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Day to Day

Remembering 1988, The Year Prozac Was Born

Corrected on 2009-01-06T13:06:04-05:00

The audio version of this story incorrectly said that 1968 was the year "man landed on the moon." The first moon landing actually took place on July 20, 1969.
Morning Edition

Banks Got Bailout; Are They Making More Loans?

Corrected on 2008-12-30T13:58:55-05:00

The audio for this story, and earlier Web versions, misidentified Wayne Abernathy, a senior official at the American Bankers Association, as Wayne Armstrong.
Talk of the Nation

More Evidence That Eggnog Goes Better With Booze

Corrected on 2010-12-09T00:00:00-05:00

The original Rebecca Lancefield recipe calls for 1 quart bourbon and 1 pint rum. Vince Fischetti modified the recipe (for taste) to 1 quart rum and 1 pint bourbon.
Morning Edition

Mumbai Attack Questions Still Unanswered

Corrected on 2008-12-18T11:21:32-05:00

Some versions of this story incorrectly said that the attack on the Indian Parliament took place in 1991. It actually happened in 2001.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Corrected on 2008-12-19T15:53:35-05:00

In a previous version of this recipe, the amount of canola oil required was incorrectly stated. The correct amount is 1/3 cup as stated below. We regret the error.
Morning Edition

UC Berkeley: The Stadium That Seat Licenses Built

Corrected on 2008-12-18T15:32:28-05:00

The story neglected to point out that the long-term seat licenses, which will range from $40,000 to $225,000, are being offered only for 3,000 of the 72,000 seats in the stadium. Prices for the vast majority of season-ticket holders will not change.
Morning Edition

'Falling For Science': Swinging Eggs In A Basket

Corrected on 2008-12-17T00:00:00-05:00

In some versions of this story, the introduction incorrectly identified an MIT professor as Shelly Turkle. Her name is Sherry Turkle.
Morning Edition

Panel Concerned Bailout Won't Fix Root Problem

Corrected on 2008-12-17T04:36:27-05:00

Some versions of this interview included an introduction that incorrectly said Las Vegas has the highest number of foreclosures in the country. It actually has the highest foreclosure rate.
Morning Edition


Corrected on 2009-01-13T01:00:04-05:00

In some versions of this interview, we incorrectly identified the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles as Phil Braman. His name is Norman Braman.
Weekend Edition Sunday

Pay Cuts? In Baseball?

Corrected on 2008-12-18T16:56:34-05:00

We incorrectly identified C.C. Sabathia as a relief pitcher. He is a starting pitcher.
Talk of the Nation

Political Junkie: Which State Is Most Corrupt?

Corrected on 2008-12-11T11:35:49-05:00

We said former New Jersey Gov. William Cahill was "convicted of a crime." Although Cahill's campaign manager, his appointed state treasurer and his appointed secretary of state were convicted of corruption charges, Cahill was never charged, let alone convicted, of any crimes.
All Things Considered

Greek Riots Rage For Fourth Day

Corrected on 2008-12-10T10:38:32-05:00

Earlier Web versions of this story misspelled John Psaropoulos.
Talk of the Nation

How Much Should You Get Paid To Build A Car?

Corrected on 2008-12-09T16:43:35-05:00

We said that a government bailout "would provide Ford, GM, and Chrysler with ... a package of loans somewhere in the ballpark of $15 billion." Ford says it is not seeking a short-term federal loan.
Morning Edition

Florida, Oklahoma To Play For Championship

Corrected on 2008-12-08T13:56:02-05:00

We mistakenly said that Texas will be playing Utah in the Fiesta Bowl. In fact, Texas will play Ohio State. Also, in some versions of this interview, we misidentified Oklahoma's quarterback as Chad Bradford. His name is Sam Bradford.

