The time Joan Rivers didn’t become an NPR host

With the death of Joan Rivers, Jay Kernis, former senior v.p. for programming at NPR, shared this remembrance of Rivers on his Facebook page yesterday. It’s reproduced here with his permission. Between 2001-08, I was SVP for Programming at NPR and someone told Joan that she would be perfect to host a public radio show. I had interviewed her many years ago for NPR and I knew from producers like¬†Amy Rosenblum¬†just how smart Joan was. I was thrilled to be invited for lunch at her remarkable home on the East Side of NYC.