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For immediate release
February 5, 2003
NPR: Laura Gross
Jenny Lawhorn,

NPR News and BBC Present Global Town-Hall on Iraq

WASHINGTON,D.C -- On Saturday, February 15, NPR News and BBC World Service will present a live, two-hour, call-in program to discuss the issues surrounding Iraq. The joint production, "Iraq-The World Speaks," will be hosted by NPR's Neal Conan, host of Talk of the Nation, and the BBC's Robin Lustig, host of Talking Point, and will air on most NPR member stations from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT. This is the first time the BBC and NPR have presented a co-produced program.

"Iraq -- The World Speaks" will give an opportunity for voices on all sides of the issue to be heard, in a town hall format, allowing people around the world to share their questions, thoughts, and opinions on one of the most important international crises since the Gulf War. Correspondents from NPR News and the BBC will also be featured in the show and will assist in answering questions from listeners.

For broadcast times, please check local listings or log onto to find the NPR member station in your city. The special will also air on Sirius Radio's NPR Channel and via shortwave and satellite rebroadcasts on the BBC World Service and NPR Worldwide.

BBC World Service broadcasts programmes around the world in 43 languages and is available on radio and online at It has a global audience of 150 million listeners while its websites receive 100 million page impressions each month.

NPR, renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news, information and cultural programming, serves a growing audience of nearly 20 million Americans each week via more than 680 public radio stations. NPR Online at 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 installations overseas via American Forces Network and throughout Japan via cable.