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Episode 20: Breaking the Sound Barrier

Why do women’s voices generate more criticism than men’s? Susan Stamberg – the first woman in America to host a nightly national news broadcast – talks with us about voice and gender bias, losing her New York accent, and becoming the sound of NPR. We also hear from Emily Bazelon of Slate’s Political Gabfest about the reception of her voice and owning her sound.

Released February 18, 2018
  • Susan Stamberg. Photo by Anthony Nagelmann; courtesy of National Public Radio.
  • Susan Stamberg, the first American woman to anchor a national news broadcast, recording All Things Considered. Photo courtesy of National Public Radio.

  • Susan Stamberg (seated at table, center) with the staff of National Public Radio in 1981. Photo courtesy of National Public Radio.

  • Emily Bazelon, recording Slate's Political Gabfest. Photo courtesy of Emily Bazelon.

  • Susan Stamberg
  • Susan Stamberg
  • Susan Stamberg and NPR Staff, 1981
  • Emily Bazelon

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