NPR Corrections

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Charges Mount for Organizer of Snowball Express

Corrected on December 22, 2006

This story originally stated that Snowball Express founder Michael Kerr tried to derail news stories about him by seeking a child support settlement with his ex-wife and giving her one day to respond. That information came from ex-wife Judy Kerr, who quoted the private child support collection agency handling her account. Judy Kerr has since been told by the child support collection agency that it initiated the discussion of a settlement.
Morning Edition

Rival Iraq Report Wins Attention in Washington

Corrected on December 21, 2006

This story cites Eliot Cohen as a key contributor to the AEI report on Iraq strategy. While Cohen agrees with the findings of the report, he did not take part in its preparation. Both Cohen and Frederick Kagan are affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute. Both were consulted by President Bush on how to reshape Iraq strategy.
Day to Day

Ending the Year with Finances in Order

Corrected on December 18, 2006

In this radio story, personal finance columnist Michele Singletary says the limit for a 401k personal retirement account is $14,000. It's actually $15,000 this year. Michelle had noted that she was speaking of last year's limit, but it was removed from the radio story because of an audio-editing mistake.
Morning Edition

Sony, Nintendo Stake Different Video Game Bets

Corrected on November 20, 2006

The audio of this story states that the price of the Wii is $279, and the Xbox is $399 and $499. The actual prices are $249 for the Wii, and $299 and $399 for the Xbox.
Weekend Edition Sunday

Give Me an 'L,' Give Me a 'G'

Corrected on October 4, 2006

The audio for this story contains an inaccuracy. As many of our site's visitors have noted, John Lennon played rhythm guitar in the Beatles. George Harrison was the band's lead guitarist.
Morning Edition

New Treatments (and Old Advice) Can Aid Diabetics

Corrected on September 14, 2006

The broadcast and Web version of this story originally stated that a new form of insulin could be inhaled by nasal spray. In fact, patients inhale a powdered form of insulin through the mouth.

All Things Considered

Letters: Pluto, and a Cemetery

Corrected on August 25, 2006

The reference to Hattie McDaniel should say that she is the first African American to win an Oscar.
All Things Considered

Movies Under the Stars, Surrounded by Tombs

Corrected on August 25, 2006

The audio for this story indicates that Hattie McDaniel is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Her body actually lies elsewhere; a marker at the cemetery pays tribute to McDaniel.
All Things Considered

In Brazil, Even Bad Music Is Good

Corrected on August 3, 2006

The audio that originally aired incorrectly stated that singer Leandro died in a car crash. He died eight years ago of cancer.
Weekend Edition Saturday

Bill Gates' New Image

Corrected on July 13, 2006

Staff Sgt. Raymond Plouhar was a Marine, not affiliated with the Army as stated in this piece.
All Things Considered

Shell Necklace a Sign of 100,000-Year-Old Culture

Corrected on June 27, 2006

In the broadcast and Web version of this story, NPR stated that the snail shells were found in Israel. Strictly speaking, the snail shells were discovered in the 1930s, in what is today the state of Israel.
Morning Edition

Figures on Chinese Engineers Fail to Add Up

Corrected on June 14, 2006

Gary Gereffi was misidentified in this story. He is director of the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness at Duke University. NPR regrets the error.
All Things Considered

Ancient Figs May Be First Cultivated Crops

Corrected on June 6, 2006

In the broadcast version of this story, an archeological site in the lower Jordan Valley was incorrectly identified as being in Israel. The site is in the occupied West Bank.
Weekend Edition Sunday

Composer Ben Vaughn's New Musical 'Design'

Corrected on June 3, 2006

In the audio for this piece, the source of a musical solo is misattributed. That's Sarah Kramer on flugelhorn... not "a guy" in the Liberace Orchestra.
Weekend Edition Sunday

Corruption: It's Not Just for U.S. Congress

Corrected on May 24, 2006

A reference to Britain as the world's oldest democracy is in error. The oldest democracy is that of the Isle of Man.
Talk of the Nation

Blogging Poses New Workplace Issues

Corrected on May 23, 2006

The audio in this segment misstated that an employee of the health-care company Kaiser Permanente was let go for a blog entry which revealed confidential information about a patient. Rather, the employee was sued for an entry which linked to a patient's information.
Morning Edition

