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Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Neal Conan is the award-winning host of "Talk of the Nation," the national news-talk call-in show from NPR News. Beginning his journalism career as a freelance reporter and writer in New York, Conan joined NPR in 1977 specializing in foreign affairs and national security issues. "All Things Considered" won numerous awards during Conan's tenure as producer and executive producer, and he has received many personal awards as well. In 2000 Conan took a sabbatical from NPR to become the radio announcer for the Aberdeen Arsenal, a baseball team in the independent Atlantic League. "Play by Play: Baseball, Radio and Life in the Last Chance League" (Crown Books, 2002) is the result of his experiences.