Update: Neal Conan’s conversation with Michel Martin on his 11 years of hosting the show and his 36 years at NPR will be posted online around 3 p.m. PT.

NPR announced on Friday morning that it will cancel “Talk of the Nation,” the call-in talk show at the end of June. The show airs on KQED at 11 a.m. on weekdays.

In its place, NPR is offering “Here and Now” a “daily news magazine” program developed by WBUR in Boston, which mixes interviews and prepared stories.

"Talk of the Nation" host Neal Conan (NPR)
“Talk of the Nation” host Neal Conan (NPR)

“We’re considering a variety of programming options” to replace “Talk of the Nation” in the KQED lineup, said Jo Anne Wallace, KQED Public Radio General Manager. “We will take time to consider all the news and information needs of our audience before making any decisions about what schedule changes to make in light of the ‘Talk of the Nation’ cancellation. We expect to make an announcement regarding a new schedule later in the sping.”

More from Wallace about “Talk of the Nation”:

It has been a significant part of the KQED broadcast schedule since its launch in 1992, and over time, the program has helped us build audience for the KQED news and public affairs program service. [NPR President] Gary [Knell] mentioned that KQED has Talk’s largest audience in the nation. And we all will remember the hosts of Talk of the Nation — John Hockenberry, Ray Suarez, Juan Williams and Neal Conan — and appreciate their daily work in news and intelligent conversation with the public radio audience.

Why the change?

David Folkenflik and Mark Memmott had this to say in the NPR blog “Two Way“:

NPR executives said public radio has a glut of vibrant call-in shows involving national issues — and that they sought a newsmagazine with a mix of interviews and prepared stories to bridge the hours between Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

NPR managers say “Here & Now” will keep listeners up to day on the news throughout the day:

Here & Now is a smart, well-produced program that enables stations to meet the growing demand for news and information programming in the hours between Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In its expanded form, the program will feed five days a week from noon to 2 p.m. ET (9-11 a.m. PT) and will be aggressively updated until 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT). With that schedule, NPR – with WBUR – is now in a position to provide stations with live, updated news coverage 17 hours a day.

But NPR managers also offered words of praise for “Talk of the Nation”

Over its 21-year run, Talk of the Nation has made a powerful contribution to public radio and set the standard for high quality call-in talk programming. The show also created a model that spurred many stations to launch their own call-in shows.

These newer call-in shows are part of the reason for the change, NPR Executive Vice President Kinsey Wilson said, according to Two Way:

In the 20 years that it’s been around, and had a very successful run and become the No. 1 one call-in talk show on public radio, there’s been a proliferation of other call-in talk shows — some of which we carry — like On Point with Tom Ashbrook, like Diane Rehm. [Those are] very successful in their own right [and] remain a vibrant part of what we do. This is really an opportunity for NPR to pivot a bit and to make sure we’re investing in the things that are not as commonly done across the system — and that is providing solid news coverage and strong storytelling across all day parts.”

“Talk of the Nation’s” host, Neal Conan, will step down from daily broadcasting, the NPR executives said:

After 35 years at NPR, 11 of them at the helm of Talk of the Nation, Neal Conan, has decided to step away from the grueling world of daily journalism. He hopes to write a book and spend more time in Wyoming. We look forward to his future reporting contributions from wherever he lands. Neal is one of NPR’s most distinguished journalists and brings extraordinary depth and insight to every story he touches. He will leave a legacy of excellence, having skillfully carried NPR, our Member Stations and the nation through some of the most important news of the last decade.

We want to hear from our listeners. Please add your own comments below.

NPR Cancels ‘Talk of the Nation’ 27 June,2013KQED News Staff

  • I wake up every morning and check my Twitter feed to find out what’s going on in the world. When I saw the TOTN news, I had to check my calendar because, like the Tweet posted above, I figured it had to be an April Fool’s prank. The thing I like about TOTN is that it can really take the time to go in depth about the issues. A magazine style show will just have more brief “bites” compared to the full meal that is TOTN. Can’t believe this is what member stations really want, to get rid of a beloved and important show that still attracts a huge audience. I think it’s a big mistake. Thank goodness for Forum, at least.