'Cadillac Records,' Staying True To The Tunes

Corrected on 2009-06-19T11:15:40-04:00

An earlier version of this story gave the wrong title for the Chuck Berry song appropriated by the Beach Boys. It was "Sweet Little Sixteen" that was adapted into "Surfin' USA," not "Maybellene."
All Things Considered

Week In Sports Reviewed

Corrected on 2008-12-08T13:56:27-05:00

In some versions of this interview, we said N.Y. Giants player Plaxico Burress had shot himself with a "40-millimeter Glock." We should have said .40-caliber.
News & Notes

Roundtable: Auto Industry Pleas For Aid

Corrected on 2008-12-11T11:31:19-05:00

We mistakenly said that Bill Richardson had been nominated as secretary of state. In fact, he has been nominated to be commerce secretary.
All Things Considered

Mass. Health Care Reform Reveals Doctor Shortage

Corrected on 2008-12-01T16:43:39-05:00

In describing the shortage of primary care physicians, the audio and an earlier Web version of this story said, "[M]ost medical students are choosing specialty tracks, like surgery or pediatrics." In fact, pediatrics is a form of primary care.
All Things Considered

A History Of Museums, 'The Memory Of Mankind'

Corrected on 2009-07-31T14:12:07-04:00

Statements by Kevin Guilfoile Stephen Asma were drawn from NPR interviews done in 2006 and 2002, respectively. They should have been identified as such in the audio for this story. The text has been corrected to reflect the timing.
Morning Edition

Thanksgiving Treat: Special Cranberry Relish

Corrected on 2008-11-21T00:00:00-05:00

In some audio versions of this story, we failed to include the amount of sour cream -- 3/4 cup -- to be added.
Morning Edition

Underinsured Struggle To Afford Health Care

Corrected on 2008-11-20T18:32:56-05:00

In some versions of this story, we mistakenly said that a "G-tube" was used for "intravenous feeding." In fact, such a tube is used for delivering food directly into the stomach.
Day to Day

Imagining Clinton As Secretary Of State

Corrected on 2008-11-19T18:20:45-05:00

We incorrectly said, "If Clinton does indeed get and accept the appointment, that would make the third consecutive woman serving in that post." In fact, Colin Powell was secretary of state between Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice.
Morning Edition

Eric Holder Could Be Obama's Top Justice Pick

Corrected on 2008-11-19T15:12:19-05:00

In this interview, we said, "[Holder is] a supporter of the death penalty." In fact, in his confirmation hearing for the position of deputy attorney general, Holder said, "I am not a proponent of the death penalty, have stated that publicly on many occasions, but would not hesitate to enforce any law that this Congress has passed that has a death penalty provision."
Weekend Edition Sunday

How A-Bomb Testing Changed Our Trees

Corrected on 2008-11-18T00:00:00-05:00

We incorrectly described the process by which nuclear testing produced a spike of carbon-14 atoms in the atmosphere. We should have said, "Each atomic blast released a lot of neutrons into the atmosphere, many of which slammed into nitrogen atoms floating by, which turned those nitrogen atoms into carbon-14 atoms."
All Things Considered

Book Gives 'New York Times' Take On Historic Times

Corrected on 2008-11-18T18:24:13-05:00

In some versions of this story, we said, "[O]n Nov. 20, 1862, readers of 'The New York Times' found [Lincoln's Gettysburg] address." In fact, Lincoln gave the speech a year later -- on Nov. 19, 1863.

Obama's Win Brings Racist Remarks From Europe

Corrected on 2008-11-13T16:30:26-05:00

Earlier versions of this story incorrectly stated that Earl Butz served as secretary of agriculture under President Reagan. In fact, he served under Presidents Nixon and Ford.
Morning Edition

Like U.S. Firms, French Automaker Stalls

Corrected on 2008-11-14T11:39:09-05:00

The audio as well as an earlier Web version of this story incorrectly referred to the Le Mans "speedway." In fact, Le Mans is not run on a track but on a circuit of closed public roads.
Morning Edition

Gas Is Down, But Most Airfares Stay High

Corrected on 2008-11-13T08:00:04-05:00

We said, "UPS, and all shipping companies, have had fuel surcharges for years, and those charges jumped over the summer." The U.S. Postal Service has not imposed any sort of fuel surcharge.
Morning Edition

RNC, DNC: Who's In, Who Out?

