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Talk: NPR's Susan Stamberg Considers All Things

Talk: NPR's Susan Stamberg Considers All Things

by Susan Stamberg

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This rich collection of 85 interviews conducted by Stamberg ( Every Night at Five ) for National Public Radio's news show, All Things Considered , is a browser's delight. From 1971 to 1991, Stamberg held on-air conversations with artists, politicians, activists and others in the public eye. Here, the talks are organized by year, and each begins with an introduction--some of which occasionally run too long. Stamberg's easygoing manner is deceptive; her finely honed style soon disarms her subjects into opening up (with the exception of Nancy Reagan, whose glacial veneer even Stamberg failed to pierce). Of particular interest are the interviews with John Ehrlichman, jazz great Dave Brubeck, Rosa Parks, and Stamberg's own favorite interview--her lengthy 1977 conversation with writer Joan Didion about her work. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (May)
Donna Seaman
The success of National Public Radio's superb news show "All Things Considered" is celebrated in book form with Noah Adams' "Radio Journal" and now with Susan Stamberg's sparkling collection of interviews that stretches from her stirring 1971 conversation with Dick Gregory to her lyrical exchange with poet Mark Strand in 1991. These precious records of thought, queries, confessions, anecdotes, and opinions create a vivid voiceprint charting 20 years' worth of culture. Stamberg's passion for art and interest in the personal aspects of public issues are obvious in her selection of interviewees. Proud to have been the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program, Stamberg talked to many other high-profile women, including M. F. K. Fisher, Rosa Parks, Jane Goodall, Helen Frankenthaler, Geraldine Ferraro, and Joan Didion. She also interviewed Elia Kazan, Philip Roth, Dave Brubeck, David Mamet, and scores of other dynamic thinkers and creators. These diverse conversations are woven together with Stamberg's fluid commentary, which is inspired by the immediacy and evanescence of good radio writing; it's precise, quick, intense, and charming. With a pleasing page design featuring a running time line and numerous quotes, this volume is the perfect print vehicle for Stamberg's merry curiosity and indomitable spirit.

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