  • Chris Panella

    The loss of Neal and TOTN is devastating. I will only be listening to Science Friday and Morning Edition from now on. This is ridiculous!

    • ChuckSF

      While I disagreed with Mr. Conan’s style, the show was most
      definitely a stand out and offered a presentation of a subject matter that was
      unparalleled. I will miss it

      I did, at one time, give Here and Now a try, but I guess it
      isn’t my cup of tea. The two shows a very different and I guarantee you the
      fans are also. In that light, my time listening to NPR will be reduced. NPR,
      you are still good, just not as good.

    • Chris J

      I’m nearly 60 years old so you might think that accepting change would be hard and there would be resistance. As others have stated, I don’t understand why they would do this. I enjoyed totn when I listened, but I admit to being excited about a new show. As a salesman who traveled all over the Northwest and CA I always tuned in to public radio while on the road. Heard some shows I never had before, so a new show..,why not?

      Speculation as to WHY might have something to do with cozying up to a slightly younger demographic of folks with a…shall we say…struggle with extended attention span capacity? Two hours on a single subject…NPR execs probably figure that listeners would be more open to shorter stories or topics on a variety of issues rather than two hours on ‘why Susie can’t read’ or whatever.

  • Nan3cy

    Since I retired and I keep NPR on much (sometimes most) of the day, TOTN is my second favorite show, after “Fresh Air.” I’m a little confused as to why the presence of other call-in shows makes TOTN superfluous, when it sounds as though it’s being replaced by a clone of “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

  • Margret

    OMG — say it ain’t so!!!!!!! What a loss. So many things are right with TOTN and Neal Conan that it defies reason why it should now be lost.

  • I always make sure I am back in my office when TOTN comes on. Neil Conan is always well prepared for every interview. How can you say there is a glut of call-in shows? Regardless of how many there may be, why would you cancel the best of them. I have never heard Here and Now, so I will not comment on its suitability as a replacement for TOTN. I wonder what else is on the radio between 11 and 1. 🙁

  • Jeanie J Hill

    This is a terrible idea. TOTN is not just another call-in show. I learned something every time I listened to the show-from the interesting and topical subjects to the heartfelt, thoughtful and sometimes emotional comments from listeners all over the country. This is truly a loss to the national conversation.

  • Mary E. Prisco

    I’m devastated. I listen daily, actually structuring my schedule around the show as much as I can so I can listen — that’s how valuable this show has been to me. At the end of each day, I’m a better person for what I’ve learned, because the discussions are in-depth, the issues profound. I often wished TOT were broadcast at dinner time, so my kids could hear it. Often, at dinner, I relate what I have learned because it’s THAT important. Just what is NPR trying to accomplish by getting rid of one of our country’s best interviewers, Neal Conan? Dumb down the culture? What a terrible idea!

  • Calder

    Dear KQED,

    PLEASE consider replacing Talk of the Nation with The Diane Rehm Show!

    A loyal listener

    • LostInTheTrees

      Oh, please. The Diane Rehm show is a weak imitation. I podcasted it for a while and stopped soon. The quality just wasn’t there.

  • At first I thought my home station KQED was cancelling it and was upset, but now I find out the show itself is being terminated! What a loss. I looked forward to the many conversations on the program about important topics of the day. So few talk shows actually go into depth on a topic these days. Perhaps Neal Conan needs a break, but we don’t. I will miss it and hope the new format satisfies. Also much appreciation to all TOTN’s past and present hosts.

  • ksn

    I am incredulous at this decision. TOTN is one of the finest shows on the radio and Neal Conan is peerless. I strongly encourage NPR to reconsider this move. This consistently excellent program is a big reason I and many others tune in to NPR.

    • willcommentforfood

      I strongly encourage NPR to continue this move. TOTN is empty drivel.

  • TheGreatMycroft

    I beg KQED not to carry yet another irrelevant snorefest out of Boston. “The World with Marco Werman” is really the only reason I turn off the station during the day. Only 8 out of the 25 largest media markets in the nation currently carry “Here and Now”. That alone should tell you how undesirable of a show it is when two-thirds of the metropolitan stations reject it.

