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How On Earth Can You Stand Listening To NPR?  
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2475 times:

Had a long drive today...

...didn't really want to bear the antics of all the Britney wannabes, no weekday talk shows, and out of range on my cellphone--- so I figured I'd suck it up and see what's on NPR.

Hmm, "Weekend America"...... sounded promising.

And then I was swiftly reminded why NPR needs to be subsidized to survive: that sh!t was CONFOUNDINGLY BORING!!!!  Wow!

How can people stand to listen to this stuff? Not trying to be an ideological hack, I'm sincerely curious.

I mean:
three seconds of news no one cares about, 23hrs59min56sec of plugging some "artist" no one's ever heard of (nor would bother listening to even if they had).... etc.

I just found it unreal. Even listening to Hannity's shameless endorsement for each/anything the Republican party does, would probably be more entertaining than this  Yeah sure

Can anyone who's a fan of NPR (or better yet, anyone who's willingly donated to NPR) tell me what they see in it?

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User currently offlineGreaser From Bahamas, joined Jan 2004, 1101 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2460 times:

No one here says they love National Public Radio!
It's like listening to a bunch of hillbillies trying to do an IQ test "DUH"

Now you're really flying
User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2454 times:

How can YOU watch RNN....err, FOX, or listen to Rush Limbaugh.

Maybe NRP is boring, but it probably is as reliable as any other news or information service.

User currently offlineThecoz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2448 times:

I've never listened to it  Confused

User currently offlineIFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2436 times:

Ok, I'll stick my neck out.. I actually do occasionally enjoy NPR. A very good friend of mine actually works for our local NPR station as a newsreader. Really, its hit and miss. Somes programs IMHO are extremely boring but, for me at least, it beats the hell out of the Simpson sisters 24/7/365.

Now it should be "IFLYDCA"
User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2433 times:

Once in awhile there's a good music program on or a good informational program on something "you did not know." Other than that, at least in Chicago it's all either plugs for left wing single issue groups or going after fat rich republicans for sucking up the world's resources. As said, it's "hit and miss."

[edit: can my engrish get any worse?]

[Edited 2004-11-21 03:48:20]

User currently offlineElkGrove From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 46 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

Each and every morning I listen to NPR’s Morning Edition as I drive to work. Additionally, I have donated money to my local NPR station, WBEZ, for several years. While I do not fit the common stereotype of the NPR listener, being a far-left liberal, I must acknowledge my appreciation for the service.

I appreciate the broad array of information that is covered on such NPR shows as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. They cover national news, world events, technology, business and pop-culture. At the same time I appreciate what is not covered, such as who married who in Hollywood and so forth.

NPR provides a unique prospective on world events. It covers stories that most newspapers would cover with a one-paragraph summary on their world news page or not at all. I can recall a story earlier in the year on the use of electronic voting machines during the recent elections in India. While I would have never taken the time to read such an article in the paper concerning this subject, the fact that it was on the radio during my drive to work led me to listen to it. During the several minutes that the feature lasted I learned a great deal of information about the electoral processes of India. While the story was not particularly captivating, I was able to come away having learned something new.

NPR targets a different audience than do newspapers and television. In my personal opinion network television has lost sight of what they agreed to provide: public service. Both the networks and cable channels function solely to make money. Newspapers are written in a manner that facilitates quickly reading the gist of a story: what happened. NPR delves into greater depth in their stories, choosing instead to give the listener the 5 w’s and how.

I will be the first to admit that not all of their stories represent the paragon of excitement. In a way this is good however as I find it to be quite relaxing as I drive. If I am able to learn something new, during a time when I would otherwise be listening to partisan hacks bicker, I consider myself rewarded.


User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5975 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2356 times:

NPR's bias is obvious, but the quality of some of their in-depth reporting is unmatched in US radio. It is a valuable part of the tapestry which makes up our culture.

Take what you like, disregard the rest, and be glad we have the opportunity to hear as broad a range of media content as we have.

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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30206 posts, RR: 57
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2355 times:

Can't stand them.

My mom's house is about 3/4 of a mile from their transmitter.

It bleeds through he phone lines every time she tries to make a call  Pissed

User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3407 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2348 times:
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try being in a car for 9 hours listening to NPR. grr... my grandparents drove from New Hampshire to Maryland w/ me in the back and all they ever listened to was NPR even when it was crapping out, my grandfather turned the dial to another NPR.

Grr. i hate them! my mom loves them.

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User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2610 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

They are basically a news and cultural station. The news is the news, boring to some people. Culture can be boring depending on who you talk to, but some culture is undeniably interesting.

I don't listen regularly, but I appreciate NPR.

User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2323 times:

The news is the news, boring to some people

more like the overwhelming majority of people.

...how many other media sources do entire 15min segments on the mating habits of Whooping Cranes? ...the History of PHL's oldest ice cream shop? ...a tribute to the CD "Hang On Little Tomato"?

Sheesh, who'd care?

User currently offlineConcord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

I listen to it a little bit each day.

Kojo Namdy, Diane Rehm and All Things Considered are intelligent and interesting shows.

Their demographic is among the most educated and affluent people in America. No other network comes close.

Every other station on TV or the radio will give you the same old recycled news and every flavor of music you could want. So if this one network offers an alternative to all of that, I think it's a pretty good thing.

Mating habits of Whooping Cranes? Sounds pretty hot to me.  Smile Smile

No info
User currently offlineJ_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2320 times:

I have some friends who listen to it often...but they are conservatives like me...I don't get it...but they also don't watch much TV...maybe the NPR news is "safer" for kids to hear?

