November 27, 2007
Contact:
Anna Christopher, NPR

   

NPR EXPANDS ITS DEBATE PROGRAMMING
WITH SPECIAL EDITION OF TALK OF THE NATION,
LIVE FROM DES MOINES ON DECEMBER 3

Two-Hour Program Featuring Iowa Republican Caucus Voters
To Complement Live NPR and Iowa Public Radio
Audio-Only Democratic Debate from Des Moines, December 4

NOTE: DEBATE AND MEDIA CREDENTIALING INFORMATION BELOW


November 27, 2007; Washington, D.C. – NPR News, which is producing a live audio-only national Democratic candidates’ debate on Tuesday, December 4 in Des Moines in association with Iowa Public Radio, is expanding its election-related programming with a special Iowa Caucus edition of the daily afternoon talk show, Talk of the Nation, to air live on Monday, December 3, also from Des Moines.

The two-hour program will feature a discussion with Iowa Republican Caucus-goers about the issues most important to them and how these will affect their choices; also, listeners will be invited to submit questions for the debate. The broadcast will also revisit last year’s immigration raid in Marshalltown, Iowa, and address how immigration issues are factoring into presidential politics. Neal Conan, host of Talk of the Nation, will host this program from the State Historical Museum in Des Moines, the same venue where the NPR/IPR debate will originate the following day. Listeners can call in to the program at 800-989-8255 or e-mail talk@npr.org For local stations and broadcast times, visit www.NPR.org/stations

All major Democratic candidates are confirmed to attend the NPR/IPR debate, to be broadcast and webcast live from 1:00-3:00PM (CT) on Tuesday, December 4. Moderators will be NPR journalists Steve Inskeep, Michele Norris and Robert Siegel.

The event – the first audio-only debate of the presidential race – will feature the candidates sitting closely together around a U-shaped table, with no studio audience or video cameras. Unlike the television networks’ Q&A format, the debate will cover three areas and the moderators will enable the candidates to conduct a dialogue with each other. The format was introduced with a 2004 debate, which aired on NPR Member stations nationally and was extensively praised by the media and by listeners for its thoughtful pace, depth of conversation and interaction between the participants.

The first broadcast of the debate will be exclusive to NPR Member stations around the country, with many stations rebroadcasting it that evening; additionally, the debate will also air on Sirius Satellite Radio, on NPR Worldwide in 150 countries and on American Forces Radio globally. The debate will be streamed lived on NPR.org and numerous Member stations’ websites. Following the initial exclusive broadcast and webcast, NPR will make the recording fully accessible to all media outlets and individuals, without license restrictions; it will also be available for permanent on-demand streaming at NPR.org and via NPR Member stations’ sites.

Limited space is available for media wishing to attend the debate. The form to submit credentialing requests is available at: www.NPR.org/credentials