NPR had the reputation of high brow commentary and talk shows about gardening. There really wasn't anything more square than 'public radio' or 'public television' for that matter. In the past these were what your parents listened to on AM radio with too much talking and not enough tunes.
Now I am not sure when this change over occurred but somehow along the way NPR got cool as hell. It isn't because I am older now but rather because of the hip streaming options they offer up. Yes, streaming does make you a slave to the internet but lets face it we all are anyway or you wouldn't be sitting on your ass reading this right now. We are constantly connected wirelessly or wired and so streaming becomes a fabulous offering not unlike free samples at the grocery store.
This week we have the lovely Regina Spektors album "What We Saw From the Cheap Seats" which doesn't even come out until May 29. This is the first release in three years for Spektor and according to our show review, she still got it. If you recall she underwent some personal loss when her cellist died suddenly a couple years back. She has returned triumphantly and in true Spektor form oozes with emotion and elegance.