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Michele Norris Giveaway

[Update, 9.22.10: We're pleased to announce the winner, selected by our staff: Julie Lueker from Portland! We hope she and her husband will enjoy their free tickets to Michele Norris's reading while sitting next to each (but not in their respective vehicles). Thanks to everyone who entered!]

Michele Norris, the host of National Public Radio's All Things Considered and author of the new memoir The Grace of Silence, is reading at the Bagdad Theater in Portland on October 5th. Tickets are $24.95, which includes admission and a copy of her book.

But don't worry — we've got a pair of tickets to give away!

In the wake of talk of a "post-racial America" upon the ascendance of Barack Obama as president of the United States, Michele Norris...set out, through original reporting, to write a book about "the hidden conversation on race" that is going on in this country. But along the way she unearthed painful family secrets — from her father’s shooting by the Birmingham police within weeks of his discharge from service in World War II to her grandmother’s peddling pancake mix as an itinerant Aunt Jemima.

Publishers Weekly calls The Grace of Silence "eloquent and affecting." The book goes on sale September 21st.

To win tickets, all you have to do is leave a comment with your favorite NPR "driveway moment." It doesn't even have to be related to Norris or All Things Considered — just tell us about any time you were trapped in a vehicle, unwilling or unable to leave until the story ended.

Deadline is midnight on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. We'll select our favorite comment to receive the tickets and contact you via your email address.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. The Grace of Silence: A Memoir
    Used Hardcover $6.95

42 Responses to "Michele Norris Giveaway"

    Morgan September 1st, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I've been listening to NPR since I was very young-- my parents both contributed to this fact. I remember one Sunday night when we were driving home after having dinner with my grandparents. We had Prairie Home Companion playing on the radio, and I pretended to be asleep so we could finish listening to the show in the car before going inside to bed.

    Sue September 1st, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    My son and I waited to hear the end of Car Talk recently. He asked if maybe their was laughing gas pumped into the Car Talk studio.

    Kelly S. September 1st, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    OH! NPR driveway moments happen all of the time to me! I always wonder if people think that I'm being creepy, sitting in my car in front of the grocery for ten minutes!

    Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me! made me late for so sermons at my church that I started going to a different service, just so I wouldn't miss Carl Kasell's seductive voice on my radio!

    Diane Rhem as well... what a fox!

    alexis September 1st, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    i regularly have 'driveway moments.' one of the most memorable was this american life's bridge's episode. the most recent was melissa's interview yesterday with Deborah Fallows on learning Chinese.

    Julie September 1st, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I got home recently to find my husband in his car, sitting in front of the house. I did the same. Turns out we were both listening to the same NPR story and wanted to see how it ends. We both sat in our cars for a good 5 minutes, not knowing the other person was also listening.

    Barbara September 1st, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Having grown up in Alaska, the one that springs immediately to mind is listening to Michael Chabon talking about his book set in a fictional "what if" Alaska that had accepted all the Jews fleeing Europe in World War II. It's always great to hear other people's take on my home state.

    Amanda September 1st, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I honestly can't find time to listen to NPR THAT much, but one story that I remember having a difficult time being pulled away from was when the WWII vet was reunited with his dog tags. Stories like that always get the best of me.

    David G September 1st, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I love Meeshell! but my NPR driveway moment was an episode of This American Life, there was a riveting story about an Iranian couple that had moved to America and had there kids here. Well life moves on and they decide to separate and divorce, ugliness ensues, both cannot move forward in there lives. The children are older and trying to help both and they can't.

    They eventually realize they can't live without each other after all and Reunite!
    Amazing stuff from Ira Glass and his crew. Reunited was the name of the episode if I recall..

    Nisu Shah September 1st, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    My favorite driveway moment is anytime Wait, Wait, Don't Tell me is on...

    Chris R September 1st, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    It never fails that I get trapped listening to NPR when I am trying to make a class at the gym. I stay in the car until the very last minute...thank goodness for podcasts!

    Emily September 1st, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I had a driveway moment in my living room this afternoon. I was getting ready for a run and heard willie nelson was going to be on Fresh Air (re-broadcast). I hesitated for 10 mins or so and listened to the sweet sounds then woke up and made myself start my 4.5 mile run!