COBOL - Not a dead language yet!
User currently offlinePJ295 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2294 times:

I listen to NPR most mornings and afternoons. They do lean to the left. I do enjoy the depth that they will go to when covering a story. They also cover a lot of other subjects theat no one else would bother to cover. For that reason i am always learning something new that I wouldn't have considered otherwise. Compared to the mindless crap on the top 40 stations ,the brain dead banter of most morning shows (Steve and Vicki, the Bert Show, etc.....here in the atl metro area (the same crappy format can be heard nationwide)), NPR is much better. I would rather spend my time learning about something new than shut off my brain. NPR is not for everyone. my wife hates it and calls it numbingly painful radio. Then again I can't stand her chioce of radio, where the biggest news article is all about the latest Brittany Spears scandal or what happened on Survivor last night. It's all a matter of choice and taste..................

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2283 times:

I am glad to see one of the few level-headed conservatives weight in on this topic.

NPR isn't aimed at a low-bow audience to attracte people of your ilk.
Intellegent people from across the political spectrum don't need sensationalism to keep our attention to current issues.
I've mentioned in these forums before that NPR is UN-biased news, yet more detail.
NPR has had conservatives such as Tom DeLay, Gene Simmons, Richard Lugar, Alan Simpson, Lindsey Graham, William Benett, William F. Buckey, Christopher Shays and William Sapphire as guest.
I don't agree with these people but they are smart and conservative but the 'true' definition of conservatism.

With all do respect to you Freddie (ConcordeBoy), I don't think you fall in to the category of smart conservatism.
All of your links come from foxnew.cum which is a tabloid material.

I know plenty of Democrats, Republicans, Green, Libertarians, and Independants that listen to NPR.

I'd much rather listen to NPR than trash radio nuts such as britneysprearsartbellhannitylauraingramrushlimbaughsternarmstrong and all those other cheneybushstallwarts.

Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 days ago) and read 2260 times:

Intellegent people

"intellegent" huh?
....well, we see whom this excludes  Nuts

from across the political spectrum don't need sensationalism to keep our attention to current issues.

...when last I checked, the most intelligent among us are also typically the easiest to bore  Insane

I don't think

...I know, that's rather apparent

All of your links come from foxnew.cum which is a tabloid material.

Way to destroy what little credibility you would've had in this post  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineHaveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

Concorde Boy -- this is a startling concept -- change the friggin radio dial!!!

I, for one, enjoy listening to NPR. It provides more detail about the big stories, and tells me about other stories I wouldn't find out about elsewhere.

Honestly, there's nothing wrong at all about being informed, and sometimes even entertained!!

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21615 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2234 times:

ConcordeBoy: ...when last I checked, the most intelligent among us are also typically the easiest to bore

Check again.

Being bored by the unknown and obsessed with prejudice is hardly an indication of a great mind...  Nuts

User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2700 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

I listen to NPR every morning. Have done so since 1979. It's very informative and well-rounded presentation of public policy and culture.

User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 20, posted (11 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

A word of advice to a new generation: Learn to appreciate, to enjoy silence.

Last year the battery in my car went dead and I replaced it. After six months I realized that I had not yet re-activated the security system on the stereo. I'd gone six months without wanting to listen to anything on the radio.

So I went through the button-dance and keyed in my most secret code number and had a stereo again.

Radio really sucks. I found after six months or more without it that music just adds to boredom, gives tedium a soundtrack, or it interferes with life. Even classical music which has not changed in my lifetime annoys me now after a single piece. I don't want to hear a second one.

Talk radio - forget it. If I want to listen to partisan politics I'll hang around the pilot lounge or I'll come here. Limbaugh is boring and not very careful with the truth. "Ditto" the guys on the other side of the issues. After a while I noticed that I pressed the OFF button a lot more emphatically than I pressed the ON button.

Now when I drive I can think about my driving and do a better job of it, and I can work out other things. I actually get plans made while driving. It is possible to entertain yourself!

The only reason I'd buy a car with a decent stereo is to enhance the resale value when I trade it in.

Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13312 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (11 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

There are vast space in the Western US where the only things to listen to are static, NPR and Christian radio. NPR reports the news. Christian radio gives fluff on how some leader did something wonderful for Christians. Some of the shows on NPR do have a bias, but some of the shows are good to listen to.

I enjoy listening to Fresh Air, Car Talk, Prarie Home Companion, Wait Wait, and Splendid Table. Terry Gross from Fresh Air is a damn good interviewr. She asks questions that are solid, meaty questions and give a background into who she is interviewing. Some of the music shows like Thisle and Shamrock and Afropop give me an idea of what music sounds like in other parts of the world. Music I would not have a chance to listen to because of RIAA wanting us to be mindless zombies listening to their crap.

Oops.... I'll save that for another thread....


Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2174 times:

>>"more like the overwhelming majority of people"<<

Is it me or does C-boy honestly think he himself represents the 'overwhelming majority of people' or atleast the way they are supposed to think according to him?

As of NPR, I've never heard it before until this summer, my lead at work has it on after the morning sports radio report by some goon in LA, I forgot his name. They don't sound as biased as any other media outlet, again I don't listen to newsradio, I'd rather watch it. All newsmedia outlets sift their programming to their viewers' choices, i.e. ratings. I suppose there is some allegence to whomever donates money to NPR. If there is ever a bias interpreted by any organization, think in terms of what they think will sell more, people want to know stuff they like.

IMO, true unbiasness and objectivity requires a lack of human interaction.

The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.
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