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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081187253X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811872539
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This celebration of National Public Radio comes in a snappy magazine style, full of short histories from familiar names. NPR's shaky start was fortified by the devotion of the few staffers working out of a small office in D.C. The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 only included radio because of a push from broadcast veterans at the University of Michigan, but the CPB set aside a paltry 10% of funds for Public Radio. Stories such as these remind us that NPR existed, and exists, as a way for everyday voices to explain the world, rather than the stentorian tones of broadcast news. Sylvia Poggioli, Nina Totenberg, Renee Montagne, Cokie Roberts (who suggested that NPR attracted so many talented women because salaries were too low for men), and others were on the front lines of war coverage, reporting from Rwanda to Bosnia to Afghanistan; as a former NPR senior foreign editor put it, "You really never saw a reporting team made up mostly of women." It's fitting that the women, and the men, who built NPR should be the ones to present this retrospective illustrating just how much they have given us.
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"...a beautifully designed anthology of behind-the-scenes photos, essays and original reporting...we couldn't recommend it more." -Brain Pickings

Selected as one of "Top 5 Books of 2010." - Cool Hunting

"If you're a fan of NPR, you need to own this book!" - Portland Book Review

More About the Author

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming. From 1996-2002 she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week. Roberts also serves as commentator for National Public Radio. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

Cokie Roberts has written several bestselling books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, Founding Mothers, and Ladies of Liberty. In addition she has written two books with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, that include From This Day Forward, an account of their now more than forty-five year marriage and other marriages in American history, which immediately went onto the New York Times bestseller list, and Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families. Cokie Roberts holds more than twenty honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions and President Bush appointed her to his Commission on Service and Civic Participation. In 2008 the Library of Congress named her a "Living Legend," one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor.

She is the mother of two and grandmother of six.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lifelong NPR fan on July 4, 2011
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As a daily listener to NPR since its inception, I was thrilled as I ordered THIS IS NPR from Amazon. I expected a highly enjoyable book. I was sadly disappointed. It has a sturdy binding and heavy coated paper, but that about all it has to recommend it. The content (and even the photographs) are almost worthless. It is a collection of snippets, often without attributon, that tell little about the people or the history of NPR. It seems to be something like a junior-high-school yearbook for the employees of NPR. Considering how important I consider NPR to be, this book is an insult.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Okolicsanyi on February 21, 2013
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Great book! Great background and information on the station and the people you hear every day. Explains why some people were asked to leave, even though so many protested. You can draw your own conclusions on that one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By college_student on January 2, 2011
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My dad loves NPR and when I found this before the holidays, I knew it would be a great gift for him. Lots of great graphics and timeless photos and very informative. Also comes with cd of different NPR broadcasts. How neat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna Gurevich on May 12, 2013
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Bought as a gift and my friend was very pleased. She leafed through and said will certainly read and enjoy the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shalini Manchanda on January 13, 2013
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Was a gift to my husband who ONLY listens to NPR and I think Cokie Roberts is a wonderful reporter with a great voice, excellent delivery of material. I had to get it. Pretended its a gift. We have enjoyed reading it. Must get the print version. I do not think the e-reader version if available is the way to go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Cathcart on March 26, 2012
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Got this for my mother as a gift, and she loved it. She has been listening to NPR for years, it this is a real treat for her to look at all the people she has been listening to, and learn a little bit about the organization.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 13, 2011
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This is NPR: The First Forty Years offers a fine history of NPR by the people who built NPR during its first forty decades on the air. From the first broadcast of All Things Considered during the Vietnam War protests of 1971 to the 2008 presidential election coverage, this offers analysis and history of events that built NPR and offers dozens of candid photos, transcripts of interviews, and even an audio CD gathering its top programming. No media history library should be without this!
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