KWBU 103.3FM To Air NPR News Call-in Program "President Putin Speaks With America"

Nov. 14, 2001

by Lori Scott Fogleman

In an historic interview with National Public Radio, Russian President Vladimir Putin will take questions directly from the American people during a special broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, on local NPR affiliate KWBU 103.3 FM.

In the exclusive special report, President Putin will engage the American public in a live call-in program moderated by Robert Siegel, host of "All Things Considered." This is the only interview President Putin has granted during his visit to the United States and the first time a Russian leader has taken questions from the American public.

Following this conversation, Neal Conan, host of "Talk of the Nation" from NPR News, will join listeners, foreign affairs experts and NPR reporters to continue the discussion about President Putin's meetings this week with President Bush and their impact on U.S. foreign policy.

Listeners will be able to e-mail their questions before the show begins to putin@npr.org. The program can be heard on KWBU 103.3 FM or by accessing the live audio stream on www.npr.org. The web site also will feature archival NPR News interviews about Russia and President Putin, as well as reports covering his past visits to the United States.

NPR serves more than 16 million Americans each week via more than 640 public radio stations. NPR Online at www.npr.org brings hourly newscasts, news features, commentaries and live events to Internet users through original online reports, audio streaming and other multimedia elements. NPR also distributes programming to listeners in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa via NPR Worldwide, to military overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.

For more information, contact Brodie Bashaw, KWBU-FM station manager, at 710-3695 or Michael Hagerty, KWBU-FM news and public affairs director, at 710-3694.

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