    TOTN w/ Neal Conan was, and is, my favorite show in NPR. It set the bar, correctly, for well-run, respectful call-in shows. NPR’s own reasons for changing formats doesn’t make sense: if they wish to have the ability to respond deftly to changing news on the day, don’t go to yet another recording program, STICK WITH THE LIVE ONE!

    I hope Northern California audiences will agree with me that we don’t need yet another two-hour recorded infomercial of irrelevancies (we already have All Things Considered to appeal to that segment of listeners). There are hundreds of websites a listener can pay attention to if s/he wishes to get updates. Neal and Co. provided nationwide perspective, thoughtfulness, and respect on many sides of many great debates. To be frank, that’s not something Morning Edition or ATC excels at.

    I hope KQED takes time to consider relevant, useful programming options. “Forum” is terrific, even for those of us outside of the Bay Area. The West Coast, led by KQED, should produce a smart, thoughtful, topical call-in show as a replacement. Diane Rehm and On Point are terrific, but we need to hear outside of the Beltway/Northeast echo chamber.

    • Liz

      Respectfully, as I would never disrespect another public radio fanatic, I could not disagree with you more. While I too will miss TotN, I loathe call-in shows, particularly Forum (again, with respect to the talented Mr. Krasny), and I love The World so much that I podcast it if I miss it for some reason. I feel that what we need is more news, not more calls from the quasi-informed who take away time from experts, and so I hope KQED picks up Here and Now. Thanks for reading my comment 🙂

    • willcommentforfood

      Talk of the Nation has been by far the WORST NPR show since about the year 2000. It rehashes stories covered elsewhere, Conan is a castrati interviewer cowering in fear and wishy washy pablum. It’s horrible. I’m overjoyed that NPR has come to its senses and gotten rid of this old Sunday morning snooozefest of old school bad journalism.

  • Valerie Reedich

    Neal Conan is an exceptional host. I was surprised by news of the change, as I loved the show and looked forward to it daily. Needless to say I am very disappointed and will be considering alternatives to NPR in the future.

  • Barbara Snethen

    As a regular listener to TOTN, I am very disappointed. I was just contemplating writing in about my disappointment with Celeste Headly, not being up to the standards set by Neal Conan. Conan had a way of getting a blance of speakers on a topic, treating speakers and callers alike with respect, and the ability to smoothly move from a caller to the next speaker or caller. I hope that whatever KQED chooses to fill this slot it will be as engaging as TOTN with a variety of subjects, balanced information and at times asking the hard questions. If I want “up to the minute” news I’ll go to headlines news or the net. TOTN brought great guests and everything from baseball, to Wednesday’s “The Political Junky,” to a sensitive presentation of the unfolding of the Newton, Connecticut shooting.
    If I must lose TOTN I would rather listen to Charley Rose or Tavis Smiley on the radio and get something of the same caliber of TOTN. Better yet can you get TPTB to change their minds about Neal Conan and TOTN?

    PS I am also a big fan of KQED’s Michael Krasny’s forum.

    • willcommentforfood

      I think you’ve made the best argument for cancellation of TOTN– it is far too much like Charley Rose (and sadly not as deep an interview) or Tavis Smiley– it wallows in conventional talking point conversations. Other NPR shows by contrast use facts to drive their inquiries, journalism, instead of stale partisan talking points.

  • Betsy

    My husband and I consider Talk of the Nation to be one of the ‘pillars’ of the KQED daily
    schedule and truly hope that you will reconsider canceling this show. Neal Conan is such a knowledgeable and intelligent interviewer and his subjects are always interesting and informative. We need more shows like this!

  • PeterN

    This is a terrible decision. TOTN is the second most popular show in the NPR lineup. Rather than repeat the praise and regret others have posted, I’ll just say I agree with them.

  • I am sad to hear this news and believe it is a huge mistake. TOTN, Forum, and Fresh Air are the pillars of quality talk radio, and to cancel such a though-provoking, balanced show is very disappointing… Please reconsider this NPR. Please. -Chris.

