Use This Website to Create Your Own “NPR Name”

Today The Atlantic published a piece on the impossible coolness of NPR reporter names. Kai Ryssdal, Chana Joffe-Walt, Dina Temple-Raston, Neda Ulaby, Sylvia Poggiole. When it comes to public radio in Philadelphia, Marty Moss-Coane is no slouch.Want your own? Either you could try novelist Liana Maeby’s proposal (“Stick your middle initial in your first name, and adding it to the smallest foreign place you’ve ever visited;” she’s now Liarna Kassel.) Or plug yourself into the Public Radio Name Generator, where drab Adam Smith becomes worldly Mahmoud Franklin-Garrels.

There’s only one situation in which this game isn’t fun. When you already have an NPR-ready name, like yours truly. When I plugged my name into the generator, it came up with Karim Stamberg-Blechman. Blech. [The Atlantic]