In a flat, quiet tone, public radio member stations get mad at NPR

National Public Radio is trying to quell a member station uprising over fears that cutbacks at the mother station will hurt marquee programs, like Morning Edition and All Things Considered, which draw listeners to the member stations. The upheaval is based around one e-mail written by Ruth Seymour, general manager of KCRW in Santa Monica, Calif., one of the biggest and most influential public radio stations. Seymour expresses tempered discontent in the e-mail about current NPR policies.

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