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Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?

Those are the kinds of unexpected questions asked by unconventional economists Stephen Dubner and Steven D. Levitt. Their bestselling book Freakonomics was so popular, it spawned a blog, a documentary film, lectures, a pair of pants – and a radio show. It joins the lineup of exciting new programs on NWPR, along with The New Yorker Radio Hour, Philosophy Talk, and an expanded Sunday Baroque.

Northwest Public Radio’s Anna King has been honored with two Gracie Awards: the first names her Outstanding Correspondent in public radio; the second recognizes her coverage of last year’s wildfires in central Washington. The awards were announced Monday.

Super Thursday - There is Still Time To Pledge

Mar 17, 2016

If you made a pledge on Super Thursday, thank you so much! We are currently short of our goal of 1,800 pledges. If you meant to make a pledge, there is still time.  Please donate now -- your gift will really make a difference. Thank you so much for your support!

Washington State University announced Monday that our Richland Correspondent Anna King is WSU Woman of the Year for 2016.

Art Blum / Northwest Public Radio

Solar outage time is here again. This occurs twice a year, when the sun moves directly into the line of sight between an earth station and a satellite. When this happens, a station downlink is temporarily unable to receive a satellite signal due to interference from the sun as it passes behind the satellite.

So you may hear your radio signal becoming fuzzy, you might hear static, or the signal may go completely silent.

This spring, the interruptions are most likely between February 28 - March 3, at about 10:38 AM each day.

Submit your question now for  Washington Governor Jay Inslee, then listen to him discuss pressing issues facing the state in the next broadcast of Ask The Governor, Tuesday November 10, 7-8 PM on the NPR and Classical music service, and the NPR News service.

This will also air on KTNW Ch 31 (Tri-Cities) and KWSU Ch 10 (Pullman-Moscow).

Thanks so much to the 2103 listener-supporters who pledged and raised more than $251,000 to support Northwest Public Radio and make this pledge drive a big success! You are such an important part of everything we do.

Exciting new programs are coming your way! You'll also have extra opportunities to hear some of our most popular weekend programs.

Summer 2015 Program Schedules:

NPR and Classical music service 

NPR News service

New programs: 

We have received pledges from listeners and supporters in the cities pinned on the map below. If you don't see your hometown, make your mark by pledging now!

View The 2015 NWPR Pledge Map in a full screen map

Click here to pledge now!

If you made a pledge on Super Thursday, thank you so much! 

 If you meant to make a pledge, please donate now--your gift will really make a difference. Thank you so much for your support!

Daniel Horowitz / NPR

Northwest Public Radio is proud to present Invisbilia, our newest show from NPR. Invisbilia, hosted by Lulu Miller and Alex Spiegel, who helped create Radiolab and This American Life, journeys deep into the human psyche, looking at our hopes, fears, and the science that shapes them. It takes cutting-edge research and turns it into human stories - stories about the most fundamental human thoughts and feelings.

Sueann Ramella Steps Away From The Morning Edition Chair

Nov 26, 2014
Sueann Ramella

Before you read this, Sueann wants you to listen to this:

That's how she wants to be remembered. Rapping awkwardly and hitting her head against the mic.

But here's how we'll remember her.

After almost 15 years on the air, Sueann Ramella is stepping away from the mic - temporarily, to spend more time with her young family. While you won't be hearing her, you will still be able to enjoy her subtle style and mischievous wit as she continues to help guide our social media platforms.

Remembering Tom Magliozzi, Beloved Tappet Brother

Nov 4, 2014
Richard Howard

Tom Magliozzi who, along with his brother Ray, hosted NPR’s hit comedy show Car Talk for the last 37 years, died Monday morning, November 3, 2014, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. “Turns out he wasn’t kidding,” said Ray. “He really couldn’t remember last week’s puzzler.” • • • Tom Magliozzi was born June 28, 1937, in an East Cambridge, Massachusetts neighborhood filled with other Italian immigrant families. It was there that he and his younger brother Ray picked up the uniquely Boston-Italian style of expressing affection through friendly insults and teasing.

