyone involved. It's been a fantastic show (and I'm still hoping it can somehow be saved!).


Sent by Noreen Cargill | 11:47 AM | 7-18-2008

As a Sirius Satellite Radio subscriber, BPP was the only NPR news show available on my drive to work. I can live without reruns of the previous day's Diane Rehm show. BPP was a great alternative to Morning Edition, which is not available on Sirius. With all this NPR downsizing what is next? Car Talk with just Click? Will they charge money to get Carl Castle's voice on your home answering macine? Not So Fresh Air with Terri Gross that just replays her Gene Simmons interview?

Sent by e. Gehring | 12:00 PM | 7-18-2008

The BPP is a part of my mornig that I was beginning to value as much as my first cup of coffee. More intelligent and witty than the usual radio banter but far more lively than the usual NPR product.

Sent by E Gerber | 12:46 PM | 7-18-2008

I only recently discovered the BPP and find it unfortunate that NPR has determined it a failure and is canceling the program. The show is a great way to start the day with news stories highlighting new and different topics and not just a rehashing of stories found everywhere else.

It is curious what criteria was used to determine it as a failure. From all the positive comments and fresh new and renewed listeners to NPR content that the BPP has produced it would seem that it is successful. Success not only in having what seems to be a growing audience but also in a new demographic and renewed former listeners. All this in spite of what seems to minimal promotion of the program.

I hope NPR management finds it possible to restore the program continue the growth it is generating.

Sent by David | 12:52 PM | 7-18-2008

This is absolutely shocking! I have been an avid NPR listener for over the past 2o years. I recently started listen to the BPP through my Sirius Satellite radio in my car. Although I was initially taken aback by the younger format, I quickly became and fan and abandoned my usual morning scan of satellite broadcasts by CNN, FOX and even Howard Stern. The BPP is the freshest, smartest thing I heard on radio in . . . any recent memory. Although I am 51, I signed on to this morning to add the BPP to my Facebook page. You see, not everyone is as out of touch as the NPR management. Get with the future of public radio - SAVE THE BPP!

Sent by Stephen Elvis Smith | 12:58 PM | 7-18-2008

I love listening to the BPP. It gave me a new reason to tune into NPR. I accidentally found the show online and fear that it was not as successful because it was not heard on local affiliates even in NYC. I wish there was a way to preserve the show and give it another chance because I believe that it resonates.

Sent by Andrea | 1:05 PM | 7-18-2008

NOOOOOOOO! The Bryant Park Project got me listening to NPR! Before, I never cared about the news or current events, but The Bryant Park Project makes the news fun! It may be more for Generation X but I don't understand why the news has to be so serious? Bryant Park Project is not your normal monotone news that you usually hear on NPR, but it still informs you about everything you need to know! The Ramble and the Most may even provide me with information I don't need to know, but it is still fun news that I WANT to know about! What am I going to do? I listen to the show every morning at work to start my day!

Sent by Heather | 2:08 PM | 7-18-2008

I just got back from vacation and wanted to catch up with all the shows I missed ... and now I see this.

I am not sure where to start or what hasn't been covered by all the other loyal listeners. I do have to say that when you have a show mostly online, as this one is, then you are not really bringing the demographic to npr, you are bringing it to this show. It is a flaw, as I see it in this idea of having seedlings online -- but thinking that success means translating it into radio listening.

I only listen to Morning Edition live... occasionally I will tune into something else in the car ... everything else I listen to from my computer while at work or in podcasts as I run. I am a regular NPR listener, though, and a faithful, contributing member. I appreciate my local radio and tv channels, but the radio station rarely adds the shows I like the most at a time when I could hear them, ie BPP, Tell Me More, News and Notes, even This American Life... 11am on a Saturday, yes, I am just sitting by the radio waiting for it.

I think this show wasn't given realistic expectations or realistic opportunities to realize expectations. How are they measuring success? It's not like you can get paid sponsors other than memberships and there is no way to contribute directly to the show.

