February 13, 2007
Leah Yoon, NPR


Public Radio Podcast Directory Now Features 390 Titles
From NPR and Stations; More Than 80 Million Downloads to Date

Washington, D.C.; February 12, 2007 – NPR has launched the fifth stage of its popular podcasting activities in partnership with NPR Member stations around the country, and the 390-title directory includes such new highlights as the full program podcast of the award-winning interview show, Fresh Air from WHYY Philadelphia; the first video podcast Morning Becomes Eclectic from KCRW Santa Monica; a podcast from blogger and Day to Day contributor Xeni Jardin and Car Talk Call of the Week.

This new phase also features an enhanced listening experience for music-category podcasts, which move from 64K mono to 128 stereo. Among the podcasts offering this new level of listening are NPR’s All Songs Considered, World Café Words and Music from WXPN Philadelphia and Radio without Borders, KUT Austin.

To date, NPR and public radio podcasts have been downloaded more than 80 million times.

Among the new free offerings (www.NPR.org/podcast/) are:

The full program podcast of Fresh Air, the Peabody Award-winning interview show hosted by Terry Gross from WHYY Philadelphia. This marks the second full program podcast from NPR; Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! made its podcasting premiere in February 2006. The 10 most current episodes of Fresh Air will be available through the NPR podcast feed at 10:30PM (ET) Monday through Friday. Archive episodes will continue to be available through Fresh Air’s partnership with the Audible.com subscription service.

The first NPR-served video podcast, from the influential music program Morning Becomes Eclectic produced by KCRW Santa Monica. The video podcast features a diverse music experience combining performances and interviews from host Nic Harcourt. KCRW now provides 24 podcasts to the NPR and public radio podcast partnership.

Car Talk Call of the Week – The best call from the latest episode of the hit public radio show…when hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers, find fun in engine failure.

NPR: Xeni Tech, an expansion of the on-air columns from Day to Day contributor, tech industry insider and BoingBoing! blogger Xeni Jardin. The podcast made its debut with a five-part series, "Guatemala: Unearthing the Future," which explores the role of technology in issues ranging from discovering remains of the dead to setting up basic engineering infrastructures for clean drinking water, sanitation and electricity in the country.

Other new titles in the partnership include 13 from Minnesota Public Broadcasting/American Public Media, as well as new station participants KBAQ Phoenix; KALW San Francisco; KPCC Los Angeles; WOSU Columbus, OH; WYSO Yellow Springs, OH, and Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

NPR began its podcasting activities, in collaboration with Member stations, on August 31, 2005 with Acura as sponsor. Since then, NPR has become the leading podcaster among media organizations and the public radio system’s titles consistently rank among the “most downloaded” on iTunes and other services.