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NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg Coming To St. Louis In October

Nina Totenberg is NPR's legal affairs correspondent.
Nina Totenberg is NPR's legal affairs correspondent.
Nina Totenberg is NPR's legal affairs correspondent.
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Nina Totenberg is NPR's legal affairs correspondent.

President Trump has appointed judges at a fast and steady pace since he took office almost three years ago. His administration has appointed nearly one in four of the country’s federal appeals court judges and one in seven of U.S. district court judges

“You’re going to see a dramatic switch in the lower courts to a much, much more conservative approach,” said NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg on St. Louis on the Air.

“This has been the number-one objective of the Republican leader Mitch McConnell, and he’s made no bones about it,” she said. “I have never seen judicial nominees — controversial and uncontroversial — go through this quickly. He has that train running on time, and very fast, and almost nothing stops it.”

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, Sarah Fenske talked with Totenberg about judicial appointments, the upcoming Supreme Court docket, and the loss of her dear friend and colleague, Cokie Roberts.

“Cokie really did the work of three people in her lifetime, and I don’t think I’ve ever known anybody who was less selfish,” she said. “She was the most gracious and giving human being I have known.”

Totenberg will be in St. Louis on Oct. 4 to deliver the keynote address for the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s inaugural Justice Speaks Luncheon. This event is the first of a series of annual conversations about justice and civil rights. 

Related Event

What: Justice Speaks Luncheon, featuring Nina Totenberg

When: Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch

315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63102

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill, Lara Hamdan, Alexis Moore and Tonina Saputo. The engineer is Aaron Doerr, and production assistance is provided by Charlie McDonald.

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Emily Woodbury joined the St. Louis on the Air team in July 2019. Prior to that, she worked at Iowa Public Radio as a producer for two daily, statewide talk programs. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. She got her start in news radio by working at her college radio station as a news director. Emily enjoys playing roller derby, working with dogs, and playing games – both video and tabletop.