I wish you all the best. I hope the bigwigs figure out the flaws in this system of incubating new shows before they get us all to buy into another great show and then yank it from us as it becomes one of our staples.

Sent by anna | 2:46 PM | 7-18-2008

Very sad to hear this news!

Male, 38, I listen to the BPP on Sirius Radio here in Salt Lake City, Utah. I enjoy the format - especially the cross-over from web to radio - blogs, twittering, ...

I'd gladly put my local NPR/Public Radio membership dollars towards the BPP. Holler if you want me to sign anything!

Sent by Buster | 3:13 PM | 7-18-2008

PLEASE don't take my BPP away! I'm an avid NPR fan and supporter, but BPP was my favorite morning show to listen to. I couldn't get it locally, and now I guess I can just go ahead and cancel my sirius subscription. I'll be so sad without you all. good luck.

Sent by Gillian | 3:29 PM | 7-18-2008

BIG MISTAKE!!!!!! This was a great show and I regularly listened on Sirius. Is NPR married to the monotone, SNL spoof style that is dry, boring and unpopular with younger audiences.

Sent by John Bell | 3:35 PM | 7-18-2008

I like BPP (NPR morning lite) but was always irritated by the inaccuracies and admitted ignorance of basic history and current events. The announcers tried too hard to be morning DJ cool, that Rachel Ray choking voice. What BPP did well was choose great stories.

Sent by Coco | 4:01 PM | 7-18-2008

I am so disappointed by this news. As a 50-ish listener (via Sirius -- I was willing to pay for the BPP experience!), I was not the target demographic for BPP, but I enjoyed the fresh perspective immensely and it gave me renewed faith in the NPR brand. I'm hopeful that the decision to cancel BPP can be revisited and reversed.

Sent by Jeff Sube | 4:10 PM | 7-18-2008

I have never become attached to a radio show. I finally find one that I look forward to listening too every morning. For the past two weeks, I keep thinking about what in the world I'll listen to in the morning if the BPP truly goes away. And I can think of a replacement! NPR, please reconsider the decision to cancel the BPP!

Either way -- Thank you BPP for making my long morning commute enjoyable!

Sent by Veronica | 4:23 PM | 7-18-2008

The decision of NPR is one of the greatest follies it has ever made. I listen to KBIA/KWMU (HD) and have listened since the article in Newsweek. It is time for me to find something to listen to in the morning. BPP is light and always makes me smile and laugh. Thanks BPP for what you do and i hope you find a way to stay on the air, PRI, XMRadio or any other source that is available. If i cannot find you on the dial i will carry BPP by podcast when you land on your feet.

Sent by Steven J. Oberman | 4:47 PM | 7-18-2008

Nice of you guys to advertise this topic with a question mark headline... "What killed the 'BPP'". AND then not answer the question. Mike P., since I know this is one of your peeves, I hope you let this pass on purpose.

BPP -- you will be missed.

Sent by tyler_bo | 6:39 PM | 7-18-2008

This show is THE REASON I listen to NPR. I am a 36 year old white male. I don't tune in for Garrison Keilor nor do I tune in for Radio Times. I tune in for BPP, a show that I can actually connect with. I discovered it on Sirius and have been listening at least 4 days a week on my commute, even during the most recent Mike Pesca disaster as he filled in for Alison during her maternity leave (Mike tried WAY TOO HARD). Now that Alison is coming back NPR should give the show a chance to find its stride. You are never going to attract a younger demographic without this sort of programming in your line up, but it will not be successful overnight. Very few things are! At least give BPP listeners a chance to donate money directly to the show! United Way let's me direct my donations, why won't NPR? At some point the older demographic that enjoys much of your programming will not be around, and if you don't do something to connect with the younger demographic now you will become irrelevant.

