Random Tape: 131 E 5th Street "Random Tape from David Weinberg is true to its name—episodes range across everything from found tape to extended cuts of produced documentary to detritus picked up off the cutting room floor. My favorites are like this, short moments that hint at a larger,…
A brief glimpse into one man’s life from a corner in Skid Row. But more importantly: Nick van der Kolk is regular-person handsome, not just radio handsome. BABE!
This American Life: Harper High "Five months and two hour-long episodes devoted to telling the story of one inner-city high school in Chicago. Immersive and important storytelling at its best." — Joe Richman, Founder, Radio Diaries
99% Invisible: Nikko: Concrete Commando “Here’s something from Roman Mars’ podcast and public radio show 99% Invisible. It’s from an early episode that was later aired as part of the much-missed show The Story, which is where I first caught it. It’s about a San Francisco writer who tries to…
Once Naked For Nirvana, Now A Teen Spirit “Chana Joffe-Walt’s follow-up with the teenager who was once the baby on Nirvana’s album Nevermind is a textbook lesson in how to just be yourself as a reporter. She also got the phrase ‘quite a few people in the world have seen my penis’ on All Things Considered, so kudos to her for that.” — Sam Greenspan , Producer, 99% Invisible
Radiolab: Simon & Sarita "This piece by Lulu Miller has a sweetness to it, both in the story and in the editing. It’s hushed, gentle and ruminative. But perhaps more importantly, it is both universal and unexpected." —Lauren Ober, Independent Producer
Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s a love story for you.
Love + Radio: The Superchat “I loved this recent Love + Radio piece, which did all sorts of things that I think people assume public radio can’t do. It’s about a hotline in San Francisco that people can call to anonymously flirt with strangers. It walks a line between truth and fiction that I usually don’t like but totally like here. Dirty and honest and surprising. “ —PJ Vogt, Co-creator, TLDR & Producer, On The Media
WBEZ says Love + Radio is one of their “edgiest enterprises.” We’d say that’s putting it mildly.
This American Life: Dr. Phil "Starlee Kine’s break-up piece for This American Life is one of my all-time favorites. It’s funny and moving and amazingly honest and raw and it takes all kinds of surprising twists and turns. I remember the first time I heard it. I was driving and when I realized that she was actually talking TO PHIL COLLINS I nearly ran a red light. Also, the writing is amazing. I still find myself thinking of lines from that piece." —Stacey Vanek Smith, Reporter, Marketplace
Radio gold! With a bonus track from the fantastic Magnetic Fields album, 69 Love Songs.
For the list below, we turned to the people behind the headphones—some of whom you’ve probably heard of—and what follows are the stories public radio reporters, hosts, and producers think are so good, so compelling, so likely to make you laugh or cry or both at once, that even your uncle who would rather hear an hour of static than a three-minute news update won’t be able to stop listening. Send this link to the non-listeners in your life, and when they start asking if you caught All Things Considered yesterday, don’t say “I told you so,” just nod and smile and be glad for great radio.
This my new job. Pretty good gig for a public radio dork.
While you’ve spent the summer of 2013 eating heirloom tomatoes from the farmer’s market while simultaneously kite-boarding, reading US Weekly on the beach, and packing for Fire Island, I’ve spent the summer selling my valuables on eBay to pay my rent because I gave up my full-time job (with benefits!) to be an unpaid intern. As of this week, my savings are gone, the only furniture I haven’t auctioned off is an old laundry hamper, and I’ve reached a level of poverty that I last knew as a teenager (or, the appropriate age to be an intern) but I’m more content than I have been in ages. Giving up my steady, responsible, totally fine job to be an intern was the best move I’ve made since losing the spray tan in tenth grade, and this is because I’ve spent the summer learning how to make public radio. Read more….
