NPR http://michiganradio.org en Confessions of an 'NPR conservative' http://michiganradio.org/post/confessions-npr-conservative <p>&ldquo;NPR Conservative.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>To some, that term might sound like an oxymoron straight from the writing staff of The Colbert Report.</p><p>It happens to be me.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 16:13:49 +0000 Charles Brown 8127 at http://michiganradio.org Confessions of an 'NPR conservative' Fact checking David Sedaris: Does comedy need a disclaimer? http://michiganradio.org/post/fact-checking-david-sedaris-does-comedy-need-disclaimer <p>In my large Irish family, our stories get better with age. It&rsquo;s not that we lie about what&rsquo;s happened to us, but when we get together for holidays or family events, we usually tell the same stories and they get better every time.<br /><br />They start out as true of course, and the people, places and events all stay the same, but over time the funny parts get a little more funny, the dialogue a little more snappy and clever, and the reactions from onlookers a little more outrageous.<br /> Thu, 17 May 2012 15:46:53 +0000 Vincent Duffy 7512 at http://michiganradio.org Fact checking David Sedaris: Does comedy need a disclaimer? Garrison Keillor sticks a big “Obama” sign on the lawn of Lake Wobegon http://michiganradio.org/post/garrison-keillor-sticks-big-%E2%80%9Cobama%E2%80%9D-sign-lawn-lake-wobegon <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;Well it&rsquo;s been&nbsp;a&nbsp;quiet a week in my hometown&hellip;&rdquo;</p><p>Fans of A Prairie Home Companion will recognize those words as the opening to Garrison Keillor&rsquo;s weekly monologue about the fictional town of Lake Wobegon. But this week the real life of Garrison Keillor was probably more exciting than the tales from &ldquo;the little town that time forgot,&rdquo; because this week, Garrison Keillor hosted a fundraising event for President Obama&rsquo;s re-election campaign.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:34:02 +0000 Vincent Duffy 6332 at http://michiganradio.org Garrison Keillor sticks a big “Obama” sign on the lawn of Lake Wobegon President Obama will make a statement on the downgrading of US credit http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-will-make-statement-downgrading-us-credit <p><span class="messageBody" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3}">The White House has announced President Obama will make a statement shortly. We expect the president to address the downgrading of US credit. Click&nbsp;the &quot;listen live&quot; button above,&nbsp;to stream&nbsp;special coverage from NPR.<span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span></span></p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 17:38:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3652 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama will make a statement on the downgrading of US credit Out Of The Mouths Of Hosts, Oft Times, Come Flubs http://michiganradio.org/post/out-mouths-hosts-oft-times-come-flubs I have sympathy for anyone who says something stupid into a microphone — any politician, pundit or nervous best man who makes an inane wedding toast.<p>Been there. Done that.<p>Mark Halperin, <em>Time </em>magazine's senior political analyst and a frequent commenter on MSNBC, was suspended by the cable network this week for using a locker-room profanity to critique President Obama's latest press conference. The hosts of the <em>Morning Joe</em> program assured Mr. Halperin that a seven-second delay switch would delete any coarse assessment that he wanted to make.<p>It didn't. Sat, 02 Jul 2011 19:19:50 +0000 Scott Simon 3135 at http://michiganradio.org Artist imagines the faces behind NPR voices http://michiganradio.org/post/artist-imagines-faces-behind-npr-voices <p>Who doesn&#39;t wonder what public radio hosts actually look like?</p><p>Gaelan Kelly, an artist, went ahead and took a stab at making portraits of various hosts.</p><p>Here&#39;s the description from <a href="http://www.gaelankelly.com/thoughts/2011/6/28/how-the-npr-voices-look-in-my-head.html">Kelly&#39;s website</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Well I&#39;m sure we all do this with the voices on the radio, we (for some reason or other) get a mental picture of that person and it sticks.</p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 19:09:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3077 at http://michiganradio.org Artist imagines the faces behind NPR voices Essential Vs. Not: Which Jobs Wouldn't Shut Down? http://michiganradio.org/post/essential-vs-not-which-jobs-wouldnt-shut-down In Washington, D.C., and at federal agencies across the country, the big question employees are asking on the eve of a possible government shutdown is: Am I essential or not? Workers and agencies that are deemed essential will be kept on the job if a shutdown occurs.<p>The Obama administration says the government agencies that will remain open fall into two broad categories. Most are those necessary for the protection of life and property — including the military, law enforcement such as the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Border Patrol. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:44:45 +0000 Brian Naylor 1970 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican casts only "present" vote to defund NPR http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-republican-casts-only-present-vote-defund-npr <p>The bill to &quot;<a href="http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll192.xml">defund NPR</a>&quot; passed the House mostly along party lines. Most republicans voted &quot;aye&quot; and all Democrats voted &quot;nay&quot; (seven Democrats are listed as &quot;not voting&quot; on the bill).</p><p>Seven Republicans voted &quot;nay&quot; and one voted &quot;present.&quot;</p><p>Michigan Republican Justin Amash was the lone member who voted &quot;present&quot; on the bill.