Behind The Scenes Of NPR News

As NPR’s vice president for news, Chris Turpin manages close to 400 journalists across the country and in 17 bureaus around the world. This hour, from NPR headquarters in Washington, we’ll talk to him about covering breaking news live on the air, supplementing those broadcasts on the Web and about the behind the scenes work in Washington that makes it all possible.

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A Logophile’s Dream

Queries about sweet soup, the endearment “my boo” and fossil poetry were all on recent episodes of “A Way With Words.” This hour, we’ll talk with the show’s hosts, Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, about their most frequent questions– as well as the most wacky.

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A ‘Colossal’ Undertaking

With Colossal, the Dallas Theater Center has transformed the Wyly Theatre into a football field to tell the story of a college athlete struggling to overcome a devastating spinal injury. This hour, we’ll talk about how the play examines our favorite sport members of the cast.

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Making Others Take Notice

To get noticed, you need to inspire others to listen to you. This requires confidence, intense branding and respect as a “thought leader.” This hour, we’ll talk about this process with marketing strategy consultant Dorie Clark, author of “Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It.”

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The Shame Game

Mistakes get amplified in the age of social media. Suddenly, an offensive joke meant to be seen by a hundred goes viral and reaches millions. Digital gangs of vigilantes then swoop in, ready to exact justice in ways that have often have shocking, real world effects. This hour, we’ll talk with Jon Ronson, author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.

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The Voice Of Democracy

We’ll talk about how the Nobel Prize winner emerged from 15 years of house arrest to lead her country’s fight for liberty with Rena Pederson, author of “The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for the Soul of a Nation.”

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One Tough Mother

We’ll talk about a mother’s lifetime of painful goodbyes and the support she found in the military community, which she writes about in “Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Mom’s Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life on the Home Front.”

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Keeping Laser Focus

Distractions are everywhere, and they are wrecking our productivity. When we look to the intense focus of hockey players, craftspeople, and even short-order cooks, what can we learn about concentration? This hour, we’ll talk with Matthew B. Crawford, author of “The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction.”

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