"And even if this weren't spelled out in black and white, I think most journalists would just look at this and say it's obvious," Hochberg said.

Simeone said Friday that the NPR ethics code was quoted to her when she was fired by "Soundprint."

"From what I've looked at of the NPR ethics code, I don't believe I've broken it," Simeone says, "because it specifically says if you are a news reporter covering these topics, then you can't go then and advocate on these same topics. I am not a news reporter, and I am not covering these topics."

According to WDAV's Gray, the station is looking at "all the options" if NPR decides to no longer distribute the show because of Simeone.

"We could get another distribution partner, we could distribute it on our own," she says. "I guess there's an option that it could go away. I think we're all working on solutions to eliminate that as an option."

Simeone says she has no insight into how the talks between WDAV and NPR are going — or what will happen if NPR does drop the show.

"Right now, all I know is WDAV is standing by me, and we're going to go forward and do the show. Obviously, I hope that's correct," she said.

No matter what happens with "World of Opera," though, the longtime Charles Village resident says she's feeling "good" about life.

"I have a very nice life," she said. "I'm very lucky. I get to do work I love — work that I think is important as an engaged, active citizen, work that I find intellectually stimulating and challenging. I have no complaints."

"Yes, I'm sorry this happened with 'Soundprint.' But I take my lumps. … I'm not like so many millions of American who don't have jobs, have debts, have health problems. I don't have any of those problems. … I'm married to a man who makes a good living. It's not just my little, puny income. So I'm very lucky. I cannot complain about my situation."

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