Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 1:32 pm
Guitarist and singer Chris Porterfield has done a lot of soul searching since his previous band, DeYarmond Edison, broke up in 2006. Other guys in the group went on to start their own projects — Justin Vernon formed Bon Iver, while some of the other members formed Megafaun. Porterfield, meanwhile, hung back in his native Milwaukee and took a job as a student union administrator at Marquette Univeristy.
"This is Stevie the Wonder Dog taking pledges at his favorite NPR station, KCPW in Salt Lake City. Since Stevie is blind, he depends on NPR more than most for all of his news and information."
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"Haiku & Glenn like to lounge in the armchair and listen to NPR on the weather radio that they got for their donation to WFYI in Indianapolis, Indiana."
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"Molly the Giant Schnauzer listens to Minnesota Public Radio's KNOW."
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"Emily and I love WCVE in Richmond, Virginia. She really does wag her short tail while listening and getting treats."
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"BenJammin often takes a break from dub step practice to listen to KIOS-FM [Omaha, NE]. He especially appreciates science and world music programming."
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"Beagan, a loyal NPR listener and Maryland resident, tunes in to WYPR in Baltimore; WYPF in Frederick; and WYPO in Ocean City."
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"Sam thinks the new KUTX [Austin, Texas] is puuurrfect!
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"Cambridge stays up-to-date with all the news by listening to St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU."
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"Zoey (left) and Gus (right) have NPR as the soundtrack to their life. Pictured here, we're listening to Weekend Edition on our way to the dog park. We support several NPR stations (KTEP, KRWG, KCCU and WBEZ), but here, we're listening to KTEP 88.5 in El Paso, TX."
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"We're listeners of Member station WCVE [Richmond, VA]. Mossy and her dad, Matt, love to relax on our porch in the summer and stream Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! on the iPhone. It's a Sunday afternoon tradition!"
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"This is Elvis. He loves WUNC in North Carolina."
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"My cat, Sunny Boy, listens to NPR on WFUV in New York City. His favorite artist is Cat Power, but I know he also likes Dr. Dog!"
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"Cinnamon says NPR Member station KPCC [Southern California] is Buntastic."
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"Sparky listens to today's theme of This American (Dog) Life on his NPR station KOPB in Portland, Oregon."
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"Our dog, Hermione, loves NPR, and so do we!"
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"Charmin listens to KPCC [Southern California] on his iPad"
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"Clary belongs to two members of Minnesota Public Radio. She's a huge fan of the Classical stream and Fresh Air."
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"Chester usually only sings in the shower, but when listening to the fabulous music on Chattanooga, TN, Member station WUTC 88.1, he can't help but break out into song!"
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"Evie loves that her owner is an NPR member so she can guest host all her favorite shows! KWBU FM in Waco [Texas] is Evie's NPR!"
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"Gus loves listening to thought-provoking shows (and fly jams) on WUNC out of Chapel Hill, NC."
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Can you finish this limerick? "Badger is truly an NPR chap; On the go, he uses the app!; KQED [San Carlos, CA] is his favorite station, From Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! to Talk of the Nation; But now it's time for his ____."
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"Audrey's favorite thing to do is take over my desk and listen to NPR. She is pictured here plugged into NPR.org but we also listen to NPR Member station WBEZ in Chicago."
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"Owen listens to KWMU in St. Louis, MO."
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"Dolly listening to WUOT in Knoxville, TN."
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"Willie tells everyone to listen to NPR: 'Hey, little bird, tune into WAMU [Washington, D.C.].' Note: This is not two pets--the bird is a free agent."
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"This is Cynthia Rose who listens to KCUR [Kansas City, MO] every day while I'm away at work."
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"Keza is a devout WYSO [Ohio's Miami Valley] listener, and tunes in regularly for Morning Edition. Here, she protests a rerun of Car Talk."
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"This is Owen (aka Super Owen). We both get our daily NPR fix on 104.1WGVR in Grand Rapids, MI, but I admit he pays the most attention during Car Talk."
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"Fifi just isn't like other Chihuahuas in town. This Oklahoma born native loves the dog beaches in Southwest Florida and among other things tuning into NPR (WGCU; WMKO) in her private library."
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Tang enjoys a daily helping of Boulder, CO, Member station KGNU.
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"This is Morty Paquin. He is a huge fan of This American Life and Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! from WBEZ Chicago."
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"Poppy the pug is a big Marketplace morning fan."
