(This story was written by Lisa Napoli and contributed by Marilyn Podesta)
Authors Note: The following book
review was written for Amazon Books and was released before the book was available for purchase by the public. It coincided with the 50 -year anniversary of NPR, last spring. I was fortunate to be given a copy for my birthday by my daughter . . . you will love reading it!
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 Stromberg, 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