Many people think there are two different Margot Adlers. One is a 40 year veteran of public broadcasting, who is currently the New York correspondent for National Public Radio and a frequent voice on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. The other is a chronicler and spokesperson for the contemporary Wiccan and Pagan movements, the author of Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today, and a Wiccan priestess who gives workshops in ritual and song. Shush! Donít tell anyone. Itís the same person!
Adler got involved in radio in 1968 as a newscaster, reporter, and later the host of three talk shows on WBAI-FM in the 1970s and 1980s. She pioneered live, free-form talk shows that dealt with spirituality, feminism, ecology, and the interface between politics, religion, and culture. She came to NPR in 1978, and her favorite stories are those that turn the world upside down and make you question everything you thought you knew. She has covered everything from the Winter Olympics, to the homeless, from the human stories of 911 to issues of education and technology. From 1999 to 2008, Adler also hosted Justice Talking, a national radio show about law, the Constitution, and American life.
Besides Drawing Down the Moon, Adler is the author of Hereticís Heart: A Journey through Spirit and Revolution, which deals with her experiences as a student at Berkeley, a participant in the Free Speech Movement, a civil rights worker in Mississippi, and an activist and journalist during the Vietnam War. She first came to the Conference on World Affairs in the late 1970s.