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Varied and Various Recommendations from the Staff at Public Radio Tulsa

10:59 am
Tue April 15, 2014

This is Radio

People ask us about what is the appeal of working in Pubic Radio. The long hours? The low pay? The lack of recognition? These short video snapshots contain the answers as to why we got into this business in the first place.
Intro from Jay Allison: Audio may not go viral, but we love it anyway. We love it so much we're making it visual. Transom hereby premieres a new series, called "This Is Radio," created by our friend and Transom Story Workshop graduate, Andrew Norton.
10:56 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Radiolab's Jad Abumrad and the Importance of Sound in Our Lives

One of the most sound-rich programs aired on Public Radio 89.5-1 combines the talents of two hosts, guests, and natural sound using inventive ways not duplicated in the audio realm. Here's the co-host spilling the secrets of how it's done. (Listen to RadioLab on Tuesdays at noon.)
When Jad Abumrad, the creator of WNYC's Radio Lab, shares one of the first things he remembers hearing as a child, he describes something that most of us would call an annoying noise: a running lawnmower. He describes the sound as something physical.
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5:59 pm
Sat December 14, 2013

Most Sensitive HD Radio We've Found Is Now On Sale at Best Buy

Insignia HD Radio (model NS-HDRAD)

Since 2004, when Classical 88.7 signed on-the-air as the first HD radio station in Oklahoma, we've tested a number of HD Radios. So far, the most sensitive model that we've found is at Best Buy (Insignia NS-HDRAD) and is currently on sale for $39.99 with free shipping. It would certainly make a great holiday gift.

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3:05 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide: NPR's Favorite Books and Albums of 2013

Choose your own adventure! Use the categories to search through more than 200 standout titles selected by NPR staff and critics. (You can also combine categories!) Then click on the books' covers to find out why we love them.

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These are the albums we loved the most this year. In what we've written about each one, you can see what we felt should be rewarded, what shook us up and what sucked us in over the 12 months of 2013.

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10:41 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke: Mapping How Americans Talk

What's your general term for a sweetened carbonated beverage? What word or words do you use to address a group of two or more people? What do you call it when the rain falls while the sun is shining? The Atlantic created this fascinating video detailing how Americans talk from all around the country.
A video about the words we say and how we say them.
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1:01 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

NPR's Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt

Inspired by the book The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, by economist Pietra Rivoli, the NPR Planet Money T-shirt reports take you on a journey that documents every step of T-shirt manufacturing. Meet the people who grow the cotton, spin the yarn and cut and sew the fabric. Ride on the cargo ships that bring the T-shirt from factories in Bangladesh and Colombia to ports in the U.S. Learn about the tangle of international regulations that govern the T-shirt trade the whole way.

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7:48 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Listen to the World: No Shortwave Radio Required

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There was a time when many of us in radio would spend evenings turning knobs on shortwave receivers filled with glowing tubes, staining over the static to hear exotic music and news broadcast in foreign languages.

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Never On-The-Air
6:06 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Music For Singing

Concert d'ouverture du Mondial choral Loto-Québec, à Laval, Québec
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For the lover of choral music, Minnesota Public Radio offers a 24/7 online stream of choral music, a public-broadcasting first.

Professional, college, and church choirs can be heard singing selections "from Palestrina to Pärt, spirituals to Schubert." The featured ensembles include VocalEssence, Cantus, St. Olaf Choir, Choral Arts Ensemble and the National Lutheran Choir, drawn from Minnesota's choral talent.

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Never On-The-Air
5:31 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

PipeDreams: Organs At Their Best

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Pipedreams, hosted by Michael Barone, spotlights extraordinary instruments and performers in stirring works that display the variety and wonder of the pipe organ. The program has been a classical music staple on public radio for more than 30 years. Each two-hour program features a theme such as a particular performer, organ maker, composer, or period in time.

Now you can listen to PipeDreams anywhere and at anytime: current programs and archives are available online and are as near as any smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer.

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