Today marks the end of an era: after 21 years, Talk of the Nation is going off the air. Host Neal Conan, who has been with NPR for 36 years, plans to spend more time writing and horse-wrangling in Wyoming. We will miss your dulcet tones, Mr. Conan, and hope your retirement is HOT!
The Story with Dick Gordon producer/fill-in host Phoebe Judge has been heard on many public radio shows, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday. She’s won Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards for her reporting and has reported from all over the world. Plus she’s a babe. Follow her Twitter. HOT!
SEDARIS: I was on tour a few weeks ago, and I wrote this thing in this woman’s book, and I don’t know, apparently, she got upset about it. But I meant it in a good way. I must have just misunderstood. We must have misunderstood one another. And I hate the thought of anybody being angry at me like that, but… I mean, really, what I wrote in her book, it’s the filthiest thing. It’s unbelievable. Really, you cannot get any filthier than this. And that’s what I kind of liked about it, you know, as a book inscription.
We loved this On the Media segment about Grindr, “A Casual, Anonymous Interview,” so much that we are interrupting our attempt to convince the office accountant to finish our taxes to bring you this photo of producer/babe Doug Anderson. Doug, we are always up for a little casual, anonymous grinding with you. Ping us! HOT!
We don’t know if it was Ira’s manly baritone or his dashing good looks, but the people have spoken and This American Life narrowly beat Radiolab in the Public Radio Bracket. We can’t wait to see footage of all of Chicago celebrating tonight. PUBLIC RADIO PARTY!!! HERBAL TEA FOR EVERYONE!!! Our congratulations to Ira and the rest of the TAL staff. HOT!
Happy birthday to mega babe Carl Kassell. Not only is Mr. Kassell Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me’s official judge, scorekeeper, and prize, he was also honored as the 2013 North Carolinian of the Year, which we would be bitter about losing if we weren’t so busy resting our eyes on this handsome mug. ALL HAIL CARL KASELL!! HOT!
We’re pausing our sabbatical to bring you this photo of Melody Kramer, Fresh Air’s associate producer for digital media, who is leaving public radio to find a cure for death. Best of luck to you, Dr. Kramer. We hope you find med school both enlightening and full of babes. HOT!
ANNOUNCEMENT TIME! BONPR is going on holiday! Please keep sending us your favorite babes of NPR, but we’re going to spend some time in the islands, working on our Irish tan and our new Tumblr, Don’t Ask, Do Tell, in which we see to our true calling—giving advice to people who didn’t ask for it. We’ll see you soon, friends. Here’s one last picture of Ira Glass to keep you going. HOT!
Our apologies for the lack of attention we’ve paid to you this week, BONPR fans. It’s not that we’re running short on babes (there are TONS of hot bishes left), but we recently came into possession of a literal trunkload of sex toys and spent the week fielding messages like, “Will trade dinner for dick,” and then driving around town delivering the goods from the back of our minivan. To make it up to you, here’s a bevy of babes, all submitted by devoted NPR listeners. HOT!
KCRW’s Jason Bentley
States of the Re:Union’sTina Antolini
WAMU’s Kavitha Cardoza
KCRW’s Anne Litt
KQED’s Sarah Varney
WAMU’s Sabri Ben-Achour
Enjoy your weekend, BONPR fans. And let us know if you’re in the market for a trunk toy. We deliver!
Boss keeping the the AC too low? Had pull out the winter clothes you keep in the trunk of your car because your housemate turned the closet into a spirit cave? Heat up with BONPR on WNIN’s The Trend today at noon central time. Hot as Bob Edwards in a turtleneck. Yowza!
José Massó launched ¡Con Salsa! on WBUR Boston in 1976. The Saturday night show he still hosts is as much about the Latino community as it is about the music. A native of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, José is a real Renaissance Man (check out his bio) who’s at ease anywhere, from the studio to the State House to the United Nations.
Ed. note: 1976? No fucking way. This man wasn’t old to do anything but eat mushy peas and toddle in 1976. HOT!