Corrected on 2008-11-11T16:50:28-05:00

We called Missouri "a battleground state Obama didn't win this year." As of today, a winner has not yet been declared in Missouri.
Morning Edition

South African Singer Miriam Makeba Dies

Corrected on 2008-12-27T00:00:00-05:00

Miriam Makeba was in Europe when her South African passport was revoked, not "on tour in the U.S." as originally heard in the aired piece.
Morning Edition

Plants: The Fuel Of The Future?

Corrected on 2008-11-14T10:27:51-05:00

In an earlier Web version of this story, we described Miscanthus as being "commonly known as maiden grass." However, there are several species of Miscanthus, and not all are known this way.
Morning Edition

Investors Fear Dreaded Margin Call

Corrected on 2008-11-07T11:52:01-05:00

We incorrectly identified a professor of finance at Columbia Business School as George Jones. His name is actually Charles Jones.
All Things Considered

Democrats Make Major Gains In Congress

Corrected on 2008-11-06T11:58:15-05:00

In some versions of this story, we incorrectly said there would be 19 new Democratic members of the House. In fact, there will be 23 new Democrats. Four lost their races, so Democrats had a net gain of 19 seats.
Day to Day

TV Shows Linked To Teen Pregnancy

Corrected on 2008-11-10T10:55:35-05:00

In this story, we said that a RAND Corporation study indicated that teens who watch television with sexual content are more likely to become sexually active than those who do not watch such shows. That was an editorial error. The study showed that adolescents who have high levels of exposure to television programs that contain sexual content are twice as likely to be involved in a pregnancy over the following three years as their peers who watch few such shows.
Day to Day

Purged From The Voter Rolls In Colorado

Corrected on 2008-11-13T16:47:03-05:00

We incorrectly identified the director of Colorado Common Cause as Laura Flanigan. Her name is actually Jenny Rose Flanigan.
Talk of the Nation

What's Happening Where You Live?

Corrected on 2008-11-05T15:26:42-05:00

We incorrectly identified the titles of two books by author Mitch Albom as "Afternoons with Morrie" and "The Five People You Most Want to Meet in Heaven." They are actually called "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven."
Morning Edition

Politics Undercut Mortgages For Illegal Workers

Corrected on 2008-11-10T13:11:18-05:00

We incorrectly identified Tim Santos as head of the National Association of Real Estate Professionals. He is actually the president of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.
Weekend Edition Saturday

Polling: The Math Behind The Madness

Corrected on 2008-11-03T17:18:11-05:00

In this interview, we attributed the prediction that Dewey would defeat Truman in 1948 to the poll's reliance on the telephone, which slanted the sample toward wealthier people who owned phones. In fact, that problem occurred in 1936, when the "Literary Digest" surveyed people whose addresses were taken from phone books.
Weekend Edition Saturday

Growing Pains Come To Harlem

Corrected on 2008-11-10T10:56:03-05:00

We misidentified the curator of the exhibit "Evolution: The Changing Face of Harlem." Her name is Misha McGlown, not Misha McGowan.
Morning Edition

Movie-Reality Check: How Real Is 'Real,' Anyway?

Corrected on 2008-10-31T14:15:47-04:00

Some versions of this story incorrectly identified the actor who plays George W. Bush as James Brolin. In fact, the role is played by James Brolin's son, Josh Brolin. The text on this page has been corrected.
All Things Considered

'Inverted Jenny' Stamp On Auction Block

Corrected on 2008-10-28T20:18:58-04:00

Some versions of this story incorrectly described the "Inverted Jenny" as "a red and black stamp." It's actually red and blue.
Morning Edition

Sen. Stevens To Appeal Verdict As He Faces Voters

Corrected on 2008-10-28T13:47:11-04:00

In some audio versions of this story, we incorrectly said that Stevens' opponent in the Alaska Senate race was Anchorage Mayor Nick Begich. His name is actually Mark Begich.
All Things Considered

In Indiana, A Congressional Rematch

Corrected on 2008-10-27T11:52:55-04:00

We incorrectly described Baron Hill as "a local attorney" in southeastern Indiana. In fact, Hill has never been a lawyer.
Weekend Edition Sunday

