NPR to replace “Talk of the Nation” with Boston program “Here and Now”

The radio network aims to deliver more breaking news during the week

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NPR to replace "Talk of the Nation" with Boston program “Here and Now” National Public Radio headquarters in Washington DC (Credit: Picasa 2.7)

After a two-decade run, NPR is ending its call-in show “Talk of the Nation,” switching instead to an NPR-local news hybrid program that delivers a “a magazine-style news show,” according to the New York Times. The new radio program is an expansion of Boston University-produced “Here and Now,” which has been broadcast nationally since 2001.

From the New York Times:

NPR will partner with [Boston University station] WBUR to turn the one-hour “Here and Now” into a two-hour show, with contributions from NPR News staff and other local stations. A co-host, Jeremy Hobson, will join the current host of the program, Robin Young.

The partnership marks the first time that NPR, a national supplier of newscasts and shows, has linked arms with a station in this way. ‘Together, we’re addressing both what the audience is looking for and what member stations have been looking for,’ said Kinsey Wilson, the chief content officer for NPR.

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NPR’s “Here and Now” will air on weekdays, beginning July 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern time.

Prachi Gupta
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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