Sent by Greg Gioe | 9:50 PM | 7-18-2008

I'm disappointed that the BPP is going away. I've listened to it since the beginning and it's become part of my morning ritual. Bonded with other members of the BPP community through Twitter and I agree, this show caught the pulse of our generation more than any other I can think of. Now that it's going away I'm pretty certain nothing NPR replaces it with will appeal to me as much.

Really sad about this. Hope we all can stay in touch and that all the folks from the BPP find meaningful, rewarding new work.

Sent by eladyland | 11:42 PM | 7-18-2008

I can't believe this. How can NPR execs be so out of touch? I feel the same way now as I did when Fox cancelled Firefly. I fear this could be the beginning of the end for NPR. Pretty soon they'll be replacing all of their quality programming with mediocre reality shows.

Sent by Andy | 10:07 AM | 7-19-2008

I am so sorry. I have religiously tuned in to BPP-- I wake up to it-- since I found it in January 08. I don't understand why it is being cancelled. I am way out of the demographic at 52 years of age. But it is such a smart show. Now what?

Sent by Chris | 11:41 AM | 7-19-2008

I'm 54 -- obviously not the target demographic -- and loved the show. Big mistake. All of public radio is becoming increasingly irrelevant, going down the same path as public television (Remember public television? Who watches it any more?) Be careful, NPR. You may be history yourself in 5 years if you don't figure this stuff out.

Sent by Rich Nelson | 12:46 PM | 7-19-2008


The first piece of programming designed to target my generation that actually got it right!

I guess it was too good to be true.

Maybe TOO successful at targeting the internet generation, falling victim to our medium of choice.

The show has the social internet infrastructure to support it independently, PLEASE let us do with the internet what it does best and SAVE OUR SHOW.

Sent by Seth | 1:40 PM | 7-19-2008

I am so upset and angry that NPR would cancel this great show. It was an excellent balance between news and morning talk shows. I also listen to Morning Edition, but BPP brought something entirely unique and different to the airwaves. I only discovered it a few months ago, despite being an avid NPR fan. Being a member of the BPP target demographic, that tells me that it was a marketing issue, not a listener issue. I hope that it can be saved at least for internet broadcast.

Sent by Lisa | 2:17 PM | 7-19-2008

i have ALS, which means I am dying, which also means I am becoming paralyzed. any way, in order to use the computer i'm forced to click on a contraption, which by morning, comes loose. And for hours i struggle to click on bpp before my nurse arrives. i love you bpp!

Sent by patrick O'Brien | 3:56 PM | 7-19-2008

This is so upsetting. I listen to the BPP every week. This is one of the programs that sucked me into NPR. It will be sorely missed!

Sent by Melinda Lavine | 4:25 PM | 7-19-2008

Mike Pesca is the most captivating anf sharp witted host I have ever heard. This is so unfortunate. This show is nearly the only reason I subscribe to Sirius. Mine and many others' accounts will be cancelled.

Sent by Corey Webster | 6:21 PM | 7-19-2008

I've been listening to the BPP almost since the very beginning (I heard the first show, missed a few immediately after, but have been listening regularly ever since). I used to listen to ME and ATC every day... but they were both replaced for me by the BPP. I'm terribly sad that the BPP was canceled, and I fear my NPR intake is going to dive dramatically.

I was nervous every time a new host would come on the scene, but I was never let down. I had a similar reaction to Mike as others: I was a little skeptical at first, but then I was blown away by the little gems he'd regularly casually drop in. (E.g. octopuses have two hearts!?)

The montage of Mike's transitions ['C-block returns'] ("emanating from the earth's vibrations... duude") was totally awesome! and reminds us of all of Mike's awesomeness. (We were listening, and we appreciated it.)

Sent by David Newberry | 4:32 AM | 7-20-2008

Channel 134 will now be dumped from the presets on my Sirius radio. I liked to be able to have some form of chuckle with my depressing news of our soggy economy and mentally challenged president. Is he running NPR? This is obviously the decision of someone who is incapable of rational thought!