  • Ann Morgan

    A huge mistake! Execs are saying it’s because “public radio has a glut of vibrant call-in shows”. Huh? Everything comes to an end, but this is a particularly bad ending. Where will Ken Rudin go – I need the Political Junkie! I will miss this show and Neal Conan tremendously. No other NPR program covered the recent Supreme Court hearings on DOMA and Prop 8. I hope, no, I don’t hope, I demand that NPR reconsider this foolish decision.

  • helenhutch

    I am a fan of TOTN, and will miss it. However, I am also a great fan of Tell Me More — another NPR produced daily show. I listen to this on podcast, and would suggest KQED consider it.

  • Liz

    I listen to NPR in one way or another more or less constantly, because I work at home. There is generally no time that I am NOT tuned in to some form of information and entertainment through public media, whether live or through podcast downloads. While I love Talk of the Nation, particularly the Political Junkie Wednesdays, I will not be sad to see the call-in format become less popular. It is obvious that I am in the minority on this forum. However, I find myself changing the channel every time any program takes callers. I personally listen to the news to find out information from experts and quality journalists, not to find out what Joe down the street thinks about the war in Syria.

    Talk of the Nation did an excellent job screening its callers, but I can think of a few other shows (…) that do not do a good job, and I hope sincerely that this station does not pick up another call in show. Here and Now will be an excellent replacement for Talk of the Nation.

    While I’m at it, god help you if you ever decide to stop carrying The World or Marketplace. Those are the 2 best shows on KQED, in my opinion. And this whole comment has been my opinion, so thank you for reading.

    • willcommentforfood

      Marketplace is good, but it has a lot of conservative economic propaganda. You should know better. I like listening to it, but with a critical ear. By contrast it has more to offer than TOTN which fears to tread anywhere.

  • Bracey TD

    TOTN and Car Talk are stopping? ‘Here and Now’ from Boston does not address west coast news, arts and entertainment issues. ‘Forum’ has subs for Michael Krasny whose egos get in the way sometimes so I change when I hear them but TOTN never has. Political Junky is a must listen for those who don’t live in DC. Isn’t there anything on the west coast instead? Thank god for Science Friday. This is not good news.

    • willcommentforfood

      if you cite Political junkie, which you misspelled, as a must listen, your views have no credibility nor intelligence. What a joke clowns like you are. CNN provides the same crap– as does CBS and the networks. IT’s not NPR’s role to dumb down for people like you.

    • willcommentforfood

      Car talk guys are retiring. Change is happening, oh my, oh no! Get a life– change isn’t all bad.

  • Mc16

    I think that KQED should reconsider its association with NPR. The Bay Area demands real in depth coverage of important issues, not fluffy news magazines. My support for KQED as an NPR affiliate ends today

    • willcommentforfood

      Good riddance to you, stuffed shirt. Guess what, all the other shows have depth that you can’t find elsewhere, while TOTN is CNN garbage. Pompous know it all nothings like you parading your peacock feathers of outrage are hilarious. Hope you carry a bag with you to pick your own poop droppings.

  • Fiona

    Jo Anne Wallace, please flex KQED’s significant muscle and push back on this very poor decision by NPR execs. We have enough “news magazines” thank you, and fewer and fewer journalists and interviewers of the calibre of Neal Conan. KQED would be far less engaging without Neal and Ken Rudin.

  • Bereft in Berkeley

    Extremely disappointed by this decision. I listen to TOTN every day–even plan my schedule around the topics–and appreciate the intelligent conversation. Especially sad to lose the Political Junkie. Will Ken Rudin still be around, somewhere? Thank goodness Science Friday isn’t being cut (KQED, don’t you dare).

    • Dave

      I also hope Ken Rudin will find a spot on KQED but you can subscribe to his podcast, “It’s All Politics”. It’s very similar to the Political Junkie segment except it is co-hosted by Ron Elving. Of course, it’s free.

      • willcommentforfood

        Rudin is the worst EVER. He is another Wolf Bullcrapblitzer. Sad what people think is journalism. GOOD, no GREAT riddance.

