Your Afternoon Cry: Scott Simon Live-Tweets From His Mom's Deathbed

People who grew up listening to public radio are a rare breed, in that they're obsessed with "their" radio hosts. Ask anyone in radio about the responses they get when people figure out who they are in public and they'll tell you stories of people freaking out upon meeting them –which is especially funny, given that most … » 7/29/13 5:35pm 7/29/13 5:35pm

Why Do So Many Robots Have A Woman's Voice?


Ever wonder why so many automated voices—think the iPhone's Siri, your GPS lady, the woman who gives you your voicemail—are female? NPR's Scott Simon did a little digging into this topic, and the consensus seems to be that women's voices are used because they're perceived as being more comforting. As one expert put… » 10/23/11 1:05pm 10/23/11 1:05pm