Sent by Maria Portgee | 7:35 AM | 7-21-2008

terribly sad. BPP is the highlight of my morning, and how I enjoy starting my day. I even podcast so I can listen to what I miss later in the day. BRR will surley be missed in this house. thanks a lot NPR.

Sent by jessica | 9:19 AM | 7-21-2008

I had stopped listening to NPR until I happened across BPP and began to listen faithfully every morning, which then extended into other NPR broadcasts. BPP brings a diversity in viewpoint, coverage, and conversation sorely missing from NPR's core fare. This is sad news. BPP seemed like an investment in a future generation of listeners--and perhaps more importantly for NPR admin--the next generation of funders. I hope NPR will reconsider and support BPP's great staff and excellent work, as well as its listeners.

Sent by Denise | 10:17 AM | 7-21-2008

Oh man, I am so so sad. I've been loving the podcasts - I fele like the BPP gave me a much-needed shortcut to the news everyday -- and not just hard news, but new music, new trends, and so much more. I loved the format, the voices, and comraderie -- this was a great program. Sad.

Sent by Stephanie | 10:58 AM | 7-21-2008

BPP made me feel "in the know". What a TREMENDOUS loss. What will I listen to on my Sirius now on my commute every morning?

Sent by Jenny M. | 12:25 PM | 7-21-2008

I first listened to NPR in the early '80s, when Susan Stamberg was the host of "Weekend Edition," and I stuck with NPR as my main source of broadcast news until Bob Edwards was relieved of his duties on "Morning Edition."

I understand that Bob wasn't everyone's cup of tea, but I liked the slow pace of the show, and I liked Bob's unpredictable mirthfulness and prickliness. The program was warm, familiar, friendly, challenging, authoritative-sounding, and often very funny, and I listened to it every morning.

I was understandably disappointed when Bob was removed from the broadcast - mainly, I think, because it felt to me as if NPR was wholly indifferent to my views on the subject. Shouldn't I - a loyal member of the "public" whose support helped (and continues to help) to make all of the other jobs at NPR possible - have been included in the conversation about the future of the host of "Morning Edition"? It seemed to me that Bob's departure was a fait accompli, and that NPR didn't really care about the audience's thoughts on the matter. The decision to cancel the "BPP" seems (to me) to be tainted by the same species of errors.

I never established a rapport with Bob's successors, Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne. They sound friendly and knowledgeable enough, but they don't seem to have the ability to ask get-tough questions or to develop sustained, probing lines of inquiry. Perhaps it's not their fault, I don't know. In any event, I stopped listening to NPR because, on any given day, I didn't feel as if I belonged to the NPR "club" - i.e., the audience of upper-income, Stepford listeners who to whom NPR seemed to be target its broadcasts.

"BPP" brought me back to NPR as a regular, morning listener. I enjoyed the fresh rapport of the young hosts. I appreciated their respect for hard news, their willingness to ask difficult questions during their interviews, and their outright silliness over stories which deserved to be treated as being silly.

The cancellation of "BPP" prompts me to say this: NPR doesn't seem to learn from its past mistakes. Whether it's alienating listeners by terminating Bob Edwards without including them in the discussion ... or whether it's alienating listeners by canceling "BPP" without including them in the discussion ... one way or the other, it's my impression that NPR doesn't really care what the audience thinks, and that NPR doesn't know who its listeners are.

Sent by Steve | 1:35 PM | 7-21-2008

Hey to any BPP staff, I know this blog will continue to appear, but is there anyway you guys can update listeners as to the exciting, awesome, important projects you'll take on next and how we can either follow or contact you? You guys microblog w/your comments on Twitter, so have you thought about having your own blog where any/all of you can come in and talk about what you're doing professionally/personally, new projects your involved with, etc.?

