Changing of the Guard for Show Hosts

After two years hosting All Things Considered on the weekend, Debbie Elliott will begin reporting from Capitol Hill. Andrea Seabrook, who had been covering Congress, will take Elliott's place in the host chair.

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DEBBIE ELLIOTT, host:

I'd like to take a few moments now to thank you for the privilege of being part of your weekends over these last two years. Starting next week, you're going to hear me from a different post, Capitol Hill. And my colleague, Andrea Seabrook, who's been NPR's congressional correspondent for the past five years, is going to be the weekend host here on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. Andrea joins me now.

Hello there, Andrea.

ANDREA SEABROOK: Hi, Debbie. You know, when you say that, I really realize I was in Congress longer than I was in college.

ELLIOTT: Yeah?

SEABROOK: Like I feel like I should get a degree or something.

ELLIOTT: This is pretty exciting. I'm looking forward to a new experience. I suppose you're pretty excited about coming here.

SEABROOK: Oh, my gosh. It is a huge honor to be both taking the reigns of this amazing program and taking them from you, Debbie. I am so excited to get a chance to play in the sandbox of ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

ELLIOTT: We've had a really good time over these past few years. Some of the best conversations I've had include the historian John Hope Franklin, the children's book author Eric Carle, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. But we also take time to get out and talk to real people.

SEABROOK: Uh-hmm.

ELLIOTT: People that are living extraordinary lives but that the rest of us might not know. So I hope you get a chance to do some of these really rewarding things that I've been doing the past two years.

SEABROOK: Debbie, really big shoes to fill here. I'm really excited. I do want to try and shake things up just a little bit. You've done such amazing work and we're going to carry on a lot of those things. But also maybe play with some new characters and some new ways of doing radio. We're going to try some things out and hope the listeners out there will tell us where we go right and where we go wrong.

ELLIOTT: Thanks so much, Andrea. And we'll be hearing from you soon.

SEABROOK: Thank you, Debbie. And we'll keep talking.

ELLIOTT: Andrea Seabrook will be here in a few weeks after she shows me the ropes on Capitol Hill. In the meantime, the program will be in the experienced hand of host Jacki Lyden.

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