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January 30, 2006

NPR NEWS TO OFFER TWO-HOUR LIVE COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT BUSH'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

Coverage and Analysis to be Anchored by All Things Considered Host Robert Siegel; Program to be Archived on NPR.org for On-Demand Streaming

Washington, D.C. - NPR News is offering live coverage of President Bush's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 31 at 9:00 PM (ET) as well as the Democrats' response by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine. The two-hour special will be anchored by All Things Considered host Robert Siegel and include analysis by NPR correspondents including Mara Liasson, political experts E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Richard Lowry of the National Review, New Orleans reporter Mark Schleifstein of the Times-Picayune and members of Congress.

The special will be available for broadcast to NPR member stations across the country. It will also be streamed live on www.NPR.org and on member stations' websites and will be permanently archived on NPR.org for on-demand steaming.

Additionally, on the next day's Morning Edition, host Steve Inskeep will examine elements of the speech and response. Additional analysis of the President's State of the Union speech will be available on NPR.org.