As we head into the home stretch of the Spring membership drive here at KRCC, it’s time once again to peek behind the curtain of public radio’s Oz and put names with the faces of the Great Impartial Radio Gods of NPR and their celebrity doppelgangers because, well, it’s just fun. Plus it’s a perfect casting call for NPR: The Movie! starring Ed Begley, Jr. as Bob Edwards (not pictured). We also wanted to point you to this Buzzfeed post that contrasts how you THINK NPR reporters look vs. how they actually DO!

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News

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December 5, 2016 | NPR · Turkish and Ghanaian organized crime rings are said to have issued legitimate and counterfeit visas for $6,000 to people from across West Africa. They bribed corrupt officials to look the other way.
 

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December 5, 2016 | NPR · Antonino Fernandez, who made his fortune from Corona beer, died in Mexico in August at 98. But he never forgot where he came from — a tiny village in northern Spain that he helped support for decades.
 

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December 5, 2016 | NPR · The big winners in the referendum are Italy’s two major euroskeptic parties — the anti-immigration Northern League and the maverick 5-Star Movement, which waged vitriolic campaigns.
 

Arts & Life

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December 5, 2016 | NPR · Sure, brown rice is better for you than refined white rice. But if you cringe when you see it on sushi, there’s good reason behind that, and it’s rooted in flavor science and biochemistry.
 

December 5, 2016 | NPR · It’s a regular event for TV critics to gather in Los Angeles for press conferences with networks and cable companies. But this year, top executives won’t hold question and answer sessions.
 

December 5, 2016 | NPR · Actor Al Pacino, along with singers Mavis Staples and James Taylor, pianist Martha Argerich and The Eagles are recognized at the 39th Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday.
 

Music

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December 5, 2016 | NPR · Ben Chasny resets the dial of his long-running project with a momentous folk-blues burner. Chris Corsano, Circuit Des Yeux’s Haley Fohr and Bitchin Bajas’ Cooper Crain join in.
 

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December 5, 2016 | NPR · Tell us what your top five new albums were in 2016. We’ll compile a list of the 25 most popular picks and share them in the All Songs Considered podcast Dec. 13.
 

December 5, 2016 | NPR · Every month, we ask public radio’s music curators to share the songs they’re loving right now. Here’s everything they loved in 2016.
 

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