NPR Corrections

NPR corrects significant errors in broadcast and online reports. Corrections of errors will be made in audio archives, written transcripts and on the website. To report an error, please use our corrections form.

All Things Considered

DREAMer Reacts To Trump's Decision To End DACA Program

Corrected on September 6, 2017

In this report, USCIS is referred to as U.S. Customs and Immigration Service. In fact, the agency is the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

All Things Considered

Former Residents Picnic At Colorado Superfund Site

Corrected on September 6, 2017

In the audio, as in a previous Web version, Marie Curie is referred to as a famed French chemist. While Curie was a French citizen, she was born in what is now Poland and according to the Nobel Prize committee "never lost her sense of Polish identity."

All Things Considered

Loss Piles Up Deep As Wyoming Snow Drifts In 'Wind River'

Corrected on September 4, 2017

A previous Web version of this review said Gil Birmingham and Tantoo Cardinal play a girl's parents. Birmingham portrays her father but Cardinal's character is not the mother.

All Things Considered

After Arpaio, 4 Answers To Questions About How Pardons Are Supposed To Work

Corrected on August 30, 2017

A previous Web version of this story incorrectly stated that a pardon wipes clean a person's criminal record. In fact, the Justice Department said that to erase the record entirely requires another judicial step, called expungement.

All Things Considered

Trump Administration Lifts Limits On Military Hardware For Police

Corrected on August 28, 2017

The radio version of this story incorrectly reports that police departments again will be able to purchase surplus military equipment. The military transfers the hardware to the departments.

All Things Considered

'Smart' Pill Bottles Aren't Always Enough To Help The Medicine Go Down

Corrected on August 23, 2017

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the AdhereTech "smart" bottle glows red if a patient has missed a dose. As AdhereTech CEO Josh Stein tells NPR, the bottle does not do that.

With respect to the distribution of AdhereTech's bottles, Stein says they are being widely distributed and marketed, mostly in the U.S., but also in countries on three other continents.

With respect to the cost of AdhereTech's bottles, AdhereTech sells them to pharmacies, hospitals and other health care providers, who also get access to real-time information about the bottles' usage. The costs vary depending on the services that customers purchase, Stein says. The bottles are not sold directly to consumers. As to their cost, an analogy was earlier made to cellphone prices and service contracts. The analogy was meant to refer to the structure of contracts, not to the actual prices of AdHere's products and services, which Stein says are far less than those for cellphones and related services.

The data that Stein cites showing AdhereTech's bottles improved patients' adherence to their medication regimen by an average 24 percent are based, he says, on information from "multiple thousands" of bottle users with different types of diseases or conditions, from different clients.

In the audio version of this report, a large-scale evaluation of different bottle technology is cited. To be clear, that evaluation did not include tests of AdhereTech's bottles.

All Things Considered

ICE Has Arrested More Than 400 In Operation Targeting Parents Who Pay Smugglers

Corrected on August 22, 2017

In the audio version of this story it's said that all 400-plus arrested were sponsors of unaccompanied children. Immigration and Customs Enforcement clarifies that the arrests included both sponsors and collateral arrests — other unauthorized immigrants encountered during the course of the operation.

All Things Considered

Russian Cyberattack Targeted Elections Vendor Tied To Voting Day Disruptions

Corrected on August 11, 2017

In the audio of this story, as well as an earlier Web version, we report that Susan Greenhalgh "knew that in September, the FBI had warned Florida election officials that Russians had tried to hack one of their vendor's computers." Greenhalgh's information was based on several news reports last fall and a discussion she had with one of the local election officials who participated in the call with the FBI. A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of State, which manages elections in the state, says there was "an informational call with the FBI ... where they alerted officials for the need to maintain security measures, but there was no indication of a Florida-specific issue."

All Things Considered

Vice President Pence Reassures Allies In Eastern Europe

Corrected on August 3, 2017

In this report, Montenegro is included among countries said to have been within the Soviet sphere of influence during the Cold War. It was not. As part of Yugoslavia, Montenegro was outside the Soviet sphere.

All Things Considered

What's Behind The Success Of 'Despacito'?

Corrected on August 2, 2017

In an earlier version of this Web story, Rocio Guerrero was mistakenly referred to as "he." Guerrero is a woman.

All Things Considered

Life In Yemen's Taiz: A City Under Siege

Corrected on July 28, 2017

During this conversation, we say Yemen shares a border with only one other country, Saudi Arabia. In fact, Yemen also borders Oman.

