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  •  In fairness to NPR (19+ / 0-)

    I have plenty of criticism for NPR, and their attempts at kissing the Republicans behinds for fear of using funding. However, I think you are confusing what your local Public Radio affiliate is playing, namely the BBC broadcast that is not affiliated with NPR at all.
    Many Public Radio listeners mistakenly think that NPR controls and owns the local affiliates and the programming on the local affiliates.
    NPR is merely one of a few content programmers and producers, along with the BBC , American Public Media and local programming that appear on the local affiliates that are independent of NPR.
    For instance, Garrison Keillor is distributed by American Public Media, not NPR, but it appears on virtually every public radio station.
    This appears to be a BBC story, unaffiliated with National Public Radio.
    NPR's fear is not losing direct funding for itself, they have plenty of that, and get relatively little from the Government. Where they do get an indirect subsidy is the local affiliates, which get a lot of funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Without that funding, many of the smaller stations would fold. Especially the ones in Red States hostile to public radio.
    NPR needs the dues payments from those local affiliates to produce programming.

    •  There's a lot of wonderful material on NPR (1+ / 0-)
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      Garrison Keillor is a national treasure.  

      NPR news and commentary is awful.  

      The Long War is not on Iraq, Afghanistan, or Iran. It is on the American people.

      by Geonomist on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 10:10:14 AM PST

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      •  Technically, Prairie Home Companion is APM & MPR (0+ / 0-)

        It used to be PRI, but now it's distributed by APM. Most public radio stations pick and choose between material from PRI, NPR, and APM.  

        I've found that one nice thing of having satellite radio over the years (I go way back to XM in 2004) is that, even with the merger, you can get a pretty good mix of public radio. While I rarely listen to those stations in day-to-day driving, they can make road travel more pleasant.

    •  NPR's hourly "news" framing has a hell of a lot (2+ / 0-)
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      more impact on our national politics than cuddly Garrison or chuckly Car Guys will ever have.

      Mara Liasson, Steve Inskeep, Sylvia Poggioli and crew move the Overton Window to the right with every sensible and pragmatic hourly segment. Every day. Every week.  All year.

      Re Greek economy/bailout crisis in March 2012:

      Poggioli presents poll results showing that "the four small leftist parties are ahead by 43 percent and could win a majority and in theory form a governing coalition."  Poggioli then states the following completely antidemocratic idea as if it were basic commonsense: "That terrifies Greece's creditors, some of whom have questioned the wisdom of holding elections."
          "And it's not just the left that's gaining popularity. So are two new far-right movements. One is the ultranationalist and neo-fascist Golden Dawn, which preaches the superiority of the white race.....Its bookshop is filled with tracts on Nazism and sells t-shirts of Hitler."

      Brilliant really, how a neo-fascist, supremacist party which sells Hitler t-shirts is put on the same footing as leftist parties that oppose the austerity measures.  In case your not convinced that Poggioli and NPR want listeners to equate leftist parties (and individuals) who oppose 1% predatory, job-killing rule with Nazi-loving genocidal rightists, here's Poggioli to hammer home the point:

           "At the other end of the political spectrum, one of the parties doing well in the polls is far-left Syriza that wants to re-negotiate the terms of the bailout."

      Got it?  A leftist party who wants to unscrew the country re bailout terms imposed by Euro bankers is balanced by neo-fascist Hitler-shirt-selling supremacists.

      Fair and Balanced!

      Local stations don't have jack to do with that.  

      Pragmatic Centrists? meh. Clive all hat no horse Rodeo? He's cool ~ JV

      by JVolvo on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 03:37:18 PM PST

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