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For immediate release
Aug. 4, 2004
Jen Pearl, 202-513-2310
Jenny Lawhorn, 202-513-2754

Driveway Moments 2: A New CD of Must-Hear Stories from NPR

WASHINGTON, DC - What's a Driveway Moment? Maybe it's happened to you as it has to countless others. You're driving home, listening to a story on NPR. Suddenly, you find yourself at your final destination - be it home, work or the parking lot of a grocery store. Rather than turn off the radio, you stay in your car to hear the piece to the end. It's a driveway moment.

NPR has compiled a new two-CD set of just some of the many favorite NPR stories, or Driveway Moments, submitted by public radio listeners to the "Driveway Moments" section of Driveway Moments 2 features over 100 minutes of NPR favorites, including a heartwarming encounter with a 94-year-old flight instructor ("Miss Evelyn"); a moving story about parents struggling with the impending death of their two-year-old child ("Losing Adam"); a profile of a teenage boy's constant battle with his weight and self-esteem ("My Struggle with Obesity") and a funny account of misunderstood song lyrics ("Misunderstood Song Lyrics").

Driveway Moments 2 will be released on August 17, 2004, and is the second set of compilation CDs in the series. Both CD sets are available from the NPR Shop ( or 888-NPR-DISC).

Stories on Driveway Moments 2:

CD 1:

Seltzer Man
A day in the life of one of New York City's few remaining seltzer deliverymen, Walter Backerman. Walter is the third generation of seltzer men in his family. The tradition started with Walter's grandfather who began his career in 1919. (All Things Considered, January 23, 2002)

Caring for War's Fatalities
NPR's Michele Norris tours Dover Air Force Base, which is a final stop for some soldiers. This story explores how fallen soldiers are brought home, cared for and treated with honor and dignity. (All Things Considered, April 17, 2003)

Miss Evelyn: Flight Instructor
NPR's Scott Simon takes flight with 94-year-old flight instructor, Miss Evelyn, who has logged more flight hours than any other living person. (Weekend Edition Saturday, December 13, 2003)

Death of a Child: Losing Adam
A moving story about parents and hospice staff who struggle with the impending death of two-year-old Adam, a child born with a fatal genetic disease. (All Things Considered, January 6, 2004)

Love of Insects
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Professor of Chemical Ecology at Cornell University, Thomas Eisner, about his life's work with insects. (All Things Considered, November 18, 2003)

CD 2:

Cows That Type
Daniel Pinkwater joins NPR's Scott Simon for a playful and dramatic reading of a children's story of barnyard animals carrying out collective bargaining. (Weekend Edition Saturday, January 15, 2000)

Doctors' Stories
Dr. Danielle Ofri of New York City's Bellevue Hospital takes listeners on the rounds, where she reminds us that humanity is still alive and well. (All Things Considered, July 15, 2003)

Not to Be a Minister
Commentator John Green talks about the dilemma of asking for forgiveness in a violent world. (All Things Considered, January 20, 2004)

Estella's Hats
Easter is a very busy time indeed for hat maker Estella Wheeler, who says, "When the hat is doing the talking, guess what? All you got to do is do the walking." (All Things Considered, April 9, 2004)

Radio Rookies: My Struggle with Obesity
An almost 400-pound teenager, Samr "Rocky" Tayeh, talks about the futility of trying to change his addiction to food. (All Things Considered, December 29, 2003)

NPR Classic: Misunderstood Song Lyrics
A hilarious look at some of the more misunderstood song lyrics. (First heard on All Things Considered, March 25, 1987)

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