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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: NPR Narrator: various performers Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781615731046
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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.


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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joann | 10/21/2013

    " Loved the stories and very interesting the way NPR has grown through the years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Spiegel | 9/17/2013

    " TRULY incredible look at NPR as an organization and how it has evolved throughout America's own evolution in the past 40 years. Articles, information, and stories by reporters, producers, contributors, etc., with a gorgeous graphic design layout. I cried, several times, over several stories. Yikes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 8/16/2013

    " I am not surprised that I really enjoyed listening to this. It was wonderful plain and simple and it Made me realize how much I miss on a daily basis. I laughed so hard and cried intermittently. Loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kendra | 3/26/2013

    " This was sort of an audio version of a coffee table book. It was nice to listen to a few stories and hear NPR's take on events that happened before I became an NPR listener, but it was fairly brief and just sort of touched on a few things from each decade. A little disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 3/9/2013

    " Already a fan of "all things considered," found many new engaging stories. "

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NPR is a mission-driven, multimedia news organization and radio program producer of news, talk, music, and entertainment programs with a strong base of member stations and supporters nationwide. Since 1971, NPR and its journalists and programs have won hundreds of awards, including some of the most prestigious honors in journalism.