Filling The Seat The New President Leaves Behind

Corrected on 2008-10-27T13:03:35-04:00

We incorrectly said that if Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens were to be convicted and resign from the Senate, someone could be appointed to fill his seat. In fact, the governor cannot appoint a replacement. A ballot measure in Alaska passed in 2004 requires the governor to call a special election 60 to 90 days after a vacancy occurs.
All Things Considered

Candidates Take A Swing Through The West

Corrected on 2008-10-27T11:50:11-04:00

In some versions of this story, we incorrectly described New Mexico as "the swing state next to Nevada." New Mexico and Nevada are not contiguous.
All Things Considered

Alphabet-Soup Cinema: A Letter-Perfect Watch List

Corrected on 2008-11-12T09:32:14-05:00

Some versions of this story incorrectly said Daniel Day-Lewis acted in the movie "The Scarlet Letter." The film actually starred Gary Oldman.
Morning Edition

NPR Poll: Obama Has 11-Point Lead In Swing States

Corrected on 2009-03-13T13:21:50-04:00

In some versions of this story, we incorrectly said that George W. Bush won the 15 battleground states by 15 percent in 2004. The correct figure is 4 percentage points.
Morning Edition

Steve Forbes: 'How Capitalism Will Save Us'

Corrected on 2008-10-23T11:18:15-04:00

In some versions of this interview, a quotation was incorrectly attributed to James Madison. It was Thomas Jefferson who said, "Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the forms of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question."
Morning Edition

University Uses 'Social Norming' To Curb Drinking

Corrected on 2008-11-20T15:32:40-05:00

We said, "[A]t the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, no student has died from intoxication or an accident linked to drinking since 1998." In fact, one student died in the Charlottesville area on March 10, 2002, after a traffic accident in which local police say both speed and alcohol were involved.
Morning Edition

Still No Power-Sharing Pact In Zimbabwe

Corrected on 2008-10-21T19:27:05-04:00

In some versions of this interview, we incorrectly said that Botswana had called for a recount. In fact, Botswana has called for new elections in Zimbabwe.
All Things Considered

A Tampa Bay Rays' Fan Revels In Win

Corrected on 2008-11-17T01:00:02-05:00

We incorrectly said that the Rays had "the best record in baseball"; actually, two other teams had better records. Also, in some versions of the interview, we said that Tropicana Field is in Tampa. It is actually in St. Petersburg.
Morning Edition

Udall Leads Polls in New Mexico's Senate Race

Corrected on 2008-12-18T16:53:05-05:00

The story inaccurately described Republican Congressman Steve Pearce as "against stem-cell research." In fact, his Web site says that he only opposes stem-cell research "that destroys human life, such as research on embryos."
Day to Day

The Best Foreign Books You've Never Heard Of

Corrected on 2008-10-27T18:13:28-04:00

The audio version of this story as well as the earlier Web version included a false statement by David Kipen that Imre Kertesz lost his book deal with a major American publisher because sales didn't meet expectations. In fact, the novelist chose to change publishing houses.
All Things Considered

Ahead Of Vote, A Tie In North Carolina

Corrected on 2008-10-16T12:30:52-04:00

We misidentified the communications director of Public Policy Polling. His name is Tom Jensen, not Tim Jensen.
Morning Edition

Listen While You Work: Who Does, And Why?

Corrected on 2008-10-10T16:06:29-04:00

We incorrectly said Steve Leiber was the writer of the graphic novel "Whiteout." He was actually the illustrator.
All Things Considered

Treasury Department Grapples With Options

Corrected on 2008-10-09T17:42:46-04:00

In some versions of this story, we misidentified Virginia Congressman James Moran as a Republican. He is a Democrat.
Tell Me More

Trial and Triumph: Stories Out Of Africa

Corrected on 2010-04-09T00:00:00-04:00

An earlier summary of this story that appeared online incorrectly identified the birthplace of Barack Obama. The audio correctly states that Obama's father was born in Kenya.
All Things Considered

High Court Hears Navy Sonar Case

Corrected on 2008-11-03T15:14:09-05:00

Earlier versions of the text of this story mistakenly identified Richard Kendall's role and the organization he represented. Kendall represented the Natural Resources Defense Council (not the National Resources Council) on the case.
Morning Edition

