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On May 3, 2021, NPR turned 50 years old. Spencer Gabor hide caption

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NPR Turns 50 Amid Reckoning In Journalism Over Who Tells Stories — And How

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Listen to Melissa Block's story

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NPR At 50: Founding Mothers Reflect On Radio Past And Present

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Part of a collage of images of Scott Simon reporting for NPR News from Cuba, San Salvador and Iraq. Caroline Richard Simon hide caption

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Opinion: As NPR Turns 50, Scott Simon's View From Behind The Microphone

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One Listener Can't Forget 1991 Story On Haitian Cane Cutters

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In 1971, NPR entered a shifting — yet limited — information landscape. George Geesey hide caption

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How NPR Shattered The Old Model Of Broadcast Journalism

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For NPR's 50th, A Listener Remembers A Story That Guides Her As A Mother

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NPR Turns 50 And Susan Stamberg Recalls A First

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Celebrating NPR's 50th Anniversary, We Revisit 'Ping-Pong Diplomacy'

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How A Predatory Real Estate Practice Changed The Face Of Compton

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Beneath The Santa Monica Freeway Lies The Erasure Of Sugar Hill

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The Racist Architecture Of Homeownership: How Housing Segregation Has Persisted

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NPR Project: How Can Americans Make Democracy Work For Them?

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In the past, NPR paved the way as a network helmed by women. Today, it must grapple with its historical flaws, biases and the standards that the network itself has set. Saul Loeb/Getty Images hide caption

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Part 1: The Last 50 Years

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Susan Stamberg On NPR's 50th — A Memory Made In A Closet

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Los Angeles, January 1971: A pre-glam David Bowie jams at a party. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Celebrating NPR's 50th On World Cafe

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Protesters who have just been arrested during the 1971 "May Day" demonstrations continue to shout their opposition to the war in Vietnam. Wally McNamee/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Hear NPR's First On-Air Original Broadcast From 1971

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Robert Lee Johnson in his old neighborhood in Compton. Johnson remembers moving in one day in 1961. "I see moving vans, trucks and everything all down the street," he says. Johnson was 5 years old at the time, so he says he thought "it was moving day for everybody." And he noticed that all the other families moving in were were Black, too. Nevil Jackson for NPR hide caption

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Black Americans And The Racist Architecture Of Homeownership

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