Book cover of Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships by Nina Totenbergby Nina Totenberg

Celebrated NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg delivers an extraordinary memoir of her personal successes, struggles, and life-affirming relationships, including her beautiful friendship of nearly fifty years with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Four years before Nina Totenberg was hired at NPR, where she cemented her legacy as a prizewinning reporter, and nearly twenty-two years before Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court, Nina called Ruth. A reporter for The National Observer, Nina was curious about Ruth’s legal brief, asking the Supreme Court to do something revolutionary: declare a law that discriminated “on the basis of sex” to be unconstitutional. In a time when women were fired for becoming pregnant, often could not apply for credit cards or get a mortgage in their own names, Ruth patiently explained her argument. That call launched a remarkable, nearly fifty-year friendship.

Interview with the Author

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‘Dinners with Ruth’ shows how friendship can flourish despite clashing careers
9/13/22          8 min

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Nina Totenberg: “Dinners with Ruth”
9/26/22            27 min

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The Supreme Court Whisperer (with Nina Totenberg)
9/22/22            76 min

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Nina Totenberg and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s decades-long friendship
10/4/22           29 min

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Nina And Ruth
12/13/22             32 min



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