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"Abutiu Rex Canus, a Basenji-MinPin mix adopted from City Dogs Rescue, enjoys a lazy Saturday morning listening to The Animal House on WAMU in Washington, D.C. His master, Sally Maier of Eckington, D.C., loves The Kojo Nnamdi Show and On The Media."
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Jake is a fan of Colorado Classical Radio on KVOD.
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"Penelope the hedgehog and Bogart the news-hungry pup make for a unique pairing of pets. Both are avid fans of Washington D.C.'s NPR station 88.5 WAMU though, and they refuse to listen to anything else when getting ready for a work day or during sleepy weekend mornings."
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"The Kitten Who Says Ni! can not be swayed by feathers or wet meatz when listening to our favorite member station WHYY in Philadelphia!"
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"Here is Wyatt. He loves listening to KCFR-AM Denver on my tablet!"
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"This is Molly, our 11-year-old Cocker Spaniel, listening to WUWM 89.7 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin."
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"Esme Graham loves listening to Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! on Member station WAMU [Washington, D.C.]. It tickles her funny bone — and then she buries it."
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"Our cat George enjoys streaming the soothing sounds of Jazz with Bob Parlocha on WVPE 88.1 [Elkhart, IN] via www.wvpe.org."
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"This is Mickey, a full-blooded boxer and lounger with a perpetual look of sad, puppy eyes aimed at making you feel terrible about going anywhere and not bringing her with you. (It's all an act.) Her (and my) favorite NPR station is WOSU in Columbus, Ohio."
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"Marilyn Monroe Loves WFUM FLINT [Michigan]!!!"
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"Ernie listens to NPR on WNYC [New York, NY] all day while we're at work. Here he is saying 'Shhh, I'm trying to catch the morning news on WNYC!'"
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"Ziggy is all ears for NPR! He loves hearing what is cooking with Lynne Rosetto Kaspar at The Splendid Table and listening late night to Dick Gordon's The Story when he has insomnia."
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"Meet Spock. He likes to listen to WNYC in New York."
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Max listens to WFIT from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.
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Pictured (l-r) is first runner-up Suge Knight; second runner-up Kashiwa; and third runner-up Jiggs.
Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 5:12 pm
It was close, folks, but we're happy to announce the winners of NPR's National Pet Radio Contest. Please join us in offering a big congratulations and round of applause (or should we say appaws) to our grand-prize winner...
Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 3:26 pm
Friends in Karachi had me over for a beer Sunday evening. It wasn't hard for them to do. Alcohol is broadly outlawed in Pakistan, but with so many exceptions and so little enforcement, you can usually find something — in this case, tallboy cans of Murree's Millennium Brew from a Pakistani brewery.
Carnegie Lake, Australia, 1999 Carnegie Lake in Western Australia fills with water only during periods of significant rainfall. In dry years, it is reduced to a muddy marsh. Flooded areas appear dark blue or black, vegetation appears in shades of dark and light green, and sands, soils and minerals appear in a variety of colors.
Richat Structure, Mauritania, 2001
The 31-mile-wide bull's-eye in the western Sahara is a landmark for astronauts. The structure formed when a volcanic dome hardened and gradually eroded, exposing the onion-like layers of rock. Desert sands appear white and pale yellow at the corners; less sandy, rocky areas are green; and volcanic rocks are blue.
Kalahari Desert, Southern Africa, 2000
The large stretch of semiarid, sandy savanna covers part of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The desert has vast areas covered by red sand without any permanent surface water. The red dot near the Nossob River in the center of this image represents a farm made possible by a center-pivot irrigation system.
Bombetoka Bay, Madagascar, 2000
Islands and sandbars have formed where the Betsiboka River flows into the Mozambique Channel. The past few decades have seen a dramatic increase in the amount of sediment moved by the river and deposited in the estuary. Dense vegetation is deep green, and water is sapphire, tinged with pink where sediment is particularly thick.
Great Salt Desert, Iran, 2003
A mix of salt marshes, mud flats, wadis, steppes and desert plateaus color the landscape of Iran's Great Salt Desert, Dasht-e Kavir. The region covers an area of more than 29,000 square miles. Dramatic daily temperature swings and violent storms are the norm, and extreme heat leaves the marshes and mud grounds with crusts of salt.
Carnegie Lake, Australia, 1999
Carnegie Lake in Western Australia fills with water only during periods of significant rainfall. In dry years, it is reduced to a muddy marsh. Flooded areas appear dark blue or black, vegetation appears in shades of dark and light green, and sands, soils and minerals appear in a variety of colors.
