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

"...a beautifully designed anthology of behind-the-scenes photos, essays and original reporting...we couldn't recommend it more." -Brain Pickings

"If you're a fan of NPR, you need to own this book!" - Portland Book Review
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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: 7.6 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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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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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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my dad and I live 4,000 miles apart. When I was growing up, we listened to a LOT of NPR in our house. (I'm happy to say my kid now has his favorite programs). I saw this when I was looking for another book by Cokie Roberts and thought it would be a neat Father's Day gift for my dad. He loves it! Everything about it. The pictures, the short stories about each show, the way it's arranged by decade, and even the typeface. There were some episodes from the '80s and '90s discussed in the book that we both remember listening to together. Dad even read me some excerpts over the phone from episodes in the '70s, and they were absolutely fascinating. This is really a perfect blend of nostalgia and deeper insights into your favorite shows and the people behind them. I have since purchased another copy for myself. Also? I'm pretty sure I'm the favorite now. ;)
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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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As an avid NPR listener from way back, I enjoyed reading how it all got started. What I've always liked about NPR was the lack of commercials. ( I don't count pledge drives. As they are at pains to remind us, it is is how they pay for all those wonderful shows.) The variety of things covered and the depth of coverage you just don't get on network TV.
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It's ok, but I thought it would be more interesting than it is. There is a certain sameness to the various essays, even though the writers are often revisiting significant events in history. As a longtime NPR listener, I was expecting more personality, more of a conversational tone. A good book to drop in on when you just have a few minutes to read one or two chapters.
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The font in this book is so teeny tiny that I could not even see the writing with a 3X magnifying glass.
I ordered it for a friend's birthday, cannot give it to her. THE SELLER IS NOT TO BLAME!
It is the fault of the publisher.
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I have my radio fixed on NPR - I listen everyday and love it. This is a terrific history - though at times a bit superficial - also love that they put photos of the people I hear everyday. I have an image when I hear them of what they look like and none of my images matches with the real thing. The CD is also a cool extra.
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