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October 4, 2006
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OUTGOING GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT I. KING JORDAN JOINS NPR'S TALK OF THE NATION FOR DISCUSSION ON HIS LEGACY AND THE CONTROVERSY OVER HIS SUCCESSOR THURSDAY OCTOBER 12, 2006

REAL-TIME LIVE CAPTIONING TECHNOLOGY PROVIDED AT WWW.NPR.ORG/DEAFCULTURE FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING PARTICIPATION

Special Two-Hour Broadcast to Explore Future of Deaf Culture and Shifting Debate over the Cochlear Implant


Washington, D.C.; October 4, 2006 - NPR's Talk of the Nation will feature I. King Jordan in a special two hour broadcast on the future of deaf education and culture on Thursday October 12, 2006. Dr. Jordan plans to retire at the end of this year as president of Gallaudet University, the world's only university dedicated to deaf and hard of hearing students. As the first ever deaf president of the institution, he began the job in 1988 amid controversy and leaves 18 years later in the midst of more controversy over the appointment of his successor. In Hour One of the broadcast, Dr. Jordan weighs in on the debate and his legacy.

Hour Two will examine the shifting debate over the cochlear implant. Once an issue that divided the deaf community, the use of cochlear implants is now more accepted. Yet, very difficult questions remain about how people with cochlear implants can successfully live in two worlds -- the hearing and the deaf -- about how children with these implants should be educated. Guests during this hour will include documentary filmmaker Josh Aronson, whose film "Sound and Fury" tells the story about two brothers split apart by their different approaches to the implants for their children. Mr. Aronson has recently completed a follow-up to his film, "Sound and Fury: Six Years Later" and will join the program with Peter and Heather Artinian who were featured in both films.

The deaf and hard of hearing community will be able to follow the discussions through real-time live captioning to be made available during the live broadcast at 2:00 - 4:00pm ET at www.NPR.org/deafculture. The captioning technology enabling the streaming of broadcast captions on the Web is developed and provided by the Media Access Group at WGBH Boston. Listeners and those tuning in to the program through the live caption stream wishing to ask Dr. Jordan questions over the course of the first hour, will be able to do so by emailing Talk@NPR.org or by calling (800)989-TALK. Callers with access to VRS and TTY technology are encouraged to participate.

The October 12th broadcast will be the second time Talk of the Nation has employed a captioning service to accommodate the deaf and hard of hearing audience. On February 2, 2005 for an interview with Dr. Jordan and the authors of the 1990 book, "Inside Deaf Culture," the program offered real time captioning to enable participation among the hard of hearing community. Audio and text of the interview is available at www.NPR.org.

Talk of the Nation is NPR's midday news talk program that explores all topics 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. With 2.8 million weekly listeners, the program airs on 276 NPR stations around the country; for local stations and time periods, check http://www.npr.org/schedule/index.php.