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Thu April 4, 2013

Brews and Tattoos: How Public Radio Stations Get Creative With Pledge Drive Premiums

WUNC 70's Beer: North Carolina Public Radio brewed their thanks in the late 70's with WUNC brew. It was brewed by a former program director, guaranteed to be "fun-raising" and labeled at 91.5% pure (the station frequency).
Keith Weston WUNC

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:41 am

Ok, so pledge drive season might not be your most favorite time of the year. But if you are like many of us, it's the thank you gift that really gets you opening your wallet (oh, and all that great programming).

From donations befitting local organizations, to tiny underpants (not that kind), NPR Member Stations are coming up with distinctive and regionally-inspired ways to thank the listeners and fans who support them. Check out the slideshow below to see the pledge gifts, and in some cases gaffs, public radio stations use to share their appreciation.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:06 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Dear Netflix, We Can't Hear You! Signed, 50 Million Americans

Netflix was ordered to close-caption all its films by next year.
Justin Lane EPA /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 3:35 pm

Addicted, that's what we are: My husband and I are addicted to BBC television shows. We watch BBC series via Netflix streaming, the "instant" option available to Netflix customers.

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The Two-Way
8:49 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Documents: Psychiatrist Warned Alleged Colorado Theater Shooter Was Threat

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes during a court hearing last month in Centennial, Colo.
R.J. Sangosti/pool Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 8:39 pm

A University of Colorado Denver psychiatrist warned campus police that James Holmes, who is accused of opening fire in a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo., was a threat to the public.

That's according to a search warrant unsealed along with other documents on Thursday by an Arapahoe County District Judge.

The Denver Post reports:

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Monkey See
8:02 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Remembering Roger Ebert

Film critic Roger Ebert, seen here in 2009, died Thursday.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 9:37 am

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The Two-Way
7:31 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Chaz Ebert: Tired Of Cancer Fight, Ebert Said He Had 'Lived A Great And Full Life'

Film critc Roger Ebert and wife Chaz Ebert attend the 14th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on June 14, 2010 in New York City.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Chaz Ebert, Roger Ebert's wife of more than 20 years, has issued a statement on the passing of her husband. She wrote:

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The Two-Way
7:05 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Rutgers Assistant Basketball Coach Jimmy Martelli Resigns

Rutgers assistant men's basketball coach Jimmy Martelli has resigned, amid the fallout of a videotape that showed head coach Mike Rice physically and verbally abusing his players.

According to The Star-Ledger, which broke the story, Martelli resigned yesterday, at the same time Rice was fired.

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The Two-Way
6:44 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Reports: Hewlett-Packard's Chairman Will Step Aside

Hewlett-Packard's chairman Raymond Lane will give up his position, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Bloomberg are reporting.

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The Salt
6:35 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

NYC's Fast-Food Workers Strike, Demand 'Living Wages'

Demonstrators from the Fast Food Forward rally protest Thursday outside a Wendy's restaurant in New York City.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 8:20 pm

Fast-food restaurants were a little bit slower Thursday in New York City. Hundreds of workers staged a one-day strike in what organizers are calling the biggest job action ever in that industry. It's a growing segment of the economy, but workers complain that fast-food jobs don't pay enough to survive in New York City.

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The Two-Way
6:27 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

WATCH: Kid President Meets President Obama

Kid President meets with President Obama.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 7:44 pm

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Research News
6:03 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Some Deep-Sea Microbes Are Hungry For Rocket Fuel

This bacterium-like microbe, Archaeoglobus fulgidus, seen here in a false-color image, can live in the high temperatures found near deep-sea vents. They can also survive by consuming perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel.
Alfred Pasieka Science Source

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 9:36 am

It's life, but not as we know it. Researchers in the Netherlands have found that a microbe from deep beneath the ocean can breathe a major ingredient in rocket fuel. The discovery suggests that early life may have used many different kinds of chemicals besides oxygen to survive and thrive.

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