    Jason September 1st, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I always drive to the gym during my lunch to work out. But on Fridays, I seem to hang out in the gym parking lot for an extra 5-10 minutes listening to Science Friday. I love that show!

    Maria September 1st, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    The moment that 'hooked' me on NPR is when I heard a This American Life story about people who map out unusual things. For example, mapping out trees, powerlines, and water lines in a neighborhood. Quirky as hell...and that's why I love it.

    Alisa September 1st, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I've had so many driveway moments as well as parking lot moments while listening to my local NPR station OPB. It's a good thing my work hours are flexible since I often get to work and sit in the parking lot listening to a story. In the evening, it's not unusual for my teenager to call me and ask "when are you coming home??", and my reply? I'm in the drive way, I'll be in in a few minutes ;)

    Kelly September 1st, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    The first time I listened to NPR I had a driveway moment: it was a story about five years ago, I think on All Things Considered, about the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was a subject that then eighteen year old me had never heard about an I have been passionate about DRC charities and have been a loyal NPR listener ever since!

    Joe September 1st, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    One of my favorite 'driveway moments', and there have been many, happened during the 'Inside Job' episode on This American Life. The second story told of a former crooked narcotics cop that, after smoking marijuana for the first time, dedicated his life to busting other crooked cops.

    Bonny F September 1st, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Every NPR moment is a "driveway" moment. If it's your own driveway, the restaurant that has your reservation, or parking lot at the mall, whenever a wonderful story is being broadcast, you NEVER want to turn off the ignition and lose one single second.

    Sarah September 1st, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    My friend and I got stuck in traffic coming back from the coast and somehow it ended up being one of the most memorable trips ever. Even though we were trapped in the car going no where, we had a blast just the two of us.

    Catherine September 1st, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I really enjoy listening to Storycorps and almost always am moved, sometimes to tears. The last one that really touched me was the story of a young man whose mother told him he would end up in the nearby prison if he didn't shape up. He did end up there as an adult but as a teacher not an inmate. It was an interview right after he had retired and what he gained from spending 30+ years teaching offenders. I think I was late to work that day, sometimes there are things more important than the time clock.

    Carole Penner September 1st, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    My favorite driveway moments have been listening to Story Corps on Fridays. Inevitable, I pull up to my school and the story is not over. I don't care if I'm late - I've got to hear the end!

    Michael D. Barton, FCD September 1st, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I could not leave the car during a Krulwich science piece, about the fate of a mouse used in an experiment...

    Kevin Holtzman September 1st, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I think my best driveway moment has to be hearing David Sedaris read Six to Eight Black Men. I did not want to leave my car to go into the store. I have shared the story with so many people since then.

    Melissa September 1st, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    My most recent driveway moment was listening to All Things Considered with Lisa Daxer talking about her perspective (as a person with Autism) on "taboo" topics.

    daniel September 1st, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    American Roots last year during pledge drive on Montana Public Radio. Sat listening to the end of that re-broadcasted Tito Puente interview.

    Katie Kramer September 1st, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    There are so many driveway moments. I think the most recent driveway (or maybe driving) moment was on my way to Banff NP last summer. I drove the 15 hours from Seattle and I think on the way, probably found 4 or so NPR stations. I remember getting to Banff only to sit in the car before going into the hotel... I had to hear the end of a BBC World Service story.

    Constanze September 1st, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Well it wasn't a driveway, but in high school we'd listen to NPR on the way to school and frequently we'd sit in the parking lot listening to piece that caught our attention. It was usually worth a sprint to class in order to avoid a tardy!

