The Pirate

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Kelly McEvers is a mic-slinger. Draws from the hip. Records with precision. Not afraid. (Okay, maybe a little bit afraid.)

Kelly is NPR’s Baghdad correspondent but, lately, she reports from throughout the Middle East — especially the countries where the revolutions aren’t working, as she puts it.

On this HowSound, Kelly is unabashed about her apparent adrenaline addiction, her critique of the NPR sound, and her approach to mic-slinging radio stories. To show you what I mean by “mic-slinger,” I feature a piece she produced for Working, a Marketplace series produced by Homelands Productions. The story is about pirates — dudes with machetes who rob cargo ships in Indonesia. Have a listen and you’ll agree — her nickname should be “Mic-slinger.”

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