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    Default NPR names.

    It's been pointed out before that NPR seems to attract personnel with uncommon names. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, Lakshmi Sing, Kai Ryssdal, to name a few.

    Locally, we have two young women on our station to add to the list: Sprince Arbogast and Bellamy Pailthorp.
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    Singh. But yes.
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    Meghna Chakrabarti, the host of NPR’s On Point, is fantastic. But her name probably isn’t that uncommon in Mumbai where her parents are from.

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    Funny, I hear these names all the time, but this is the first time I've seen them spelled out.

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    This just sounds like roll call where I live, but then the elementary school three streets over from my house holds the Canadian record for number of mother tongues spoken in its students' homes.

    I love my multi-cultural home.

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    In the space of the 43 years since I built my home, the neighborhood has 'turned over'.... from being about 95% Jewish baby boomers, like me, to about 95% foreign born... Indian, Pakistani, Turkish, Chinese, Russian.. even my next door neighbor is from Sri Lanka....

    ...and I love it. My only problem: I can never remember the names.
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    I always liked Morningstar Topham.
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    NPR tends to be more multicultural then most mainstream news outlets. The people with the strange sounding names have always been out there, but they were probably not allowed to be heard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    NPR tends to be more multicultural then most mainstream news outlets.
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    My town is lily white, 80% Republican and 80% over 60%. I suspect but, not seen, there are a few Afro Americans and only a handful of dark colored, non Christian doctors at the hospital. Only place I see names I can't pronounce.

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    Not a strange name, but I was just thinking: Irwin Gratz has presented Maine's morning edition for a long time...….28 years. I looked it up.

    https://www.mainepublic.org/people/irwin-gratz

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    Does Sasha Khokha count?

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    'Lakshmi Singh' is a little like 'Mary Smith' in some places.
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    Would it help me get a job if I changed my name to sound a bit less ... boring?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Would it help me get a job if I changed my name to sound a bit less ... boring?
    cultural appropriation much?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    cultural appropriation much?
    What if I pick a name so bizarre that no self-respecting culture would want it?
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    Used to work with a software vendor from St. John's, Vermont. He said that Pizza was exotic foreign food, and if Khalid, one of my coworkers, walked down the street, folkswoul come to their windows and stare.
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    Would I have to use the same name for everything, or could I keep a few pithy aliases that are proving helpful for my other lines of work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    What if I pick a name so bizarre that no self-respecting culture would want it?
    Bagaboon Hammertakk.

    That's a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Bagaboon Hammertakk.That's a good one.Peace,Robert
    I'd probably have to read sports though.
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    Nomentrobe Denander?

    Velvet Escobar?

    Panento Valduvorray?

    Peace,
    What?

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    OK, now we're getting somewhere. I think "Peace, What?" would probably get me an on-air job doing lifestyle features...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    OK, now we're getting somewhere. I think "Peace, What?" would probably get me an on-air job doing lifestyle features...
    PeaceWhat Danderfling. Your column could be "Cushion Corner".

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    I'll update my resume, and send it to you for editorial approval ...
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    In Ballard, all you have to know is how to pronounce the j in names like Bjork and Bjornson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    Used to work with a software vendor from St. John's, Vermont. He said that Pizza was exotic foreign food, and if Khalid, one of my coworkers, walked down the street, folks would come to their windows and stare.
    I'm assuming you mean St. Johnsbury, VT. That is no longer the case. Somalis, Eastern Europeans, etc. etc. have settled there & have largely been welcomed.

    On the pizza comment - good luck finding good pizza in St. J!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Would it help me get a job if I changed my name to sound a bit less ... boring?
    Oh! you Tucker, you...

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    Not an ethnic name but I always though the WNYC NPR guy Lance Lucky had a super cool name
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    I hope and pray for newsworthy events in Texas so that I can hear them reported by Wade Goodman.
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    Good dr name- ‘we have an emergency- quick, go get lucky!’
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    Also I'm totally addicted to marketplace and I always like the host Kai Ryssdal delivery and insight. He also has a pretty cool a$$ backstory

    Born in Briarcliff Manor, New York His surname is Norwegian, as his father was born in Norway. He spent much of his childhood in England and Denmark.He graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1985, and then spent eight years in the U.S. Navy, first flying a Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, and later as a Pentagon staff officer. Ryssdal received his MA in National Security Studies from Georgetown University in 1993, and joined the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Beijing, China
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beowolf View Post
    I hope and pray for newsworthy events in Texas so that I can hear them reported by Wade Goodman.
    "while visiting the border today in del rio, texas the president was unfortunately trampled by members of a panicked migrant caravan. . ."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    "while visiting the border today in del rio, texas the president was unfortunately trampled by members of a panicked migrant caravan. . ."
    There’s always than tone in his delivery that takes me back to Strother Martin in Butch & Sundance.

    “Morons. I’ve got morons in my state.”

    To that end, I believe Wade would have omitted the word “unfortunately.”
    \"A little too tall, coulda used a few pounds...\"

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    When I tried for a internship here in San Francisco at KQED (PBS & NPR) when I started. I was rejected out of hand do to being male, white and straight. It was quite discouraging as I still remember. They do like to be diverse enough to suit purposes. Those white males in charge liked to have exotic women or playable gay young men - not that there is anything wrong with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beowolf View Post

    To that end, I believe Wade would have omitted the word “unfortunately.”
    No man is an island entire of itself; every man
    is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
    if a clod be washed away by the sea. . .

    you know the rest
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