    • willcommentforfood

      Unable to think for yourself,eh? After reading the news online for 1/2 hr daily I already know EVERYTHING Conan & Rudin will say, and none of it is enlightening nor relevant. It’s conventional wisdom talk down dumb garbage for the laziest of listeners. If you’re unhappy– go listen to CNN, it’s the same as the TOTN and Rudin. There’s plenty of that news junk food for shallow folks like you fanboys of trivia and stupidity.

  • Anna Korn

    I’m disappointed by this decision. I listen to TOTN every day–ESPECIALLY the Political Junkie! I’m not overly fond of call in shows because of the preponderance of poorly informed comments, but I appreciate TOTN’s usually-intelligent conversation. Will Ken Rudin still be featured somewhere–like maybe on “Here and Now”? I listen to Science Friday nearly every week, so I give thanks Science Friday isn’t being cut. Many scientists here at my institution listen to it. Please do not cut Science Friday!!

  • Dave

    It’s about time. TOTN has been the weakest program on KQED for too many years. I’m glad SciFri will continue and I hope Ken Rudin will find his way back onto KQED.

    Occasionally, TOTN would cover an important subject but half the time it was over hyped pop culture nonsense. At least the callers to Forum are educated and worth our time but most of the callers to TOTN were a waste of time.

    • Some of them, maybe, but I’ve been amazed at how many listeners with relevant experiences and expertise call in to TOTN, from all over the country. It’s what I like best about the show.

  • Steve

    BAD decision by NPR to take TOTN off. I greatly enjoy this program most every day. How can they eliminate one of their most popular programs? No more “political junkie” on Wednesday?

    If there really are budget concerns there are other programs that should get the chop before TOTN…Praire Home Companion, Living on Earth, and Snap Judgement are all wasted air time, as far as I’m concerned.

    I’m hoping this is an April’s Fools joke by NPR.

    • willcommentforfood

      You’re funny– you hate 3 of the best, original, provocative shows in favor of NPR’s CNN show, TOTN. What a farce. It’s even sweeter to me that their cancelling something treasured by shallow people like you.

  • Mike Howe

    I cannot believe that NPR has decided to cancel Talk of the Nation and replace it with Here & Now. I have listened to Here & Now via Sirus/XM during KQED pledge weeks as well as when I am traveling. Candidly, although Here & Now is interesting is simple not of Talk of the Nation’s caliber. NPR should rethink this decision. it is foolish and will further alienate local listeners who feel NPR tends to follow the news rather than leading with news in most of their syndicated programs.

    I also sense the East Coast bias in this decision and others that NPR makes. I wonder why Forum was not considered, although I favor Talk of the Nation, I do believe that Forum is far superior to Here and Now.

  • Roving Ralph

    TOTN is not a show I listen to. As a matter of fact, I avoid it. Too many uninformed callers. I would love to hear one hour of music at noon. It would be a nice change of pace from all the talk.

    • willcommentforfood

      Too many uninformed hosts as well. Half the time Conan, Rudin, and the other regulars spout talking points instead of information. I was done with them 10 years ago, when they caved to the GWB admin– glad NPR has caught up to reality and gotten rid of this terrible show.

  • My2Bits

    The exchange of Talk of the Nation for Here and Now is a net loss. I often wonder why the center of gravity for KQED is the East Coast. NPR is clearly not coastally neutral. I sometimes find myself becoming weary of the continual insistence of NPR on an East Coast focus.

    • Agreed about the East Coast focus of NPR. Not sure what you mean when you say KQED is centered on the East Coast though.

      • My2Bits

        Often when I listen to KQED, I ask myself if the program or news stories I am listening to has the cultural feel of the West Coast. The answer is very often no, it reflects the cultural concerns and focus of the East Coast.

  • Therese Meuel

    After losing KGO I found NPR and I’ve been thrilled with the caliber of the programming. I listen from 10-3 every day.. I love Talk of the Nation. They touch on topics you frequently don’t hear about on other media sources. Guess I may have to get my Ipod out again:(

  • Jan H

    Change for the sake of change??? I think NPR has really underestimated their audience’s sense of loyalty to this show. Very bad judgement.

