The experimental origins of NPR
[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Today National Public Radio is a well-established mainstream news organization with an even,consistent voice that is characterized by an earnest, serious tone. But in the years after itsfounding in 1971, NPR's sound was radically different. Stories would blur the line between factand fiction, deploy the tools of radio drama, and take risks with narrative form. Through interviews with producers whose work appeared on NPR's flagship newsmagazine, All ThingsConsidered, during this formative period, as well as through textual analysis of broadcasts fromthe NPR archive, this study seeks to examine and explore the experimental origins of NPR, tobetter understand why the institution's voice changed so radically over the years, when and howthat change occurred, and to investigate the tensions and resonances between news on the onehand, and imaginative documentary forms on the other.
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