Thank you to the more than 2,200 listeners who generously became sustaining members, new members or renewed pledges. If you didn't get a chance to pledge yet,  there's still time. Pledge here.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PLEDGE! Twelve and a half  hours – that’s all the time it took to reach the Super Thursday goal of 2,000 pledges!

We're receiving Super Thursday pledges from all across the Northwest, and beyond! We made a map to show you where our pledges are coming from. 

On Thursday, April 24 at 7:30, join Northwest Public Radio at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, for a live taping of From the Top! Get your tickets now.

The transmitter serving Wenatchee and Ellensburg on 90.7 is running at low power and the signal is very weak. As it serves as the audio source of KHNW 88.3 in Chelan/Waterville/Manson, that signal is also compromised.

Engineers are unable to access KNWR to investigate and fix this problem, because the road tothe transmitter site is impassable due to deep snow and ice. They're keeping a close eye on temperatures, and as soon as warmer temperatures allow access, they are ready to take the snow cat up the mountain.

As soon as we reach the goal of  2,000 pledges, we'll end the fund drive.  Just ZERO more and this drive will be OVER! Thank YOU.

 Your pledge now will take this drive one step closer to ending early.

Thank you for listening to Northwest Public Radio, and for your generous support!

With listener feedback as our guide to this year’s program changes, some new and exciting programs have joined the Sunday lineup on the NPR News service, while reducing the number of repeat broadcasts.

Northwest Public Radio is now in the jazz business, with a third program stream airing on its newest station, KJEM.  (LISTEN). Click here for current on-air playlist.

A signal receiver has failed again, leaving the Bellingham translator unable to broadcast a clean feed of the NPR News service. We are working with the manufacturer to get a replacement as soon as possible, but briefly, 104.7 will air the NPR and Classical Music service instead.

We are deeply disappointed in the repeated equipment problems associated with this translator, and apologize for any inconvenience.

During this period, you can listen to the NPR News service on this page.  

Thank you to the many listeners who called or donated online.  If you did not get a chance to make your pledge, there is still time:

Make your pledge now!

UPDATE: The NPR News service translator in Ellensburg at 89.9 FM was back on the air on Wednesday evening.

The StoryCorps oral history project is partnering with Northwest Public Radio, Yakima Valley Community Foundation and Yakima Valley Museum  to record, preserve, and share the stories of communities in the Yakima area and the Northwest. 

KZAZ is still not producing a usable HD-2 signal, so our Bellingham translator at 104.7 is still airing the NPR and Classical Music service.

Our engineers are working with the transmitter manufacturer on the problematic parts so we can 

 restore the NPR News service to 104.7 as soon as possible.

We sincerely apologize for the extended delay, and  appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to in get things back to normal in Bellingham in the next few days. 

You can listen to both program services online on this page.

Starting Monday, On Point moves to 10 AM, followed by the new two-hour broadcast of Here and Now, 

Mondays through Thursdays from 11 AM to 1 PM. Science Friday with Ira Flatow will remain in its regular slot.

In the evenings, All Things Considered will now continue at 6 PM, to be followed by a repeat broadcast of Marketplace. 

The translator serving Pullman and Moscow on 89.9 FM moved to its new frequency on 93.3 FM, on Friday morning.

Broadcasting Northwest Public Radio's NPR News service 24 hours a day, 93.3 FM will have a stronger signal than 89.9.

 

The NPR and Classical Music service in the Tacoma area on  KVTI 90.9, is currently running at reduced power.


Some parts in the aging transmitter stopped working.  We are broadcasting with a lower power backup transmitter to keep the signal on the air while we obtain parts from the transmitter manufacturer.


Our engineers hope to receive the replacement parts and restore the signal to full power in about a week.
 

Two explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon this afternoon, leaving at least three dead and dozens injured, the Boston Police Department reports.

The explosions happened in quick succession four hours after the beginning of the race, the world's oldest and one of the most prestigious road races in the world. At that point, the majority of 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line. Thousands, however, were still out on the course.

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