  • This decision can be changed with enough protest and reaction by all of us that love TOTN and Neil.

    • willcommentforfood

      Don’t stop there– you can bring back Cokie Roberts, Susan Stamberg and other fossils too like Conan, that worship at the altar of conventional wisdom by the really serious people approved by shadow DC government.

  • EJT

    No Talk of the Nation? Where will we go for intelligent discussion on national issues? The host, the guests, the callers–there is nothing else like it.

    • willcommentforfood

      CNN, CBS, ABC are exactly the same. This is why TOTN’s drivel is cancelled, and I’m ecstatic– it’s one of the only NPR programs I turn off.

  • BPJ

    What a bad idea! Why would NPR decide to end one of its flagship programs, especially one with a large, loyal, and diverse audience? The influence this program has had on civil public dialogue cannot be over-emphasized. The fact that Neal Conan has decided to leave NPR does not seem to me to be any reason at all to end the show. While he has been an affable and capable host, surely there are many other people who are able to fill that role.
    NPR leadership has made well-publicized bad decisions in the not-so-distant past. This appears to be yet another one.

    • Patty

      Neal Conan is leaving NPR because of the cancellation of TotN, not vice versa.

  • Soaringaloft

    Well, this is very disappointing. When I can’t hear the show during the day I often follow on podcasts. Unlike others here, I enjoy hearing what my fellow citizens have to say. I hope KQED will push back on this. TOTN is the main show listen to.

  • I will truely miss Talk of the Nation. For me it’s been the centerpiece of NPR since I started listening over 10 years ago. I wish it could be kept on, and at least moved to another time during the day.

  • Dominique Vincent

    Sad. One of my favorite shows. Look forward to it daily. Neal is great. Show is great. We need the voice of the public for their here and now responses not canned programming.

  • Shalimar

    Neal Conan is great, in my humble opinion, having been listening to NPR since the beginning and going through all the TotN hosts. John Hockenberry is also FABULOUS, and all the good ones leave! I will miss you, Neal. Your kindness and respect for others without being driven by your ego is so, so needed, and so, so refreshing. May what’s next for you be a blessing!

  • I am not too surprised by @NPR cancelling totn since NPR seemed to have orphan or abandon _Talk of the Nation_ several years ago with revolving guest or substitute hosts without little or no explanation.
    When traveling I’ve listened to _Here and Now_ and found it’s format and journalism comparable to totn, though missing the call-in format which will no longer have a nationwide outlet. I agree with many who have commented here that a west coast or at least a show from outside the Northeast would be an important factor to consider as a replacement for totn.
    @KQED do you plan to engage listeners in other possible options for this time slot or has KQED already committed to program _Here and Now_ ? Also when will you program +Science Friday | +SciFri since h&n is scheduled to be a Monday through Friday program?

  • cgardener

    Sad news. I listened to TOTN every day as a podcast – and I subscribe to 50 of them.

    As a former Bay Area resident I enjoy listening to Forum – please don’t remove or replace it!

  • April 1, and no joke I know the end of TOTN is neigh but that doesn’t mean I am going to accept this passively this news is most unwelcome and I have to believe it is engineered by NPR thinking they need to make a change for what, god only knows… I have read all the other posts by listeners like me, who feel this show is a life line of talk radio sanity I cannot believe Neil Conan wants to leave NPR of his own accord when TOTN is one of the top NPR shows ever.

  • KQED fan

    I will miss this show and Neal Conan so much! I think that although I am a listener of the show, I am not a “Talker.” However, I enjoy hearing the perspectives of many, and I think Neal Conan did an outstanding job hosting the show. He made sure everyone who called had a chance to speak up yet kept the show on track and to the point. The topics were interesting as well.

    In moving forward, 1. please provide a wonderful hosting job for Neal Conan if he wishes to have it. 2. Remember that listeners, (regardless of their devices) like to listen, even if they aren’t the “talkers.” 3. I think social media has definitely changed the way news is presented these past several years, and therefore it is important to maintain a format in which listeners can share and express their thoughts and ideas to others. 4. National Public Radio should be called that not simply because the public pays, and the public listens, but that the public has a voice, i.e. a voice on the air waves one way or the other. 5. I agree with others that a local interest show mixed in with national topics would be interesting, and yes, let’s have something coming from the Left Coast :). 6. As always, I appreciate KQED programming, NPR, and the in depth coverage they provide. Keep up the quality and integrity- we dearly need it.

