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On May 3, 1971, at 5 p.m., All Things Considered debuted on 90 public radio stations.
In the 40 years since, almost everything about the program has changed, from the hosts, producers, editors and reporters to the length of the program, the equipment used and even the audience.
However there is one thing that remains the same: each show consists of the biggest stories of the day, thoughtful commentaries, insightful features on the quirky and the mainstream in arts and life, music and entertainment, all brought alive through sound.
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the year the Beatles arrived in America, Jim DeRogatis began voicing his opinions about rock ’n’ roll shortly thereafter. He is a full-time lecturer in the Professional Writing Program of the English Department at Columbia College Chicago and continues to write about popular music for WBEZ Chicago at its Vocalo blogs. Together with Greg Kot of The Chicago Tribune, he co-hosts “Sound Opinions” —“the world’s only rock ’n’ roll talk show”—originating at WBEZ and distributed nationally on public radio via PRX.
Greg Kot has been the music critic at the Chicago Tribune since 1990 and is the cohost of the nationally syndicated "Sound Opinions." He has written several books, including ""Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music" and Wilco, “Learning How to Die.” Kot is currently working on the biography “I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom’s Highway,” to be published by Scribner in 2014.
Public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts.
Each week, Kurt Andersen introduces you to the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy - so let "Studio 360" steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life.
Kurt Andersen is a writer. His novel Heyday, a New York Times bestseller, was included on several short lists of the best novels of 2007 (Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Onion, New York Public Library) and won the Langum Prize for the year's best work of American historical fiction. His earlier novel, Turn of the Century, was a bestseller and New York Times Notable Book that Times reviewers called "wickedly satirical," "outrageously funny" and "the most un-clichéd novel imaginable," and that The Wall Street Journal called a "smart, funny and excruciatingly deft portrait of our age."
Robert Siegel is senior host of NPR's award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered. With 40 years of experience working in radio news, Siegel is still at it hosting the country's most-listened-to, afternoon-drive-time news radio program and reporting on stories and happenings all over the globe. As a host, Siegel has reported from a variety of locations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.