NPR Corrections

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Morning Edition

Lacking Options, Officials Keep Schizophrenic in Jail

Corrected on December 20, 2007

In the broadcast version of this report, and in an earlier version of the story published online, we said that Jonathan Ramos was incarcerated after riding off on a bicycle from the Wal-Mart in St. Thomas. In fact, the store was a Kmart.
All Things Considered

Book Deals Go Down Easily at Michael's

Corrected on December 6, 2007

Diane Clehane's blog at should have been identified as "Lunch at Michael's."
Morning Edition

Weak Dollar Can Bode Well for Manufacturers

Corrected on December 3, 2007

The audio does not make it clear that Romania "redominated" its currency in early 2005, essentially revaluing it to bring it more in line with other European currencies. This was seen as a preliminary step before the adoption of the Euro, which is to take place within a few years.
Morning Edition

Army Captains Critique Iraq War

Corrected on November 28, 2007

Versions of this story heard on air incorrectly characterized Luis Montalvan's parents. Both were born in the United States. The archived audio has been edited to remove the error.
Morning Edition

Jazz Legend Max Roach Dies at 83

Corrected on November 19, 2007

The audio version of this story incorrectly said that singer Abbey Lincoln was Max Roach's first wife. She was his second wife.
Morning Edition

Seniors Urged to Research Their Drug-Plan Options

Corrected on November 15, 2007

In this story, NPR reported that about a quarter of low-income people who receive Medicare's extra help for drug costs will need to switch drug plans to keep the government subsidy. Actually, they can stay in their current plans and keep the extra help, but they'll have to pay higher premiums to do so. The story below has been revised accordingly.
Weekend Edition Saturday

Where's Obama?

Corrected on November 15, 2007

The college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Sen. Obama was scheduled to speak is misidentified in the audio of this story. It is Kirkwood Community College.
Morning Edition

Fisk University Hopes to Sell Art to Keep Afloat

Corrected on November 14, 2007

The original introduction to this story incorrectly stated that Fisk University anticipated shutting down due to a cash shortage. The school has no plans to close.
Morning Edition

FBI and Universities Unite to Fight Terror

Corrected on November 8, 2007

Early versions of the radio story mistakenly identified the former FBI director. His name is J. Edgar Hoover.
All Things Considered

NYC Mandates Reporting of Diabetes Test Results

Corrected on November 7, 2007

A few corrections to the audio of this story: Patients do know that the testing is being done. It is the New York City Board of Health -- not the city council -- that is requiring labs to forward test results to the city health department. Also, test results -- not medical records -- will be retained in health department files.
Weekend Edition Saturday

The Artistry of Conductor James Levine

Corrected on November 6, 2007

The composer Arnold Schonberg's nationality is misidentified in the audio for this story. He was born in Austria.
All Things Considered

Coming Around to See the Point of The Knife

Corrected on October 30, 2007

The archived audio mistakenly identifies the song and CD. The correct title for both is "Silent Shout."
Weekend Edition Sunday

Okkervil River's Music: Spookiness and Bloodshed

Corrected on October 30, 2007

The report misstates the degrees earned by Okkervil River band member Jonathan Meiburg. He is working on his master's degree in geography.
All Things Considered

Hezbollah Commemorates Costly 'Divine Victory'

Corrected on October 28, 2007

In the broadcast and original Web version of this story, NPR stated that last year's conflict between Israel and Hezbollah erupted when Hezbollah launched a cross-border raid and captured two Israeli soldiers. NPR then said that Israel unleashed air strikes and sent troops and tanks across the border, and Hezbollah retaliated by firing Katyusha rockets into Israel. In fact, Hezbollah launched an initial round of Katyushas at the time of its cross-border raid. The Katyusha attacks escalated and expanded to most parts of northern Israel after the Israeli air strikes began. The Web version below has been corrected.
All Things Considered

Soulive: Mixing It Up with Jazz and Funk

Corrected on October 25, 2007

The audio of this story refers incorrectly to one of the band members as Aaron Evans. His name is Alan Evans.
Weekend Edition Sunday

Is 'Soft Partition' a Viable Solution for Iraq?

Corrected on October 14, 2007

Trans-Jordan was created in 1921 by Britain, not in 1948 by the United Nations, as Daniel Schorr notes in this commentary.
All Things Considered

Artists of Battlefield Deception: Soldiers of the 23rd

Corrected on October 2, 2007

The audio version of this story notes that after the war, the soldiers of the 23rd were told to keep their experiences secret. In fact, some were told and some were not. Jack Masey, who is quoted in this report, was not told.
All Things Considered

Winners Welcome MacArthur 'Genius Grants'

Corrected on September 30, 2007

The audio version of this story misidentifies the professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore who studies the role of race relations in American medicine. She is Dr. Lisa Cooper, not Dr. Linda Cooper.
Morning Edition

College Sports Coverage: Out of Bounds?

Corrected on September 28, 2007

The audio version of this story said the starting quarterback for Oklahoma State was benched last year. He was benched last week.
Morning Edition

WWII Vets Receive Salutes

Corrected on September 26, 2007

This report incorrectly said that Steve Nolan is a psychologist. He is a clinical social worker.
Weekend Edition Saturday

Paris' Popular Bike Program May Inspire Others

Corrected on September 20, 2007

An earlier version of this story said it costs about $7 for an annual bike pass. It is about $7 for a weekly pass.
All Things Considered

Clerics Who Opposed Gay Bishop Return to U.S.

