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Bob Boilen and NPR's 'All Songs Considered'

Scott Simon talks with Bob Boilen, the director of All Things Considered and the producer of a new CD called All Songs Considered 2. The CD is the second volume of songs collected from the All Things Considered music library. Boilen talks about the art and science of picking music for a news broadcast. The link below takes you to the NPR Shop, where you can purchase a copy of the new CD.

Copyright 2002 NPR

In 1988, a determined Bob Boilen started showing up on NPR's doorstep every day, looking for a way to contribute his skills in music and broadcasting to the network. His persistence paid off, and within a few weeks he was hired, on a temporary basis, to work for All Things Considered. Less than a year later, Boilen was directing the show and continued to do so for the next 18 years.
Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.

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