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  • NPR story on ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ namesake inspires listeners to give back on Thanksgiving

    A three-minute Morning Edition feature that aired Thanksgiving Day sparked an outpouring of financial support for former restaurateur Alice Brock of “Alice’s Restaurant” fame.  More than $125,000 was pledged to her GoFundMe campaign in less than 24 hours, a feat that many public radio stations would envy.  “I’m really overwhelmed by the whole thing,” Brock told Current from her cottage in Provincetown, Mass. “A lot of this money came from people who don’t even know me.

  • New England Public Media teams up with Merriam-Webster on podcast for word nerds

    Word-loving podcast listeners have a chance to be a fly on the wall at a meeting of dictionary editors thanks to a new show from Merriam-Webster and New England Public Media. At their biweekly pitch meetings, editors at the dictionary publishing company bounce ideas off each other about topics they might address on their website, such as word histories and new words they’re watching.  “Those conversations can be really fun because we're just talking about ideas,” said Emily Brewster, a senior editor at Merriam-Webster and host of the podcast Word Matters.

  • First podcast from Kentucky’s WKMS aims to challenge views of Middle America

    A Kentucky public radio station is breaking into podcasting with a show that subverts stereotypes of people who live in small, rural towns. Since its launch in October, WKMS’ Middle of Everywhere has introduced listeners to an atheist who fought the state of Kentucky for the right to have a license plate that says “IM GOD.” A future episode will feature a Kentucky farmer who fights a local insurance company to end policies that discriminate based on religion and sexuality.