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Okay... So, for a long time (when I was but a small child), I thought that Daniel Schorr was just a longtime NPR reporter. That is until I was sternly told that this was a genuine journalistic icon, who made started with CBS in the Edward R. Murrow days, and earned a place on Nixon's enemies list for his coverage of Watergate. Here's the other thing about him — he's so charming and still incisive that it's hard to believe he's 91. He has a new book out, and since he and Neal are old friends (Schorr was the first host of TOTN! When it was still untitled, of course), we asked him to come by and reminisce. This hour is simply a New Years gift to you — from us. Enjoy.

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Daniel Schorr, you are cast in the same mold as Walter Cronkite or any of the best journalists who have ever existed. To listen to your voice gives me a sense of peace. I am proud that you are still working and having a great time at NPR. Please keep up the great work for as long as you will. My hat is off to you, dear Sir.

Sent by Brad Turner | 3:20 PM | 12-31-2007

Daniel Schorr seems to have ignored Kieth Olberman in his comment about not knowing anyone who is talking against the current administration.

Sent by Marcus Pryor | 3:23 PM | 12-31-2007

As a current candidate for foremost administration critic, how about Keith Olbermann?

Sent by Marilyn Shaw | 3:25 PM | 12-31-2007

I would like to know what is Dan's secret to a long life. Very few of us live to be 91 and those of us who do are often less than coherent and definitely not still working a regular job. Did Dan eat right, avoid smoking and alcohol during his life?

I hope he keeps going for many years to come.

-=Joey

Sent by Joey Cross | 3:27 PM | 12-31-2007

Regarding the question about reporters who contributed to the ending of the Vietnam war by broadcasting the real story, and are there any reporters in Iraq that are doing a similar function, what about NPR's Ann Garrels (SP?) ?

Sent by Stella Rogers | 3:27 PM | 12-31-2007

I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Schorr in 1970 when he came to Chicago to interview my husband, Dr. Aaron Josephson, who was then Director of the Research Foundation at Michael Reese Hospital, concerning the development of a computer called the RABBI (Rapid Access Blood Bank Information). One of the first computers devoted to Blood Banking lists of rare donors. The computer was so large that it would now fill one of the small bedrooms in my current home. We've come a long way, Baby!

Sent by Judy Josephson Schreiber | 3:27 PM | 12-31-2007

When 9/11 occurred, I recall just waiting until the following Saturday to hear what Daniel Schorr had to say because I knew he could give some perspective to such a horrific time. It was such a comfort to hear your voice, sir. Thank you, I am so grateful to you and listen each weekend to hear what you have to say.

Sent by Sarah | 3:28 PM | 12-31-2007

We love Daniel Shore! and wish he could live another 100 years! Can he speak about what he does in his personal life to live such a long and healthy life? Besides staying busy and active?

Sent by Barbara Collier | 3:28 PM | 12-31-2007

Dan Schorr is a gem. Whenever he comes on the radio we stop whatever we are doing, and nobody moves until he has finished. Just like those old pictures about a family crowded around the radio. Like them, we wouldn't want to miss a single word.
Thank you, Mr Schorr. Happy New Year, and long may you broadcast.

Sent by Malcolm Martindale | 3:29 PM | 12-31-2007

God Bless Daniel Schorr. As our media cravenly descend to the level of an American Pravda it is wonderful to be reminded of how great the Free Press was and sad to see how far it has fallen. We need more people like Mr Schorr but in an age of media consolidation will they get hired? Maybe at NPR but where else?

Sent by George from Oregon | 3:37 PM | 12-31-2007

Thank you, NPR, for bringing such intelligence to the air waves.....Happy New Year to all!

Sent by Barbara Collier | 3:39 PM | 12-31-2007

At our house, when Daniel Schorr's voice comes on we stop everything. My husband wants a tee-shirt that reads: "Daniel Schorr said it. I believe it. And that settles it."

Sent by Karen | 3:40 PM | 12-31-2007

We must say he looks nothing like what he sounds like every Saturday!!! What a pleasure listening to his comments!!!

Sent by jm fay | 3:44 PM | 12-31-2007

Hi, I truly enjoy listening to Daniel Schorr. I have a litte question about his latest book.

I have a dear friend, only slightly younger than Mr Schorr, who also worked as a journalist. He would surely enjoy this book. Unfortunately due to macular degeneration, he can no longer see to read. I would like to know if this book will be available as an audiobook? It would be great if my friend could hear this book, in the great voice of its author. Thanks

Sent by Melisa | 9:45 AM | 1-1-2008

Keep it coming. Amazing that you got this far and a credit to the Republic.

Sent by Dennis H. Klein | 11:22 AM | 1-2-2008

I love NPR's TOTN, and I love Daniel Schorr and Neal, and I also love Keith Olberman and hope that Mr. Schorr appreciates him, too.

Much love and best regards in the new year!

Sent by Ralfi | 8:05 PM | 1-2-2008

I am 55 years old and have been watching or listening to you for what seems is my whole life. I have tremendous admiration for your astute observations and ethics. Thank you so much for the contributions you have made to my education over all of these years...

Sent by Mischelle | 8:20 PM | 1-2-2008

It's nice to hear a journalist who reports journalism and not prescript ed corporate junk.

Thank you for your talents and oath to journalism.

Sent by Chiques | 8:30 PM | 5-1-2008

Your comment today about the "slip" of Mrs. Clinton's ref to Robt Kennedy's assasination was flat wrong.. While she would be the last person on earth I'd vote for, I find your views particularly slanted to YOUR point of view far too often...this one was over the top, it was a reach...at best.

I think it's time to retire. You are no longer relevant. Your takeaway on politics is rarely insightful and most often reflects you life long agenda: it's a conspiracy and I'll tell what that is. Truely laughable.

Find that beach house in Florida, get that RV you always longed for, open that antique bookstore you always dreamed of...do anything that will get you out from behind the mic.

Sent by jsw | 9:18 AM | 5-24-2008

Ok, don't know how I got into Dan Schorr's chatbox but it is always a joy to meet with an old friend. I was looking up Mike Handler--we were colleagues at the New York Times but he was one of those icons I had admired at a young United Press reporter when Mike had become something of a legend for his coverage of Eastern Europe. I believe he was the first to open a bureau in Belgrade, even before Elie Abel, another dear parted friend.

Sent by Henry Raymont | 8:27 AM | 6-18-2008