December 15, 2006
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YUSUF ISLAM (CAT STEVENS) TO PERFORM
LIVE AND TAKE LISTENER CALLS
ON NPR’S TALK OF THE NATION
MONDAY DECEMBER 18, 2006

Performance Marks First Live U.S. Radio Broadcast
To Promote First Pop Album in 28 Years

Yusuf is Latest Addition to Eclectic Slate of Past
Talk of the Nation Performance Chats
Including Bruce Hornsby, India.Arie, Bonnie Raitt and Wilco


Washington, D.C.; December 15, 2006 – Folk singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) will perform and answer listeners’ questions live on Talk of the Nation, NPR’s national news-talk call-in program on Monday, December 18, 2006, 3:00PM – 3:30PM (ET). The performance marks his first live U.S. radio broadcast to promote his new album.

In the live performance chat with Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan, Yusuf will discuss his new album, his 1978 decision to leave music behind and convert to Islam, and what it was like to have his name on the terrorism “watch list” in 2004. From the studios of NPR member station WXPN/Philadelphia, Yusuf will perform some of his songs spanning the spectrum of his 40-year music career and answer listeners’ questions.

In November, Yusuf Islam released An Other Cup his first album of modern pop songs in 28 years. Despite not releasing a mainstream album in decades, his past records continue to sell more than 1.5 million copies a year.

Talk of the Nation has featured an eclectic slate of musical performance chats including ones from Bruce Hornsby, India.Arie, Bonnie Raitt, Wilco, Pat Metheny, Geoff Farina, Richie Havens, Andrew Bird, Sweet Honey in the Rock, The Aloha Boys and Saffire --The Uppity Blues Women. The past performance chats are archived at www.NPR.org.

Talk of the Nation airs on 279 stations across the country with more than 2.5 million weekly listeners and on NPR Talk on Sirius Satellite Radio.

For information on local stations and broadcast times for Talk of the Nation, visit www.NPR.org.