The Nose: NPR's Really Bad Week

Mar 11, 2011

So you think you had a bad week? National Public Radio can top you

This may seem like an ungallant time to point this out, but WNPR and NPR are not the same thing. We're not owned by NPR, and I think it's fair to say that, if NPR ceased to exist, WNPR could continue to function. We're both a customer of NPR -- we buy all that programming from them, -- and a member station distantly involved in its governance.  We'll probably say a little more about that on the show today. But NPR's horrible week brings up some interesting questions. What do people expect public radio to be? How do we feel about the incident that precipitated this week's troubles -- a hidden camera sting that, just for the record, probably would have been illegal if attempted in Connecticut And, as NPR leadership turns over, what kind of course should it plot as it sails wobbly into the future? Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.