NPR’s feed on the US West Coast went silent for over a minute after an employee’s child “pressed some buttons” on Thursday.

The culprit is among the children that were visiting the broadcaster’s offices as part of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work day, National Public Radio (NPR) confirmed.

“One of our junior journalists was somehow able to press the exact sequence, and perfectly timed live insert panel to insert studio 42 into the stream 1. I kid you not” an NPR engineer wrote in an email seen by blog Gawker. “Feel free to giggle at will.”

11 thoughts on “Snigger”

  1. Good. I hate this practice. I take it as a sign that the company I work for doesn’t give a shit if I do any work that day, so I use my time more effectively wandering about town and doing a bit of shopping.

    You cannot work and think if kids are running around the place, shouting. Call me an old grouch if you must.

  2. In Toby Young’s book “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People”, about his fairly disastrous time working in the USA, he describes hiring a stripper to embarrass a work colleague (as one does), leading to a stunned reaction from a parent and daughter who walk in on it, on Take Your Daughter to Work Day, of which he was ignorant.

  3. Well, that beats the time I took my 4-year-old to the doctor’s and he switched off her computer halfway through.

  4. “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work day”

    What about those four year olds who don’t self-identify in such ancient, oppressive terms as “son” or “daughter”? HATERS!

  5. I don’t see what the problem is. This is a cute story that shows real world problems happen in the ivory tower that is NPR. I am certain that the publicity benefits from this event far outweighs any lost advertising revenue from those missing seconds.

  6. > Wouldn’t “Take Our Children to Work day” be less clunky?

    But then they wouldn’t get to flaunt their sanctimonious peecee by saying ‘daughters and sons’ instead of the more natural but SJW-triggering ‘sons and daughters’.

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