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

Lisa Napoli

"Particularly moving. . . Their solidarity was inspiring and sometimes intimidating. . . [ Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie] offers a powerful lesson on what can happen when we carry as we climb. " - Washington Post , Best Nonfiction Book of the Year 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.

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Book Information

Publisher: Abrams Press
Publish Date: 04/13/2021
Pages: 352
ISBN-13: 9781419750403
ISBN-10: 1419750402
Language: English

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January 11, 2022

In the lead up to announcing the Porchlight Business Book of the Year on January 13th, we are sharing excerpts from each of the eight books on the shortlist for the award. Today, we have one from the Narrative & Biography book of the year, Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie by Lisa Napoli. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 16, 2021

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December 14, 2021

Dylan Schleicher takes a look inside the best books in Narrative & Biography, the most quintessentially human-focused category in a year in which all books seemed more heavily focused on our shared humanity. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

November 18, 2021

"The authors who make up this year’s Porchlight Business Book of the Year Awards longlist gift us with a feast of new ideas to explore and, even more valuable, a renewed sense of possibility.” READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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"Particularly moving... Their solidarity was inspiring and sometimes intimidating... [Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie] offers a powerful lesson on what can happen when we carry as we climb." -Washington Post, Best Nonfiction Book of the Year 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.

About the Author

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Lisa Napoli has had a long career in print, radio, TV, and online journalism. She has worked at the New York Times, Marketplace, MSNBC, and KCRW. She is the author of three previous books, Radio Shangri-La, Ray & Joan, and Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News.

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