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In New Book, The ‘Mothers’ Of NPR Get Their Due




“Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR” by Lisa Napoli
“Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR” by Lisa Napoli
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Just in time for NPR’s 50th birthday, a new book spotlights the four so-called ‘mothers’ of NPR: Susan Stamberg, Linda Wertheimer, Nina Totenberg and Cokie Roberts.

“Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie” looks at how these four influential voices helped the organization—celebrating its 50th birthday this year— become the major power player it is today. Journalist Susan Stamberg co-hosted All Things Considered and became the first woman to host a national news broadcast. Linda Wertheimer still reports as a senior national correspondent, as does Nina Totenberg, an award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Cokie Roberts passed away in 2019, and prior to her death she spent decades as a political reporter and analyst for NPR and ABC News.

Today on AirTalk, we discuss the early years of NPR with Lisa Napoli. Questions? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

With guest host Austin Cross

Guest:

Lisa Napoli, author of many books including her latest, “Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie” (Abrams Press, 2021); former reporter at Marketplace, The New York Times and other outlets; she tweets @lisanapoli