On a warm Friday evening earlier this month the Capital Center for the Arts hosted Constitutionally Speaking, an initiative to engage NH citizens on constitutional issues, and to encourage civics education. So naturally they invited NPR’s legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg to come and speak. Over the course of the night she touched on many topics including the new Supreme court term, the lives of the justices, and her role as a journalist. Nina was joined onstage by, and fielded questions from Here and Now co-host, Robin Young.
When Totenberg came to the Cap Center in Concord, a good-sized crowd gathered to hear what she had to After sharing her thoughts about what the big cases are likely to be this term for the Supreme Court, she peels back the curtain on one the world’s most cloistered institutions. Over the decades she has enjoyed tremendous privilege in the form of her access to the justices, and she had some interesting things to say about them.
Totenberg is famous among NPR fans for obvious reasons, but her father Roman Totenberg was a well-known and well-regarded violinist. In 1980, his Stradivarius was stolen from his office after a concert in Cambridge. 35 years later Nina received a call from the FBI antiquities department, this was the start of the remarkable story about the recovery of her father's violin.