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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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Bardarbunga, a volcano in the center of the island nation, has experienced a sub-glacial eruption and could begin sending steam and ash skyward if it melts through the ice, scientists warn.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · In northern Iraq, the Kurdish Peshmerga troops are battling the extremists of the Islamic State. But commanders say they’re not getting the weapons promised by the U.S. and others.
 

AP
August 23, 2014 | NPR · Amid accusations of abuse, many in Ferguson, Mo., and cities around the country are calling for police to wear cameras. Cameras may not always be as impartial as people expect, however.
 

Arts & Life

Fox
August 23, 2014 | NPR · The Fox animated show Bob’s Burgers, which won the Emmy last weekend for Outstanding Animated Program, brings nuance and style to its female characters – particularly young Tina, who almost never was.
 

August 23, 2014 | NPR · The younger Scarry, also an illustrator, found a draft of Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! in his dad’s Swiss chalet. He says all that was missing was the final art, “so that’s what I did.”
 

August 22, 2014 | NPR · The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.
 

Music

NPR
August 23, 2014 | NPR · A veteran of Little Joy and Los Hermanos, Amarante makes warm, tender music as a solo artist. Here, he strips songs from Cavalo down to their essence using just his voice and a guitar from the ’30s.
 

August 23, 2014 | NPR · On MTV these days, you’re more likely to catch a reality show than any music. As Spin.com editor Craig Marks tells NPR’s Scott Simon, Sunday’s VMA awards will play homage to television from the past.
 

Courtesy of the artist
August 23, 2014 | NPR · In song after song on the Detroit artist’s genre-hopping full-length debut, one thing is consistent: a powerful, undeniable voice.
 

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