Day to Day (D2D)
was a one-hour weekday
American radio newsmagazine
by National Public Radio
(NPR), and produced by NPR in collaboration with Slate
. Madeleine Brand
served as host since 2006.
Topics regularly covered by D2D included news, entertainment,
politics and the arts; contributors included familiar NPR
personalities, reporters from NPR member stations, writers for
, and reporters from
show produced by American Public
premiered on Monday, July 28, 2003, and fed
to stations from noon ET
through 4:00 p.m. ET.
On December 10, 2008, NPR announced Day to Day
canceled with its final episode to be broadcast on March 20, 2009.
According to Dennis Haarsager, NPR's acting CEO, D2D was not
"attracting sufficient levels of audience or national underwriting
necessary to sustain continued production" now that NPR's projected
budget deficit for the 2009 fiscal year
grew from $2 million in July, to $23 million in December.
Day to Day
began as a co-production with the then-Microsoft
that was "targeted
for midday broadcast" and designed to "showcase newsworthy topics
with a smart, savvy and spontaneous approach" with a "diverse
family of contributors from both NPR News and Slate"; it was the
"first program collaboration NPR has initiated with a commercial
media outlet in its 33-year history." The partnership was
criticized in the Online Journalism Review
conflicts on Microsoft coverage (or lack thereof)" and the
"cross-media advertisements and underwriting" plans.
Day debuted on public radio stations in July 2003. and was the
first NPR newsmagazine produced at NPR West studios in Culver City,
California, near Los
While Day to Day
was divided into segments similar in
length to those on Morning Edition
and All Things
, there were at least two major differences: the C
segment was divided into two sections; and the program had a
shorter total running time -- one hour compared to two for the
Day to Day
began with a sixty-second billboard, wherein
Alex Chadwick and Madeleine Brand talk about what will be coming up
on the show. The billboard is followed by the standard NPR newscast
from one minute past to six minutes past the hour. Some stations
utilize the last 2.5 minutes of the newscast to deliver local
midday news reports. A thirty-second music bed follows, and then
Segment A begins.
Segment A (duration 12:29) contained the top story of the day, and
usually synopses of longer-term issues viewed through the lens of
current events. Segment topics ranged from the American judicial
system to economics to geopolitics to conversations with notable
newsmakers, and more. Segment A closed at nineteen minutes past the
hour and leads into a two-minute station break.
At twenty-one after, Segment B (duration 7:49) began. Segment B
composed the remainder of the first half-hour, and as such
continued coverage on important news events of the day, or segued
into lighter culturally or socially relevant stories. Segment B
closes at 28:50 past the hour, and goes into a local break until
the bottom of the hour.
At half past the hour, Day to Day
returned with Segment C1
(duration 5:14), usually reserved for updates on stories presented
in the first half-hour, or different angles on major news stories.
Segment C2 (duration 3:59) was home to the Marketplace
report, a discussion about an item of business news with a reporter
with a short preview of that evening's program. C2 ended at 39:30
after the hour.
Following another thirty-second music break, Day to Day
entered Segment D (duration 8:59). There was little specificity to
the content of Segment D; stories ranged from international and
domestic issues to long-term reports on a variety of topics.
Segment D ran from forty minutes to forty-nine minutes past the
hour, and another two-minute station break ensued.
Segment E (duration 8:20) began at fifty-one minutes past the hour.
For the show's first three years, it was divided into Segments E1
and E2, which lasted roughly three and a half minutes each. On
February 20, 2007, Day to Day
combined the two E segments
into one long one. Segment E was usually devoted to commentary and
light features, including "The Unger Report," a satirical take on
news and current events. Time permitting, Segment E was followed up
by the credits, and Day to Day
came to a close.
For its first two and a half years, Day to Day
hosted by either longtime NPR host and correspondent Alex Chadwick
or NPR news host Madeleine Brand
. On January 16, 2006,
Chadwick and Brand began co-hosting each program together.
On Friday, November 7, 2008, Chadwick anchored his final broadcast
on the show. Brand continued to anchor the remainder of Day to
s run, along with rotating co-hosts.
NPR personalities Noah Adams
, Alex Cohen
often served as substitute hosts for the program.
- Executive Producer Deborah Clark
- Supervising Senior Producer Chip Grabow
- Supervising Senior Editor Martha Little
- Director Andy Houlihan
- Producers Steve Proffitt,
Christopher Johnson, Sarah Spivack, Skye Rohde, Nihar Patel, Ki
- Editors Jacob Conrad, Jason DeRose,
- Staff Reporter Alex Cohen
- Brian Unger, "The Unger Report"
humor and satirical commentary
- Michelle Singletary, "The
Color of Money" personal finance
- Dahlia Lithwick, legal
- John Dickerson, political analyst
- Xeni Jardin, "Xeni Tech"
- David Was, music
- Annabelle Gurwitch, humorous
- Jennifer Sharpe, oddities
- Mark Jordan Legan, "Summary Judgment" movie reviews
- Veronique de Turenne, book reviews
- Andrew Wallenstein, television reviews
- Dr. Sydney Spiesel, personal health
- Scott Carrier, investigative