Neal Conan may be best known as the long time host of “Talk of the Nation,” where he also played a key role as an anchor of NPR’s live coverage of 9/11 and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Previously, he served as Bureau Chief in New York and London and covered wars in the Middle East and Northern Ireland. He served as editor, producer and executive producer of NPR’s flagship news magazine “All Things Considered” and filled in as Foreign Editor, Managing Editor and News Director. Conan’s work has been honored with DuPont-Columbia, Major Armstrong and Peabody awards. On leave in 2000, Conan worked as the play-by-play announcer of the Aberdeen Arsenal of the independent Atlantic league and wrote a book, “Play by Play: Baseball, Radio and Life in the Last Chance League.” He now splits time between Big Timber, Montana and the Big Island of Hawaii, where he farms macadamia nuts and files “The Pacific News Minute” for Hawaii Public Radio.
Co-Host, Heather Cox Richardson
Heather Cox Richardson teaches nineteenth-century American history at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. Her early work focused on the transformation of political ideology from the Civil War to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. It examined issues of race, economics, westward expansion, and the construction of the concept of an American middle class. Her history of the Republican Party, To Make Men Free (2014) examines the fundamental tensions in American politics from the time of the Northwest Ordinance to the present. She is currently working on an intellectual history of American politics and a graphic treatment of the Reconstruction Era. She is also a founder and editor at Werehistory.org, which presents professional history to a public audience through short articles.
Sue Goodwinis an accomplished radio producer with over twenty five years experience in public media. At NPR, she served as Executive Producer, Talk of the Nation, Senior Producer, Weekly Edition, and Editor at NPR’s Science Desk. Additional production credits include Senior Booking Producer at PBS and Producer at Al Jazeera America.
Argin Hutchins is the founder of Argin Audio, an audio production company. He is a nationally recognized audio producer who served on the award winning radio program “Tell Me More with Michel Martin”. He earned his stripes through years of training at NPR where he specialized in audio journalism and audio engineering.