October 12, 2006
Emily Lenzner, NPR
STATEMENT FROM ANDI SPORKIN, VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS, NPR REGARDING DR. I. KING JORDAN CANCELLING HIS APPEARANCE ON TALK OF THE NATION
Washington, D.C.; October 12, 2006
Late last night, I. King Jordan, outgoing President of Gallaudet University, cancelled his long-scheduled live one-hour interview on today’s edition of Talk of the Nation. We offered him several alternatives to appear on the news talk show, but Dr. Jordan declined. We regret his decision to not participate in this important and timely conversation on a program recognized for its longstanding commitment to thoughtful coverage of issues relevant to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.
Dr. Jordan provided Talk of the Nation with the following statement:
"I deeply regret that I am unable to be on Talk of the Nation. However, the current situation on the Gallaudet campus is critical and requires my full attention. I truly looked forward to the opportunity to talk about Gallaudet and my long and wonderful relationship with it, and I hope I will have the opportunity to do so on the program in the not too distant future."
Talk of the Nation is moving forward with its planned special episode today focusing on significant issues in the current deaf culture. The first hour will, instead, examine the current crisis at Gallaudet and the unique role of this university. The second hour will remain as scheduled and explore the shifting debate on cochlear implants, a subject Talk of the Nation has followed carefully for some time. Our previously-announced technological commitment to making today’s program available to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities will also continue. As planned, live captioning during the broadcast will be provided to accommodate those interested in following the discussions and participating through e-mail and VRS.
We look forward to Dr. Jordan returning to Talk of the Nation.
About Talk of the Nation:
Talk of the Nation is NPR's midday news talk program, examining all topics from politics to pop culture, education, religion, books, health, family and music. It is hosted by Neal Conan, who celebrated his fifth anniversary in the role on September 10, 2006. Through call-ins and e-mails, listeners are able to join in dialogue with decision-makers, authors, academicians, artists and newsmakers in the headlines. With 2.8 million weekly listeners, the program airs on 276 NPR stations around the country.
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Press Release Announcing Plans for Original Program: http://www.npr.org/about/press/061004.deaf.html