Ice Waves, Greenland, 2001
The undulating swirls shown here along the eastern coast of Greenland are slurries of sea ice, newly calved icebergs, and older weathered bergs. During the summer melting season, the southward-flowing East Greenland Current twirls these mixtures into stunning shapes. The exposed rock of mountain peaks are tinted red.
Lena River Delta, Russia, 2000
The Delta extends 62 miles into the Laptev Sea and Arctic Ocean, and includes a protected wilderness area and wildlife refuge. The delta is frozen tundra for about seven months of the year, and spring transforms it into a lush wetland. Vegetation appears as shades of green, sandy areas as shades of red, and water as purples and blues.
Nazca Lines, Peru, 2000
The ancient geoglyphs, located in southern Peru, are estimated to be created by the Nazca culture between 400 and 650 A.D. The Nazca Lines were made by removing reddish iron-oxide pebbles that cover the surface of the desert. When the gravel is removed, the lines contrast with the light color underneath.
Meandering Mississippi, U.S., 2003
Graceful swirls and whorls of the Mississippi River encircle fields and pastures on the border between Arkansas and Mississippi. The Mississippi is the largest river system in North America and forms the second largest watershed in the world.
Garden City, Kan., U.S., 2000
Garden City, Kan., has a semi-arid steppe climate with hot, dry summers and cold, dry winters. Center-pivot irrigation systems created the circular patterns. The red circles indicate irrigated crops of healthy vegetation, and the light-colored circles denote harvested crops.
Mayn River, Russia, 2000
The Mayn River is a tributary of the larger Anadyr River, which flows through the far northeastern corner of Siberia. While these rivers are frozen for about eight to nine months in a year, they are home to chum and sockeye salmon during the summer months.
Von Kármán Vortices, Southern Pacific Ocean, 1999
Swirling clouds line up in a formation known as a von Kármán street. They appear when wind-driven clouds encounter an obstacle, in this instance Alexander Selkirk Island in the southern Pacific Ocean.
Terkezi Oasis, Chad, 2000
A series of rocky outcroppings emerge from the sand in the Sahara Desert near the Terkezi Oasis. Stretching across the immense desert are vast plains of sand and gravel; seas of sand dunes; and barren, rocky mountains. Only 10,000 years ago, grasses covered the region, and mammals such as lions and elephants roamed the land.
Himalayas, Central Asia, 2001
The soaring, snow-capped peaks and ridges of the eastern Himalaya Mountains create an irregular patchwork between major rivers in Tibet and southwestern China. Covered by snow and glaciers, the mountains here rise to altitudes of more than 16,000 feet. Vegetation at lower elevations is colored red.
Phytoplankton Bloom, Baltic Sea, 2005 Massive congregations of greenish phytoplankton swirl in the dark water around Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. Phytoplankton are microscopic marine plants that form the first link in nearly all ocean food chains. Blooms of phytoplankton, occur when deep currents bring nutrients up to sunlit surface waters.
Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 12:04 pm
Satellites are powerful tools. They beam our TV signals, phone calls and data around the planet. They help us spy, they track storms, they power the GPS signals in our cars and on our phones. But they also send back striking, totally disarming images of planet Earth.
This set of images is all about showing off the "beauty of the Earth," says Lawrence Friedl, the director of NASA's Applied Sciences Program and the editor of a project called Earth as Art. "We want people to look at these images and say, 'How did nature do that?' "
The U.S. Postal Service is getting creative in its search for new revenue after last year's $15.9 billion budget shortfall. The agency says it will debut a new clothing and accessories line called Rain Heat & Snow, inspired by its unofficial motto: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 3:19 pm
Stepping forward now because he thought others were about to "breach this privacy," former New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici has told the Albuquerque Journal that he fathered a son outside of his marriage more than 30 years ago.
The mother is Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of another prominent Republican politician — former Nevada Sen. and Gov. Paul Laxalt. Their son is Adam Paul Laxalt, a lawyer in Nevada according to the Journal.
These days politics and advertising go hand in hand. Mayors stage photo ops. The Bush administration compared the Iraq war to rolling out a new product. And just last year, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent nearly a billion dollars running for president. If you're an American, such wall-to-wall marketing has come to seem a natural phenomenon, like Hurricane Sandy or LeBron James.