All Things Considered

Trump Says Transgender People Will Be Banned From Military

Corrected on July 27, 2017

Estimates about the number of transgender people in the military range from 2,000 people to more than 15,000, depending on the study. The numbers cited in this story are from one Rand Corp. paper about transgender troops and reflect the high end of its estimated range of more than 6,000 people on active duty.

All Things Considered

After Assault, Some Campuses Focus On Healing Over Punishment

Corrected on July 27, 2017

This story refers to Emma Sulkowicz as a survivor of sexual assault, as she considers herself to be. The accused in her case was found not responsible by a campus adjudication process.

All Things Considered

After Supreme Court Decision, People Race To Trademark Racially Offensive Words

Corrected on July 27, 2017

In this report, we say that a few days after Curtis Bordenave filed an application to register "Nigga" as a trademark, Steve Maynard's Snowflake Enterprises LLC applied to do the same thing. In fact, Bordenave's first application to trademark the word was filed on June 19, 2017, the day of the Supreme Court decision. Later that same day, Maynard's Snowflake Enterprises filed an application. Bordenave filed a second application to register "Nigga" on June 19. Then on June 27, Maynard's Snowflake Enterprises filed two more applications to register the word.

All Things Considered

With New Security Measures, Tensions Remain High In Jerusalem's Old City

Corrected on July 23, 2017

An earlier version of the teaser said an attack at a Jerusalem holy site left six Palestinians and Israelis dead, leading Israel to install metal detectors. In fact, three attackers killed two Israeli police officers before being shot and killed by Israeli forces in that July 14 incident.

All Things Considered

The Week In Politics: Spicer Is Out; Scaramucci Is In

Corrected on July 23, 2017

We mistakenly say that Jared Kushner is scheduled to speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. In fact, he is set to talk to the Senate Intelligence Committee that day.

All Things Considered

Trump Administration Moves To Defund Teen Pregnancy Research Programs

Corrected on July 19, 2017

In the introduction to this story, the Reveal podcast and radio program is said to be from the Center for Investigative Reporting. In fact, Reveal is a co-production of the center and Public Radio Exchange.

Previously posted July 18: In this report, we mistakenly refer to Valerie Huber as an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. In fact, she is chief of staff at the department's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

All Things Considered

Students Compete In First-Ever International High School Robotics Competition

Corrected on July 18, 2017

In the audio, our introduction to this piece describes this event as "the first-ever international robotics competition." We should have been more specific. Organizers say this event is the first global robotics competition specifically for high school students. There have been other robotics competitions with teams from multiple countries.

All Things Considered

'Doctor Who' Is A Woman: Jodie Whittaker Chosen To Play Lead In British Sci-Fi Series

Corrected on July 17, 2017

An earlier web introduction to this story incorrectly said Jodie Whittaker would be the 13th actor to play Doctor Who. She'll be portraying the 13th incarnation of the character.

Update July 18, 2017: And an earlier version of this correction left one "t" out of Jodie Whittaker's last name.

All Things Considered

This 10-Pound Keyboard From The 1980s Is Making A Comeback

Corrected on July 17, 2017

An earlier Web version of this story incorrectly said the original keyboards would have cost around $1,700 in today's market. The inflation-adjusted cost was around $600.

All Things Considered

Residents Of East Austin, Once A Bustling Black Enclave, Make A Suburban Exodus

Corrected on July 17, 2017

In this report, professor Eric Tang says a store once called the Hillside Pharmacy is now a restaurant called Hillside Farmacy. In fact, while the business that was there before was known to local residents as the Hillside pharmacy, its name was Hillside Drugstore.

All Things Considered

All Hail The Presidential Also-Rans

Corrected on July 15, 2017

A previous version of this story incorrectly gave Thomas Dewey's last name as Dewer.

All Things Considered

Fort Drum Shooting Raises Questions About Army Recruitment Process

Corrected on July 14, 2017

In this report, it's said that short of a murder conviction, recruiters will consider people who have criminal records. It's more accurate to say that at this time, recruiters are rarely considering people with felony arrests or convictions on their records.

All Things Considered

American Cruise Companies Stand To Benefit From U.S. Changes To Cuba Policy

Corrected on July 11, 2017

This report says that the Trump administration's new Cuba policy largely ends individual travel. Government regulations won't be published until later this summer, but it is expected that individual travel will still be allowed for educational credit and other purposes outlined in 11 categories by the Treasury Department.

All Things Considered

Decision Due On Whether To Lift Sanctions On Sudan

Corrected on July 11, 2017

A previous headline stated that the Trump administration will lift sanctions imposed on Sudan. The headline has been corrected because a final decision has not yet been made.

All Things Considered

Are All Soaps Created Equal?

