Before you try to do this, you should be aware that many (or even most) so-called "public" servers are not intentionally "public". It is fairly common for an inexperienced news server administrator to inadvertently configure his/her server so that outsiders can connect to it. Sooner or later he/she is bound to notice it, and will probably shut off outside access at that time. This is especially likely to happen if the server carries any alt.binaries groups, and most especially if it carries any alt.binaries.pictures.erotica groups :-).
Most organizations that run news servers do not want usage by "outsiders" to degrade service to their own employees, students, or customers. Also, most organizations do not appreciate being used as a conduit for unsavory activities. Therefore, if you find a "public" news server that carries newsgroups that you want, please:
Now that you've made it all the way through my sermon, here's a link to a possibly useful list of "public" news servers. James W. Abendschan periodically runs software that "scans" for publicly accessible news (NNTP) servers and creates a list which is linked to http://www.jammed.com/ (use the link labeled "Public USENET News Servers"). Please read his FAQ (Frequently Answered Questions) before using his list. Besides some of the same stuff you see above, the FAQ also describes how his list works, and its limitations.
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