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March 10, 2011
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NPR Personnel Changes
NPR Book Club
Read 3-Minute Fiction
Easy As 'Pi'
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Schiller Ousted as CEO of NPR
photo by Stephen YostNPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned yesterday after NPR's board of directors decided that she could no longer effectively lead the organization. This followed Tuesday's news that an NPR fundraiser, Ron Schiller (no relation), was videotaped criticizing conservatives and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding during a lunch with men posing as members of a Muslim organization. The bogus donors were working with political activist James O'Keefe on a "sting".
For more background on these developments, NPR's Two-Way blog has compiled a number of resources, plus comments from the NPR listening community and others. The topic was also covered extensively on The Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation yesterday; you can listen to those programs from the links here.


photo by Joanne ChanNPR Book Club Reads Cutting for Stone
NPR Books' special reading event -- a book-club-meets-social-media experiment -- continues in March with Abraham Verghese. The selection for the month is Verghese's Cutting For Stone, a cross-cultural epic of family, love and medicine. Details on how to join in the conversation with other readers and with the author are at


Diane Rehm, NPR Staffers Win National Awards
photo by David Gilkey/NPRThe awards season for journalism organizations is in full swing. Here are some awards NPR personnel have racked up recently:


Three-Minute Fiction Update: Good, Sad Stories
Three-minute fictionNearly 4,000 original stories were submitted for Round 6 of the short-story contest Three-Minute Fiction. The writing prompt for this round, as issued by Round 6 judge, novelist and short-story writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, was to have one character tell a joke and one character cry. While Adichie is reading through all the entries and deciding the winners, you can read the submissions that have been singled out so far.


photo credit: Claire O'Neill/NPRKitchen Window: Easy As 'Pi'
When you think of food-focused holidays in March, St. Patrick's Day may leap to mind. But you may prefer to celebrate Pi Day, March 14, which pays homage to the mathematics of a circle with, of course, pie. Four recipes from NPR's Kitchen Window equal an all-around great way to celebrate.


The Picture Show'Smiling Indians' Depicts A Lighter Side Of Native Americans
Ryan Red Corn wants to change the somber stereotype of Native Americans and his video, Indian Smiles, is his first step in showing the lighter side of his culture. The member of Oklahoma's Osage nation spoke with Melissa Block on All Things Considered yesterday -- hear the interview and watch the video at's The Picture Show blog.