10 episodes

Marfa Public Radio is literally never asleep. It operates 24/7 (except when lightning strikes) and there’s so much that goes on behind the scenes to make this happen– fundraising, compliance, protocols, emergency response, maintenance…the list goes on and on.

Do you lay awake wondering what FCC compliance entails? Ever wondered what NPR's code of journalistic ethics involves for the newsroom?

We may never be able to explain what it takes to operate the station, but we can put you to sleep trying to.

For this fall membership drive we bring you Marfa Public Radio Puts You to Sleep. It's a sleep podcast wherein we read you the boring documents essential to our jobs, in the hopes we might lull you into slumber.

We do actually hope that you fall asleep listening to this, but when you wake up, help us continue to read our boring documents and keep Marfa Public Radio awake by donating to the station at marfapublicradio.org/donate.

Produced by Zoe Kurland and Christopher Dyer. Our executive producer is Elise Pepple.

Marfa Public Radio Puts You to Sleep Marfa Public Radio

    • Leisure
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

Marfa Public Radio is literally never asleep. It operates 24/7 (except when lightning strikes) and there’s so much that goes on behind the scenes to make this happen– fundraising, compliance, protocols, emergency response, maintenance…the list goes on and on.

Do you lay awake wondering what FCC compliance entails? Ever wondered what NPR's code of journalistic ethics involves for the newsroom?

We may never be able to explain what it takes to operate the station, but we can put you to sleep trying to.

For this fall membership drive we bring you Marfa Public Radio Puts You to Sleep. It's a sleep podcast wherein we read you the boring documents essential to our jobs, in the hopes we might lull you into slumber.

We do actually hope that you fall asleep listening to this, but when you wake up, help us continue to read our boring documents and keep Marfa Public Radio awake by donating to the station at marfapublicradio.org/donate.

Produced by Zoe Kurland and Christopher Dyer. Our executive producer is Elise Pepple.

    A Brief History of All Things Considered read by Travis Bubenik

    A Brief History of All Things Considered read by Travis Bubenik

    You’re listening to MPR in the afternoon. The program? All Things Considered. As you sink into a comfortable plush armchair, you ponder— where did this show come from? Who’s making this happen? Who has made this happen, historically?

    In this episode, Marfa Public Radio reporter and All Things Considered host Travis Bubenik reads a brief history of All Things Considered.

    To help keep Marfa Public Radio awake and keep All Things Considered on our airwaves, donate to the station at marfapublicradio.org/donate.

    • 13 min
    Creative Commons Licenses read by Zoe

    Creative Commons Licenses read by Zoe

    You’re producing a sleep podcast for Marfa Public Radio, not unlike the one you’re listening to right now. You’re looking for music, a dulcet tune to lull your listeners into sweet sleep. You find a couple of lo-fi selections. But…can you use them? Are you allowed? Will you find yourself entangled in a stressful lawsuit around copyright infringement?

    In this episode, Marfa Public Radio reporter and podcast producer Producer Zoe Kurland reads the creative commons licenses. 

    To help keep Marfa Public Radio awake and away from copyright infringement, donate to the station at marfapublicradio.org/donate.

    • 25 min
    FCC Rules and Policies read by Chris

    FCC Rules and Policies read by Chris

    You’re the programming director at Marfa Public Radio. Someone has pitched you an idea for a new show. It’s an edgy program that may contain questionable content. Are you up to date with the current regulations? Well, you should be. The FCC requires it.

    In this episode, Marfa Public Radio’s Programming Director, Chris Dyer, reads the FCC Rules and Policies regarding drugs, alcohol, tobacco and obscene or indecent material.

    To help keep Marfa Public Radio awake and our airwaves decent, donate to the station at marfapublicradio.org/donate.

    • 20 min
    The Dark Sky Ordinance read by Annie

    The Dark Sky Ordinance read by Annie

    After a brutally hot summer, the desert weather’s easing up. You like standing outside at night, but you find it gets dark, so dark that you can’t see a thing. You yearn to read outside, yearn to knit, yearn to play a game of solitaire every once in a while. At last, you decide to install an outdoor light. But you harbor a concern— you don’t want to disturb the stars or pollute the beautiful dark sky.

    In this episode, Marfa Public Radio’s Border Reporter Annie Rosenthal reads The Dark Sky Ordinance.

    To help keep Marfa Public Radio awake and dark-sky compliant, donate to the station at marfapublicradio.org/donate.

    • 19 min
    The NPR Style Guide read by Carlos

    The NPR Style Guide read by Carlos

    You’re writing up an article for the Marfa Public Radio website and you find yourself wondering… do I use an oxford comma? Is this the correct syntax for the situation? How should I go about capitalization? Should I use italics here? Can I use italics?

    Marfa Public Radio’s News Director, Carlos Morales has the answers to your questions. In this episode, Carlos Morales reads you the NPR Style Guide.

    To help keep Marfa Public Radio awake and grammatically correct, donate to the station at marfapublicradio.org/donate.

    • 24 min
    The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 read by Elise

    The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 read by Elise

    It’s 1967, you find yourself in the hallowed halls of an important national institution, that happens to smell like dust and popcorn. You’re seated in a rigid chair, looking upon the senate floor. The hum of discussion fills your ears as you sink deeper into your seat on the sidelines. Senators are discussing the future of broadcasting. The public kind.

    In this Episode, Marfa Public Radio’s Executive Director Elise Pepple reads the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.

    To help keep Marfa Public Radio awake and broadcasting for free, donate to the station at marfapublicradio.org/donate.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

ABrazilianJillian ,

Never slept so deeply

Extremely restful. I love public radio! There’s an error in Episode 1. Elsa Chang probably hasn’t hosted All Things Considered from 1918-present.

Hoopla moola.... ,

Hilariously snoozy

What a great idea. Picture yourself in an obligatory, deadly boring, after lunch work meeting in an overheated room with a monotone presenter. If this podcast came with a PowerPoint, it would be perfect!

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