Corrected on July 11, 2017

A previous version of this report said the CBC's studio is in Colona, British Columbia. That was a misspelling of the city's name. It is Kelowna.

All Things Considered

The Investor Who Took On Uber, And Silicon Valley

Corrected on June 16, 2017

A previous version of this story said that Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor became a couple after his first marriage fell apart, and that he had a son. In fact, it was after his second marriage fell apart, and he had a son and a daughter.

All Things Considered

The Dallas Street Choir Makes Historic Carnegie Hall Debut

Corrected on June 15, 2017

In the audio, as in an earlier Web version of this story, the opera by composer Jake Heggie that was being performed at the Winspear Opera House is reported to have been Moby Dick. In fact, it was Heggie's opera Great Scott.

All Things Considered

Democratic Lawmakers Say Trump Is Violating The Constitution

Corrected on June 14, 2017

An earlier version of this broadcast story said the lawsuit grew out of research by the Congressional Accountability Council. The organization is the Constitutional Accountability Council.

All Things Considered

Russia Investigation Elevates Jared Kushner's Previously Low Profile

Corrected on June 5, 2017

This story states that Jared Kushner "pushed" his father-in-law — President Trump — to fire FBI Director James Comey. In fact, Kushner supported the firing but did not push for it, according to a person familiar with the situation.

All Things Considered

House Poised To Roll Back Dodd-Frank Financial Reform

Corrected on June 2, 2017

This piece originally stated that the Financial CHOICE Act would eliminate caps on fees that retailers are charged for debit card transactions, but lawmakers have removed that provision from the original bill.

All Things Considered

Sponsors Back Out Of NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade Over Honoree

Corrected on May 26, 2017

During this conversation, it was incorrectly said that FALN (Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional) means "national forces for national liberation." In fact, it means "armed forces of national liberation."

All Things Considered

How Policing Has Changed For 3 Generations Of Black Police Officers

Corrected on May 26, 2017

A caption in a previous version of this story incorrectly identified members of the White family. They are pictured from left to right: Clarence Sr., Clarence Jr., Rodney Sr., Keith, LeEtta, Rodney Jr., Christopher and Thomas White. In addition, Christopher White's name was misspelled in the same caption.

All Things Considered

A Lesser-Known Venus Visits The U.S. In New Botticelli Exhibit

Corrected on May 18, 2017

In this story, David Mirkin incorrectly identifies the shell that Venus is riding as a clamshell. It's actually a scallop shell. We make the same mistake in the audio and had also said the same thing in a previous Web version. Please listen to our on-air correction for more on mollusks.

All Things Considered

Fact-Checking Republicans' Defense Of The GOP Health Bill

Corrected on May 11, 2017

An earlier version of this story said that under the GOP bill, once people leave the Medicaid rolls they would not be able to return, even if their income declines. In actuality, the bill does not bar their return, but they would probably lose that option because states would receive less funding for Medicaid when people leave the rolls.

All Things Considered

Affordable Housing Program Costs More, Shelters Fewer

Corrected on May 9, 2017

In a previous version of this story, Gonzalo DeRamon's first name was misspelled as Gonzales. Additionally, we said there was no public accounting of the LIHTC program's costs. In fact there is some, although it is minimal. Also, we clarified that the Texas lawsuit, filed by Mike Daniels, wasn't filed in 2015; the case reached the Supreme Court in that year.

All Things Considered

When Elmo And Big Bird Talk To Refugees

Corrected on May 5, 2017

A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the Arab Network for Early Childhood Development as the Arab Childhood Network for Early Education. Additionally, we previously gave Sherrie Westin an incomplete title. She is the executive vice president, not vice president, for global impact and philanthropy.

All Things Considered

Elite Prep Schools Experiment With 'All-Gender' Dorms

Corrected on May 4, 2017

In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, we incorrectly refer to Kirtland House as Kirkland House.

Previously posted on May 3: In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, we incorrectly refer to Phillips Academy Andover as Phillips Andover Academy.

All Things Considered

In 'The Circle', What We Give Up When We Share Ourselves

Corrected on May 3, 2017

In the audio of this report, as in a previous Web version, we mistakenly attribute the first use of the term "surveillance capitalism" to Dave Eggers. In fact, the term was coined by Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff in an article published in 2015.

Previously posted on April 29: A previous Web version of this story misidentified the name of the protagonist, using two different versions of her name. The character portrayed by Emma Watson is named Mae, not May.