  • Sarah

    This is a TERRIBLE idea. I am beyond outraged. TOTN is my favorite program on NPR. Dropping TOTN will leave KQED programming significantly poorer, and my trust in KQED’s commitment to provide quality radio journalism is diminished. What on earth are you thinking??! I had looked forward to donating to KQED for the first time during the next pledge drive, as I am finally in a financial position to do so. I will not be donating if NPR and KQED go forward with dropping TOTN. Shame on you. What is the real reason for this cowardly move?

    • Please don’t blame KQED! They didn’t decide to drop TOTN. NPR decided to end it.

  • dr276301

    I cannot come to terms with the decision to cut Talk of the Nation. That show is NPR to me. I’ve spent so much time listening and felt a void whenever I did not. I knew that there would be a day when Neal was done but I never thought it would come like this.

  • Carter

    How about NPR cancel “Tell Me More,” by far the crappiest of all the news shows. “Talk of the Nation” had the best election coverage, probably one of the reasons it was axed.

  • Walter Hudson

    Its great that TOTN is going away as Conan is almost as much a “bubbleheaded blonde” as his replacement (yep Robin Young!) but i guess even NPR can only stomach so much drivel during lunchtime…oh wait, they created this mess by taking it from John Hockenberry and pastuerizing/eviscerating a journalistic experience into a dreary milksop diversion. i am sure all the liberals will go boohoo and the republiCons will cheer but as usual they are clueless since this is all background music to their personal soundtracks. but for the true bourgeiosie, isnt it great to live inside the naugehyde plated belly of The Beast?

  • Ira Flatow

    Thank you all for your kind words about “Science Friday.” I’ve known Neal for over 35 years and will miss him. We love our KQED audience and will continue to produce SciFri as long as you’ll be listening. We’ll be broadcasting from Stanford on May 10th. Come out and sit in the audience. Ira

  • I love TOTN and do not want more headline news reporting. What I do want to hear is intelligent, indepth discussion on a variety of topics. NPR is canceling the best of the call-in shows and that does not make any sense to me.

  • Kevin

    Neal Conan is NPR’s best. We need a “Midday Edition”? Another “All Things Considered” at lunch? Really? The in depth conversation that we got with TOTN is unlike the other NPR shows. This sucks.

    • willcommentforfood

      The best? Better than Robert Seigel or Marco Werrmann? Better than Michael Krasny? Hilarious– Conan is a conventional wisdom coward castrati.

  • I am having a really hard time with this one. I don’t perceive a proliferation of call-in shows and I feel like these democratic and participatory shows are what public radio was built upon. It feels like a betrayal. I want to hear about what people across America think and what their reactions are. Who else provides that here in the SF Bay Area?

    • willcommentforfood

      Forum, which is light years better than TOTN, City Arts & Lectures, and many other fine programs. TOTN sounds like CNN– I turn it off, and I just can’t stand Ken Rudin, he’s the worst but Conan is close to as bad, great riddance.

  • steve ziman

    Like most of the previous commenters, I also will morn the loss of one of the more intelligent programs on NPR. With Talk of the Nation coming right after Forum, I knew that I had three hours of really interested discussion, and the ability to have my voice heard if I chose to. The topics were timely, the guests were knowledgeable, and the host knew how to ask the right questions. Between Morning Addition, the New Hour on 88.5 at 3 PM, and All Things Considered, I have a good balance of news as it is happening. I really don’t need another news show.

  • willcommentforfood

    Good riddance, great decision. Talk of the Nation had descended to unlistenable wishy washy self parody. Ken Rudin & political junkie had the abysmal conventional wisdom format of DC Sunday morning propoganda talk fests, useless to anyone who reads or even listens to All Things Considered. Conan had become by far the worst host of all NPR shows. I am very thankful this decision has been made.

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