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  Be Inspired: News from North State Public Radio
From the Newsroom
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With just over a year under its belt collectively, our news team, helmed by Matt Shilts and including reporters Sarah Bohannon and Marc Albert, works hard each week to cover the large North State region with stories of breadth and depth. Here's a look at some standout news features from the past several months you may have missed.

Have a story in mind? Email the team at nsprnews@csuchico.edu.

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Ira Glass Visits Chico

We spent a recent Saturday evening at Grana with This American Life host Ira Glass ahead of his Chico Performances show "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host" at Laxson Auditorium. This exclusive meet-and-greet with some of our biggest supporters was just a small token of our appreciation for all they do for NSPR. Learn more about becoming an underwriter or a member of the Tower Society on our website. See more photos from the Ira Glass event.


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May 3
Early Bird Giveaways - North Rim Bike & iPad Mini

May 3–6
Spring Pledge Drive


Tiny Desk Contest
NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest

Unsigned musicians from across the North State submitted original video performances to NPR Music for their chance to win the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest. While NPR was judging the national competition, we asked our listeners to vote for their favorite local contestant.

Congratulations to the "NSPR Fan Favorite," Forgettable Ross of Dunsmuir, who came into our studios for an appearance on Songs From Studio C. View all the local Tiny Desk Contest video submissions.


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NSPR Takes You Places
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What is your day-to-day journey? Is it a work commute with Morning Edition and All Things Considered? Does your weekend include scheduling your day so you don’t miss Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! or The Splendid Table on North State Public Radio?

Have you read a book you learned about through NPR or our own Nancy’s Bookshelf? Do you venture into your garden or gaze at the stars in new ways thanks to The Practical Gardener, Cultivating Place, or Blue Dot? Afternoon Classics provides a musical voyage across hundreds of years and countless destinations.

At NSPR, we are taking you places: across the street, around the world, up the road, and throughout the North State. Every day you count on us for local and statewide news, the finest reporting from NPR, PRI, BBC, and APM, and outstanding music and entertainment.

The spring on-air membership drive will be May 3–6, 2016, with prizes that will take you places, including a trip for two to Washington, D.C., for five nights and four days. This incredible grand prize includes a private VIP tour of NPR, tickets to the Capitol Steps, $1,000 airfare, and five nights’ lodging. It’s a priceless opportunity for a devoted NSPR member.

Renew now, become a sustainer, or make an additional gift to be entered into our Early Bird prize drawings for a bike from North Rim Adventure Sports and an iPad Mini from NorCal Wireless.

And just imagine walking the halls of NPR as a lucky listener to your public radio station—North State Public Radio. Support the station that supports your journey.

Ongoing updates on the spring drive, including information about giveaways, special content, and more, will be available at mynspr.org.

A Snapshot of Our New Shows
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This February, we added several new programs to the already stellar suite of local, national, and international programming on North State Public Radio. We’ve since heard from many of you who have tuned in to enjoy these vibrant additions to our airwaves. If you haven’t had a chance to listen yet, here’s a taste of what our new programs, such as The Takeaway and Latino USA, have to offer. Read about our new programs.

Staff Profile
Tom Dryden, Evening Jazz host
Radio and music were a big part of Tom Dryden’s life growing up. He started taking saxophone lessons in the fifth grade, and when the Beatles came along, added guitar.

"In my generation, in high school, 8-track tapes came out," he says. "And so being around music, and liking music, and playing in bands, my friends would come to me and I could install their 8-tracks. I laugh at it now."

He laughs, but Dryden’s life had the potential to be very different were it not for his passion and talent for music. Read the full profile of Tom Dryden.
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Staff Profile
Mike Fishkin, Afternoon Classics host
Afternoon Classics host Mike Fishkin is a self-described audiophile. And if you’ve ever spent time with him or listened to his show, you know that to be true.

He says he grew up listening to his parents’ record collection—particularly treasuring vintage hi-fi stereo recordings of classical music from the ’50s and ’60s. He also played music himself—mainly the trumpet, but also piano and guitar. Read more about Michael Fishkin.
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