National Public Radio stunned more than a few listeners Friday, when it announced the end of its popular Talk of the Nation program, heard weekday afternoons on Boise State Public Radio and airing live from Washington, D.C., for 21 years.
Talk of the Nation's final broadcast is slated for July 1.
The New York Times reported that discussions have been under way for "more than two years between NPR and some of its bigger member stations" to end Talk of the Nation and replace it with an expanded version of Here and Now, which is produced in Boston through Public Radio International. But beginning this summer, NPR announced that it will begin producing Here and Now and expand that program from one hour to two hours beginning July 1.
The Times reported that NPR officials denied the organization's budget deficit of $7 million spurred the decision to end Talk of the Nation.
Longtime Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan announced that he will depart NPR after Talk of the Nation ends.