All Things Considered

In Israel, Muslims Hold 'American Idol'-Style Call-To-Prayer Contest

Corrected on April 17, 2017

The bills under consideration in the Israeli parliament would ban calls to prayer amplified by loudspeakers before 7 a.m. and regulate when calls to prayer may be amplified by loudspeakers at other times, but would not prohibit calls to prayer made without the use of loudspeakers.

All Things Considered

We Asked People What They Know About Taxes. See If You Know The Answers

Corrected on April 17, 2017

A previous version of this story included a true/false question about taxes paid by the richest Americans. The question could be interpreted in different ways — read one way, it's true and one way it's false — and the story now reflects that.

All Things Considered

Eels May Use 'Magnetic Maps' As They Slither Across The Ocean

Corrected on April 13, 2017

Earlier broadcast and Web versions of this story said eel eggs had never been collected in the wild. University of Tokyo researchers first collected Japanese eel eggs in the wild for a study from 2005 to 2009.

All Things Considered

New York Approves Reforms To Keep Juvenile Offenders Out Of Adult Prisons

Corrected on April 12, 2017

In this report, we say New York and North Carolina are the only states that prosecute 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. While they are the only states that regularly route 16-year-olds into adult courts and prisons, a total of seven states still try 17-year-olds as adults and in some cases imprison them with adult inmates. Other states try teenagers as adults only in cases involving extreme violence or other aggravating circumstances.

All Things Considered

Tracing Gun Violence Through 3 Generations Of A Family

Corrected on April 12, 2017

In an earlier version of this story, a photograph of Luis Gonzalez was incorrectly credited to Rowan Moore Gerety. The photo was taken by Lena Jackson.

All Things Considered

Catholics Build 'Intentional' Community Of Like-Minded Believers

Corrected on April 11, 2017

In an earlier Web version of this story, we said conservative Catholics split their votes about evenly between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In fact, many non-Trump voters chose third-party candidates, not Clinton.

All Things Considered

How Diabetes Got To Be The No. 1 Killer In Mexico

Corrected on April 4, 2017

An earlier Web version of this story misspelled the name of Mexico city's Lagunilla market as Languilla and misspelled quinceañera.

All Things Considered

Candy-Makers Face Pressure For Lobbying The Trump Administration

Corrected on March 31, 2017

During this conversation, Washington Post reporter Amy Brittain says there are regulations in some states that prohibit the use of SNAP program benefits to purchase candy. In fact, while such regulations have been proposed, they have not been put in place.

All Things Considered

Deportation Fears Prompt Immigrants To Cancel Food Stamps

Corrected on March 29, 2017

In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, we mischaracterize the draft executive order that leaked from the White House. The order proposes new limits on the use of public benefits, not by people seeking citizenship, but by people seeking admission into the U.S. and lawful residency.

All Things Considered

GAO Agrees To Review Costs Of Trump's Trips To Mar-A-Lago

Corrected on March 29, 2017

In the audio of this story, the Government Accountability Office is mistakenly called the Government Office of Accountability. In a previous Web version, the GAO was misidentified as the General Accountability Office.

All Things Considered

Older Workers Find Age Discrimination Built Right Into Some Job Websites

Corrected on March 29, 2017

An earlier web version of this story mistakenly indicated that the case that spurred the Illinois attorney general to action involved Monster.com. The case involved ItsMyCareer.com, which dropped its resume-building feature.

All Things Considered

Financial Woes Place Future Of Sears In Doubt

Corrected on March 27, 2017

In this story, we state that the CEO of Sears Holdings said he has serious doubts the company will survive. While we note that this assessment came from the company in its annual report, we incorrectly attribute the statement to the CEO. We should also note that the annual report detailed steps the company is taking to mitigate the risks.

All Things Considered

Tomb Of Jesus Is Restored In Jerusalem

Corrected on March 21, 2017

A previous version of this story misspelled Antonia Moropoulou's last name as Moropolou.

All Things Considered

Judge Gorsuch's Writings Signal He Would Be A Conservative On Social Issues

Corrected on March 20, 2017

In the audio version of this story, we mistakenly report that Mark Rienzi says the notion of complicity is more important than the rights of employees to have health insurance. Rienzi did not say that. Rienzi does believe there are other ways women can get health coverage for birth control outside of their employer's health plans.

All Things Considered

Live-Action 'Beauty And The Beast ' Revisits A Tale As Old As Time

Corrected on March 17, 2017

Bob Mondello says:

"In describing how the first song in the new Beauty and the Beast differs from the animated version, I made a factual error.

"I played a brief bit of dialogue in which Belle encounters a man on the street — Monsieur Jean — who thinks he has lost something, but can't remember what. And then I said, 'That bit's new, and while it's not important [because] this forgetful guy never reappears, it is helpful[.]'

