One problem that I've observed with those who claim that vinyl is better than CDs is that most modern LPs result from digital recordings, digital mixing, and digital mastering. Although it is still possible to record to analog tape in some studios, the cost for analog recording is about 2-3 times greater than for digital recording, and most studios transfer those analog recording to digital media for the mixing and mastering processes. Therefore, fetishizing over vinyl seems silly in most cases, because modern LPs have little in common with vintage LPs with respect to their recording, mixing, and mastering. Furthermore, the science is clear that CDs provide superior sound, if the CD is properly recorded, mixed, and mastered.
The NPR program focused primarily on dead (LPs) and dying (CDs) musical formats; however, lossless, electronic formats are superior to either of those formats. FLAC and ALAC files have all of the audio quality (or more) of a CD, and require very little physical space (i.e., you can store them on hard drives). Moreover, as a musician, I can record, mix, master, and distribute lossless digital recordings online (CD Baby, Bandcamp, HD Tracks, etc.) without having to pay for the production of a CD. In addition, now you can make 32-bit/384 kHz digital recordings, convert them to FLAC or ALAC and you (hearing range from about 60-20,000 Hz) and your porpoise (hearing range 75-150,000 Hz) can both enjoy the full range of the recorded sounds. If you don't hang out with porpoises, then the standard 16-bit/44kHz CD will be more than adequate for your listening enjoyment and hearing range.
Finally, I grew up during the transition from LPs to 8-tracks to cassettes tapes, and finally to CDs. I do not miss the 33⅓ ffftttt sound, scratches, and the need to incessantly clean and maintain LPs. 8-track and cassette tapes were overprices garbage. CDs were an aural marvel. I still buy most of my music on CD, then transfer it to ALAC for my iPod. However, CD Baby just started to offer FLAC downloads and iTunes will probably follow with ALAC downloads. When all the music in the world is available in CD or better sound quality (remember your porpoise friend), the CD will be placed in the graveyard of audio history with LPs, cassette tapes, 8-track tapes, 78 rpm records, and foil metal cylinders. (For a true audiophile, nothing beats the experience of listening to an original foil metal cylinder, or better yet, the original wax cylinder that melts as you play it.) In 2011, approximately 3.7 million LPs, 220 million CDs, and 100 million digital albums sold; CDs sales are declining, LPs sales are growing at a very slow rate, and digital sales are growing quickly. Digital albums are convenient, consume little space in one's home, are inexpensive, and offer excellent sound quality. Having lived through the transition from LPs to FLAC, I'm very happy that the LP is dead and the CD is dying. I hope the hard drives continue to increase in capacity and shrink in size and cost. Then, once physical media are no longer produced, digital music prices need to decrease, because their prices currently include the cost of CD/LP production and the cost of CD/LP distribution.