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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)
"This is nowhere near ALL the best work produced for NPR over the last 40 years, but it reminds us of what they do best: tickle our funny bones one minute and move us to tears the next."
"A must for NPR fans and history lovers."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"All the stories in the audiobook offer something that the printed edition can't. They offer what I've always felt is the strength of public radio and grew to cherish as I worked in it--the ability to tell a story that is all in the voice and language."
--Renee Montagne of NPR, AudioFile interview Renee Montagne, NPR
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.
FEATURING: David SedarisChris RockDame EdnaTerry GrossLittle RichardRed BarberIra GlassCar Talk's Tom and Ray Magliozzi
And many 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.
Table of Contents
1970s Introduction by Susan StambergMay Day Demonstration in Washington Against the Vietnam WarLife Savers® Give Off SparksSpecial Coverage of President Nixon's ResignationNazi Demonstration at Marquette ParkRobert Krulwich and the $5 BillAftermath of Three Mile IslandJohn Henry Faulk on the BicentennialPickle Ranch: Family RunLife at the South PoleSunset
1980sIntroduction by Noah AdamsWatching a Solar Eclipse with Your Head in a BoxRevolution in PragueFridays with Red: A RetrospectiveMiniskirt: Fashion Industry MistakeLittle Richard, the Quasar of RockYuppie Anguish: A Concept for the 80'sJim Crow: Blacks Survived with DignityChallenger DisasterRoger Boisjoly, Morton Thiokol EngineerGoodbye, Saigon
1990sIntroduction by Renée MontagneDriving Lesson with Click and ClackClarence Thomas Accused of Sexual HarassmentProm NightDorothy West and the Harlem RenaissanceRwanda Carnage Claims Over 500,000 LivesPresident Clinton InterviewObjects of AffectionChris Rock InterviewAdolescence in War-Torn BosniaSantaland Diaries
2000sIntroduction by Guy RazPlanet Money: Giant Pool of MoneyA Bit of a Chat with Dame EdnaChange Has ComeVernon Jordan on Politics, Obama and Civil RightsSeptember 11, 2001StoryCorps: Wives, Daughters, MothersWar Update: View from BaghdadKatrina: The Chertoff InterviewStuck and Suicidal in Post-Katrina Trailer ParkApril Fool's: New England Suffers Maple WoesCouple Frantic to Find Loved Ones in RubbleSafety, Prosperity Return to Afghan Village