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August 25, 2006
Chad Campbell, NPR
NATIONAL BLACK PROGRAMMING CONSORTIUM TO PROVIDE TALK OF THE NATION WITH VIDEO PROFILES OF KATRINA SURVIVOR GUESTS APPEARING ON AUGUST 28 EDITION
Video Diaries of Talk of the Nation Katrina Participants Available at www.NPR.org
www.nbpc.tv to Feature Additional Katrina Content
Washington, D.C.; August 25, 2006 – Listeners of Talk of the Nation on Monday, August 28 will hear the candid stories of Katrina survivors who have yet to return home. Video profiles of two of these guests will also be available on www.NPR.org at 2:00 PM (ET) thanks to a first-ever collaboration between NPR and the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).
Sharing their stories on video – what they experienced, what they left behind, where are they now and their plans for the future – will be Talk of the Nation guests and New Orleans natives Vincent Trotter and Sonya Salvant. Trotter, 30, was a jailer with the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office who oversaw the evacuation of hundreds of prisoners; he now lives in Houston. The 67-year-old Salvant evacuated to Houston with her 93-year-old father.
The Talk of the Nation page on the NPR website (www.npr.org/programs/totn) will feature the video features and will also have a link to NBPC’s “The Katrina Project,” a multi-media site with video profiles of more evacuees, features, reporting, films and interactive elements. It was launched in November 2005 and is updated on a regular basis. The anniversary update will include a “user generated content” area, where NPR listeners and others can post their own Katrina-related videos on the site.
“The National Black Programming Consortium is a critically acclaimed provider of content to television and online, and its Katrina Project is a creative, thoughtful and inspiring effort,” said Sue Goodwin, Executive Producer, Talk of the Nation. “We’re thrilled to be teaming with them on this and we know our listeners will welcome the opportunity to see as well as hear these survivors.”
NBPC’s mission is to move African-American content forward in all mediums. A non-profit media arts organization founded in 1979 and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, it commissions, acquires and funds film and video projects. The videos that appear on the Katrina page were produced for NBPC by Linda Goode Bryant, the award-winning director of Flag Wars.
Talk of the Nation is NPR’s midday news talk program, exploring everything from politics to pop culture, education, religion, books, health, family and music. Through call-ins and e-mails, listeners are able to join in dialogue with decision-makers, authors, academicians, artists and newsmakers in the headlines. Neal Conan has been host of Talk of the Nation since 2001. The program airs on 276 NPR Member stations around the country; for local stations and time periods, check http://www.npr.org/schedule/index.php.