May 4, 2007
Contact:
Anna Christopher, NPR
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NPR NEWS “TALK OF THE NATION”
TO BROADCAST TWO-HOUR LIVE PROGRAM
ON-LOCATION WITH AUDIENCE FROM
NATIONAL NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER,
TUESDAY, MAY 8

FOCUS ON TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
AND THE ROLE OF WAR DOCTORS;
GUESTS INCLUDE JOURNALIST BOB WOODRUFF,
COMBAT DOCTOR NAVY LT. CDR. RICHARD JADICK



May 4, 2007; Washington, D.C. – NPR News’ daily afternoon talk show, Talk of the Nation, will offer a live, two-hour edition from the National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, MD, on Tuesday, May 8, examining traumatic brain injury as a result of war and the role of combat doctors.

The program will include an invited audience of patients with traumatic brain injuries, their families and staff from National Naval Medical Center. Guests include ABC News journalist Bob Woodruff, who sustained TBI when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb while reporting in Iraq, and Navy Lieutenant Commander Dr. Richard Jadick, a Navy combat doctor who was awarded a Bronze Star with a Combat ‘V’ for Valor for his service in Iraq. Neal Conan hosts and will take questions from the audience as well as calls and e-mails from listeners.

The program will air on more than 280 NPR Member stations across the U.S. and will also be available as free streaming audio at www.NPR.org. Station and broadcast time information is available at www.NPR.org/stations. Listeners can call in at 800-989-8255 or e-mail to talk@npr.org.

Doctors cite TBI as the defining injury of the Iraq War, and the specialized medical care provided members of the military – in battle and at home – has kept injured troops alive who would have died in previous wars. Woodruff, the ABC News journalist who was injured on a reporting trip to Iraq in January 2006, was treated at the National Naval Medical Center, which provides care for a number of combat-injured soldiers with severe war wounds. Woodruff has become a leading journalist reporting on TBI for ABC News. Joining the conversation will be National Naval Medical Center staff including Rear Admiral Adam Robinson, commander of the National Naval Medical Center; Commander (Dr.) Jim Dunne, lead trauma surgeon; and Dr. Maria Mouratidis, head of the Traumatic Stress and Brain Injury Program. The program will also track how military doctors treat combat injuries from the moment a soldier is wounded on the battlefield, to the time he arrives at a field hospital, through his transfer to a military facility in Europe and eventually back to treatment in the U.S.

Talk of the Nation explores politics, pop culture, education, religion, books, health, family and music, and connects listeners to newsmakers, authors, artists and others. The broadcast show has 3 million weekly listeners and it is also available as a podcast and on the “NPR Now” and “NPR Talk” 24/7 public radio channels on Sirius satellite radio.