“Talk of the Nation,” a call-in show on National Public Radio for 20 years, will end its run at the end of July. The show hosted by Neal Conan, heard on 407 stations, was not a significant expense to NPR but represented a format that the network felt was no longer a solid fit.
In discussions with major stations, executives felt a news magazine could better fill the hours between “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” and would allow the network to respond to breaking news which the call-in show couldn’t.
Taking its place is a beefed up “Here & Now,” produced with Boston’s WBUR, with current host Robin Young joined by Jeremy Hobson of “Marketplace Morning Report” and expanded to two hours. According to a release, “NPR will encourage public radio stations to replace ‘Talk of the Nation’ with ‘Here & Now’ and also contribute editorial muscle to the expanded show.”
NPR said no jobs will be lost by the cancellation of “Talk of the Nation.” While the network offered Conan the chance to stay on, he chose to part ways with the network.