Beginning Monday, November 17, you may notice some changes to your favorite NHPR newsmagazines (particularly Morning Edition) as NPR implements some long-planned changes to its program clock.
The biggest change you’ll hear is more newscasts. Instead of two newscasts at the top and the bottom of each hour ("radio speak" for a minute past and thirty minutes past), you’ll now hear three NPR national newscasts (at :01, :19, and :42 minutes past the hour) and four NHPR local newscasts (at :04, :20, :30, and :43 minutes past the hour).
As you may recall, NPR announced in March that Talk of the Nation will cease production at the end of this month.
As the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens. At NHPR, we have taken this opportunity to take a look at our entire weekday lineup, and challenged ourselves with some important questions. Which programs should we consider as possible additions to our schedule? Are we scheduling the right programs—at the right times—to provide our listeners with the best possible soundtrack to their weekdays?
• Ask Me Another is a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton. Ask Me Another starts January 13 and airs Sundays at 2 pm.