NPR Transcripts FAQ

What are NPR transcripts?
Where are NPR transcripts available?
Which transcripts are available at NPR.org?
How do I find a transcript at NPR.org?
What if I find a mistake while I'm reading a transcript?
When are new transcripts available?
I still have questions. Help!

 


 

What are NPR transcripts?

NPR transcripts are written records of the spoken stories you hear on air. They’re created by outside contractors working on rush deadlines. Unlike a script, which is created in advance, a transcript is intended to capture exactly what was said on-air.

Where are NPR transcripts available?

Transcripts dating from mid-2005 are available at our website, npr.org. The research databases LexisNexis, ProQuest, EBSCO, Gale, Factiva, NewsBank and Thompson Reuters are other resources for finding NPR transcripts.

Which transcripts are available at NPR.org?

We offer transcripts for all NPR-produced programs: Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Tell Me More, Weekend Edition Saturday, Weekend Edition Sunday, Weekends All Things Considered (Saturday and Sunday) and starting March 2013, TED Radio Hour. We also offer transcripts for some programs produced by member stations, including Fresh Air, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and Ask Me Another.

Note: Some member stations maintain their own archives of transcripts for programs they produce. In these cases, transcript requests must be handled directly by the program in question. A list of public radio programs is available here http://www.npr.org/programs/index.html.

How do I find a transcript at NPR.org?

If you need tips for locating a story you heard on NPR please review our help article on finding stories.

Once you have located the story that you were searching for, you should see a page that looks like this:
 


 

The web copy you see on this page is not necessarily the same as the transcript. Once on the story page, be sure click on the Transcript button (see above).

Note: If the Transcript option is not visible, that usually simply means the transcript isn’t available yet. If the Transcript option is still not displaying a few days after a story has aired, please let us know.

What if I find a mistake while I'm reading a transcript?

Our transcripts are produced on a rush deadline, and they’re available for viewing before NPR’s transcript coordinators have had the opportunity to check them. Due to staffing constraints as well as the volume of work, we’re unable to proofread every transcript. In other words, mistakes are inevitable!

If you spot a transcript error -- a name is misspelled, for example, or a passage doesn’t accurately reflect what was said on air -- please let us know. We’ll take a close look.

When are new transcripts available?

Transcripts are usually available about six hours after a program finishes airing in all time zones.

I still have questions. Help!

For help finding a transcript or for general questions not covered in this FAQ, please contact us for additional assistance.

 

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