Corrected on September 9, 2007

The home states of two clerics mentioned in the story are misattributed in the audio. Bill Atwood is from Texas. Bill Murdoch is from Massachusetts.
Day to Day

California Attorney General Recalls Honorary Badges

Corrected on September 7, 2007

In citing a bit of movie dialogue and attributing it to Blazing Saddles, we neglected to mention Treasure of the Sierra Madre as the original source of the quotation.
Morning Edition

U.N. Peacekeepers Prepare for Darfur Deployment

Corrected on August 28, 2007

An earlier version of this summary incorrectly identified Jane Holl Lute as the head of the U.N. Peacekeeping Office. She is a top official in the office, but is not in charge of it. The error remains in the audio version of this story.
Day to Day

Allawi Lobbies for al-Maliki's Replacement

Corrected on August 25, 2007

Haley Barbour is misidentified in a reference to the law firm of Barbour, Griffith & Rogers. He is the current governor of Mississippi.
All Things Considered

Arts Boards Struggle with Changing Roles

Corrected on August 24, 2007

The co-editor of "The Art of Governance," quoted in the archived audio for this story, is misidentified. Her name is Jaan Whitehead.
All Things Considered

Are Generic Biotech Drugs Coming Soon?

Corrected on August 17, 2007

At the time this story aired neither the House nor Senate had voted on legislation. There have been two hearings in subcommittees of the House of Representatives, and a Senate committee has approved legislation.
All Things Considered

Lee Hazlewood: Writer Gave Music Biz the 'Boots'

Corrected on August 17, 2007

The broadcast version of this story used a snippet of the 'Peter Gunn' theme to illustrate Duane Eddy's singular guitar style, which Lee Hazlewood helped create. That tune was written, however, by Henry Mancini. The audio linked above has been amended.
All Things Considered

Specialty Crops and the Farm Bill

Corrected on August 8, 2007

The audio version of this story said the farm bill passed last week. The measure was approved July 27.
Weekend Edition Sunday

Democrats Court Liberal Bloggers at YearlyKos

Corrected on August 6, 2007

The audio version of this story incorrectly reported that six Democratic candidates appeared at the YearlyKos convention.
All Things Considered

EPA Unveils Tighter Rules on Particles in Air

Corrected on August 3, 2007

The audio for this segment has been corrected. Earlier versions incorrectly said industry groups believe the fine particle standards "aren't strict enough." In fact, the industry groups say they're too strict.
Day to Day

How to Avoid Foreclosure on Your Home

Corrected on July 31, 2007

An organization mentioned in the audio version of this piece was misidentified. Its name is NeighborWorks America.
Morning Edition

Bulgaria Celebrates Nurses' Release from Libya

Corrected on July 29, 2007

An earlier version of the audio for this story misidentified Physicians for Human Rights as Physicians Without Borders. The error has been corrected in this version.
All Things Considered

FBI Director Contradicts Gonzales Testimony

Corrected on July 27, 2007

The broadcast version of this story misidentified a member of Congress. We said it was Stephen Cohen, Democrat of Tennessee; we should have said it was Artur Davis, Democrat of Alabama.
Morning Edition

Chinese Tourists Drawn to French Town's History

Corrected on July 12, 2007

The on-air version of this story, and an earlier version on the Web site, incorrectly stated that Mao Zedong had been in France.
Morning Edition

Internet Radio Silently Protests Royalties

Corrected on June 26, 2007

Jonathan Potter, executive director of Digital Media Association, was misidentified in early broadcasts of this story.
All Things Considered

U.S. Nuclear Warhead Numbers Are Kept Secret

Corrected on June 11, 2007

The radio version of this story incorrectly reports Robert Norris' estimate of the U.S. nuclear stockpile. According to Norris' figures, cutting the stockpile in half would leave about 5,000 in the stockpile.
Weekend Edition Sunday

Smithsonian, Congress Share a Turbulent History

Corrected on May 26, 2007

This story erroneously suggests that the balloons used for reconnaissance during the Civil War belonged to the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian never sent balloons up for reconnaissance during the Civil War. Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry advised President Lincoln that balloons would be feasible for reconnaissance and put the president in touch with the balloonist Thaddeus Lowe. Lowe went on to form the Union Army Balloon Corps.
Morning Edition

Military Shows Off Experimental Heat Ray

Corrected on April 10, 2007

In the broadcast version of this story, NPR incorrectly stated that the ray gun penetrates 1/16th of an inch into the skin. The U.S. military says the ray gun penetrates 1/64th of an inch into the skin.
Weekend Edition Saturday

Week in Review: Iraq, Pelosi and the EPA's Powers

Corrected on April 9, 2007

The archived audio contains an error: Mitt Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts. His father, George Romney, was governor of Michigan.
All Things Considered

Computer Glitch Worsened a Bad Day for Stocks

Corrected on March 2, 2007

The audio archived online differs from the story as it was originally broadcast. The original version misidentified the company for which Abelardo Gonzalez works. He works for Keynote Systems.

Being Christopher Walken

Corrected on February 20, 2007

The audio of this story states that the Walken show features seven performers. The actual number is eight.
Morning Edition

New Citizenship Test Gets Dry Run

Corrected on February 16, 2007

In some broadcast versions of this story, the spokesman for People for the American Way was misidentified. He should have been identified as Andrew Stengel.
All Things Considered

Jim Harrison's Legends of Lyrical Fiction

Corrected on February 9, 2007

The audio for this story incorrectly locates Jim Harrison's place of birth. He was born in Grayling, Mich., which is in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula.
Morning Edition

U.S. Families Find Own Meanings in Iraq Deaths

Corrected on January 26, 2007

In the broadcast version of this story, NPR identifies Marine Capt. Robert Secher as 31. He was 33 at the time of his death.
Morning Edition

Colo. Hispanics Fight for Rights to the Taylor Ranch

Corrected on January 16, 2007

There are two errors in the audio version of this story The land grant cited is a Mexican land grant from 1844. And the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of families in the tract known as La Sierra in 2002 (not 1992).