Obama Adviser Sees Presidential Race Opening

Corrected on 2008-10-08T16:24:26-04:00

We incorrectly referred to David Axelrod as campaign manager for Barack Obama. He is Obama's chief strategist.
Morning Edition

No Cold Medicine For Kids Under 4, New Labels Say

Corrected on 2008-10-08T11:58:39-04:00

Previous versions of this story on air and online failed to mention that honey should never be given to children younger than 12 months old.
All Things Considered

Despite Bailout, Credit Markets Tight

Corrected on 2008-10-08T10:34:18-04:00

In some versions of this interview, we incorrectly described LIBOR as the "London Interbank Overnight Rate." LIBOR actually stands for the London Interbank Offered Rate.
Morning Edition

Old Visitor Center Is New Battle Of Gettysburg

Corrected on 2008-10-08T10:40:12-04:00

We incorrectly said, "The cyclorama building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places." While it is eligible for the National Register, it is not actually listed.
Morning Edition

McCain: Obama Leaves Unanswered Questions

Corrected on 2008-10-07T14:47:54-04:00

In the story, we described William Ayers as "a member of the radical Weather Underground responsible for deadly bombings in the 1960s." In fact, no one was killed or injured in any of the bombings that the group claimed responsibility for, and most of their activities, including bombings, were conducted in the 1970s.
Morning Edition

At Polls In S.C., Don't Wear Politics On Your Sleeve

Corrected on 2008-10-08T12:54:55-04:00

Following this story, we gave an incorrect e-mail address for listeners to send their questions about voting laws. We should have said to go to and click on the words "Contact us."
Morning Edition

Nobel Prize In Medicine For Major Virus Discoveries

Corrected on 2008-10-08T13:46:52-04:00

In some versions of this interview, we said of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, "[T]his is really the first time that anybody has made a vaccine that demonstrably protects against cancer." In fact, it was the first vaccine designed to prevent cancer. For more than 25 years, the hepatitis B vaccine -- developed to prevent hepatitis -- has had the effect of protecting against liver cancer.
All Things Considered

Subdued Reaction To Simpson Conviction

Corrected on 2008-10-06T16:25:08-04:00

The story made reference to university students who only remembered "the Dancing Itos from 'Saturday Night Live.' " The Dancing Itos were actually on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
Weekend Edition Saturday

Weighing In On the VP Debate

Corrected on 2008-10-11T09:50:20-04:00

In this interview, we incorrectly said that after Dan Quayle's debate performance, "George W. Bush won [the] election." In fact, Quayle was the running mate for George H.W. Bush.
All Things Considered

Amid Financial Woes, Recession Talk Grows

Corrected on 2008-10-02T22:11:49-04:00

Some versions of this story incorrectly said Bill Heard Chevrolet was "Atlanta-based." It is actually based in Columbus, Ga.
All Things Considered

Pennsylvania County Considers Prejudices, Obama

Corrected on 2008-10-03T12:22:23-04:00

In some versions of this story, we said a "Time" magazine poll showed John McCain leading Barack Obama by 20 percentage points among white male voters in Pennsylvania. The poll actually referred to McCain's lead among white male voters nationwide.
Fresh Air

Jazz Omnivores: 'Dying Will Be Easy' (And Fun)

Corrected on 2009-07-21T10:13:27-04:00

The broadcast version of this review misidentified a distorted trombone played by Bryan Hooten and incorrectly cited the album's title. The audio on this page has been updated.
All Things Considered

Oregon Democrat: Bailout Bill A 'Fake Lease'

Corrected on 2008-09-30T15:17:59-04:00

In some versions of this interview, we said that 65 Democrats voted against the bill. In fact, 95 Democrats voted against it.
Day to Day

How Optimistic Should We Be About The Market?

