Posts tagged "npr"

Listen To The “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Soundtrack Right Now

The soundtrack for the widely-acclaimed Netflix documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” is a stunning collection of old friends and new, gathering together to put their own spin on Nina Simone’s classic songs. NPR First Listen — the best way to listen to new music these days, honestly — has the soundtrack streaming until its release…

By: Megan Reynolds / July 7, 2015

Kim Kardashian Was On “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” And…Won?

Kim “tabloid magazine life support system” Kardashian did a great job. 

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By: Megan Reynolds / June 15, 2015

Break Free Of Your Phone Addiction With WNYC’s “Bored And Brilliant” Project

Most of us suffer from some form or another of smartphone addiction, and we have a tendency to whip out our phones anytime we’re alone with our thoughts or find ourselves getting bored. Without space for our minds to wander, are we missing out on prime creativity and cramming our heads with too much junk? Studie…

By: Claire Hannum / January 31, 2015

“Talking While Female” Explores Why High-Pitched Female Voices Are Stereotyped

This video by NPR takes a look at the sense of credibility that comes along with a lower, more “solid” sounding voice and where that stereotype leaves women with higher-pitched voices. What about when they try to change the sound of their voice? Is it a lose-lose situation?

By: Claire Hannum / October 31, 2014

Kristen Bell Loves NPR And “The Big Lebowski” Just Like The Rest Of Us!

Kristen Bell has awesome taste, though I think we all knew that already somewhere in our heart of hearts. In gearing up for the release of the “Veronica Mars” film, which I am oh so excited for, Kristen spoke with New York magazine about what inspires and influences her. She had some wise word…

By: Claire Hannum / February 26, 2014

High Schooler Shares Heartbreaking Online Slutshaming Problem With NPR

Adults blame victims of sexual crimes and indiscretions, asking “Why was she dressed like that?” or “Why did she drink so much?”

Adults also use the Internet for humiliation, like stocks in the town square.

And lest you forget, children are watching us and mimicking what we do. Don’t believe me?

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2013

Field Guide: The Hotties Of NPR

The other day, I innocently clicked through to National Public Radio’s Facebook page and saw this picture splashed across the top. Oh my, Adam Levine is looking lovelier than usual, I thought, before realizing that it wasn’t Adam Levine, sexy pop star, it was Ari Shapiro, sexy White House correspondent for NPR News. This got…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 28, 2012

What Songs Get Stuck In Your Head?

A few days ago, NPR’s “Talk Of The Nation” featured a psychologist named Vicky Williamson who specializes in earworms. That might sound like a particularly gnarly kind of parasite, but it’s actually the term for songs and melodies that get stuck in your head.  According to Williamson, 90 percent of people experience an earworm at…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 16, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Gifts For The Smartypants Dad

Shopping for dads is weird. You can go the tie route, or the dress shirt route, or the “Billy The Singing Bass” route. (Please don’t go that route.) Can you blame your dad for saying every year, “No, no, don’t get me anything! I don’t need anymore crap”? So I stopped buying my dad “crap.” Usually…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 13, 2011

The (Fake) Ira Glass Sex Tape Has Leaked

Forget about the starlets, celebutantes and daughters of famous people you’ve seen in flagrante delicto before: nebbishy pin-up Ira Glass from “This American Life” on NPR has his own sex tape that any tote-bag carrying public radio listener will love. Sure, it’s a spoof and it’s about as sexy as a pledge drive. But, hey, at least it…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 11, 2011

The 6 Things I Was Embarrassed To Learn As An Adult

I know there are a lot of things I don’t know even though I’m a fairly well-educated woman. The revelation that you have been totally in the dark about some widely-known piece of information can be, well, humiliating. Especially when it happens in front of a group of people. On their Facebook page, NPR asked

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 6, 2011

Thanks, Urban Outfitters, For Making NPR Officially Un-Cool

NPR is a national producer of radio programming that dorks (well, hip dorks) like to proclaim their love for because they think it makes them look smart and cool. And maybe it does.

True NPR fanatics may own apparel or merchandise purchased directly from the organization as a sign of real devotion. We’re sure…

By: Leonora Epstein / November 16, 2010

NPR Disses Jodi Picoult And Calls Her Books “Lurid”

I love reading. I might love it more than orgasms, sleeping or eating. And I will read anything, high or low, because I’ve enjoyed “smart books” like Katharine Graham’s autobiography as much as “trashy books” like The Other Boleyn Sister. I just can’t stand people who get on their high horse and sniff that a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2009

Girl Talk: Friends With Benefits? I Don’t Think So

Not long ago, I met a guy that reminded me of that sexy NPR storyteller Ira Glass. Instantly, I fell in nerd-love with this doppelganger. After dating for a while, though, we realized we had only one thing in common: sex. So we decided to be friends with benefits. According to a Michigan State University

By: Simcha / December 7, 2008

This American Life: Two Sides To A Jackie O Sighting

On Showtime’s This American Life, NPR’s Robert Krulwich and his wife tell the same story but disagree on a few key factors, including whether Robert was actually present when his wife had an encounter with Jackie Onassis. Sometimes couples disagreeing can be cute, especially when they’re represented in cartoon form. My favorite part…

By: Catherine Strawn / May 15, 2008

The Daily Hotness: Ira Glass

This Sunday night, Ira Glass is coming back to my place…through my cable provider. From behind the desk of his NPR radio show, Glass sweet talked himself and his stories into our hearts. Now with his highly anticipated Showtime series about to start its second season, he is the face of modern American mythology and…

By: Simcha / May 2, 2008

Bonk: The Book

Polyester isn’t just a fashion faux pas, it also makes you un-effable, as researcher Mary Roach writes in her new history book Bonk: The Curious Couple of Science and Sex. She has compiled interesting studies from the 19th century up until today, including one from Egypt, which found lab rats in polyester pants had le…

By: Simcha / April 10, 2008

NPR Host Raises More Than Funds

Every woman loves a smooth talker, but no man appreciates a stalker- especially Garrison Keillor. The author, musician, storyteller, and host of NPR’s variety radio show A Prairie Home Companion can now add sex symbol to his resume. The generous gentleman just dropped a restraining order against a woman who wouldn’t stop sending him care…

By: Simcha / January 30, 2008