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Behind the Mic: Office Style at NPR

In our latest Work Wear series, WSJ’s Robin Kawakami and photographer Kurt Wilberding visited the Washington headquarters of npr.

A few highlights in this dress code-free office:

  • Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent, recalls looking at footage of herself at a press conference with Gerald Ford in the 1970s. She said: “If I had had any idea then that I was that pretty, I would’ve had a lot easier life.” Her reminder to younger folks: “You are really pretty. You just don’t know it.”
  • Scott Simon, host of “Weekend Edition Saturday,” loves red socks and gets almost all of his clothes at a London store called Cordings. His colleagues tease him for looking stylish even in war zones.
  • Gene Demby, lead blogger of “Code Switch,” calls his style “schlubby preppy.” He and his boss pick a different color to wear during the first week of every month.
  • Michel Martin, host of “Tell Me More,” on how clothing is information. “If what you want to say is, ‘I just got out of bed and didn’t take a shower,’ that’s fine. But that’s not what I’m trying to say.”
  • Bob Boilen, host of “All Songs Considered,” saves items like Adele’s water bottle and Daniel Johnston’s leftover cookie for his music memorabilia shelves.

Read the full piece, including outfit details and audio clips, here.

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Dear Internet, It’s Christmas. Please Stop Fighting About ‘Love Actually’

In the past few weeks, a debate has been raging online over the merits of Love Actually. The British movie, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, follows 10 interwoven stories of love — unrequited, adulterous, pre-adolescent, etc. — and for a movie that’s all about love, there’s sure been a lot of hating going on.

But it’s almost Christmas, and so we’d like to ask the Internet to just agree to disagree and focus on something we can all get behind: Everybody’s gotta dance. In one scene, British prime minister (Hugh Grant) boogies through 10 Downing Street to the Pointer Sisters’ 1983 hit “Jump (for My Love).” And in the spirit of well-known people doing something silly, we caught some NPR folks letting loose in a similar fashion at our HQ.

"If I dress like a schlump, I think like a schlump and I work like a schlump." - Nina Totenberg in the Wall Street Journal’s slideshow of how people dress for the office at NPR.

I’ve worked in public radio for twelve years now, though never in an office other than the one where I’m the boss, and this is a pretty representative sampling. Some people look great (Audie Cornish), some look a mess. It’s a funny world, defined in large part by an audience that can’t see you.

(Incidentally, for the twelve million people who’ve emailed me to ask: no picture of me in this feature because while my show is distributed by NPR, I work out of my own office in Los Angeles, not NPR HQ in DC.)

[social sandbox] Advice from Emily Bogle, Scott Hensley, Nina Totenberg, Ira Glass

Hey everyone,

Your coworkers wrote the Sandbox today, which is great. We’ll start with Instagram, move to vulgarities, shift to Kat Chow, and end with Nina Totenberg and Ira Glass. 

What Caused An Increase In Engagement On InstagramEmily Bogle from the Viz team has noticed that the NPR Instagram community has started to tag their friends in the comment section as a way to share the story. She writes:

We have been increasing the number of posts on the NPR instagram account lately so we can showcase more of our great photographs, videos and illustrations. Typically we write a short description of the story and link to the full story in our profile since Instagram doesn’t provide a way to share a link in a post. We have seen a small amount of traffic coming from instagram but a more interesting thing to see is how our audience is tagging their friends in the comments as a way of sharing the image and story.

Want to increase your engagement? Well, #$%$% that. Writes Scott Hensley, “Profanity dramatically increases engagement. In case you can’t see this link, the engagement rate is 5%. Photos of my dog also help. Engagement rate 4%.”

Audio call-outs. Kat Chow did something really great yesterday. She decided to use a Google Voice number to ask for people to share Thanksgiving stories. Why is that great? Audio callouts! Think of the possibilities. (Plus, Google Voice auto transcribes the messages.)

Nina on Reddit: STATS: Nina’s Reddit AMA did really well. The chat got over 80,000 page views, including 37,962 uniques and 1.25 average time on page. From Reddit: “These are very good… Hope you are all pleased.” I love that I could hear every answer in her voice.

How to Listen to a Podcast: Before Serial launched, Ira Glass and co. released this video showing how older folks could download and listen to a podcast. I think this is so smart and probably generated a bigger audience for the podcast — especially among baby boomers — than it would have otherwise received.

See something? Let us know! socialmediateam@npr.org

- @melodykramer

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The Official NPR Unboxing PS4 Video: aka Nina Totenberg unboxing a Sony PS4….My favorite part is at 3:50.

Plates and free speech

From friend Becky, a story from NPR’s Nina Totenberg:

The U.S. Supreme Court is tackling a question of great interest to America’s auto-loving public: Whose speech is that on your specialty license plate? Specifically, when the government issues specialty tags at the behest of private groups or individuals, can it veto messages deemed offensive to others?

More than 1,600 comments on the story so far.

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Obama Administration Emissions Rules Face Supreme Court Test

By Nina Totenberg

The rules are aimed at limiting the amount of hazardous pollutants coming from coal and oil-fired utility plants. They’re being challenged by industry groups and more than 20 states.

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LegalEyes for March 23, 2015

LegalEyes for March 23, 2015

by Caroline Cox

Nina Totenberg of NPR previews today’s oral arguments for a Supreme Court case that considers whether a Confederate flag on a license plate is an exercise of free speech.

At Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Leslie Shoebotham considers City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan, in which the Supreme Court will examine what duties the Americans with Disabilities Act places on police…

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Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio gave a great talk last night at the Drake Knapp Center as part of Bucksbaum Lecture Series. Her topic was the NPR reporting on cases of the US Supreme Court.

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Obama Administration Emissions Rules Face Supreme Court Test

By Nina Totenberg

The rules are aimed at limiting the amount of hazardous pollutants coming from coal and oil-fired utility plants. They’re being challenged by industry groups and more than 20 states.

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Justices Debate Place Of Offensive Language On License Plates

By Nina Totenberg

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to allow Texas to refuse a personalized license plate design featuring the Confederate flag.

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"Justices hear free speech dispute over license plates"

“Justices hear free speech dispute over license plates”

“Justices hear free speech dispute over license plates”: Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has this report.

And on this morning’s broadcast of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Nina Totenberg had an audio segment titled “Is A Confederate Flag License Plate Free Speech?

Read more here: http://howappealing.abovethelaw.com/032315.html#061058

    

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Is A Confederate Flag License Plate Free Speech?

By Nina Totenberg

Texas issues specialty license plates at the behest of private groups or individuals. At issue before the Supreme Court Monday is whether the state can reject messages that are offensive to some.

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Is A Confederate Flag License Plate Free Speech?

By Nina Totenberg

Texas issues specialty license plates at the behest of private groups or individuals. At issue before the Supreme Court Monday is whether the state can reject messages that are offensive to some.

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#NPRreads: From Supreme Court Justice To The Notorious R.B.G.

By Nina Totenberg

For your weekend, here are four recommendations: How Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became an Internet meme, how “The Great Wave” went viral, a profile of Hugh Hewitt and why 4Chan’s founder walked away.

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Justice Ginsburg Turns Her Pen To Exodus’ ‘Women Of Action’

By Nina Totenberg

Famous for her legal pen, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has now written a short essay for a different reason: Passover.

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