February 1984 Playback: "What do people love in the 80’s? They love Michael Jackson,’s “Thriller” – (Steve Profitt reports) They love Men (a commentary by Dee Roberts) They love in different ways (Steve Profitt again.) They don’t love racist remarks (Jesse Jackson’s unfortunate one) – or Beirut (David Gergen on the Marine’s withdrawal) and legendary singer songwriter Steve Goodman ponders the changeable nature of love and performs ‘You better get it while you can.”" — NPR’sKerry Thompson, who produces the excellent NPR archival podcast Playback, which you can subscribe to here.
Meryl Streep is up for Best Actress, Brits are representing in the Best Actor category, and an astronaut adventure is in the race for Best Picture. After listening to this Feb. 17, 1984, Morning Edition story about the recently announced Oscar nominations, you may wind up believing it’s true that the more things change, the more they really do stay the same. — Laura Jeffrey, NPR Library
Today marks thirty years since the 1984 New Hampshire primary. It’s a contest not well remembered today – on the Republican side, President Ronald Reagan was running essentially unopposed, and the man who won the Democratic nomination, Walter Mondale, not only lost the New Hampshire primary, he lost the general election in a landslide.
In Los Angeles, Sondra Lowell's apparent mission in life is to fulfill needs no one ever knew existed. She taught the world how to heckle comedians…and demonstrated the best techniques for tap dancing the news. Now, Sondra is at it again….by teaching us how to build a beautiful salad-bar salad bowl.
Ed note: This piece, from February 1984, is hilarious. I have had trouble with salad information overload at the salad bar. This piece apparently solves that problem.
This week’s #NPRtbt takes us back to 1981, and features the legendary Susan Stamberg. The Radio Hall of Famer is pictured here with the iconic Mister Rogers on his show, ‘Old Friends… New Friends.’ This is one of many collaborations between the two.
Susan is known as NPR’s ‘founding mother,’ an employee since NPR’s inception in 1971 as National Public Radio. She became one of the first hosts of All Things Considered in 1972, making her the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program.
The 14th Winter Olympics were held in Sarajevo in 1984.
Amidst the pageantry, Phil and Steve Mahre, celebrated their 1-2 finish in the men’s slalom. Margot Adler prepared this report. (Phil has the third most World Cup race wins, after Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn.)