Also, any of you going to live on through Twitter w/new names we can ask to follow? I'd love to see you guys kicking butt in the future and I can say "YEAH! I knew them when they rocked on BPP!"

(I REALLY think the group blog idea is a good idea . . . . )

Sent by T. Weiss | 12:06 PM | 7-22-2008

@T. Weiss, Thanks for asking. We'll post some sort of contact sheet before we go. We wouldn't want to lose you either.

Sent by Laura Conaway, NPR | 12:16 PM | 7-22-2008

@ Jenny M
I've got the same dilemma, what to listen to on Sirius now? and my commute is almost 2 hours!

Sent by Julie in North Carolina | 12:43 PM | 7-22-2008

Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail is running an article that specifically mentions the rumours that NPR is now reconsidering

Sent by bpetz | 1:24 PM | 7-22-2008

Well, I've been out of town and away from the net for a couple weeks and just found this out.

This is truly pathetic. This, and the wholly one-sided lovefest for Hillary and now John McCain, along with various interviews with right wing goons on Morning Edition are EXACTLY why I'm done being a member for the time being.

Put out a product I'm proud to support and I will gladly help public radio again.

Sent by John Wallenfeldt | 1:42 PM | 7-22-2008

As an American living overseas, I rely on NPR programs downloaded from iTunes for my daily news updates. The BPP rapidly became my listen of choice. Between it, Fresh Air and BBC and NBC news (and weekly Wait Wait Don't Tell me) I feel pretty up to date. Seems a bit premature to cancel definitely filled a gap in my daily news obsession. I will miss the ramble. Can't NPR give it a bit more time?

Sent by karla | 3:29 PM | 7-22-2008

I have to admit, I've stopped listening to BPP lately as Mike Pesca gets on my nerves and seems to have commandeered the show since Alison left. That said I think cancelling the show is a big mistake. I wish someone would just offer the show as a podcast only for $10/year. I'd bet you'd have hundreds of thousands of takers.

Sent by Andrew S. | 4:20 PM | 7-22-2008

Younger audience? I like to think at 51 that I am old. I have downloaded BPP to my iPhone every morning for months, listened while walking the dog, then finished while driving to work.

That bloggy guy who said you were a hybrid and you need to cut loose the radio transmitters may be right. I found you initially on Sirius but shifted to iPhone as I can't stand having to get in the car and drive at a certain time to hear the whole show. Plus on iPhone I didn't have to listen to all the promotional junk at breaks.

Its a great big beautiful tomorrow (that's how old I am). I'm old enough to know there will be other shows. I just hope I find it soon.

Au Rentendre,

Sent by Mike | 5:19 PM | 7-22-2008

I am horrified. I found the BPP through the podcast during my maternity leave. I felt like I was able to connect with the world in the a way that was informative and entertaining. I am looking forward to hearing that they have come to their senses and don't cancel.

Sent by nikki | 8:44 PM | 7-22-2008

I listen to the BPP via Sirius. I am looking to the NPR brass to re-consider. I would pledge $$$ to support the BPP, and I bet I'm not alone. Maybe the BPP can rise up on a different Sirius channel?

Sent by Tuc | 12:32 AM | 7-24-2008

A great day! Didn't listen to this programing. Not because it was socially networked, edgy, or lacked interesting commentary. I didn't listen because of the incessant thumping background "noise" that accompanied every segment and break. Really second rate. Glad its gone.

Sent by Jimmy | 1:06 PM | 7-24-2008

Please reconsider.

I'm not at "acceptance" yet.

Sent by Buster | 1:16 PM | 7-25-2008

I'm TERRIBLY Dissappointed in NPR's decision to cancel BPP. It was a high energy and funny show, just perfect for the morning commutes. I listened everyday thru Sirius and I can't imagine listening to anymore of slow-talking Diane Rehm. Please PLEASE bring the BPP show back!!!!!!

Sent by Meg B. | 9:10 AM | 7-27-2008