NPR's New Blog Is 'A Matter Of Fact'

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We want to let you know about a new NPR blog. "As A Matter of Fact" is by and for the audio-loving, fact-finding, truth-seeking, news-addicted librarians of the world. Of course, you don't need to be a librarian to read it.

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In a bad economy more and more people choose the free books and Internet services of a library instead of going to a bookstore. Yet stressed state budgets are bringing severe cuts to libraries. First we want to let you know about a NPR blog. It's called "As A Matter Of Fact." You can find it by going to npr.org/library.

"As A Matter Of Fact" is by and for audio-loving, fact-finding, truth-seeking, news-addicted librarians. Of course you don't have to be a librarian to read it. Here's one surprising commentary on the blog from someone whose voice you might recognize.

President BARACK OBAMA: The violence and despair of the inner city are real; so is the problem of street crime. The longer we allow these problems to fester, the easier it becomes for white America to see all blacks as menacing, and for black America to see all whites as racist.

SIMON: That's President Barack Obama when he was a young lawyer back in 1994. He was commenting on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED about Charles Murray's book, "The Bell Curve."

Other posts on "As A Matter Of Fact" include one by NPR librarian Mary Glendinning; it's called "Track This"; that's a fact-laden multimedia tracker that offers a different way of looking at the events and actions of the new administration in its first 100 days.

We invite you to see it all at NPR.org/library.

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