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Listen: Neal Conan Reminisces as NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' Leaves the Airwaves

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Neal Conan has been hosting National Public Radio's weekday afternoon call-in show "Talk of the Nation" since 2001. The 63-year-old journalist has been with NPR for over 30 years. He said one of the reasons he took the hosting job was because he figured after all those years, nothing could happen in a radio studio that would surprise him.

He was wrong.

As "Talk of the Nation" ends its over 20-year run, Neal Conan reflects on the power of people sharing their personal stories. And he tells us about his most surprising day ever behind a microphone. Click on the player on this page to hear more from him.  

What's next for Neal Conan after "Talk of the Nation?" He says he's planning to travel to some beautiful places  such as Alaska. And he says he may write a book. But his often self-deprecating manner, Neal Conan says it won't be about himself.

Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on X @jenstayton.
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