Introducing NPR Presents: A National, Multi-Platform Live Events Practice

NPR UNVEILS NATIONAL MULTI-PLATFORM LIVE EVENTS

NPR Presents Brings Radio to the Stage to Engage Communities across the Country

WORD: A Book Club of Extraordinary Women, Wine and Music
With Susan Minot, Misty Copeland, Maya Azucena, Maritri Garrett, Children's Literary Authors, NPR Journalists & Contributors
March 6-8 at NPR in D.C.

February 24, 2014; Washington, D.C. – NPR announces the launch of NPR Presents, a new national, multi-platform live events practice that furthers the mission of public radio through two-way conversations and intimate storytelling.

"NPR Presents brings multi-platform live events to communities around the country in collaboration with our Member Stations," says Indira Etwaroo, executive producer and director of NPR Presents. "These events will be bold, dynamic and interactive. They'll offer fresh and exciting channels to great storytelling and intimate conversations, strengthening our personal connection with current audiences, while discovering new ones; global citizens who are diverse, curious, and digitally-savvy."

NPR Presents piloted Family Matters with David Greene and Robert Smith in St. Louis and Salt Lake City late last year. This past January, it brought The Race Card Project with Michele Norris to Lehigh University and '12 Years a Slave': A Conversation with Screenwriter John Ridley to NPR in Washington, D.C.

"NPR Presents is committed to creating experiences in four areas in which NPR is uniquely positioned to impact and advance conversation: race, ethnicity and culture; science and health; international affairs; and performing arts and culture," says Emma Carrasco, NPR's chief marketing officer. "We are excited to extend our audience reach and engagement with this new platform."

NPR Presents continues its successful trajectory next month with WORD: A Book Club of Extraordinary Women, Wine and Music, a three-part events series that will connect audiences with award-winning women writers at Studio 1, NPR's 325 seat performance and studio space located at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., on March 6, 7 and 8. The WORD events are a live extension of the NPR special series "The Changing Lives of Women," which takes a global look at the evolving realities of women's lives. Details of these three events are:

Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:15 PM
Thirty Girls: A Conversation with Author Susan Minot and NPR Contributor Ellah Allfrey

Live music from blues musician Maritri Garrett

Award-winning author Susan Minot teams up with NPR contributor Ellah Allfrey to take audiences behind the scenes of Thirty Girls, Minot's long-awaited novel that deconstructs and interweaves the stories of two extraordinary women who are from different worlds, as they each confront displacement, heartbreak and struggle to find meaning in it all.

Tickets: $20, with a complimentary glass of wine.
Minot will be available to sign books, which can be purchased that day at the NPR Shop.


Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM, doors open at 6:15 PM
Life in Motion: A Conversation with Ballerina Misty Copeland and NPR Contributor/OZY Media Co-Founder Carlos Watson (in collaboration with OZY Media).

Live music from vocalist Maya Azucena

NPR contributor and OZY Media co-founder Carlos Watson leads an in-depth dialogue with Misty Copeland, the prestigious American Ballet Theater's only African-American soloist. Copeland shares the story behind Life in Motion, her passionate memoir which chronicles her unique journey from the after-school community center where she first discovered the barre to her life now, at center stage.

Tickets: $20, with a complimentary glass of wine.
Copeland will be available to sign books, which can be purchased that day at the NPR Shop.


Saturday, March 8 at 10:00 AM, doors open at 10:00 AM
Books Always Everywhere and Other Stories Read by NPR Hosts

Children of all ages will delight in this late-morning story-time of popular children's titles, read by their parents' favorite NPR journalists, including TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz and NPR Science correspondent Shankar Vedantam. NPR Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin guides kids and parents, alike, through the Books Always Everywhere "field day" of readings, projected illustrations and live music.

Tickets: $10, with a complimentary healthy snack, beverage and fun activities.

NPR Presents creates events that are robust, vigorous and dynamic, and reflective of NPR's ability to connect with and meet audiences wherever they are interested in engaging. In the coming months, NPR Presents will continue to collaborate with NPR Member Stations to explore thought-provoking themes and topics in communities around the country, to create unique models that merge the stations' local touch with NPR's national reach and explore shared branding and revenue opportunities. To find out more about upcoming events, or purchase tickets to WORD, visit www.events.npr.org/npr/home. Continue the conversation online with #NPRpresents.

NPR is an award-winning, multimedia news organization that reaches 26 million radio listeners each week, and 23 million people monthly on digital platforms. In collaboration with more than 900 local radio stations nationwide, NPR strives to provide the public with a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures. To find local stations and broadcast times, visit www.npr.org/stations.

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