NPR: The First Forty Years

Overview

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.

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Overview

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 Sedaris
  • Chris Rock
  • Dame Edna
  • Terry Gross
  • Little Richard
  • Red Barber
  • Ira Glass
  • Car Talk’s Tom and Ray Magliozzi
  • And many more.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
From the Publisher
“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.”
AudioFile

“A must for NPR fans and history lovers.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615731039
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 10/20/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Original radio broadcast; 5 hours on 4 CDs
  • Sales rank: 570,556
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Internationally acclaimed, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly, and, unlike other media, NPR’s 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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Table of Contents

1970s
  • Introduction by Susan Stamberg
  • May Day Demonstration in Washington Against the Vietnam War
  • Life Savers® Give Off Sparks
  • Special Coverage of President Nixon’s Resignation
  • Nazi Demonstration at Marquette Park
  • Robert Krulwich and the $5 Bill
  • Aftermath of Three Mile Island
  • John Henry Faulk on the Bicentennial
  • Pickle Ranch: Family Run
  • Life at the South Pole
  • Sunset

  • 1980s
  • Introduction by Noah Adams
  • Watching a Solar Eclipse with Your Head in a Box
  • Revolution in Prague
  • Fridays with Red: A Retrospective
  • Miniskirt: Fashion Industry Mistake
  • Little Richard, the Quasar of Rock
  • Yuppie Anguish: A Concept for the 80’s
  • Jim Crow: Blacks Survived with Dignity
  • Challenger Disaster
  • Roger Boisjoly, Morton Thiokol Engineer
  • Goodbye, Saigon

  • 1990s
  • Introduction by Renée Montagne
  • Driving Lesson with Click and Clack
  • Clarence Thomas Accused of Sexual Harassment
  • Prom Night
  • Dorothy West and the Harlem Renaissance
  • Rwanda Carnage Claims Over 500,000 Lives
  • President Clinton Interview
  • Objects of Affection
  • Chris Rock Interview
  • Adolescence in War-Torn Bosnia
  • Santaland Diaries

  • 2000s
  • Introduction by Guy Raz
  • Planet Money: Giant Pool of Money
  • A Bit of a Chat with Dame Edna
  • Change Has Come
  • Vernon Jordan on Politics, Obama and Civil Rights
  • September 11, 2001
  • StoryCorps: Wives, Daughters, Mothers
  • War Update: View from Baghdad
  • Katrina: The Chertoff Interview
  • Stuck and Suicidal in Post-Katrina Trailer Park
  • April Fool’s: New England Suffers Maple Woes
  • Couple Frantic to Find Loved Ones in Rubble
  • Safety, Prosperity Return to Afghan Village
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