40 years ago, NPR had to apologize for airing ‘Return of the Jedi’ spoilers

40 years ago, NPR had to apologize for airing spoilers of the movie ‘Return of the Jedi’.

The backstory: NPR inadvertently allowed a young boy to reveal the entire plot of ‘Return of the Jedi’ on their program, All Things Considered, causing outrage among the East Coast listeners.
* The program received a record number of calls, with many complaining that the spoiler had ruined their long-awaited movie experience.
* NPR edited the program before it was rebroadcasted to the West Coast.

Apology and reflections: NPR publicly apologized to their listeners for the incident and acknowledged the power of fantasy and story in people’s lives.
* They also highlighted the difference between getting facts right and the impact of knowing too much about a story’s outcome.

Promise not to repeat: NPR expressed regret for the situation and committed not to spoil any future movies with their programming.

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