The NPR Robot Voice

Along with many people, I find NPR (National Public Radio) to be the United States' most balanced news reporter. Apart from PBS on television (I don't have a TV), or the wonderfully unmade up CSpan, NPR is the best way for me to find out what is going on without being assaulted by entertainment-style news that goes to ads every 3 minutes. (Of course, for sheer entertainment, you can't beat Fox News. On an aside, there is common consensus that female anchors on Fox wear the most makeup and self-sustaining lacquered hair.) Despite this, there are times that I regularly have to mute the volume for a few seconds or so, or else cackle in disbelief. This happens regularly during an hour of listenership, because NPR often has underwriter ads in the voice of a woman that the Gotham City Insider blog describes as "insane robotic cadences". The voice is so irritating and grating in its lack of any human tone that the only option is either laugh like a lunatic, or scramble across the room to "turn it off! Turn it offfff!" Such is the power of the robot voice to infest the brain with its non-mammalian tones. Gotham City Insider again: "Perhaps she's actually a robot? That would explain everything, really. An NPR announcer droid where they simply enter the daily underwriter announcements and this cyborg spits it out?"