For immediate release
November 12, 2001
Contact: NPR
Laura Gross,
202-513-2304
lgross@npr.org



President Putin Speaks With America

Special Call-In Program From NPR News
Thursday, November 15, 7:30 P.M. ET

WASHINGTON, DC-In a historic, unprecedented interview, the President of Russia will take questions directly from the American people during a special broadcast from NPR News. In the exclusive special report, President Vladimir 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. Titled "Special Report from NPR News," the program can be heard on local public radio stations or by accessing the live audio stream on www.npr.org. The Web site will also feature archival NPR News interviews about Russia and President Putin, as well as reports covering his past visits to the United States. To find your local NPR member station, please visit www.npr.org/members/.

An audio file of the program will be permanently available 15 minutes after the broadcast is complete at www.npr.org/news/specials/putin/. If you would like to receive a transcript or video of the interview, please contact Laura Gross at 202-513-2304 or via e-mail at lgross@npr.org.

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