Talk of the Nation
|Genre||News, interview, call-in|
|Running time||120 min|
Ira Flatow (Science Friday)
|Air dates||November 1991 to 2013|
Talk of the Nation is a talk radio program based in the United States, produced by National Public Radio, and is broadcast nationally from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Its focus is current events and controversial issues.
The show began broadcasting in November 1991. It has been hosted by Neal Conan since late 2001. Each episode includes special guests involved in the topics discussed on that day. Past regular hosts have included John Hockenberry, Ray Suarez, and Juan Williams. Each Friday Ira Flatow hosts Science Friday, with discussion topics from science and technology. The program invites listeners to pose questions for the guest host or hosts by telephone or e-mail.
On March 29, 2013, NPR announced that it would cease production of Talk of the Nation at the end of June, replacing it with Here and Now. Science Friday will continue as an independent show.
The show begins with a look ahead to the upcoming topics. Then the regular five-minute NPR newscast occurs. After the newscast, the show generally spends from 30 minutes to the entire show discussing the main topic. If discussion on that topic peters out, or if the guests have to leave, then shorter news interviews similar to those found on the NPR newsmagazines of five to ten minutes air. Sometimes these shorter segments take calls, but often they do not. More controversial issues may have guests and take calls the entire hour.
One hour's topics do not carry into the next hour. This is because many stations carry only one hour of the program. In addition, the host will deliver a concluding "This is Talk of the Nation from NPR News" as a cue to stations that wish to cut away to local programming before the scheduled break.
To coordinate the choice of interview partners in cultural coverage between TOTN and other NPR shows (as of 2010: Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Tell Me More), NPR set up a "dibs list" system around 2005, whereby the first show to declare interest in a particular guest can "reserve" that person.
1991-1992: John Hockenberry
1993-1999: Ray Suarez
2000-2001: Juan Williams
2001-2013: Neal Conan
Guest hosts 
On March 29, 2013, NPR and WBUR announced that Talk of the Nation would cease production and that NPR would replace it with a two-hour version of Here and Now. The reported reason for this change was due to a desire of the bigger NPR member stations to have a mid-day magazine-style news-show rather than a talk show.
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- Kaplan, Karen. "Ira Flatow of "Science Friday" discusses show's future after TOTN". latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
- Folkenflik, David; Montagne, Renée (2013-03-29). "NPR To Drop Call-In Show 'Talk Of The Nation'". NPR.org. Washington, DC, USA: NPR. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
- "Talk of the Nation website".
- Talk "of the Nation Twitter account, @totn".
- "Talk of the Nation - Science Friday".
- "Science Friday program website".
- "NPR To Discontinue 'Talk Of The Nation'".
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