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Nina Totenberg on the power of friendships

Allison Shelley
Nina Totenberg at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 21, 2019.

Nina Totenberg is a name—and voice—heard often on public radio. As NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent, she has been breaking down the news of the Supreme Court for listeners since 1975. Early in her career, a phone call to a source began as a law lesson, and ended with a near 50-year friendship... with Ruth Bader Ginsberg.


This friendship is one of many featured in Nina Totenberg’s new book, Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Nina Totenberg about these friendships, the importance of journalism, and much more. This is our conversation.


Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships by Nina Totenberg was published by Simon & Schuster.

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