'News & Views' FAQ

Everything you ever wanted to know about News & Views, but were afraid to ask.

What is News & Views?

News & Views is the blog companion to NPR's News & Notes, a daily, live, one-hour, news magazine radio show hosted by Farai Chideya.

What is News & Notes?

News & Notes is a live, radio news magazine show. Its mission is to:

Illuminate the diversity of the African American experience
Build community on air and online
Capture the pulse of Black America
Reflect Black perspectives on news and culture

Farai Chideya is the host, and she also blogs here.

What is the purpose of the blog?

News & Views is an ongoing, interactive conversation. It extends the discussion being held on air, allowing listeners to find out more about News & Notes, offer feedback on the day's stories, and talk to one another.

News & Views is also an opportunity to let readers in on the process of producing News & Notes. We can share information and types of media here that just don't work on air —from photographs to primary source documents — and we can also share our behind-the-scenes thinking about the stories we air. We'll also use the blog to make our audience active participants in illuminating, capturing and reflecting the Black experience, this by soliciting your input on the stories we're working to tell.

Who can comment?

Anyone. If you are reading these words, you can post a comment.

Can I only comment about News & Notes?

Comments should be on topic for each particular blog posting.

Do you have rules about what can or cannot be said in the comments?

Absolutely. Please see our discussion guidelines for comments.

I've posted a comment and it was removed?

Uh-oh! Maybe you should take a look at those discussion guidelines again.

What if I have a question or comment for the show that's on the air right now, or that's unrelated to any topic now on the blog?

You have a number of options: You can leave us a voicemail at 1-800-989-TALK (8255), leave comment here on News & Views, or you can use the Contact Us form to send us an email.

Who writes the blog?

Like its radio companion, News & Views is a team effort. All News & Notes staff are News & Views bloggers, each staffer contributing under the direction of Executive Producer Nicole Childers. We will also have guest bloggers from time to time.

How do I know which posts are written by Farai Chideya?

Some of the posts are Farai's. You'll see her name in italics under the post if she's the author.

How often do you post new entries to the blog?

We post at least once a day, Monday through Friday.

What if I want to email the show privately?

The best way to e-mail the show is to use the Contact Us Privately form. You can use it to give us general input, ask us questions that don't pertain to specific posts, and offer comments that you'd rather keep off the blog itself.

Will blog comments be read on the air?

It's possible — all public comments are fair game. If you'd like your comment to be kept private, send it to us via the Contact Us Privately form and specify it's not for air.

Can I link to your blog?


Will you link to my blog?

Probably not, unless your blog is directly related to something we're doing on the show.

Will you add me to the News & Views blogroll?

Our love is not for sale nor is it given away easily. Like any blogroll, News & Views' list of favorite blogs will grow in fits and starts in accordance with a top secret and highly complex selection process.

That said, though, down the line we will be adding community features that will allow News & Views to better reflect the breadth and depth of our online audience. Keep an eye out for these opportunities to list your blog or website.

Do I need to sign up to be eligible to post comments?

Not at the moment, but that may change someday as we add new community features to the website.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Over the past couple of years, I have enjoyed listening to News and Notes. When I couldn't catch them on radio, I would download the Podcasts of the Roundtable. In the last week or so, it seems that there is no more Roundtable which is really the part of the show I think is most worth listening to. Have you abandoned the Roundtable? This would be very disappointing. A while back, I was also disappointed when Ed Gordon was dropped as the host. Now without a Roundtable, I'd find it hard to even want to listen to the program.

Sent by Carlton Rice | 8:19 AM | 5-8-2007

what about tags for each post.

Sent by dig | 7:36 PM | 5-11-2007

Normally, I'm not in the majority, but I will have to agree with most of the listeners, who have posted their comments, here. News and Notes, without the Round Table segment, is about to lose another, once die-hard listeners. It also seems like the recent topics (during the last month or so) are so homogenized. I mean, when Ed Gordon was the Host of the Program, I really felt that the show made an effort to speak to my concerns, as an African-American. However, now the topics appear to be extremely fringed and peripheral -- not really addressing the concerns of African-American, but more the concerns of a more transient African-American community and philosophy. Also, there has been an awful lot of air time devoted to homosexuals and the lifestyle and cultural interested shared by the Gay community. Enough please!

Sent by Sebastian | 1:56 PM | 5-25-2007

I'm with the rest: where's the Round Table?

Sent by Aisha | 5:52 PM | 7-19-2007

Dear Farai,
I listened to your piece about blacks and swimming and was a little disappointed that you accepted the reasons that blacks don't swim without challenge. It is less fear than opportunity for young blacks. My daughters 3 and 8 took swim lessons early and love the water. Goldsboro, NC recently hosted the Annual Black Heritage Swim Meet and had black swimmers from swim clubs across the US. Maryland alone had 104 swimmers there representing 8 clubs. These kids are competing and excelling.

I never learned to swim until I was eighteen while in college. My parents at the time thought that swimming was something you picked up from being around water rather than from lessons. Most public pools where the majority of the minority kids swim don't have swim teams. These teams, even the black ones, tend to be at private pools with fee requirements. From watching my daughters ,I know that African-American kids can excel in anything if given the exposure and correct instruction.
Your topics are right on point. Keep talking and I will keep listening.

Sent by Jason | 9:06 PM | 8-13-2007

Does anyone know the title of the songs that were played throughout the interview with Aretha Franklin?

Sent by Ro | 3:24 PM | 8-26-2007

I was just listening to the Podcast of the show and the song of the day was Nancy Wilson's How Glad I Am? I too have a life long relationship with not just that song but with the album that it comes from. As a small child I loved the album so much my mother gave me her copy to play on my Show and Tell and bought her self a fresh copy. I played that album until it was worn out. Nancy's orange dress and the turquoise background just looked so worldly to this little boy in Mobile, Al. I remember later hearing Barbra Streisand sing "People" and thinking why is she singing Nancy's song. But the song "How Glad I Am," which I am listening to right now, will always be my favorite.

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Sent by wow gold | 1:25 AM | 3-20-2008

Seems to me that we cannot be pleased. TV is integrated quite a bit. All my kids shows have color and more than half the lead characters are black or latino. Stop whining!!!

Sent by Jess in Alabama | 7:51 PM | 7-4-2008

Please tell me the name of the "Flat Iron" that Michelle Obama's hairdresser uses. It was mentioned on The View. I think the date was July 18,2008. I really would appreciate this info. Thanks.

Sent by Clara Hardy | 9:08 PM | 8-29-2008