National Public Radio
National Public Radio (NPR) is a loosely-organized public radio network in the United States. NPR was created in 1970 following the passage of the Public Broadcasting Act in 1967 (which established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and also led to the creation of the Public Broadcasting System). The network was founded on February 24, 1970, with 90 public radio stations as charter members.
NPR produces and distributes both news and cultural programming; member stations are not required to broadcast all of these programs. Its flagship program is the daily news program All Things Considered (ATC), which is carried by nearly all NPR affiliates.
Many of its listeners consider it to be at the apex of journalistic integrity, while some conservative commentators claim that it has a strong liberal bias and also object to its public funding.
On November 6, 2003 NPR was given $200 million from the estate of the late Joan Kroc, the widow of Ray Kroc, founder of McDonalds Corporation. In 2003 the annual budget of NPR was $100 million dollars.
Programs produced by NPR
News/Public Affairs Programs
NPR produces a morning and afternoon news program, both of which also have weekend editions with different hosts. It also produces hourly news briefs around the clock, and World Radio Network, a daily compilation of news reports from international radio news.
Programs Distributed by NPR
Popular shows distributed by NPR include Terry Gross's interview show Fresh Air and WBUR's Car Talk, starring Click and Clack, the Magliazzi Brothers.