NPR: The First Forty Years

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: NPR

Narrated By: Various Readers

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: October 2010

Duration: 4 hours 54 minutes


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
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


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


NPR: The First Forty Years

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