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NPR Voices –

December 7, 2011

I am highly amused by this artwork! Gaelan Kelly draws faces of the voices on NPR, voices a lot of us are familiar with…but do we know what they look like? Ok…probably Ira Glass because of “This American Life” on tv, but anyone else? Here are Gaelan’s interpretation of their voices to faces.

From Gaelan Kelly: When I was in high school I had to spend about 30 minutes every morning driving into town to get to school. This time I spent religiously listening to Morning Edition’s first segment. This was the 90’s so the host was the great Bob Edwards and I can remember for some reason or another getting into my head that Bob was an old Japanese man. Yeah I know, ‘Edwards’ not the most Japanese name but I wasn’t really thinking about it, I just had this picture of him in my head. Fast forward a few years and I see an interview on TV with Bob Edwards (he was retiring) and… What the hell? Bob Edwards looks like Adam West?!

Well I’m sure we all do this with the voices on the radio, we (for some reason or other) get a mental picture of that person and it sticks. The shock is when we actually end up seeing the face behind the voice and our mental image is shattered forever! Anyway, this is who I see in my head when I listen to NPR these days, not always intresting but always wrong. Well except for Terry Gross, she just looks like she sounds.

Read an Interview with Gaelan Kelly by Justin Kaufmann 

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