This company helps keep radio listeners informed and entertained without commercial interruptions. National Public Radio (NPR) is a privately supported, not-for-profit organization, that produces and syndicates radio programming to 900 independently operated noncommercial radio stations, including about 750 NPR member stations. Its shows include news programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as cultural programs (Fresh Air) and entertainment shows (Car Talk; Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!). Founded in 1970, NPR is funded through private donations, member station dues, and grants from organizations such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Science Foundation.
Like Public Broadcasting Service, its television brethren, NPR depends on a variety of funding sources in order to maintain its high quality programming. Donations, grants, and underwriting from corporations and private organizations make up a large portion of NPR's funding, as does individual donations from listeners. Its endowment fund is overseen by the NPR Foundation, which also solicits private contributions and gifts. Amid increased scrutiny of NPR funding and various controversies, CEO Vivian Schiller stepped down in early 2011. Joyce Slocum was named interim CEO.
NPR is one of two major public radio networks in the US, the other being Public Radio International. Many public radio stations are members of both networks, selecting from their combined mix of programming.