Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR

Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR

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A group biography of four beloved women who fought sexism, covered decades of American news, and whose voices defined NPR

In the years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women in the workplace still found themselves relegated to secretarial positions or locked out of jobs entirely. This was especially true in the news business, a backwater of male chauvinism where a woman might be lucky to get a foothold on the “women’s pages.” But when a pioneering nonprofit called National Public Radio came along in the 1970s, and the door to serious journalism opened a crack, four remarkable women came along and blew it off the hinges.

Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie is journalist Lisa Napoli’s captivating account of these four women, their deep and enduring friendships, and the trail they blazed to becoming icons. They had radically different stories. Cokie Roberts was born into a political dynasty, roamed the halls of Congress as a child, and felt a tug toward public service. Susan Stamberg, who had lived in India with her husband who worked for the State Department, was the first woman to anchor a nightly news program and pressed for accommodations to balance work and home life. Linda Wertheimer, the daughter of shopkeepers in New Mexico, fought her way to a scholarship and a spot on-air. And Nina Totenberg, the network's legal affairs correspondent, invented a new way to cover the Supreme Court.

Based on extensive interviews and calling on the author’s deep connections in news and public radio, Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie will be as beguiling and sharp as its formidable subjects.

Title:Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR
ISBN:9781419750403
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    Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR Reviews

  • Linden

    The author discusses the history of National Public Radio by introducing us to the "founding mothers:" Susan Stamberg, Linda Wertheimer, Nina Totenberg, and Cokie Roberts. These women, all born betwee...

  • Nancy

    I was in my early twenties when we moved to Philadelphia in 1975. I don't know exactly when we discovered National Public Radio, it seems to have always been part of our life. We listened to Fresh Air...

  • Terry

    I am not even half way through, persevering because I love the four women and I have loved Public Radio for 50 years. Interweaving four personal stories in their historical context and in the context ...

  • Homerun2

    3.5 starsI expected to love this book, being a fan of both NPR and the Founding Mothers. But I found it oddly organized and didn't particularly care for the chatty and informal tone. Most of the book ...

  • Ruth

    Ultimately not my favorite kind of book but definitely worth dipping into - especially just to be reminded that a beloved institution, NPR, isn't as old as I thought and that American life would be mu...

  • Lina

    I stan NPR really hard, but honestly... I did not like this book.First, there's a structural problem with the way it's arranged. The book launches in to each of these founding mothers' childhood "orig...

  • Linda

    This one bit off more than it could chew. Should have been fascinating, but instead the whole thing felt like it was written at arm's length. Did not serve these women or NPR well....

  • Erin Cataldi

    Prior to reading this book I didn't know anything about the history of NPR or its founding mothers. I don't religiously listen to NPR but I really love the morning edition and other segments that I ca...

  • Lisa

    Are you an NPR listener? I have been since hearing All Things Considered with my aunt on summer evenings at her house as a teen. I eagerly awaited an opportunity to read this book.Napoli gives us an a...

  • Debbie

    I've been listening to NPR since the late 1970s, when I was just at the beginning of my career. I had a 13" black & white TV and not the best reception. A friend told me about NPR and it became my ne...