When Talk of the Nation was created more than 20 years ago, during the first Gulf War, call-in talk programming was still new to public radio. The program built a large and loyal audience over its history. The TOTN staff has been NPR’s go-to team for coverage of breaking news from 9/11 to the shootings last December in Newtown, Connecticut. Stations and listeners have relied on TOTN for quality coverage, high-caliber guests and enriching conversation.
After 35 years at NPR, 11 as host of Talk of the Nation, Neal Conan, will step away from the grueling world of daily journalism, taking time to write a book, among other things. Neal is one of NPR’s most distinguished journalists and brings extraordinary depth and insight to every story he touches.
Neal’s setting out on a new chapter in his life opens the way for NPR and WHQR to bring you a smart program to meet the growing demand for news and information programming between Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Here & Now will air from 2 to 3 p.m. on WHQR beginning Monday, July 1!
Robin Young, a gifted journalist who came to public radio after a distinguished career in television, has hosted Here & Now for more than a decade at WBUR in Boston. Her co-host, Jeremy Hobson, returns to NPR from American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report. Jeremy began his career in journalism at the age of 17 as an intern on NPR’s All Things Considered and since then has gained deep experience as a producer, reporter and now host.