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NPR, once known as National Public Radio, began in the early 1970s. Today it syndicates over 900 public radio programs — its own and those of rival providers — keeping us entertained and informed on long commutes or trips to the gym. With so many programs now available as podcasts — are you listening to Serial? Do you think he did it? — you might find yourself tuning in during the wee hours caring for your newborn.

NPR and its rivals and affiliates might seem unlikely places to find a baby name, but these are some hard-working, knowledgeable men and women. The very best kinds of nerds — and excellent baby name inspiration.

Baby girl names from public radio


  • Annabelle Gurwitch: commentator for All Things Considered
  • Audie Cornish: co-host of All Things Considered
  • Bailey White: commentator for All Things Considered
  • Brooke Gladstone: co-host of On the Media
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater: host of JazzSet
  • Desiree Cooper: commentator for All Things Considered
  • Diane Rehm: host of The Diane Rehm Show
  • Fiona Ritchie: host of The Thistle & Shamrock
  • Lisa Simeone: host of World of Opera
  • Margot Adler: host of Justice Talking
  • Maria Hinojosa: host of Latino USA
  • Maureen Corrigan: Fresh Air book critic
  • Michele Norris: co-host of All Things Considered
  • Nina Totenberg: legal affairs correspondent for NPR News
  • Ophira Eisenberg: host of Ask Me Another
  • Rachel Martin: host of Weekend Edition Sunday
  • Renée Montagne: co-host of Morning Edition
  • Robin Young: co-host of Here and Now
  • Suzanna Bona: host of Sunday Baroque
  • Sylvia Poggioli: senior European correspondent for NPR News
  • Terry Gross: host of Fresh Air
  • Zoe Chace: one of many hosts of the Planet Money podcast

Baby boy names from public radio


  • Arun Rath: weekend host of All Things Considered
  • Christopher O'Riley: host of From the Top
  • Claude Brodesser: host of The Business
  • Felix Contreras: reporter for NPR News
  • Garrison Keillor: host of A Prairie Home Companion
  • Geoffrey Nunberg: commentator for Fresh Air
  • Glynn Washington: host of Snap Judgment
  • Graham Smith: senior producer for All Things Considered
  • Guy Raz: host of TED Radio Hour
  • Ira Glass: host of This American Life
  • Isaiah Sheffer: late host of Selected Shorts
  • Jacob Goldstein: correspondent for the Planet Money podcast
  • Jeremy Hobson: co-host of Here and Now
  • Joel Block: co-host of Earth & Sky
  • Jonathan Goldstein: host of WireTap
  • Kevin Kling: commentator for All Things Considered
  • Merle Kessler: announcer on Ask Dr. Science
  • Milo Miles: Fresh Air world music critic
  • Noah Adams: senior correspondent for NPR News
  • Peter Sagal: host of Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me!
  • Scott Simon: host of Weekend Edition Sunday 

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