"That's just wrong. Turns out, I'm the forgetful one. Not only does Monsieur Jean reappear, but his being forgetful in this new bit of dialogue is actually setting up a plot thread that is important. It's part of the 'lots of back story' that I later praise the filmmakers for having concocted.

"It's hard to say more without spoilers, and reviewers aren't supposed to say spoilers. We're also not supposed to say things that would cause millions of 6-year-olds to shout at their radios, 'Nooooo, Silly! That's _________.'

"See? No spoilers. At least I got that part right."

All Things Considered

Planned Parenthood Would Lose Millions In Payments Under GOP Health Plan

Corrected on March 14, 2017

A previous Web version of this story incorrectly referred to the American Health Care Act as the American Health Insurance Act. Additionally, that version referred to a CBO report estimate that the federal government would reduce its payments for reproductive care to Planned Parenthood by $178 million in 2017 under the proposed bill. According to a Planned Parenthood spokesperson, the organization stands to lose about $400 million in Medicaid reimbursements per year, and the CBO estimate did not fully reflect those reimbursements.

We also previously said in the Web version that the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates was involved in lobbying activities. That organization primarily gives legal advice and other support to faith-based pregnancy centers.

All Things Considered

How Do Americans Feel About The Courts? Let Hollywood Be The Judge

Corrected on March 8, 2017

A previous Web version of this story incorrectly quoted Groucho Marx in Duck Soup as saying "12 years at Leavenworth, or 11 years at Twelveworth." The correct line is: "10 years in Leavenworth or 11 years in Twelveworth."

All Things Considered

New FCC Chairman Moves Quickly To Reverse Obama Policies

Corrected on March 8, 2017

This story says the FCC, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, has dropped efforts to cap rates for prison calls. To clarify: While it is not defending that rate cap for in-state prison calls, it continues to support them for calls between states.

All Things Considered

For Barcelona, Tourism Boom Comes At High Cost

Corrected on March 6, 2017

An earlier Web version of this story said Barcelona Deputy Mayor Janet Sanz estimates there are 10 million licensed, short-term rental flats in the city and about 7 million illegal ones. The correct figures are 10,000 licensed, short-term rental flats and 7,000 illegal ones.

All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Trump's Speech At CPAC, Race For DNC Chair

Corrected on February 27, 2017

David Brooks notes that some CPAC attendees were waving Russian flags. That did happen. But it should not be inferred that those people were expressing support for Russia or its president, Vladimir Putin. The flags were distributed by political pranksters, and many were confiscated by CPAC staff.

All Things Considered

Landowners Likely To Bring More Lawsuits As Trump Moves On Border Wall

Corrected on February 24, 2017

In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, we incorrectly say Eloisa Tamez is a professor at the University of Texas, Brownsville. She is actually at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley.

All Things Considered

Rollout Of Chevy Bolt May Mark Turning Point For Electric Car Market

Corrected on February 14, 2017

In the radio version of this story, we describe the Chevy Volt as a plug-in hybrid car that can run on gas when the battery is empty. To be more precise, when the battery is low on electric charge, the Volt switches to a gas-powered generator for the battery.

All Things Considered

Attention Must Be Paid To What 'The Salesman' Is Selling

Corrected on January 31, 2017

The scene depicted in the photograph is from the movie The Salesman. A previous caption incorrectly referred to a different Asghar Farhadi movie, A Separation.

All Things Considered

Deferred Action: A Bird In Hand For Young Immigrants

Corrected on January 19, 2017

In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, we incorrectly describe the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as resulting from an executive order. It was actually created through executive action.

All Things Considered

Some North Carolinians Expect A Struggle Under Trump Administration

Corrected on January 17, 2017

In this story, we say Donald Trump received 85 percent of the vote in North Carolina's Yadkin County. That was a preliminary estimate. In fact, Trump received 78.8 percent of the vote in Yadkin County, which was a tie with Graham County for the highest vote percentage in the state.

All Things Considered

How A Grieving Father Created The Model For Anti-Terror Lawsuits

Corrected on January 13, 2017

A previous version of the transcript included a typographical error. Iran did not make a down payment for weapons of about $400 billion. The down payment was about $400 million. The figure is correct in the audio.

All Things Considered

When Tech Workers Arrive On Visa, What About Their Spouses?

Corrected on January 6, 2017

A previous caption incorrectly named the organization Child Rights and You as Children's Rights and You. It also incorrectly described CRY as an Indian organization. While CRY does conduct child development projects in India, it also does the same in the U.S. and is based in Braintree, Mass.