|For immediate release
June 6, 2002
Mideast Web Portal at NPR.ORG Extends Access
to Mideast Coverage
Audio, Transcripts Available Free of Charge
WASHINGTON, DC - Due to intense interest in
events in the Middle East, NPR has made available at npr.org written
transcripts and audio reports about the Mideast that are produced by NPR in
its newsmagazines and talk shows.
At this special site,
www.npr.org/news/specials/mideast, users can read and
print at no charge verbatim transcripts and hear audio segments from
signature NPR News programs Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Talk
of the Nation.
"We are pleased to offer public radio
listeners a simple and convenient way to peruse Mideast coverage from NPR,"
said Maria Thomas, vice president for NPR Online. "This online area enables
users to access at any time throughout the day content produced for NPR's
radio news programs that they otherwise may not have the opportunity to
The site, which does not include shows or
newscasts where transcripts are not available, currently offers transcripts
and audio dating from May 6, 2002. The site will evolve as materials are
added and archives are expanded. It is updated each weekday; weekend and
holiday programming is updated during the following workweek.
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