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NPR: The First 40 Yearsby Npr
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NPR was created in 1970, three years after Congress passed the Public Broadcasting Act and established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Signing the act into law, President Lyndon B. Johnson said, We in America have an appetite for excellence . . . we want most of all to enrich man's spirit. Today NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches more than 26 million listeners weekly. More than 900 stations nationwide broadcast NPR programming.
This new collection highlights the best moments from the first 40 years of NPR: exclusive commentaries and reflections from Susan Stamberg, Robert Siegel, Scott Simon, Daniel Schorr, Noah Adams, Cokie Roberts, David Sedaris, and others; historical moments of every kind, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to a surprise visit from the Cookie Monster; Pulitzer- and Peabody-Award-winning productions; and more. Drawn from NPR's vast archive, these selections are among the finest in journalism-excellence that enriches the spirit and touches the heart.
Goodbye Saigon Host Noah Adams reflects on the fall of Saigon, with emotional remembrances from people who left, and those who stayed behind. Barack Obama's 1994 Commentary for All Things Considered in reaction to Charles Murray's controversial book The Bell Curve. Young Vietnam vet John Kerry's 1971 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Baseball legend and Morning Edition commentator Red Barber. Special moments from This I Believe, StoryCorps, Planet Money, and other recurring features. And much, much more
"Representing the best of NPR storytelling and reporting, this time capsule of public radio's first 40 years revisits broadcasting highlights and memorable moments from recent history, political events to fashion trends. Including clips and introductions from the likes of Susan Stamberg, Noah Adams, Renee Montagne, and Guy Raz, the collection is both a history of NPR — listeners will discern the changing broadcast quality over the years — and a de facto world history with stories from the Vietnam protests to a blow-by-blow of September 11. Among the high points are Scott Simon's driving lesson with Car Talk's Click and Clack, listener reactions to President Nixon's resignation, Nina Totenberg breaking the Clarence Thomas sexual harassment story, Chris Rock reflecting on his career and the racism he's endured, and This American Life's groundbreaking and prescient reporting on the financial crisis, 'The Giant Pool of Money.' A must for NPR fans and history lovers. A Chronicle hardcover. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
A celebration of this anniversary milestone, featuring both new content and some of the most historic and iconic moments in NPR's first forty years on air.
NPR was created in 1970, three years after Congress passed the Public Broadcasting Act and established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Signing the act into law, President Lyndon B. Johnson said, "We in America have an appetite for excellence . . . we want most of all to enrich man's spirit." Today NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches more than 26 million listeners weekly. More than 900 stations nationwide broadcast NPR programming.
From the turmoil of the Vietnam era to a delightful visit with the riotously funny Dame Edna Everage, join hosts Susan Stamberg (1970s), Noah Adams (1980s), Renee Montagne (1990s), and Guy Raz (2000s) for an unforgettable journey through the first forty years of NPR. This commemorative collection overflows with thought-provoking commentaries, award-winning journalism and humor from the public radio programs that have become an essential part of our lives: All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Tell Me More, Fresh Air and much more.
About the Author
Internationally acclaimed, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly, and, unlike other media, NPRs audience continues to grow. NPR member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.
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