Event Scheduled

Lisa Napoli | Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie Virtual Event

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Courtesy of A Cappella Books and Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
Wednesday April 14, 2021 07:00 PM EDT
Cost: Free,

From the venue:

In her latest book, Lisa Napoli tells the story of four beloved women who fought sexism, covered decades of American news, and whose voices defined NPR.

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and A Cappella Books welcome the author for a virtual discussion of “Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR,” with Rose Scott, host of WABE’s “Closer Look.”

This event is free and open to the public. A Cappella Books will have copies of "Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie" available after the event. Pre-order via the link: http://bit.ly/3j5y382

About the Book

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.” She lives in Los Angeles.

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