Corrected on 2008-09-30T11:37:20-04:00

In some versions of this report, we said that Wachovia "went under" or "failed." In fact, Wachovia was acquired by Citigroup.
All Things Considered

Newman: A Fine Actor With Even Finer Eyes

Corrected on 2008-09-29T17:23:45-04:00

In some versions of this story, we incorrectly said that Paul Newman played Brick Pollitt in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway. Newman was only in the film version.
All Things Considered

Even-Keeled Obama Built Image On Bridging Divides

Corrected on 2008-10-16T16:11:07-04:00

The story incorrectly stated that Obama was the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review. He was actually the Law Review's first black president.
Morning Edition

Chinese Astronauts Prepare To Walk In Space

Corrected on 2008-09-24T13:01:40-04:00

Some versions of this story incorrectly said that the American flag was placed on the moon 40 years ago. The first moon landing was in 1969.
All Things Considered

Google, T-Mobile Unveil New Phone

Corrected on 2008-10-22T01:00:04-04:00

In some broadcasts, the opening to one of the hours of "All Things Considered" referred to the new Google phone as "Android." It is actually called the G1; Android refers to the cell phone software.
Day to Day

Credit Monitoring For Free, Thank You

Corrected on 2008-09-25T13:52:34-04:00

The interview should have made clear that the offer of free credit monitoring services expired the next day, Sept. 24, 2008.
Morning Edition

Bad Mortgages Taking Down Good Loans, Too

Corrected on 2008-10-09T10:46:42-04:00

The story said, "[L]ess than 3 percent of all American homes are in foreclosure." The figures given in the report refer specifically to homes with mortgages; the percentage would be lower if all homes were included.
Morning Edition

Reid: Congress Won't Rubber Stamp Bailout Plan

Corrected on 2008-10-09T10:46:41-04:00

In some versions of this story, we mistakenly identified Richard Shelby as the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. He is actually the ranking member on the Senate Banking Committee.
Morning Edition

'30 Rock' and 'Mad Men' Win Top Emmys

Corrected on 2008-09-22T13:38:32-04:00

Some versions of this story incorrectly referred to Heineken as a German beer. Heineken is produced in the Netherlands.
All Things Considered

Finance Students React To Market Turmoil

Corrected on 2008-09-23T12:16:38-04:00

Previous versions of this story incorrectly identified David Beim, who teaches finance at Columbia University in New York, as Daniel Beim.
All Things Considered

Joan Osborne: The 'Indomitable Spirit' Of NYC

Corrected on 2008-09-22T16:30:20-04:00

Previous versions of this story incorrectly referred to Jump, Little Children as a "Delaware band." The group actually was formed in Winston-Salem, N.C., and is now based in Charleston, S.C.
All Things Considered

Broadway Songs Teach A Wall Street Seminar

Corrected on 2008-09-23T14:01:17-04:00

In describing the plot of "The Rothschilds," the story referred to "Germany's Prince Metternich." Prince Metternich was an Austrian statesman and diplomat; Germany wasn't a nation until 1871.
Morning Edition

Listeners' Money Questions Answered

Corrected on 2008-09-25T18:09:24-04:00

In the interview, we answered a listener's question about whether his money was safe in a mutual fund at the brokerage Edward Jones by saying, "[T]hey are not FDIC-insured. ... no, your money is not safe in the sense that it's insured by the government." The answer referred to investment risk and the fact that mutual funds can decrease in value; if Edward Jones were to go bankrupt, the listener's account would in fact be safe because the company is insured through the Securities Investor Protection Corp.
Morning Edition

Anti-Cancer Vaccine A Tough Sell To Parents

Corrected on 2008-10-17T01:00:04-04:00

In the story, we said, "In the U.S., cost is a major obstacle if the girl is not covered by insurance." In fact, children who are 18 or younger may be able to get the HPV vaccine free through the Vaccines for Children program if they are eligible for Medicaid, uninsured, American Indian or Alaska Native.
Morning Edition

Obama Plugs Federal Oversight As Economic Fix

Corrected on 2008-09-17T15:21:59-04:00

In the story, we said that Merrill Lynch had been sold "at a deep discount over the weekend." While the price of Merrill's stock had fallen steeply in the previous few months, Bank of America's offer of about $29 a share was higher than the previous closing price for Merrill's stock.
All Things Considered

FDA Weighs Safety Of Bisphenol A

Corrected on 2008-09-17T13:32:13-04:00

In some versions of this interview, we mistakenly said 7 pounds of bisphenol A (BPA) are manufactured each year. The correct figure is 7 billion pounds.