    MelissaPDX September 1st, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I used to have an hour commute home and never minded because I had NPR to listen to. There was a series they did several years ago on the growing number of girls in correctional facilities. The coverage was so real and touching. The way the stories were presented was moving and raw and I was glued to my seat several nights that week listening to the girls and their heartbreaking stories. I always appreciate a good story and no one does it better than NPR. I heart NPR!!

    anne September 1st, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    My most recent driveway moment involved listening to the reporting on the Chilean miners. A NASA representative was describing the parallels and differences between astronauts and the miners

    James September 1st, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    A recent NPR interview went into some depth on the functions of the frontal lobe of the brain and how it controls a person’s ability to make long term plans OR how an under-developed frontal lobe can be very detrimental to long term planning. As I have a partner who harps constantly about my inability to plan long term and no good excuse for it, I sat in the car in front of my house listening to what became a wonderful short term fix/excuse for myself which I was able to present to my special lady.

    Anita September 1st, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Oh gosh--they are constant! There is no way to recount a "favorite" driveway moment. So how about one of the two today...had to hear Willie Nelson finish singing a song the interviewer did not know--but I did!!

    Mary J. Lohnes September 1st, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    The NPR driveway moment I remember the most is hearing David Sedaris on "This American Life" describing his partner lancing a boil on ass. It wasn't my first Sedaris/NPR driveway moment but it was such a beautiful and funny story about love.

    Fawn September 1st, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    So many 'driveway moments'...laughing, crying and thinking. The series that NPR did on Hurricane Katrina right after the storm had me glued to the iPod. Great story telling about such an important subject. I just heard Michael Pollan (who was great) on 'Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me' again and I laughed hysterically when Paula Poundstone goes off on him for denying that Ring Dings are 'food' because they, "make her life worth living." Even though I'm with Pollan on that one, I couldn't help but be swayed by Paula's argument. Thanks NPR!

    Susan September 1st, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I was completely trapped by the Car Talk guys... and I don't know one car from the next.

    Eileen Brenna September 1st, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    David Sedaris describing his adventures as "Crumpet the Xmas Elf". I was laughing so hard I couldn't get out of the car until I dried the tears of utmost merriment from my cheeks !
    Pure magic ! He's a hysterically funny storyteller.

    Stephanie Overbey September 1st, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Are you kidding me? I never, ever want to turn off NPR! I nearly lost a job because I was always late thanks to you (great) people!

    Misty September 2nd, 2010 at 12:11 am

    It was close to Halloween and This American Life was doing real life horror stories and this particular one was about a rabid raccoon that attacked a lady...frightening!

    Sally W September 2nd, 2010 at 5:12 am

    An unforgettable report from Afganistan 10 years ago or so... the journalist was describing how drugs are transported across dangerously steep terrain. The thugs strap drugs to a mother camel. Then they use her baby to motivate her across the life threatening nearly unpassable mountains while they remain safe from harm.grrrr.

    Russell Fletcher September 2nd, 2010 at 10:21 am

    It is hard to pick a specific one, there are so many, but the most recent one was the lady explaining about learning Chinese, then going to China and not being able to understand a word because in Chinese inflections are so important. (and having a couple people crowd around her trying to understand what she was saying). That segment was so interesting.

    monkeywomantoo September 2nd, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    radiolab rocks!!! in one episode scientists had managed to record
    mice....giggling! that's right, we're all animals - if you tickle us
    we will laugh. this was the most delightful news i had heard in years!

    Chris September 2nd, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I turned on NPR and heard an interview with Oliver Platt, which included dialogue from the series "West Wing." I sat there and laughed and wept. It was a television series that my husband and I watched. My husband died about 6 months before I heard Oliver Platt on NPR. Mr. Platt was very entertaining during the interview, funny, intelligent, and self-deprecating, and it brought back many lovely hours spent with my husband as we watched the series. Thank you.

    Naomi September 6th, 2010 at 1:59 am

    My family always knows what's up when they see me just sitting in the car when I get home from work.
    My daughter had a friend over recently. She had seen me pull in and she was expressing concern and wanted my daughter to go out and check on me. Was explained to her what I was doing, but she still gave me odd glances once I came inside.

    Marina Baker September 9th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    My favorite driveway moment was when I heard about the opening of the Dostoevsky station in Moscow in June 2010. I'm Russian and love Dostoevsky. I found all the opinions on Ivan Nikolayev's images so interesting I didn't get out of the car until I heard the end of the story. Thanks for all the great reports!

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