In a few minutes, Guy Raz will begin his last program as host of NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. He took over as regular host three and a half years ago, and with a team of Matt Martinez, Phil Harrell, more recently Steve Lickteig, and others he has given it an edge and a spirit that I've tremendously enjoyed as a listener. One of their innovations has been the "Cover Story" -- an extended segment at the beginning of the show comparable in ambition and range to a magazine cover story. Plus, predictably strong music segments -- and Three-Minute Fiction, and more. (NPR photo.)
"My main objective was to be a jazz-playing clown. That kind of worked out."