the curious listener
Nov 25, 2013 — It's certainly not unreasonable for listeners to hope that NPR might avoid revealing key plot points or endings when reviewing books and movies. But can we expect spoiler alerts before book or movie reviews based on real life events? And what if those events have already been reported in the news?
Nov 18, 2013 — Even self-professed NPR lovers can become impatient when they hear a story or report that doesn't appeal to them personally. NPR occasionally hears from listeners who wish we wouldn't cover certain types of music or review certain films and books. So why do we do these reviews?
Oct 25, 2013 — Find out how to share your own story with StoryCorps both online and in person at a StoryCorps studio.
Oct 2, 2013 — In radio, we work hard to avoid verbal potholes, distracting interjections such as um, like and well. But what about starting a sentence with 'so' - is it a trendy speech fad or important transition?
Aug 16, 2013 — If we've learned one thing this summer it is that NPR listeners sure love their dogs. But what about our feline friends? Aren't they equally deserving of the limelight? One Curious Listener thinks so.
Jul 25, 2013 — Last year, actor Tony Shalhoub was on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! talking about the Sha-Poopie, a dog waste management device. Surprisingly or not, it caught the interest of one of our listeners, who decided to write in.
Jul 10, 2013 — At NPR, we've come to realize that our listeners (and critics) not only include the actual humans that tune in, but the animals they adore as well. But sometimes pets and their humans are at odds with programming preferences. Find out more in the Curious Listener.
Jun 25, 2013 — Talk of the Nation has been part of public radio's national conversation with listeners over the past 22 years. As the program comes to an end this week, we've received emails and calls from the dedicated fans who have made Talk of the Nation part of their listening day.
Jun 10, 2013 — Check out the exchange between our Curious Listener Claudia and Listener Services to see the debate over our usage of the word "several." How would you have answered the same question?
May 20, 2013 — This week we're featuring a listener letter that will solve a puzzle many an Ask Me Another fan has ruminated on since the show's inception: How can I be a contestant?