November 20, 2006
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NPR EXCLUSIVE:
I. KING JORDAN, OUTGOING GALLAUDET
UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT, TO APPEAR ON
TALK OF THE NATION,
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

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



Washington, D.C.; November 20, 2006 - I. King Jordan, outgoing president of Gallaudet University, the world's only university dedicated to deaf and hard of hearing students, will appear on NPR News' Talk of the Nation program for an exclusive one hour live interview on Wednesday November 29, 2006.

The appearance is Jordan's first interview since the protests that locked down the school's campus for nearly one month. He will discuss the controversy over his appointed successor that led to these protests, his legacy as the first deaf president of the institution and the issues facing the deaf community today including technological advancements such as cochlear implants and digital hearing aids.

Dr. Jordan had been scheduled to appear on the program on October 12.

The deaf and hard of hearing community will be able to follow the discussion with Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan in real-time through 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 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 November 29 broadcast will be the third time Talk of the Nation has employed a captioning service to accommodate the deaf and hard of hearing audience. The program previously offered real-time captioning on February 2, 2005 and October 12, 2006. Audio and text of the interviews are 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.