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March 29, 2004 | Allan M. Jalon and Steve Carney, Special to The Times
The outwardly ordered world of National Public Radio has been upended as station managers, editorial writers and more than 13,000 listeners have reacted with anger and confusion to last week's announcement that the network was removing the highly popular Bob Edwards as host of its flagship show, "Morning Edition," as of April 30.
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March 24, 2004 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
Bob Edwards, whose deep, smooth baritone has been the first voice that millions of National Public Radio listeners have awakened to for 25 years, is being replaced on "Morning Edition" at the end of April, the network announced Tuesday. When asked about the change, Edwards said, "I wish there were no change." "I was there from Day One. That's quite an investment," he said. "I guess some of us have to be dragged off." Edwards, 56, has hosted the show since it premiered Nov. 5, 1979.
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December 23, 2003 | David Folkenflik, Baltimore Sun
When Tavis Smiley does things, he does them big. The talk show host's March 2001 dismissal from cable network BET prompted national headlines. Smiley regrouped the next year by launching a new program on, of all places, National Public Radio. Although his overtly political sensibility is not to every taste, "The Tavis Smiley Show" has enjoyed stirring success in drawing new listeners to more than 60 stations in major cities, including KPCC-FM (89.3) in Pasadena, where it airs weekdays at 8 p.m.
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November 12, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
As KPCC-FM (89.3) hits the airwaves today with a new fund drive and fellow National Public Radio affiliate KCRW-FM (89.9) mails solicitation letters to its members, they will remind their listeners that -- in spite of a windfall NPR received last week -- public radio still needs money from its public.
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November 7, 2003 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
The days when National Public Radio is forced to ask member stations to hold fund-raising drives just so it can stay on the air are over -- at least for the foreseeable future. The estate of the late philanthropist Joan B. Kroc made a bequest to NPR totaling more than $200 million, NPR President Kevin Klose announced at a press conference Thursday at the network's Washington, D.C., headquarters. It is the largest monetary gift ever given to an American cultural institution, NPR said.
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November 4, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
With just a year to go until the next presidential election, public broadcasters around the country have teamed up this week for a series of special reports under the heading, "Whose Democracy Is It?" National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the Canadian Broadcasting Service and the BBC World Service are among the networks collaborating on the project, along with individual stations from Washington, D.C., to Pasadena.
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July 25, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
It's a tense moment in National Public Radio's Culver City studios as the staff of "Day to Day" attempts to work through the endless challenges of producing a major new show. NPR veteran J.J. Sutherland is guiding his crew through the details of completing one of the final dry runs for the first weekday news magazine NPR has launched since "Morning Edition" was created 24 years ago.
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May 19, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
"The Ivory Tower in the Real World," a five-part series beginning today on "Marketplace," public radio's free-wheeling business-news show, takes a look at how the down economy is affecting higher education, and what students, faculty and institutions are doing to cope. The first segment looks at the financial health of schools, based on how they invested their money in the 1990s boom.
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May 10, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter are among the guests discussing cuts nationwide in mental-health funding on a special edition Sunday of "The Infinite Mind," public radio's weekly program on mental health. The show, which will air from 10 to 11 p.m. on KPCC-FM (89.3), is dubbed "State of Mind: America 2003" and is the program's second annual review on the status of mental health in the United States. This year, host Dr.
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