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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 5, 2003
Re "Media Monopolies Have Muzzled Dissent," Commentary, May 1: Ian Masters is representative of why I don't like to listen to, read or watch "progressives." A little cheese with your whine, Mr. Masters? How did Masters get his commentary published if the conservatives have hijacked the media? And has he missed the progressives on Fox News? I sure wouldn't call Mara Liasson, Juan Williams, Alan Colmes, et al, conservatives. ABC, CBS, NBC, National Public Radio and even KPFK-FM are still out there and putting forth their spin on events.
March 2, 2003
As one who finds Linda Gradstein's reporting on National Public Radio to be extremely biased against Israel, I was surprised that your article on her reporting ("Caught in the Middle," Feb. 23) pictured her as evenhanded. From my perspective, her reports usually feature Palestinian victims of the intifada speaking for themselves in anguished tones, while Israeli victims are much less likely to be given air time. If one wants to hear a variety of Palestinian leaders spew forth anti-Israeli invective, Gradstein's reports are the only nationwide broadcast in which they are heard so regularly.
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