Iraq Business Environment Difficult to Navigate

Corrected on May 17, 2006

In this story, Adam Davidson describes the Khudairi Group as a subcontractor to Parson's on the health clinic project. This was not correct. The Khudairi Group received its own separate contract from the U.S. government to install generators. The Khudairi Group had no direct relationship with Parsons. The Khudairi Group has recently been awarded a new contract from the U.S. government to complete several of the health clinic sites. NPR regrets the error.
Morning Edition

Teen Depression Watch Draws Mixed Reviews

Corrected on April 6, 2006

The defendants in the lawsuit mentioned in this story are the local school district in northern Indiana, school district officials, and a contractor who helped administer the screening. Teenscreen is not a defendant. Also, Teenscreen officials report that 55,000 students were screened in 2005.
All Things Considered

New York Towns Hope Wind Power Will Save Economy

Corrected on March 17, 2006

NPR reported that the Tug Hill turbines were built by Horizon Energy. In fact, the project was developed by PPM Energy, a subsidiary of Atlantic Renewables. It is jointly owned by PPM and Horizon.
Weekend Edition Saturday

New Kind of Map Could Help Emergency Response

Corrected on March 17, 2006

In his sign-off to this story, Dan Charles gets his coordinates wrong. See the sidebar for an explanation.
All Things Considered

W.Va. Floods Offer Lessons for Katrina Victims

Corrected on March 14, 2006

We reported that 11 inches of rain fell in four hours on the day of the flooding. But a rain gauge was malfunctioning, and the actual rainfall was about half that amount.
All Things Considered

Documentary Captures 'March of the Penguins'

Corrected on March 14, 2006

A physical description of a female penguin heard in the original audio for this story has been changed in the archived version. The penguin has a fur-like flap of feathers, but not actual fur.
All Things Considered

Europe, Islam's New Front Line: Germany

Corrected on March 14, 2006

As originally broadcast, our report mistakenly cited Germany's Muslim community as the largest in Europe. We should have said it is one of the largest.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Opening Gala

Corrected on March 14, 2006

Live music audio from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Opening Gala concerts has been taken down in accordance with music copyright agreements.
All Things Considered

Orphanage Director Stands Trial in China

Corrected on February 27, 2006

The audio that originally aired incorrectly identified taxi driver Duan Yueneng as a female. The report also misstated the amount foreigners pay orphanages to adopt Chinese children. They typically pay $3,000 for an adoption.
Morning Edition

Asbestos Bill: Winners and Losers

Corrected on February 8, 2006

In an earlier feed, we reported that the AFL-CIO supports the asbestos bill. In fact, the AFL-CIO is against the bill.
Morning Edition

Alito to Face Further Grilling by Senate Panel

Corrected on January 25, 2006

This story reported that Samuel Alito held significant amounts of stock in Vanguard; rather, Alito held shares of Vanguard mutual funds.
Morning Edition

Maryland Judge Rejects Gay-Marriage Ban

Corrected on January 23, 2006

Note: The Web version of this story differs from the one heard on air. It updates the story with the ruling from Judge Brooke Murdock.
Weekend Edition Sunday

End of the DeLay Era Arrives on Capitol Hill

Corrected on January 15, 2006

Doyle McManus erred when he said Sen. Richard Durbin is "giving back tens of thousands of dollars" from associates of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The actual amount is $11,000, and the money is going to charity.
Weekend Edition Saturday

Time, Memory and Proust

Corrected on January 14, 2006

The audio for this story misidentifies the nationality of the philosopher Seneca. He was Roman.
Weekend Edition Saturday

Did Melville Borrow the Idea for 'Moby Dick'?

Corrected on January 14, 2006

The audio for this story gives the wrong year for the publication of the novel Redburn. It was published in 1849.
All Things Considered

Charlie Haden: 'Not in Our Name'

Corrected on January 4, 2006

In this story, jazz musician Charlie Haden incorrectly stated that he produced music in 1968 to protest Richard Nixon's bombing of Cambodia. Nixon did not become president until 1969 and the bombing of Cambodia began in February of that year. Haden adds: "I mistakenly noted the recording date as 1968 -- when I meant the Orchestra was formed then, and that first album was recorded in 1969 -- as the LP/CD clearly states. The sequence of events is important in that the onset of Nixon’s unauthorized bombing of Cambodia pre-dated the first Liberation Music Orchestra recording and the release of the LP/CD, and was the catalyst for me being more determined than ever to follow through with the recording of the music I had been writing. That event -- listening to the news of the bombing on my car radio on WBAI -- and my sadness and outrage about that and my ensuing determination to produce the recording -- remains very clear in my memory."