</p><p>He explains why on his <a href="http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=190835980955816">Facebook</a> page:</p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:59:26 +0000 Mark Brush 1699 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Republican casts only "present" vote to defund NPR NPR CEO Vivian Schiller out http://michiganradio.org/post/npr-ceo-vivian-schiller-out <p><strong>Update 10:53 a.m.</strong></p><p>The second hour of the <a href="http://thedianerehmshow.org/">Diane Rehm Show</a> will focus on what the departure of NPR&#39;s CEO Vivian Schiller will mean for the network, and federal funding for public broadcasting.</p><p>The program starts at 11 a.m. on <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/">Michigan Radio</a>.</p><p><strong>10:29 a.m.</strong></p><p>This news came from the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/">NPR&#39;s news blog</a> this morning:</p><blockquote><p>NPR President and CEO <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/99152497/vivian-schiller" target="_blank">Vivian Schiller</a> has resigned, NPR just announced.</p><p>This follows <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/03/09/134387775/update-latest-on-aftermath-of-npr-execs-comments" target="_blank">yesterday&#39;s news</a> that then-NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation) was videotaped slamming conservatives and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding during a lunch with men posing as members of a Muslim organization (they were working with political activist James O&#39;Keefe on a &quot;sting.&quot;)</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/about/aboutnpr/people/board.html">NPR&#39;s Board of Directors</a> is responsible for the governance of NPR. Chairman Dave Edwards released a statement to staff and member stations. In the statement, Edwards said Schiller resigned:</p><blockquote class="edTag"><p>It is with deep regret that I tell you that the NPR Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President and CEO of NPR, effective immediately.</p><p>The Board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years.</p></blockquote><p>But NPR&#39;s media reporter, David Folkenflik, says that&#39;s not the case. This from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/09/134389342/vivian-schiller-ceo-of-npr-steps-down?ft=1&amp;f=1001&amp;utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=NPR-PR">NPR news</a>:</p><blockquote><p>NPR&#39;s David Folkenflik talks with Renee Montagne about the latest developments, saying CEO Vivian Schiller was ousted in the wake of the controversy over News Analyst Juan Williams&#39; firing last year and gaffes by an NPR fundraiser that came to light Tuesday in a secret video.</p></blockquote><p>Folkenflik said the latest development, the secret filming of a top NPR fundraiser making disparaging remarks about conservatives, was the last straw for NPR&#39;s Board.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/03/09/134389342/vivian-schiller-ceo-of-npr-steps-down">You can hear the interview with Folkenflik here</a>. Wed, 09 Mar 2011 15:53:57 +0000 Mark Brush 1561 at http://michiganradio.org NPR CEO Vivian Schiller out In case you missed it... http://michiganradio.org/post/case-you-missed-it <p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/">Michigan Radio</a> broadcasts hundreds of stories, interviews, and commentaries every week (anyone care to tally them up? - my guess is around 600 pieces in one week).</p><p>Whether these pieces come from our local reporters, NPR's reporters, NPR shows, shows from American Public Media, Public Radio International, or the BBC, it's impossible to keep up with ALL the stories coming over the airwaves.</p> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 00:25:04 +0000 Mark Brush 1080 at http://michiganradio.org In case you missed it... NPR's Ellen Weiss resigns after Juan Williams review http://michiganradio.org/post/nprs-ellen-weiss-resigns-after-juan-williams-review <p>National Public Radio released <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/06/132708700/review-of-juan-wiliams-firing-completed-npr-senior-vp-for-news-resigns">two statements</a> this afternoon.</p><p>One statement is about the independent review of the firing of NPR news analyst Juan Williams (<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/juan-williams-exclusive-nprs-firing-vindictive-antagonistic-personal/story?id=11945883">ABC News</a> did an interview with Williams after he was terminated).</p><p>The other is about the resignation of NPR's Senior Vice President for News, Ellen Weiss.</p><p>The two appear to be linked. Weiss was the NPR staffer who fired Juan Williams over the phone. Thu, 06 Jan 2011 19:39:54 +0000 Mark Brush 777 at http://michiganradio.org NPR's Ellen Weiss resigns after Juan Williams review NPR's national election coverage http://michiganradio.org/post/nprs-national-election-coverage <div><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1014" style="font: 10px Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(153, 153, 153); text-transform: uppercase;">Election 2010 News From NPR</a></div><script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="http://www.npr.org/news/specials/2010/elections/elections-widget.js"></script><noscript><div style="border: 1px solid #CCC; padding: 10px; width: 278px;"><h1 style="margin: 0;"><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1014"><img src="http://media.npr.org/images/branding/series/election- Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:00:44 +0000 Mark Brush 225 at http://michiganradio.org NPR's national election coverage Follow that cute little toxic asset http://michiganradio.org/post/follow-cute-little-toxic-asset <p>The team at <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/">NPR&#39;s Planet Money</a> has come up with another way for us to understand the financial crisis. They bought a pet.</p> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 13:03:04 +0000 Mark Brush 97 at http://michiganradio.org Follow that cute little toxic asset